Album: New York Dolls, Dancing Backwards in High Heels (Blast)

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The late-life second career of the New York Dolls has been one of rock's most heartwarming stories.

The legendary 1970s sleaze-merchants' only surviving members are gatemouthed singer David Johansen and six-string wisecracker Sylvain Sylvain, but with new recruit Earl Slick on guitar they've made a third reunion album filled with ramshackle glam and girl-group trash, reverberating with street-corner romanticism and hard-won wisdom.