Johnny Thunders ‘Born Too Loose’

the best of Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders 'best of'

Johnny Thunders, the legendary late New York Dolls guitarist who found further infamy with The Heartbreakers in London after joining the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy tour, has for the first time all the highlights of his often wayward solo career gathered together on one CD. And as a bonus, it’s packaged with a second disc of unreleased recordings, including 3 recently discovered Heartbreakers studio tracks.

Disc 1 features favourite Heartbreakers tracks such as Born To Lose, Chinese Rocks and Pirate Love from ‘L.A.M.F.’, plus In Cold Blood and Diary Of A Lover recorded by Stones’ producer Jimmy Miller. The album contrasts Johnny’s wild rock’n’roll persona with his gentler, melodic side with songs from the acoustic album ‘Hurt Me’; and has 60’s covers Crawfish and Born To Cry from his album with Patti Palladin, ‘Copy Cats’. Including Little Bit Of Whore, You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory and more, the album fills a void as a great introduction to Johnny Thunders.

Disc 2 is a real bonus for those who need no introduction, with some never-before-heard Heartbreakers studio recordings from 1977: London Boys, (about the Sex Pistols after they wrote New York about the Dolls), Too Much Junkie Business, and Great Big Kiss. Added to some helter-skelter live in ’77 Heartbreakers recordings, some acoustic live and studio sessions, and a live in Italy show with the Pistols’ Glen Matlock on bass, these unreleased tapes are a feast for Johnny Thunders fans.

The double-CD (at single-CD price) includes a 16-page booklet with notes by biographer Nina Antonia and a 20-year diary resumé of Johnny’s life. Nina’s biography ‘Johnny Thunders - In Cold Blood’, has been updated and is due soon on Cherry Red Books. And the Heartbreakers video, ‘Dead Or Alive’, is also to be issued on DVD with additional footage – an interview, and a trailer for a forthcoming film on Johnny Thunders, ‘Born To Lose’ directed by Lech Kowalski of DOA and Gringo fame.

Disc 1: (Best Of) Born To Lose, Chinese Rocks, It’s Not Enough, You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory, In Cold Blood, Pirate Love, Diary Of A Lover, Born To Cry, One Track Mind, I Only Wrote This Song For You, Crawfish, Little Bit Of Whore, Hurt Me, MIA, Sad About Society. (15 tracks)
Disc 2: (Previously Unreleased) Heartbreakers Riverside Studios: London Boys, Too Much Junkie Business, Great Big Kiss; Heartbreakers Live at the Speakeasy: Chinese Rocks, Get Off The Phone, All By Myself, I Love You, I Wanna Be Loved; Black Cats: Countdown Love, Blame It On Mom, Personality Crisis; Live Lyceum: You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory, Eve of Destruction, Like a Rolling Stone(1); Greenhouse Studio, acoustic: Like A Rolling Stone(2), Hurt Me, Diary Of A Lover, Sad Vacation; Live in Italy: Pipeline, I Can Tell, Little Bit Of Whore, Talking ’Bout You, Too Much Junkie Business/Pills, Gloria. (24 tracks)

FREUD CD 60 5013145206027 October 4th 1999