But if there are only two original Dolls still alive to make a new record, they may as well be the ones who wrote all the songs guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and the one whose voice gave them personality David Johansen. No strangers to prescient album titles see 's career-killing Too Much Too Soon , with One Day , the Dolls play with a humble restraint that suggests they're just grateful to be here.
While the Dolls' songwriting was always smart enough to transcend their image, the initial shock of the latter is what ultimately secures their place in the pre-punk canon.
Beyond their gender-bending veneer-- more of a theatrical device than a political one-- the Dolls' intent was regressive rather than progressive, shamelessly asserting their love of antiquated forms like rockabilly and doo-wop in a post-hippie era preoccupied with minute guitar solos and multi-sectional prog suites.
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Hung Medien. Retrieved July 18, Red Patent Leather. Authority control MBRG : 08edead9afe00cd Runnin' Around. Plenty of Music. Dance Like a Monkey. Punishing World. Maimed Happiness. Gotta Get Away from Tommy. Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano. I Ain't Got Nothin'. Rainbow Store. Track Listing - Disc 2. The Dolls wouldn't think to leave us on such a downer note, though.
So bringing up the rear we get the spirited pop-punk of "Rainbow Store" with it's be-bop inspired jump and swing style and finally the solid and longing farewell song "Take A Good Look At My Good Looks", which closes the album not with a wild and raucous NYC howl but rather a twangy and once again bittersweet tale that suits these new New York Dolls to a tee.
And thankfully for their return the New York Dolls understand this. No longer the young upstarts they once were in fishnets and spandex taking bold new music to an unfamiliar and not quite ready for it world, on "One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This" the New York Dolls have given us an album that one day they will indeed be pleased to look back on and smile about. What could of been a cheesy throwback to past glories so far as that goes for underground bands like the Dolls or an embarrassing misstep that proves old legends should leave well enough alone, instead these new Dolls have come up with something as classic sounding and relevant as that now long ago original.
No longer at the forefront of a bold new era in rock n roll this disc finds this storied and legendary band locked in a groove with all it's influences and happy to be there. Perhaps a classic case of the more things change the more they stay the same, the New York Dolls rock hard and rock often on this new album, and in places it evokes the musical spirit of the original group so much you wonder beyond the unique look of the band back in '73 what all the hoopla must of been about?
Was it really all about playing dress up and barely knowing how to play your instruments after all? Was this the stuff of rock n roll genuis? Answer: Yes, it was. And that's exactly what it was about.
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