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David Johansen

Biography

Most widely known for his tenure fronting the hugely influential NY Dolls, David Johansen was a genuine chameleon; through the entire course of a profession which noticed him transform from a lipstick-smeared proto-punk hero into an urbane blue-eyed spirit man and lastly right into a tuxedo-clad lounge lizard, he continued to be a rock and roll & roll first, an unstable iconoclast and a genuine cultural innovator. Delivered January 9, 1950, in Staten Isle, NY, Johansen became a member of his first music group, the Vagabond Missionaries, in his mid-teens. A tenure with Fast Eddie & the Electric powered Japs, in addition to an effort to mount a profession being a theatrical professional, implemented before a club-hopping Johansen fulfilled bassist Arthur Kane, who prolonged an invitation to become listed on his band, Celebrity. After changing their name to the brand new York Dolls, the group started creating a notorious status for his or her menacing, edgy music, drug-fueled way of life, and outrageously campy, pull queen-inspired glam picture; although neither their eponymous 1973 debut nor 1974’s AN EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF Too Soon actually cracked the very best 100, the Dolls founded an long lasting cult pursuing, and their impact increasing of punk was unmistakable. The Dolls officially split up in 1975, although Johansen and guitarist Syl Sylvain continuing performing beneath the group’s name for just two even more years. Finally, in 1977, Johansen moved into the recording studio room along with his support group, the Staten Isle Boys, to lower his self-titled single debut; although it marketed no much better than the Dolls’ information, it do renew the critics’ romance using the vocalist and his gritty, soulful tone of voice. With manufacturer Mick Ronson, he came back in 1979 using the Motown-influenced HOWEVER YOU LIKE, implemented in 1981 with the commercial-minded Right here Comes the night time. While 1982’s concert established Live It Up earned some airplay because of its medley from the Pets strikes “We Gotta Escape This Place,” “It’s MY ENTIRE LIFE,” and “Don’t Bring Me Down,” Johansen was compelled to reassess his profession when 1984’s dance-flavored Lovely Revenge tanked. By the end of 1984 he resurfaced within the pompadoured guise of Buster Poindexter, a expected ethnomusicologist equipped with an expansive understanding of R&B chestnuts. After debuting the Buster personality at some middle-’80s downtown NY loft gigs using the Uptown Horns, Johansen continuing honing the identification within the piano pubs of Manhattan, building a lounge swinger persona which predated the lounge-kitsch revival from the mid-’90s by way of a 10 years. As Poindexter’s reputation grew, he started fronting a big music group dubbed the Banshees in Blue and creating a dedicated following on the brand new York golf club circuit. In 1987, he released an LP, Buster Poindexter, which presented the party vintage “Hot Hot Warm,” an effervescent cover of the obscure 1984 soca strike. Furthermore to reviving Johansen’s profession like a musical performer, Buster also restored his long-dormant performing insect, and he was tapped to co-star within the 1988 features Wedded towards the Mob and Scrooged. The type continued to be Johansen’s concentrate in following years aswell, as evidenced from the albums Buster Moves Berserk in 1989 and Buster’s Content Hour in 1994. He managed a comparatively low profile within the years before the spring 2000 launch of David Johansen & the Harry Smiths.

Quick Facts


Full Name David Johansen
Date Of Birth January 9, 1950
Profession Actor, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Spouse Mara Hennessey, Kate Simon, Cyrinda Foxe
Music Groups New York Dolls
Music Songs Personality Crisis, Hot Hot Hot, Frenchette, Funky but Chic, Cool Metro, We Gotta Get Out of This Place / Don’t Bring Me Down / It’s My Life, Lonely Tenement, Heart of Gold, Pain in My Heart, Bohemian Love Pad, Not That Much, Alabama Song, Swaheto Woman, Wreckless Crazy, Strut Miss Lizzie, I’m a Lover, Looking for a Kiss, Stranded in the Jungle, She Knew She Was Falling in Love, Ain't Cha Glad, Old Dog Blue, You Touched Me Too, Flamingo Road, She Loves Strangers, King of Babylon, Hit the Road Jack, Marquesa de Sade, Oh Me Oh My, Build Me Up Buttercup, The Last Kind Words, Rollin’ Job, House of the Rising Sun
Albums Buster Poindexter, The David Johansen Group Live, Buster Goes Berserk, Sweet Revenge, In Style, Shaker, Live It Up, Buster's Spanish Rocketship, Here Comes the Night, Buster's Happy Hour, David Johansen, Live At Bunky's, Madison WI 04-07-78. Complete FM Radio Broadcast Concert. (Digitally Remastered For Greatly Enhanced Sound Quality), Here Comes The Night + Bonus Track, Live at Bunky's, Madison, 1978
Nominations MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist
Movies Scrooged, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Let It Ride, Mr. Nanny, Freejack, Car 54, Where Are You?, Candy Mountain, September Songs - The Music of Kurt Weill, Glass Chin, The Tic Code, Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel, 200 Cigarettes, Naked in New York, The Deli, Campfire Stories, Burnzy's Last Call, Gandahar, Crooked Lines, Nick and Jane, The New York Dolls: Pre-Crash Condition, Motherf...: A Movie, God Is on Their Side, Dream Lover, Bodies In Irreversible Detriment


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#Fact
1 He is of Norwegian (father) and Irish (mother) descent.
2 Was considered for the role of Max Cady in Cape Fear (1991).
3 Singing under the name Buster Poindexter, he had a big hit with the song "Hot, Hot, Hot."
4 Former member of the early 70s glam rock group; New York Dolls.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
God Is on Their Side 2002 performer: "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands", "When the Saints Go Marching In", "Onward, Christian Soldiers", "Lili Marleen" - uncredited
Futurama 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Auto Focus 2002 performer: "Snap!" - as Buster Poindexter
The Simpsons 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Freddy Got Fingered 2001 writer: "Personality Crisis"
Everybody Loves Raymond 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Filth and the Fury 2000 Documentary writer: "Looking For A Kiss" - as Johansen
The Bachelor 1999 performer: "Hit the Road Jack" - as Buster Poindexter
Heart 1999 writer: "Looking for a Kiss"
My Favorite Martian 1999 performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
Velvet Goldmine 1998 writer: "Personality Crisis"
Burnzy's Last Call 1995 performer: "Space Monkey", "I Want to Be at My Own Funeral" / writer: "Space Monkey", "I Want to Be at My Own Funeral"
Grumpier Old Men 1995 performer: "Hit The Road Jack" - as Buster Poindexter
Angus 1995 performer: "Hot, Hot, Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
Postcards from America 1994 writer: "Trash", "Looking for a Kiss"
Car 54, Where Are You? 1994 performer: "Mambo Luv"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mr. Nanny 1993 performer: "ROUGH STUFF" - as Buster Poindexter / writer: "ATTITUDE DUDE", "I DON'T WANNA GO TO SCHOOL", "DREAM DAD", "ROUGH STUFF"
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Valentina 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grammy Living Legends 1989 TV Movie performer: "Cabaret"
The Dream Team 1989 performer: "HIT THE ROAD JACK" - as Buster Poindexter
Scrooged 1988 performer: "Brown Eyed Girl" - as Buster Poindexter
Casual Sex? 1988 performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
China Girl 1987 performer: "Chinatown Tonight"
Saturday Night Live 1986 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Miami Vice TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
My Science Project 1985 performer: "Hit and Run"
Fear City 1984 lyrics: "New York Doll", "Sucker City" / performer: "New York Doll", "Sucker City"
Times Square 1980 performer: "Flowers in the City" credit only / writer: "Flowers in the City" credit only
Up the Academy 1980 lyrics: "Girls" / music: "Girls" / performer: "Girls"
Rock Concert TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1979 writer - 1 episode, 1979
Mike & Mike 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vinyl TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 2015 performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
A Very Murray Christmas 2015 performer: "I Saw The Light", "Fairytale Of New York", "O Tannenbaum" uncredited
Red Band Society 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gotham 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morrissey: 25 Live 2013 Video writer: "Looking for a Kiss"
Miss Farkku-Suomi 2012 music: "Personality Crisis"
The Three Stooges 2012 writer: "Dance Like A Monkey"
Chuck 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Get Him to the Greek 2010 writer: "Personality Crisis"
Kick-Ass 2010 "We're All in Love"
America's Got Talent 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Adventureland 2009 writer: "Looking for a Kiss"
Four Christmases 2008 performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2008 performer: "Hot Hot Hot" - as Buster Poindexter
Anamorph 2007 arranger: "In Love Again" / performer: "In Love Again"
Entourage 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Love the 80's 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Aviator 2004 performer: "Ain't Cha Glad" 1933
Crooked Lines 2003 performer: "Oh Babe, What Would You Say"
The Office 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus 2003 Documentary performer: "The Last Kind Word Blues" / writer: "The Last Kind Word Blues"
End of the Century 2003 Documentary writer: "Looking for a Kiss"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Very Murray Christmas 2015 The Bartender
Glass Chin 2014 Stanley Loori
B.I.I.D. 2013 Short Blas
New York Dolls Live at Bowery Ballroom 2011 TV Movie
New York Dolls in Newcastle 2011 TV Movie
Teen Titans 2005 TV Series Ding Dong Daddy Dowd
Coda 2005 Short August West
The Adventures of Pete & Pete 2005 TV Series Park Ranger Thorsen
Crooked Lines 2003 Charlie
Arena 2003 TV Series documentary Buffalo Bill
God Is on Their Side 2002 God (as Buster Poindexter)
Dream Lover 2002/II Video short David
Campfire Stories 2001 Ranger Bill
Deadline 2001 TV Series Benny
Oz 2000 TV Series Eli Zabitz
200 Cigarettes 1999 Tiki Bartender
The Tic Code 1999 Marvin
Cupid 1998 TV Series Homeless Guy in Park / Narrator
The Deli 1997 The Cabbie
Cats Don't Dance 1997 Bus Driver (voice)
Nick and Jane 1997 Carter
Burnzy's Last Call 1995 Andre
The Weinerville Chanukah Special 1995 TV Movie Gonsah K'nocker (as Buster Poindexter)
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1995 TV Series Freddy Kay
Car 54, Where Are You? 1994 Officer Gunther Toody
Naked in New York 1993 Orangutang
Mr. Nanny 1993 Tommy Thanatos
Freejack 1992 Brad
Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel 1991 Auggie
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie 1990 Halston (segment "Cat From Hell")
Let It Ride 1989 Looney
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1989 TV Series Buster Poindexter
Scrooged 1988 Ghost of Christmas Past
Married to the Mob 1988 'The Priest'
Late Night with David Letterman 1988 TV Series Buster Poindexter
Gandahar 1988 Shayol (English version, voice)
Saturday Night Live 1986-1987 TV Series Buster Poindexter Buster Poindexter - Musical Guest
The Equalizer 1987 TV Series Garnet
Candy Mountain 1987 Keith Burns
Miami Vice 1985 TV Series Singer at Party

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Nanny 1993
Candy Mountain 1987

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past 2016 Documentary Himself
Park Bench with Steve Buscemi 2015 TV Series Himself
Sami Yaffa - Sound Tracker 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Clockwork Orange County 2012 Video documentary Himself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Singer, New York Dolls
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2009 TV Series Himself - Interview
Motherfucker: A Movie 2007 Documentary
Soundstage 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music 2007 Documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2007 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
New York Dolls: On the Lip 2006 Video documentary short Himself
3-D Rocks 2005 Documentary Himself
All Dolled Up: A New York Dolls Story 2005 Documentary Himself
Punk: Attitude 2005 Documentary Himself
New York Doll 2005 Documentary Himself
Lightning in a Bottle 2004 Documentary Himself
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus 2003 Documentary Himself
25 Years of Punk 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Pretenders: Greatest Hits 2000 Video documentary Himself (segment "No Turn Left Unstoned")
Unauthorized Biography: Milo, Death of a Supermodel 1997 TV Special short Buster Poindexter (as Buster Poindexter)
Rock Family Trees 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Performances 1994 TV Series Himself
Showbiz Today 1990 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989-1990 TV Series Himself
Grammy Living Legends 1989 TV Movie Himself (as Buster Poindexter)
The Jim Henson Hour 1989 TV Series Himself
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music 1989 TV Movie Himself (as Buster Poindexter)
Late Night with David Letterman 1988 TV Series Himself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1988 TV Series Himself - Buster Poindexter
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself (as Buster Poindexter)
The New Show 1984 TV Series Himself / Various
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary Himself - New York Dolls (as David JoHansen)
End of the Century 2003 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Filth and the Fury 2000 Documentary Himself

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#Quote
1 Every singer who's worth his salt is an actor. You play different characters in different songs. Sometimes you're a romantic lead, sometimes you're this madcap party barbarian. You play all these roles, running through every aspect of emotion.

#Trademark
1 Flamboyant Stage manner
2 High pitched,Raw Vocals
3 Sunglasses

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