March 18, 2013

Born to Lose, Willy & Johnny

Willy DeVille and Johnny Thunders at Born to Lose:
The Last Rock and Roll Movie (1999)

Johnny Thunders (July 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991), born John Anthony Genzale, Jr., was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the New York Dolls. He later played with The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. Willy DeVille wrote a song called "Chemical Warfare" which appeared on his 1992 album Backstreets of Desire. "Chemical Warfare" was dedicated to Johnny Thunders with whom DeVille shared a long-time friendship. DeVille was first to arrive at the hotel the day of Johnny's death. "Everybody knows a Johnny who just passed away. Big wheels count their dollars while the families count their prayers" (Chemical warfare, chemical warfare, ...)

Also see: Willy DeVille 'the actor' - a filmography

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1 comment:

  1. The "Chemical warfare" video really sucks - as its creator def. didn't understand the lyrics and what the song's about!


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