Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Weekend Pre-Grog Review - Johnny Thunders - So Alone

The weekend has come and I need to find something that I have been listening to to review.
This week it's none other than Mr Johnny Thunder's So Alone!!!!
Those who know me well know that I am a Replacements fanatic; I really am a sucker for heart on the sleeve punk rock. Well kids, this weekend's review goes to Johnny Thunders a man who would have had an immense influence on Paul Westerbeg. I have seriously been playing this album on repeat for close to the last 6 months. Johnny Thunders, ex-New York dolls and probably one of the bigger influences on Paul Westerberg's writing. This album was released about three years after Thunders left New York Dolls and though many re-worked New York Dolls songs appear on the album this does make this solo effort any less personal. Much like I imagine his life would have been, this album is very disjointed, frantic, raw, sporadic and hearty (RIP Johnny). The obvious highlight being the beautiful and unforgettable You can't put your arms around a memory. With several notable guests contributing to the recording including Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Paul Cook and Steve Jones of Sex Pistols fame and Steve Marriott of the Small Faces the album is a must for punk/mod/classic rock fans. London Boys is a ripper reply to the Sex Pistols' New York. Johnny would have been my age when he recorded this album god dammit! I need to get back to the drawing board...