Congrats to the following 10 listeners! You’ve each scored a copy of Cause I Said So, the new CD from the New York Dolls. Also headed your way: a lipstick-shaped USB stick with the NY Dolls logo!
Craig Deardorff, Hemet, CA – KIOO 99.7
Heather Diotte, Sault St.Marie, Ontario Canada – WIHC 97.9 The Bear
Michael Frank, Wichita, KS – KICT 95.1
Brian Goetz, Sr., Cantonment, FL – WTKX 101.5
Harry Ingleson, Midland, MI – WKQZ Z-93.3
George Koyl, North Branch, MI – WKQZ Z-93.3
Terri Koyl, Chester, VA – WBRW 105.3
John Kraichely, Nixa, MO – KXUS US-97
Robert Kuperberg, Sterling, VA – WYRX 97.7
Michael Luke, Kaysville, UT – KBER 101.1
Prizes should arrive within 3 weeks of posted winner names.
Thanks to ALL the HOH and Metal Fans who entered the contest!
– Dee and the House of Hair Team!
Win the Greasy Roots of Metal New York Dolls “Cause I Sez So” prize package
The New York Dolls are back! Featuring founding members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, the NY Dolls were responsible for influencing Greasy Roots of Metal bands like Kiss, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and the whole underground NY rock scene! Their new album is called “Cause I Sez So” and is in stores now! We’ve got 10 copies of the CD, plus 10 copies of a very cool collectors item – a lipstick-shaped USB stick with the NY Dolls logo.
ENTER TO WIN: Contest Entry Form
The New York Dolls swaggered onto the New York music scene in the early ’70s, influencing a generation with its subversive mix of high-decibel rock and high-heeled androgyny. The original band recorded a pair of milestone records—New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974)—before breaking up in 1977. The surviving members reformed the group in 2004 to much acclaim, but soon lost bassist Arthur Kane to leukemia. Two years later, Johansen and Sylvain reunited again to record the New York Dolls’ third studio album, One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This.
The Dolls new record is called ’Cause I Sez So, and like all of their records, it is a contract between themselves and their fans. Dolls fans are as tough as the band themselves — street smart and rock savvy. They would not accept a New York Dolls that was anything less than pure.
“If we didn’t respond to the people, we might as well get jobs,” says lead mouth David Johansen, who along with guitar ace Sylvain Sylvain is the original Dolls’ sole survivor.
“We’ve got nothing left to prove. This ain’t a pissing contest, this is something pleasurable. Today, so many records are forgettable, but a lot of people seem to have opinions about Dolls records. I go with the power of my gut. If I start intellectualizing it’ll become something that is not the Dolls,”
The new members of the Dolls are not mercenaries or dilettantes, ringers, post-punk primitivists, or poseurs, they are the real deal, and as durable (they have now officially outlasted the original line-up) as they are self aware. They no longer need to raid their girlfriend’s wardrobes to shock and outrage, nor do the times demand it. You can measure them by the street suave and swagger of the last five years of transcendent live shows, and this shiny new CD, rolling off the line like a bad-ass Chevy, fins pointed and sparkling in the sun. It became bell clear when the Dolls reformed to do a reunion gig in 2004 that you could take the boys out of the Dolls, but you couldn’t take the Doll out of the boy.
“You gotta respect the name you hang on the door,” says Sylvain. “And that’s ‘The New York Dolls.’ We never forget that. We go out there and kill’em, that’s what the Dolls do. The new guys are perfect. They are New York Dolls. They’ve got the style and the individuality. You can tell by how they walk, whether they’re in drag or wearing suits, they are Dolls.”
This is the second record of the Second Coming of the Dolls, and with it they have come full circle, re-enlisting the talents of Todd Rundgren, the same knob-twirling wizard who produced their first LP. It should come as little surprise, then, that the record comes roaring out of the gate with a classic Dolls riff on the title track, one sharp and jagged enough to open up a tin of soup — and ends twelve tracks later with “Exorcism of Despair,” a big, sloppy mess of cymbal crashes and guitarisms battling it out over an enormous beat, sounding an awful lot like a rock’n’roll apocalypse. According to Johansen, this is the good voodoo, the get happy salve, the stuff that makes you feel better.
“It’s a tonic for the blues. People can walk around living a life of quiet desperation, but maybe if they started shouting about it, they’d be happy.” He half laughs; half growls. “The New York Dolls make me happy.”
’Cause I Said So takes it’s time and delves into the old world stylings of Brill Building pop — the kind of songs that always sound best coming out of a dashboard radio when you’re parked on Lover’s Lane — with more patience and experience than they have ever been able to conjure. “Temptation to Exist” borrows a lick from a forgotten Spaghetti western, “Ridiculous” channels Howlin’ Wolf (Dolls-style, natch), and then, just before the blast-ola of “Exorcism,” they take a moment to revisit “Trash,” the classic love-in-the-gutter number from their first record. This time, however, recording at Rundgren’s Hawaiian retreat, it takes on a decidedly tropical lilt. Is it a put on, an inside joke, or something deliberately subversive, designed to lull you into a false sense of security before they bring out the flick knives and chains?
The Dolls are just full of surprises. In fact, ’Cause I Sez So is like a heart-shaped box of candy. A big old-fashioned Valentine, seemingly glamorous and sweet. But be careful, Dearheart, ‘cause that bon-bon over there is filled with arsenic, and that other one over their has a razor blade at its core. Almost certainly there is a chocolate in the box that tastes like raw sex and will make you break out in fever and a cold sweat, but it is just as likely filled with barbed wire.
Says Sylvain — “We never made a hit song. Our albums became hits, our fashion became a hit, our way of life became a hit. We put the ‘roll’ back in ‘rock’n’roll.’”
Yes, some things never change. As Gotham City self-destructs in the shadow of a global recession, the one thing you can count on is the New York Dolls.
The New York Dolls are not only champions; they are the greatest Cinderella story of all time. And not because they went from rags to riches, but because once upon a time they were actually prone to dressing like fairy princesses.
Well, sort of.
And they can still kick your ass.
— Mike Edison
New York City, 2009
’CAUSE I SEZ SO Track Listing:
1. ’Cause I Sez So
2. Muddy Bones
3. Better Than
4. Lonely So Long
5. My World
7. Temptation To Exist
8. Making Rain
10. Nobody Got No Bizness
12. Exorcism Of Despair
For more info on the NY Dolls: http://www.nydolls.org/
ENTER TO WIN: Contest Entry Form
What do you win?
10 Winners each get:
(1) New York Dolls CD “Cause I Sez So” and a copy of the collectors edition NY Dolls lipstick-shaped USB stick!
How to Enter:
Fill in the Entry Form. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ONLY, please. Incomplete entries will be tossed out – all address fields, station (or how you heard about the contest) field, and name fields must be 100% complete!
How we choose the winner:
Only entries received by 6/3/09 will be considered. The HOH staff will choose the winners in a random drawing.
Contest Start Date: Saturday, May 16th, 2009
Contest End Date:Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at midnight
Did I win the prize? Winners will be announced FIRST in the HOH newsletter and then on the website.
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