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"Personality Crisis" is the lead track from the New York Dolls' self-titled debut album. It was written by Dolls lead singer David Johansen and guitarist Johnny Thunders.[2] An early demo version of it appears on the 1981 collection Lipstick Killers – The Mercer Street Sessions 1972.

"Personality Crisis"
PersonalityCrisis.jpg
Single by New York Dolls
from the album New York Dolls
A-side"Trash"
ReleasedAugust 1973
Formatvinyl record (7"), 12", CD single
RecordedThe Record Plant, New York City
GenreGlam rock, proto-punk[1]
Length3:41
LabelMercury Records
Songwriter(s)David Johansen, Johnny Thunders
Producer(s)Todd Rundgren
New York Dolls singles chronology
"Trash" / "Personality Crisis"
(1973)
"Jet Boy" / "Vietnamese Baby"
(1973)

Contents

ReleaseEdit

Mercury Records originally released "Personality Crisis" in 1973 as a double A-side single with "Trash" to coincide with the album's release. Promo singles of "Personality Crisis" were also distributed to radio stations. Following the band's break-up, it was rereleased by Bellaphon Records as a double A-side with "Looking for a Kiss" in 1978. In 1982, a 12" single of "Personality Crisis" & "Looking For A Kiss" b/w "Subway Train" & "Bad Girl" was released by Kamera Records. The same track listing appeared on the See For Miles Records CD single released in 1990.[3]

ReceptionEdit

Jack Douglas, who engineered New York Dolls, named "Personality Crisis" as his favorite song on the album.[4] Music journalist Tony Fletcher called it an "instant glitter rock anthem",[5] while writer and historian David Szatmary called it an anthemic and dynamic protopunk song.[6] In Rolling Stone magazine, Tony Glover wrote that "Personality Crisis" serves as "a jumping companion piece to classics" such as The Doors' "Twentieth Century Fox" and "Cool, Calm & Collected" by the Rolling Stones.[7] It is number 267 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (#271 on the 2010 list).[8][9]

The song and the group were introduced to new listeners by a successful sampler album called "New Wave".

CoversEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Personality Crisis - New York Dolls | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Personality Crisis – New York Dolls". Nightly Song: Musings on Songs that Strike a Chord Tonight.
  3. ^ "New York Dolls – Personality Crisis". Discogs®.
  4. ^ Richard Buskin (December 2009). "New York Dolls 'Personality Crisis'/Classic Tracks". Sound On Sound.
  5. ^ Fletcher, Tony (2009). All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927–77. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 319. ISBN 039333483X.
  6. ^ Szatmary, David (1996). A Time to Rock: A Social History of Rock and Roll (3rd ed.). Schirmer Books. ISBN 0028646703. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Tony Glover (September 13, 1973). "New York Dolls (Review)". Rolling Stone.
  8. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "#271 New York Dolls, 'Personality Crisis'". Rolling Stone.
  10. ^ "Sonic Youth - Personality Crisis (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-08.

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