JOHNNY THUNDERS And His HEARTBREAKERS Behaved Like Motherfuckers 45 Years Ago

Back in time

4 October 2022

Who/when: Formed by New York Dolls members Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan
in April 1975. Richard Hell came in to play bass and share songwriting/vocals. Walter Lure joined on rhythm guitar. A year later Hell was fired as he wanted to be the co-frontman along Thunders.

Anniversary album: L. A. M. F. (Like A Mother Fucker)
Released: 3 October 1977 – 45 years ago.

Pitchfork: “Like their peers in the city, the Heartbreakers took classic rock’n’roll archetypes and gave them extra doses of fuzz, muscle, and bite. Considering there were two New York Dolls in the band and that band’s self-titled debut had a masterful handle of tough, glammy rock’n’roll, it makes sense. The impressive thing on L.A.M.F., then, isn’t the power– it’s the diversity in their songs. At the center of the album, there’s Nolan’s hamfisted caveman crash in “I Wanna Be Loved”, which is followed by the jangling ballad “It’s Not Enough”, and that leads to “Chinese Rocks”. Unlike the Ramones, the songs don’t come across as loose clones of one another– they each have their own feeling and sound. Some of them, like “Goin’ Steady”, even have killer guitar solos.” Score: 8.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan wanted to jump on
the British punk wagon, formed the Heartbreakers and left NYC for London.

But kudos to the motherrockers who arrived in England’s capital with a classic punk monster of a record. To bad that the original LP sounded like, eh, trash, due to a horrible production/mix. Fortunately, in 1994, the lost 1977 mixes popped up, and with them a much better sound quality was fabricated.

Full 1994 remixed album

HEARTBREAKERS: Bio – Discography


15 July 2022

John Anthony Genzale was born 70 years ago today in Queens, New York. His mother was of Italian descent, and his father was of Italian, Russian-Jewish, and German-Jewish ancestry.

Before he joined (1971) the New York Dolls,┬áthe coolest glam and glitter gang in rock ‘n roll history, he had a couple bands of his own. He was a fanatic fan of Keith Richards. He copied his guitar style and his poses, while his sister styled his hair like Keef.

After 2 albums Johnny left to jump on the punk train and
formed The Heartbreakers with Richard Hell, who left soon.

Eventually, he started a solo career. He assembled a cast of ’70s punk and rock stars – Chrissie Hynde, Phil Lynott, Peter Perrett, Steve Marriott, and Pistols Paul Cook, and Steve Jones, among others – for his debut solo LP So Alone, released in 1978.

His masterstroke single You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
was/is certainly his most memorable achievement.

After years of drug abuse, the rock guitar hero collapsed and died in 1991. R.I.P.

Three great Thunders moments



– SOLO –

JOHNNY THUNDERS: Bio – Discography


15 July 2021

Two rock icons, born on the same day in different years.
Two eternal legends who were famous for different reasons.
Two broken souls who died away due to different problems.

IAN CURTIS – Born 15 July 1956Happy 65!

Ian Kevin Curtis was born on 15 July 1956 in Stretford, Lancashire, (England).
A doom and gloom lyricist, a monumental bass-baritone vocalist, a stunning
live performer, a troubled mind, a desperate soul. The crushing combination
of his epilepsy attacks, depressions and love problems drove him to an untimely
death. He took his own life on 18 May 1980, only 23 years old.



JOHNNY THUNDERS – Born 15 July 1952Happy 69!

John Anthony Genzale was born on 15 July 1952 in Queens, New York. He was a
New York Doll, a Heartbreaker, an inspiring guitarist (absolute idol of the Sex Pistols’
Steve Jones and many other guitar heroes), a 24/7 rock and roll hedonist, a junkie,
a suicidal soul. On 23 April 1991 he played his last chord. Only 38 years old.


JOHNNY THUNDERS Solo Debut Album ‘SO ALONE’ Released 40 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

5 October 2018


Album: SO ALONE – Thunders’ first solo LP

Released: 6 October 1978 – 40 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Following the drug-fueled implosion of the Heartbreakers, Johnny Thunders bounced back with his first solo outing, So Alone. Featuring a veritable who’s who of ’70s punk and hard rock – Chrissie Hynde, Phil Lynott, Peter Perrett, Steve Marriott, Paul Cook, and Steve Jones, among others. The record was a testament to what the former New York Dolls guitarist could accomplish with a little focus. Much like Thunders’ best work with the New York Dolls and Heartbreakers, So Alone is a gloriously sloppy amalgam of R&B, doo-wop, and three-chord rock & roll.” Score: 4.5/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Johnny Thunders – born John Anthony Genzale – looked like
a rock star, played like a rock star, but unfortunately died like an addicted rock star. ‘So Alone‘ sounds like his life. Wild, rough, confused, rowdy, plain-spoken and at times far-out.

Standout track: the inevitable…

Album in full…

JOHNNY THUNDERS: Biography – Discography