The New York Dolls have never won a Grammy. Grammys are apparently reserved for the hoary likes of Jethro Tull and the Eagles, rather than these feather-boa’d, rollerskate-footed jetboys whose influence has extended to the ’70s/’80s NYC scene (Ramones, Blondie, Television), a jillion metal and punk bands, and even former fanclub president/androgyny icon Morrissey.
This, of course, is a travesty. It’s enough to give me a personality crisis. Frustration and heartache is what I got…
But the glam godfathers still grabbed a little Grammy glory last night, when the Dolls (that is, original band members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, along with recent recruits Brian Delaney, Steve Conte, and ex-Hanoi Rocks bassist Sami Yaffa) performed at a private Grammy weekend bash hosted by ‘Los Angeles’ magazine, Von Zipper sunglasses, and the Dolls’ new label, Rhino Records.
And this Grammy soiree had some of the coolest, and most unexpected, celeb sightings of the weekend. No, there were no typical Rihannas or Chris Browns or Kanyes in sight, but Urge Overkill – fresh from their unexpected-but-genius participation at Friday’s Grammy/MusiCares “Person Of The Year” celebration honoring Neil Diamond – were present.
Check out this Dolls clip below and just look at Urge’s Nash Kato going nuts in the front row for ‘Pills’:
Sure, these glitter gods may never get the glittering Grammy statuette they deserve. But if they can unite members of Jane’s, Blondie, and Urge – 26 years after releasing their first album and being prematurely written off as a cross-dressing novelty act – that’s probably all the rock ‘n’ roll recognition they really need. That indeed is a lifetime achievement.