Joey Ramone, via peaceandrhythm
Todd Rundgren with David Johansen at New York City punk mecca, Max’s Kansas City, by Bob Gruen, via dietcokeandsympathy.
Todd on producing the Doll’s eponymous debut album in 1973:
The New York Dolls weren’t presented to me – they were just part of the milieu I was involved in at the time. I was still living in New York in an apartment that was walking distance from Max’s Kansas City which is where everything was happening. There was no CBGB yet.
For the most part I went through David. I used him as a translator to get to the rest of the band. The challenge of making the record was that the control room was a freaking circus; everyone wanted to know what was going on with The New York Dolls – the critics’ favourite band.
I was pretty sober throughout the entire thing, my only working drug was pot. While these guys would smoke pot they would also do everything else. The sessions involved politics, psychology and crowd control. And at a certain point I had to surrender to the process and accept that the surrounding insanity was going to be a part of the character of the record.
More on New York Dolls and other Todd productions in a gloriously wide-ranging interview at Louder Sound.
The section on recording that album at Wikipedia is also unusually entertaining. Famously fastidious in the studio, Todd is reported to have yelled at one point, “Get the glitter out of your asses and play!”, but it’s overall very clear that the chaos was part of the appeal for Todd in working with them, and at the heart of what he was trying to capture on the record. A highly underrated album and collaboration, imo, very much worth another spin.
Debbie Harry, Golden Goddess
Iggy Pop, New York Academy of Music, December 31 1973, opening for Blue Öyster Cult, by Roni Hoffman. (Also on the bill: KISS!) via ronihoffman
(Note: you’ll often see this shot misattributed to the Fillmore East – nope. By the time the Fillmore East closed in June 1971, BÖC was still going by the name Soft White Underbelly, and remarkably, Iggy never played the Fillmore at all! Also, this Academy of Music isn’t the one in Brooklyn, but in lower Manhattan. You more likely know it under its next name, The Palladium.)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARIE AND CHERIE CURRIE 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
You may ask, “WHICH day is Marie and Cherie Currie’s birthday?” and the answer is, “EVERY day is Marie and Cherie Currie’s birthday.”
I feel better about everything knowing that Patti Smith and Lynn Goldsmith spent the first day of Hanukkah together in New York, via Lynn’s Instagram
You’ll see references to these pics as from October 1970 (including the second source above), when the Stooges had indeed played Electric Circus, but nope, it was the May 14 show. This was the second of 2 nights, which the New York Times described as “triumphant” after a ragged first night. (Dig the Gerard Malanga pix as further documentation!)
Paul Trynka’s remarkable Iggy bio Iggy Pop: Open Up And Bleed adds some additional stories from legendary photographer, scenester denizen and Warhol/Bowie associate Leee Black Childers (p. 119). “Leee savored the infamous performance at New York’s Electric Circus in May 1971, where Iggy looked particularly psychotic covered in baby oil and glitter. Gerry Miller, onetime topless dancer and star of several Warhol movies, shouted, ‘Let’s see you puke!’ at Iggy, in her squeaky, Mickey Mouse voice. ‘So he did!’ laughs Lee. ‘Right on her!’”
btw, the source of that NYT clipping above is a YouTube post of a recording from that night. The vocals are nearly inaudible, but you can definitely get the gist of the more-melodic direction that The Stooges were taking that the Times described.“More melodic” for The Stooges is a relative term of course. This is still pretty damn hard core…
…so the next time you hear anyone talk about ANYTHING important about punk starting in 1977, you can laugh and laugh as you recall this wild night of stage-diving and puking on the crowd from 1971.
I ain’t even saying anything important about punk started in 1971. Of course not. Punk was well underway by this point, and merely presented here in its full 1971 flowering for your glitter-soaked delectation.