Tuesday, 24 March 2009
JOHNNY THUNDERS - Live @ The Lyceum, London Oct 9th 1983
This post very nearly didn’t happen, I was saving the favourite of my Thunders tapes until last, after playing it regularly over the years since picking it up from Camden market a couple of months after the actual gig, when it came to convert it to digital, it went the same way as The Ramones one I posted a while back…Fucked! It’s only thanx to a certain Mr ic1960 over at the Chatterbox forum, and original taper of the gig, (small world that’s got even smaller with the help of the internet) that I can bring you this. It was a cold October night in 1983, when Johnny Thunders brought his Cosa Nostra (Jerry Nolan, Billy Rath and Michael Thirman) to town but the Lyceum was hot with 2 hours of pure Thunders; sometimes together, sometimes falling apart, but pure entertainment, 30 songs spanning his career from the New York Dolls (Personality Crisis, Jet Boy), through The Heartbreakers, (Chinese Rocks, Let Go) to his solo stuff from 1978 (London Boys) to his 1982 re-birth (In Cold Blood, Sad Vacation), a few standard Thunders covers (These Boots Are Made For Walkin’, Be Bop a Lula), plus a short acoustic segment, ‘special guests’ made appearances; Peter Perritt and Patti Paladin. This was pure Rock’n’Roll as the devil wanted it played. It was also the gig that got me hooked on the Thunders live experience, which resulted in nights spent on cold railway stations and in strange students flats around the country after many a Thunders performance. Anyway, here what ya think. Side One’s here and Side Two’s there. Enjoy!