This is your brain on Suicide, New York Dolls, the Stillettos, the Offs, the Senders, Philip Rambow, VON LMO, Iggy Pop, Knots, Roland Alphonso, Cherry Vanilla, Nico, Joy Ryder, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers…
By Blurt Staff
You know the name Max’s Kansas City if you are even remotely familiar with the NYC punk scene of the mid/late ‘70s. The iconic LP of the same name is now being reissue via Jungle/MVD, greatly extended to 40 tracks on a double-CD and a selection of 25 tracks on a double-LP. The extended collection features Suicide, The Fast, Wayne County, New York Dolls, the Stillettos, the Offs, the Senders, Philip Rambow, VON LMO, Iggy Pop, Knots, Roland Alphonso, Cherry Vanilla, Nico, Joy Ryder, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and Sid Vicious amongst many others.
It includes many previously unreleased tracks and rarities. Compiled by Peter Crowley, who also contributes notes detailing the history of the album. Writer, musician and Max’s scenester Jimi LaLumia provides historical overview sleeve-notes along with biographies of the artists in a 20-page booklet. Look for the album on May 5.
The New York club had closed in 1974, then reopened in 1975 under new management, and Peter Crowley was hired as music director. The new young bands he booked helped spawn, in tandem with CBGBs, the New York City punk scene. In 1976 Peter compiled a studio album of acts associated with the club, Max’s Kansas City 1976, to help promote the club. It featured the first released recordings of Suicide, The Fast and Warhol-era veteran Wayne County, whose title-track gave a roll-call of many of the famous acts who’d regularly performed there. A Vol. 2 was subsequently released a few years later.
Above: Sleeve art from the original LP; below, sleeve art from Vol. 2.