14/01/2021: “Born To Lose” by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

American Punk Rock icon Johnny Thunders rose to fame with the New York Dolls.

It’s a shame that his major project after that, The Heartbreakers, was beset with difficulties and fizzled out. Not least their album, L.A.M.F., released in 1977. Malcolm McClaren, naturally, was involved…

The sound, even by the standards of Punk, was roundly slammed for being badly mixed and muddy.

To be honest though, this one is still a raucous, foot stomping punk rock classic.

The furious guitar work, ranging from rock ‘n’ roll riffing to punk shredding, elevates the piece, while the vocals add extra energy and passion.