When: Sat., Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Although their initial breakup in 1977 was the year punk rock broke through to the mainstream, The New York Dolls, formed in the fledgling years of the now-legendary, never-imitable style, can gaze upon all of the wannabes and say, “It's been done.” Founding member, pianist and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain was just as vital to the Doll’s sound and style as Iggy Pop was to spectacles of self-harm or Lou Reed to getting down with the brown, two other founding fathers of punk. Sylvain, who previously played in Actress, a band that featured future Dolls bandmates Johnny Thunders and Billy Murcia, was a seminal figure in the spread of the dirty-pretty, nasty-sassy genre. Without Sylvain, the Dolls’ skin-tight spandex, bouffant hair (held together by clouds of Aqua Net) and over-five-inch heels wouldn’t have made the strong impact that it did on the rising glam rock scene. They inspired countless musicians, such as devoted fanboy Morrissey, who brought the Dolls back together for a reunion show, proving that the foundation the band built will forever be a testimonial to organic pure rock ‘n’ roll.