Sunflower
Music

Sunflower

Yes, I shelled out for The Smile Sessions (2011). And I rate it as highly as I do the 2004 version. Here’s the rub: Like Sgt. Pepper, that other beast from the summer of love, Smile (1966-67) is a bit precious. It works, in part, because it’s unfinished. The roughness fascinates. In his quest to best himself and his musical … Continue reading

Love Gun
Music

Love Gun

Black bubblegum. What KISS lack in musical chops (the lyrics are unironically stoopid and the riffs are lousy), they more than make up for in terms of chutzpah. Fans of white blooze, they invented themselves out of parts they love. And they love their fans, too: Even on record, these guys play to the nosebleeds, … Continue reading

New York Dolls
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New York Dolls

The key track is “Private World”. Sans irony, and dispassion, the New York Dolls dreamed themselves up from the street, donning a sort of half-drag that said nothing and everything about them. Part of this was to carve a different look, a signature look — to be noticed. Another part of it was to have fun, … Continue reading