The cross-dressing punk pioneers the New York Dolls are proving that their 2006 and 2009 reunion/comeback albums were no fluke. Surviving original members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain will drop another new album, Dancing Backward in High Heels, come March 15 on 429 Records.
The album counts as the band’s fifth full-length release and was recorded in Newcastle, England and produced by Louis XIV’s Jason Hill. As most rock fans know, the band originally made a spalsh with their self-titled debut way back in 1973. But their recent efforts have been received well, with 2009’s ‘Cause I Sez So earning praise in the New Yorker and Billboard.
The title of the newest album, by the way, is most likely a reference to an old saying about Ginger Rogers — meaning that she bested her legendary movie dance partner Fred Astaire because she could do everything he did backward and in high heels. A variation of the Dolls’ title was also used as the title for a musical about Rogers from 2007, “Backwards in High Heels.”
Back to the subject at hand, there are no tour dates being announced as of yet for the Dolls, but the new album’s track listing is as follows. There’s no info from the record company about the song “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman,” but it’s probably a cover of the 1962 Patti Labelle and the Bluebells tune, since the original Dolls counted the girl group era as an influence.
1. Fool For You Baby
3. I’m So Fabulous
4. Talk to Me Baby
5. Kids Like You
6. Round and Round She Goes
7. You Don’t Have to Cry
8. I Sold My Heart to The Junkman
9. Baby Tell Me What I’m On
10. Funky But Chic
11. End of the Summer