David Johansen (album)

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David Johansen
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Studio album by David Johansen
Released May 1978
Recorded February 1978
The Record Plant, New York
Genre Rock
Length 38:16
Label Blue Sky Records
Razor & Tie
Producer Richard Robinson, David Johansen
David Johansen chronology
David Johansen
In Style
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record Guide A–[2]

David Johansen is a 1978 album by the rock musician David Johansen and his first solo album following his tenure as lead singer of the New York Dolls. The album was released on Blue Sky Records, a sub-label of Columbia Records that was associated with Johnny and Edgar Winter. David Johansen also features fellow New York Doll guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, who was a member of the David Johansen Band at that time. Sylvain co-wrote four of the songs with Johansen. The single from the album was Johansen and Sylvain's "Funky But Chic", backed with "The Rope (The Let Go Song)", which has been included as a bonus track on the CD. David Johansen was voted the tenth best record of 1978 in the Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics published by The Village Voice.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Funky But Chic"
  2. "Girls"
  3. "Pain in My Heart" (Johansen)
  4. "Not That Much" (Johansen, Buz Verno)
  5. "Donna" (Johansen)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Cool Metro"
  2. "I'm a Lover" (Johansen, Johnny Rao, Thomas Trask, Buz Verno)
  3. "Lonely Tenement" (Johansen)
  4. "Frenchette"

Bonus track[edit]

  1. "The Rope (The Let Go Song)" (Johansen)


  • David Johansen - vocals, guitar on "Donna", castanets & chimes on "Frenchette"
  • Frankie LaRocka - drums, vocals on "Funky But Chic", "Girls", "Pain in My Heart", "I'm a Lover"
  • Johnny Rao - guitar
  • Thomas Trask - guitar
  • Buz Verno - bass, vocals on "Funky But Chic", "Pain in My Heart", "Not That Much", "I'm a Lover", "Lonely Tenement"

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Bobby Blain - organ on "Funky But Chic", "Cool Metro", piano on "Girls", "Donna", "Frenchette"
  • Stan Bronstein - horn on "Funky But Chic", "Pain in My Heart"
  • Felix Cavaliere - organ on "Pain in My Heart"
  • Sarah Dash - vocals on "Funky But Chic"
  • Nona Hendryx - vocals on "Funky But Chic"
  • Joe Perry - rhythm guitar on "Not That Much", guitar on "Cool Metro"
  • Scarlet Rivera - violin on "Donna", "Lonely Tenement"
  • Sylvain Sylvain - guitar on "Cool Metro"
  • Tony Machine - percussion on "Funky But Chic"
  • Gene Leppik - additional vocals
  • Jimmie Mack - additional vocals

Production Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Richard Robinson and David Johansen
  • Engineered by Dave Thoener
  • Directed by Steve Paul
  • Assistant Engineers: Jay Krugman, Gregory Caruso, Gray Russell
  • Mastered by Sterling Sound by Crag Calbi
  • Recorded in New York City, February 1978 at The Record Plant
  • Cover Design by Elena Pavlov
  • Cover Photography by Benno Friedman
  • Back Cover Photo by Gary Green


  • Cassette David Johansen Razor & Tie 1992
  • CD David Johansen Razor & Tie 1992
  • Cassette David Johansen [Bonus Track] Caroline Distribution 1992
  • CD David Johansen American Beat Records 2008
  • CD David Johansen Culture Factory 2012
  • CD David Johansen Razor & Tie


  1. ^ David Johansen (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "David Johansen". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. p. 199. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Pazz & Jop Critics Poll 1978