In Style (album)

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In Style
In Style (album).jpg
Studio album by David Johansen
Released 1979
Studio The Schoolhouse, Westpoint, Connecticut
Genre Rock
Length 38:43
Label Blue Sky
Producer Mick Ronson, David Johansen
David Johansen chronology
David Johansen
(1978)David Johansen1978
In Style
(1979)
Here Comes the Night
(1981)Here Comes the Night1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
The Village VoiceB+[1]

In Style is the second solo album released by (then-)former lead singer of the New York Dolls, David Johansen. It was released in 1979 on Blue Sky Records.

Background[edit]

Johansen's self-titled solo debut earned favorable reviews but low sales. Consequently, In Style – featuring more pop-style songs such as "Melody" and "Swaheto Woman" – was designed to be more commercial.

"Swaheto Woman", released as a single, provided Johansen's first disco song. "Swaheto Woman" and three other tracks were cowritten by Johansen's friend and fellow New York Doll, Sylvain Sylvain. In Style also features Ian Hunter and Dan Hartman.

Of the closing "Flamingo Road", Johnny Depp remarked: "I think it's about his experience of losing his wife to Steven Tyler, and the words are beautifully written, beautifully execuited. The whole record's great. Johansen was doing some great shit back then."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Melody" (David Johansen, Ronnie Guy) (2:58)
  2. "She" (David Johansen, Buz Verno) (2:21)
  3. "Big City" (David Johansen) (4:09)
  4. "She Knew She Was Falling in Love" (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain) (3:46)
  5. "Swaheto Woman" (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain) (5:05)
  6. "Justine" (David Johansen) (4:34)
  7. "In Style" (David Johansen) (4:08)
  8. "You Touched Me Too" (David Johansen, Johnny Ráo) (2:23)
  9. "Wreckless Crazy" (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain) (3:17)
  10. "Flamingo Road" (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain) (6:02)

Personnel[edit]

  • Mick Ronson – producer, guitar
  • David Johansen – keyboards, guitar, vocals, producer
  • Stan Bronstein – saxophone
  • Ronnie Guy – piano
  • Dan Hartman – bass, backing vocals
  • Ian Hunter – acoustic piano on "Flamingo Road"
  • Frankie LaRocka – drums, backing vocals
  • Tom Mandel – organ
  • Johnny Ráo – guitar
  • Dave Still – engineer, backing vocals
  • Sylvain Sylvain – backing vocals
  • Gary Green – backing vocals
  • Tommy Trask – guitar, backing vocals
  • Buz Verno – bass
  • Gene Orloff – orchestra conductor on "Melody", arranged by David Johansen and Mick Ronson

Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ Village Voice review
  2. ^ Rowley, Scott (January 2017). "The interview: Johnny Depp". Classic Rock. No. 231. p. 13.