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Lookin' Fine on Television compiles videotaped performances from the New York Dolls from various concerts in 1973 and 1974. Singer David Johansen, guitarists Johnny Thunders and Sylvain Sylvain, bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane, and drummer Jerry Nolan perform these songs:
* "Lookin' for a Kiss"
* "Bad Detective"
* "Vietnamese Baby"
* "Bad Girl"
* "Human Being"
* "Private World"
* "Subway Train"
* "Personality Crisis"
* "Who Are the Mystery Girls?"
* "Jet Boy"
These are early-'70s videotapes, which means black-and-white video and very grainy and fuzzy video at that. Similarly, the sound quality is less than stellar. The disc comes with stereo and 5.1 surround mixes (although there are no menu options to choose one; you'll have to use your "audio" button to cycle between them), and both are fairly rough. The surround mix does sound "fuller" but the stereo mix sounds closer to what the original quality is, so in many ways the sound quality is a bit of a wash. Back then, videotape was in its infancy and lacked the quality of film, but was at least cheaper. For a struggling band like the Dolls (who only released two albums, neither of which sold particularly well), it was an ideal way to catalogue their live shows.Read more ›
Interspersed between each song we get an interview snippet from members of the band. While not much light is shed on them from these little gems, you can hear the decadence of 1970's New York in their voices, their comments, and you can see it in their faces. They were a band that was made for the clubs of New York. Imagine if the Rolling Stones had formed as a loud rock/punk act in the dirty clubs of the area, and you have yourself a good idea of what the Dolls are. Lead singer David Johansen is practically a Mick Jagger clone. Big lips, big attitude, and big voice. Let's take a look at their Wikipedia entry to find out the bands history.
Sylvain Sylvain and Billy Murcia, who went to junior high school and high school together, started playing in a band called "the Pox" in 1967. After the frontman quit, Murcia and Sylvain started a clothing business called "Truth and Soul" and Sylvain took a job at "A Different Drummer", a men's boutique that was across the street from the New York Doll Hospital, a doll repair shop. Sylvain claimed that the shop inspired the name for their future band. In 1970 they formed a band again and recruited Johnny Thunders to join on bass, though Sylvain ended up teaching him to play guitar. They called themselves the "Dolls.Read more ›
Back in 2005 a pretty good New York Dolls DVD came out called All Dolled Up. It was made from extensive black and white footage of the band Nadya Beck and Bob Gruen shot in the 1970’s. It captured the Dolls on-stage and off, giving viewers a candid look at life in one of rock’s most compelling groups. Six years later, we get another Dolls DVD; this one called Lookin’ Fine On Television, which is just that same footage re-edited into music videos to accompany the live audio tracks Beck and Gruen recorded with their camera. If repurposed footage sounds like a redundant waste of time to you, that’s most likely because it is. How similar are these two DVDs? They even have the same image of the back cover! The only cool part of the package is a bonus interview with a seemingly drunk David Johansen and Johnny Thunders in front of CBGB’s in 1976. Given the 35 years of musical history that’s gone down since the interview, it’s funny to hear Thunders talking rather nonchalantly about his upcoming tour with “a group called the Sex Pistols” and about how he might change his band’s name from The Heartbreakers because of some new band called Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Outside of those brief moments, there’s nothing about Lookin’ Fine that’s worth your money.
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This is an odd little DVD. It's the New York Dolls; a live recording of the Dolls has been used as the soundtrack for this DVD, while the video consists of b/w cuts from a dozen... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Walter Five
no me ha llegado mi pedido aún Tengo dos pedidos realizados con fecha de entrega del 12 y 18 de diciembre respectivamente Quiero saber dónde están mis... Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by federico