Que Sera Sera (album)

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Que Sera Sera
Studio album by Johnny Thunders
Released 1985
Recorded West 3 Studios, London, August 1985
Genre Garage rock, punk rock, alternative rock
Label Jungle Records
Producer Johnny Thunders
Johnny Thunders chronology
Hurt Me
(1984)
Que Sera Sera
(1985)
Copy Cats
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 2.5/5 stars[2]

Que Sera Sera is a 1985 album by Johnny Thunders. Johnny Thunders shot some New Yawk scoff into songs like the punk mission statement "Little Bit of Whore," "Short Lives" and "Endless Party." "Billy Boy" is a searing instrumental ode to fallen original New York Dolls drummer Billy Murcia. Two songs on the album, "M.I.A." and "Alone in a Crowd", was originally penned in 1979 for the group Thunders was playing in then, Gang War. "Endless party" is a leftover from the New York Dolls-era. The original 1985-release of the album had ten songs. On later cd-pressings three more were added: "Que Sera, Sera", "Cool Operator (Black Cat Remix)" and Thunders own remix of the opening track, "Short Lives", who replaced the original mix as opener of the album. "Que Sera Sera" was first released as a single (7" & 12"), backed with Thunders remix of "Short Lives". "Tie Me Up" was also released as b-side to the Johnny Thunders & Patti Palladin single Crawfish in 1985.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Johnny Thunders; except where indicated

  1. "Short Lives" (Thunders, Patti Palladin) 3:09
  2. "M.I.A." 2:47
  3. "I Only Wrote This Song for You" 2:32
  4. "Little Bit of Whore" 2:27
  5. "Cool Operator" (Thunders, Keith George Yon) 6:18
  6. "Blame It on Mom" 3:42
  7. "Tie Me Up" (Thunders, Patti Palladin) 3:11
  8. "Alone in a Crowd" 2:40
  9. "Billy Boy" 3:00
  10. "Endless Party" (Thunders, David Johansen) 2:41
  11. "Que Sera, Sera" 3:41
  12. "Short Lives (original mix)" 3:16
  13. "Cool Operator (Black Cat Remix)" 5:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Johnny Thunders - guitar, vocals
  • Keith George Yon - bass
  • Tony St. Helene - drums
  • Wilko Johnson - guitar on 5 & 10
  • Michael Monroe - saxophone, harmonica
  • John Perry - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals on 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.
  • Patti Palladin - vocals
  • Nasty Suicide - guitar on 1
  • Stiv Bators - backing vocals on 10
  • Dave Tregunna - backing vocals on 10
  • Pedro Ortiz - percussion
  • J.C. Carroll - mandolin, accordion
  • Henri-Paul - guitar on 7
  • John "Irish" Earle - saxophone
  • Judd Lander - mouth organ
  • St. Theresa School Choir 'child abuse' on 11.
  • Nina Antonia - liner notes
  • Lee Black Childers - photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
UK Indie Chart[3] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Claps, Andy. "Que Sera, Sera". Allmusic. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dickson, Dave (6 Mar 1986). "Johnny Thunders 'Que Sera, Sera'". Kerrang! 115. London, UK: Morgan Grampian. p. 26. 
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014.