Photo by Jim Rice
David Johansen began his career as the singer of the protopunk band the New York Dolls in the early '70s. Johansen then embarked on a solo career, performing frequently with Sylvain Sylvain. Two solo albums, 'David Johansen' and' In Style' delivered some standout tracks. "Frenchette" and "Funky But Chic" became associated with the Dolls, although they first appeared on the solo albums. Later, Johansen's pseudonym and alter ego, Buster Poindexter, appeared with Saturday Night Live's House Band, scoring the hit song "Hot Hot Hot".
Johansen turned his attention to country blues with the release of 'David Johansen and the Harry Smiths' and also reunited with New York Dolls members in 2005, releasing, "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This" and "Cause I Sez So" with Todd Rungren, the producer of the Dolls' 1973 debut. The band's latest release, 'Dancing Backward in High Heels', returns to the power-pop sound of the '60s. David continues to host David Johansen's Mansion of Fun, a weekly radio show on Sirius.
Featuring Scott Metzger
As the man behind one of the most enduring and entertaining artifacts of the 80's, Jim Keller could easily have fallen into the formula for a "rock star" narrative - quick rise, overexposure, regrets, and all - thanks to 867-5309/Jenny, Keller's smash hit anthem with the San Francisco band Tommy Tutone, of which he was a co-founder.
Keller's latest project, Soul Candy, recorded with members of his current live band and assorted friends, stands as a tribute to the ever-evolving story of a performing musician; documenting the alluring energy of Keller's live shows.