You'd best believe I'm from New York City
The New York Dolls are an American rock band formed in New York City 1971 by school friends Sylvain Sylvain and Billy Murcia.
In August 1973 Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood were invited to showcase Let It Rock (their then clothing brand) at the National Boutique Show at New York’s MacAlpin Hotel. Here, McLaren was hugely influenced by his meeting with the New York Dolls – who were well known for their dressing in drag – and they showed him their music. He later explained his first impression, ‘It was awful. So awful that it crashed through into the other side, into magnificence.’ The New York Dolls ignited a lust in McLaren that inspired him to integrate much of what he’d seen into his own shop SEX in London, which subsequently became pivotal in the emerging Punk scene.
Although their original line-up fell apart quickly, the band’s first two albums – New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974) – became among the most popular cult records in rock and roll. The New York Dolls influenced bands such as the Sex Pistols, Kiss, The Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, The Damned, and the Smiths. In 1975, floundering in drug abuse and interpersonal conflicts, the band split up.