Music / New York Dolls
The cover of their eponymous debut album, 1973. Left to right: Arthur Kane, Sylvain Sylvain, David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, and Jerry Nolan.

The New York Dolls are a landmark glam band from, well, New York City, and are quite the influence to New Wave and Punk, for bands such as The Ramones, Blondie, Television, and The Smiths.

Founded in 1971, New York Dolls are Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll incarnate, and three of the original five members had to pay for it. Led by singer David Johansen, they were dismissed by audiences due to crossdressing, and their The Rolling Stones esque Protopunk landed them in the punk hall of shame.

Today they are re-formed, although three of the members have died. They averted Band Minus the Face; Mr. Johansen is still alive.

As usual, you can find the basics about their career at The Other Wiki.

The following tropes are looking for a kiss:

  • The Alcoholic: Arthur "Killer" Kane, to the point where he often would be too drunk to play bass.
  • Author Existence Failure: Only two original members are still alive as of 2016: David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain.
  • Big Applesauce
  • Breakup Breakout:
    • David Johansen, who re-branded himself Buster Poindexter and scored a hit with "Hot, Hot, Hot."
    • Johnny Thunders, who gained a cult following with his band, The Heartbreakers.
  • The Casanova: Even by rock star standards, the Dolls pulled LOTS of women, and prided themselves on stealing groupies from other bands. Nancy Spungeon, of Sid and Nancy fame, started out as a New York Dolls groupie and was madly in love with Jerry Nolan, who was uninterested in her.
  • Cover Version: The Cadets' "Stranded in the Jungle," on Too Much Too Soon.
  • Creepy Crossdresser
  • Destructive Romance: Johnny Thunders and Sabel Starr.
  • Drugs Are Bad: EVERYONE in the band's initial run was fucked out of their tree on a near constant basis, and it contributed a great deal to the infighting that led to their dissolution. They also wound up being the cause of Johnny Thunders' death.
  • Five-Man Band: At first, it was vocalist David (The Leader), the hotheaded drummer Billy (The Lancer), soft-spoken bassist Arthur Kane (The Big Guy), and cheerful Sylvain Sylvain (The Chick), with Johnny Thunders as the Tagalong Kid. After Billy's untimely death, the power shifted in the band with the addition of Jerry Nolan. Johnny Thunders became The Lancer, with Jerry as his backup, in opposition to Sylvain and David, with poor Arthur stuck somewhere in the middle.
  • Glam Rock
  • "I Am" Song: "Human Being"
    And if I'm acting like a king
    Well, that's cause I'm a human being
    And if I want too many things
    Don't you know that I'm a human being

    And if I've got to dream
    Baby baby baby yeah I'm a human being
    And when it gets a bit obscene
    I'm a human being.
  • Johnny McCoolname: Johnny Thunders.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan were very much this to one another. They spent most of their adult lives together, played in most of the same bands, and, according to friend/rock photographer Leee Black Childers, Johnny would break down emotionally during spats with Jerry. He would lay with his head in Childers' lap and say, "Whereís Jerry? I canít live without him, I canít work without him, I canít be without him." At Johnny's funeral, Jerry was inconsolable and said, "What am I going to do? My best friend is dead. My soulmate has gone." He died only a few months after Johnny, and they were buried very near one another in the same cemetery.
  • Proto Punk: Their music is seen as a progenitor to Punk Rock, both in sound, attitude as well as outfits.
  • Self-Titled Album
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
  • Shout-Out: Johnny Thunders, which is one to the song of the same name by The Kinks.
  • Start My Own: A one-time touring guitarist by the name of Steven Duren would eventually go on to form WASP.
  • Three Chords and the Truth