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R.I.P. Dept.: Onetime New York Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dead at 75

Marty Thau. Photo via the New York TImes website.

Marty Thau, who managed the New York Dolls and figured in the careers of Richard Hell, Blondie, the Ramones and Suicide, died on Feb. 13 in Richmond, Va. He was 75.

The cause was complications of renal failure, his daughter, Leslie Bernard, told the New York Times.

Writing about his discovery of the New York Dolls in early 1972, Thau wrote in a blog post:

At first I couldn’t get past the sight of them. They were visually remarkable. While everybody in America were wearing army coats and earth shoes, here were these guys decked out in leather and leopard skin with bouffant hairdo’s, black nail polish, lipstick, six-inch platform boots, chopped jeans, feather boa’s, armbands and pantyhose. It was a style beyond femininity and thrown together in such a way as to appear natural. Then I zeroed in on their music … loud and hard ghetto music about girls, sex, drugs, loneliness, heartbreak and the rites of teenage romance. In other words … real rock ‘n’ roll.

I had never seen or heard anything like it and instantly knew they made everyone else look tired, which at that time meant David Bowie, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Roxy Music. Betty and I looked at each other and smiled. One thought was spinning through my mind … “what would the world think of the Dolls indeterminable gender bending … is this too real?”

For more, head to the New York Times obit.

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Listen: Remembering ‘Shadow’ Morton & the Shangri-Las

Photo of Shadow Morton via The New York Times.

George “Shadow” Morton was the auteur producer behind the Shangri-Las. Their first record was their greatest: 1964′ “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand).” You can listen to it below and see the group, though the footage is not synced to the song.

Years later Morton produced the New York Dolls’ second album, Too Much Too Soon.

Morton died this year, and in today’s New York Times Magazine, Rob Hoerburger writes about him and that record.

What a strange record it was: a song about a girl who gets a Dear Jane letter, alternately wailed and whispered, with thudding piano chords and a choir of sea gulls. “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand),” released in mid-1964, did something that few pop songs had dared: It overflowed with messy details. There was pathos, passion, wistful reminiscence, the possibility of dire consequences, all conveyed in 2 minutes 18 seconds by four way-too-knowing teenagers from Queens called the Shangri-Las. And it sprang from the mind of a 22-year-old who had never published or produced a song in his life, who just weeks before the record came out was scooping ice cream.

Read the story about “Shadow” Morton here.

“Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand)”:

“Leader of the Pack”:

New York Dolls, Too Much Too Soon:

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