Anniversary - R.I.P. Johnny
The only time you get respect is when you die.
special version of She's So Untouchable performed by by The $1000 Playboys
(about 3MB). The song was performed by Mikael Herrström - vocals and
acoustic, Lars Bygdén - vocals and acoustic, Martin Hederos - piano,
Björn Eriksson - upright bass.
There are a number of events planned around April 23, the 10 anniversary
of JT's death. Here's the list so far:
- Two current mags feature JT/Dolls stories. Revolver (Led Zep on
cover) has New York Dolls metioned on the front cover with a short story/dis on
JT inside. Guitar Legends (Hendrix on cover) mention JT in their 100 most
something or other guitarists of all times. (Thanks Pete)
- Michael Thimren (former guitarist with JT) sent in a
couple of great pics.
- Here's a bunch of new tabs from Tomas Bingham:
- Johnny's sister, Mariann Bracken, has a couple of rare items for sale
on eBay. Check out this
another painting and this amazing
recent interview with original Doll, Sylvain Sylvain.
- I've heard from
Jungle Records that
their video 'Dead Or Alive' will be re-released on
DVD soon. It contains an extra 19 minutes of material including:
It will be available in USA DVD format as well as European
standard. They also plan to issue it on ye olde VHS format, in PAL & NTSC.
Also, 'Que Sera Sera' is being re-issued as an enhanced CD, with three tracks
filmed at the Marquee 1984: Sad Vacation, Little Bit Of Whore, & Pipeline
(S.V. partly seen under titles in DOA; the other two previously unseen). Track
order will be amended, and the artwork is being revamped with the booklet going
up to 12 pages. Both should be shipped around the end of March.
- Heartbreakers arrive at Airport (French film Mona et Moi outake)
- 'Crawfish' video 3:25
- Heartbreakers after-gig scenes (French film Mona et Moi alternate
- Interview 6:48
- Trailer for 'Born To Lose - The Last Rock'n'Roll Movie' 3:22
- The North American GQ magazine for March has a picture of Johnny
& David as part of their Hollywood Issue. (thanks Brandon for letting me
- Check out this website that did the "So Alone" Johnny Thunders
Musical. www.stagesentertainment.com under the reviews section. Some
great reviews for the show.
- Here's a
Johnny Thunders screen saver from Giaco.
Jan. 4 - Happy New Year!
- Were you naughty last year and Santa neglected to bring you a copy of
In Cold Blood (the JT biography)? To buy your own copy try:
Jungle Books U.K.(they may still have some signed copies),
Cherry Red Books
U.K. or Amazon U.K.. As
far as I know, they are not available over in North America yet.
- Arma de Fuego has put out the second edition of his Johnny Thunders
discography and it's the best and most complete list available. It has a
limited run of 100 copies and has several pages of pictures. You can get a copy
by sending $5.00 U.S. cash (includes shipping) to:
- I'm finally getting around to updating the discography at this site
and there have been a ton of new releases over the last year. Here are a few:
- Here's a
second clip of Looking For A Kiss that's available online (you need
RealPlayer to view it). It's taken from the Musik
Laden TV show.
- Over the holidays I've been listening to "Blond & Blue", the
recent CD from Alison Gordy. You may remember Alison as the blond bombshell in Johnny's
touring band - The Oddballs. She's got a great voice and performs a couple of
JT tunes on the CD. My favorite is one penned by Alison herself called "If I
Dream Hard Enough". If you would like to get a copy,
send email to Alison Gordy asking for
"Blond & Blue" CD. The cost is $10.00 for U.S. customers, $15.00 for
- Alison sent me an email with a great sentiment for the holiday
season. Alison sez:
I wrote a letter to his [JT's] daughter Jaime, to be read
when she was old enough to read. Basically it was a bunch of photos I took of
Johnny and one of them was of Johnny's feet with these furry dog slippers that
I got him for Xmas. I said to her: A lot of people will say a lot of things
about your father, but I want you to know that it wasn't all sad and
depressing. We had a lot of joy and fun when we were playing and traveling and
I want you to know this about him. It's been 9+ years since I wrote the letter,
but that is the basic message and the photo was to illustrate his real sense of
humor. I have to add my two cents worth of why Johnny was so loved by people;
he was human, he had faults and he had rare qualities but he was also really
very funny and to overlook that trait seems a shame.
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