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Friday, May 13, 2005

Old Punk Moment 39

Buster Poindexter is Hot Hot Hot!

David Johansen of New York Dolls fame, desperate for some of that sweet Kid Creole And The Coconuts money, reinvented himself in the late 1980s as novelty lounge singer Buster Poindexter.

The nation danced to such standards as "Inez (Is Just A Big Rage Queen)", "Who Drank My Beer (While I was In The Rear)" and everyone's favorite, "Hot Hot Hot", with the hernia rendering lyric "People in the party hot hot hot People in the party hot hot hot They come to the party knowin what they got They come to the party knowin what they got I’m hot, you’re hot, he’s hot, she’s hotI’m hot, you’re hot, he’s hot, she’s hot!"

Oh do I wince when this song comes on, a perennial money-machine for David, which sure beats working, but when it's "Hot Hot Hot", how far behind can be "The Macarena"?!

This song also begs the question: is it worse than David Lee Roth's "Just A Gigolo". Whoever wins, we all lose.

As revenge for this transgression nature is aging David into a deadly cocktail of Mick Jagger and Curious George.


Blogger lou screw said...

Schiff, what you didn't mention was that he was doing that schtick for years, playing at Tramps in NYC, before ever getting signed. It wasn't like it was some A&R guys great scheme to emulate a 70's neo-disco band (Kid Creole & the Coconuts, whom most people have never heard of despite the Top 40 success of "Cher-che Le Femme").
He probably had a good manager/publicist who had some dirt on some record labels A&R guy.
I think his solo stuff after the Dolls was his best stuff ("Funky But Chic", "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Melody" to name a few, plus he did a great cover of the Foundations' "(Build Me Up) Buttercup"). And he blew away Blondie and Duran Duran at the Meadowlands in '82!

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