“ Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Punk / Artist: Johnny Thunders - Whos Been Talking / Original recording remastered / Audio CD released 2005-10-31 at Warner „
So Alone is the solo debut album by Heartbreakers frontman and New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders. If you're a fan of Johnny, then you'll undoubtedly like this album - if you're new to him, then you might find a few songs a little low key.
This album still retains some of the snarly proto punk sound that you'd find in a New York Dolls song but it's less kitschy and focuses more on an earlier rock n roll sound. Jerry Nolan, drummer in NYD and The Heartbreakers joins him in the line-up, so the sound is nothing too new. Like LAMF before it, it also has versions of some New York Dolls songs on it, such as the exceedingly cool "Subway Train"
The album starts off with a cover of Dick Dale's "Pipeline" and also contains a cover of The Shangri-Las "Great Big Kiss". If you get one of the more recent releases then it also includes a cover of "The Wizard", a song originally written by Marc Bolan when he was in John's Children.
You'll find slower, somewhat more sadder or perhaps self-reflective songs like "So Alone" and "Hurtin", tracks with heroin induced lyrics that sound a little morbid, the type of thing that Lou Reed or Iggy Pop also came out with from time to time but this album still has a great deal of life to it.
"London Boys" is one of the most aggressive numbers on the album and is delivered with true New York angst. As you can see there's a bit of everything in this, the cover songs are done justice, there's plenty of rocky, angry numbers and the quieter songs work well. The band are tight and sloppy at the same time and Johnny Thunders guitar playing is as great as you'd expect.
The now defunct and superb Trouser Press magazine called it Johnny Thunder's best album, so you don't need many more recommendations than that!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 You Can't Put Your Arms Round A Memory
3 Great Big Kiss
4 Ask Me No Questions
5 Leave Me Alone
6 Daddy Rollin' Stone
7 London Boys
8 [She's So] Untouchable
9 Subway Train
11 Dead Or Alive
13 So Alone
14 The Wizard