So Alone (album)

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So Alone
Johnny Thunders So Alone.jpg
Studio album by Johnny Thunders
Released October 6, 1978
Recorded January-June 1978
Genre
Length 46:32
Label Real Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Producer Johnny Thunders
Steve Lillywhite
with special thanks to Steve Jones and Peter Perrett
Joe McEwen, Ira Robbins (CD reissue)
Johnny Thunders chronology
L.A.M.F.
(w/ The Heartbreakers)
(1977)L.A.M.F.1977
So Alone
(1978)
Live at Max's Kansas City
(w/ The Heartbreakers)
(1979)Live at Max's Kansas City1979

So Alone is a 1978 album by Johnny Thunders, then leader of The Heartbreakers and formerly lead guitarist for the New York Dolls.

Background and content[edit]

After recording L.A.M.F. with the Heartbreakers, Thunders returned to the studio and recorded his first true solo album, So Alone. The album featured Heartbreakers Walter Lure and Billy Rath, as well as several well-known guest musicians, including Phil Lynott, Steve Marriott, Chrissie Hynde, Peter Perrett, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Patti Palladin with whom Johnny would later record an album of duets. The album contained a mix of originals, standards from Heartbreakers live shows, and covers, including the Chantays' surf classic "Pipeline," the Shangri-Las' "(Give Him a) Great Big Kiss," Otis Blackwell's "Daddy Rollin' Stone" (done with Thunders on the opening verse, Phil Lynott on the 2nd and Steve Marriott on verse 3), and the New York Dolls' "Subway Train."

Diss track[edit]

The track "London Boys" was an answer song/diss track from Thunders aimed at the Sex Pistols who'd recorded a song called "New York" on their album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977) a year earlier, in which they attacked Thunders' band The New York Dolls for being rip-offs. [1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Trouser Press called the album "Thunders at his best."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Johnny Thunders, except where indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Pipeline" (Bob Spickard, Brian Carman)
  2. "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" (listed as "You Can't Put Your Arms Round a Memory")
  3. "Great Big Kiss" (George "Shadow" Morton)
  4. "Ask Me No Questions"
  5. "Leave Me Alone"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Daddy Rollin' Stone" (Otis Blackwell)
  2. "London Boys" (Billy Rath, Walter Lure, Thunders)
  3. "(She's So) Untouchable"
  4. "Subway Train" (Thunders, David Johansen)
  5. "Downtown" (Thunders, Johansen)
CD release bonus tracks
  • Tracks included on 1992 CD reissue:
  1. "Dead or Alive"
  2. "Hurtin'" (Henri Paul Tortosa, Thunders)
  3. "So Alone"
  4. "The Wizard" (Marc Bolan)

Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • Peter Gravelle – photography
  • Molly Reeve-Morrison – project coordinator
  • Lee Herschberg – remastering
  • Ira Robbins – producer, liner notes
  • Bill Smith – art direction, design
  • Joe McEwan – producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.punk77.co.uk/punkhistory/imitationsfromnewyork.htm
  2. ^ Claps, Andy. "So Alone – Johnny Thunders | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=johnny_thunders