The New York Dolls – Lookin’ Fine On Television (MVD Visual)

Back in 2005 a pretty good New York Dolls DVD came out called All Dolled Up. It was made from extensive black and white footage of the band Nadya Beck and Bob Gruen shot in the 1970’s. It captured the Dolls on-stage and off, giving viewers a candid look at life in one of rock’s most compelling groups. Six years later, we get another Dolls DVD; this one called Lookin’ Fine On Television, which is just that same footage re-edited into music videos to accompany the live audio tracks Beck and Gruen recorded with their camera. If repurposed footage sounds like a redundant waste of time to you, that’s most likely because it is. How similar are these two DVDs? They even have the same image of the back cover! The only cool part of the package is a bonus interview with a seemingly drunk David Johansen and Johnny Thunders in front of CBGB’s in 1976. Given the 35 years of musical history that’s gone down since the interview, it’s funny to hear Thunders talking rather nonchalantly about his upcoming tour with “a group called the Sex Pistols” and about how he might change his band’s name from The Heartbreakers because of some new band called Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Outside of those brief moments, there’s nothing about Lookin’ Fine that’s worth your money.

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