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Monday, 17 March 2008

JOHNNY THUNDERS, DEAD AND ALIVE!


Right then, this is it, my personal stash of Johnny Thunders bootlegs has run out, had a bit of a result forgot I had one of these, so it’s two for the price of none in today’s post. First up it’s a show from The Venue in London on 22/4/82, one that goes down in Thunders folklore. His band which included Tony James (Gen X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Carbon/Silicon) had only learnt the songs on the afternoon of the gig and Johnny was carried into the sound check unconscious, he was later joined on stage by Sylvain Sylvain from The Dolls for a couple of numbers. It’s a great audience recording, an hour and a half of pure Thunders; fuck ups, false starts, falling a parts and in places pure shambles, but ultimately a great rock’n’roll show, one of my favourites of his to listen to, shame I didn’t go. Seconds up round two another great performance two years later on 5/4/84 in Helsinki, Finland, Johnny’s on fine form here, some classic audience baiting “Do you kids fuck reindeer or take drugs?” at this point in his career Johnny was trying to stay off the smack and wasn’t to impressed with the Finnish methadone program, which he tells the audience about “I gave up heroin but I didn’t give up pot” a rather uncomplimentary rant about Sweden and the problems he’d had there, getting banned for being a ‘Drugged Human Wreck” and taking away jobs from Swedish musicians takes place during So Alone. Once again another great Thunders show. Anyway if ya wanna fix and a kiss hit it! The Venue, London. Side 1 / Side 2 / Helsinki, Finland

7 comments:

J.N said...

Thank you SO much for your Thunders uploads!

And for the more political uploads. To bad you dont understand Swedish since my blog more or less are about the same subjects as yours!

Anonymous said...

Sir, I cannot adequately thank you for the THUNDERS boots. They are true treasures. I recall passing him on the street in NYC, and though I knew who he was, there was this air about him for which I'd not been prepared, which was simply awe-inspiring, very powerful, very heavy. Though he was very small in stature, I gave him wide berth out of deference to everything he seemed to carry about him. The only other person I passed on the street and gave such "space" to was John Gotti - so you get the picture.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for all the Thunders, Nuzz.
Also thanks for such a great, spot on, blog.

Cheers,
Pipeline

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Cheers folks, it was a pleasure sharing 'em all with ya, indeed j.n, I've had a look at yer blog and thought erm, bet that's an interesting read if I could read Swedish, words like Politik gave the game away. Shame when I met him anon, he was near the end and didn't seem the same person, who I'd seen around the London Clubs during mid 80's, when he had the same pressance you experienced, wish I'd got his autograph though. Glad yer liking the blog for not just for the music pipeline, cheers for taking time to comment, and fear not should I stumble on some more Thunders stash in my mess of a life you'll be the first to know.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I was at the Venue gig and distinctly remember Johnny poking his head through stage curtains and waving at the crowd before apparently collapsing backwards!

Thanks a lot for this.
Mrs Bobbins

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for all J.T uploads...much appreciated.
Best Dan.

Anonymous said...

Any chance of a re-up of side 2 of the Johnny Thunders Venue show Nuzz?
Links dead.

Ta.