Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Johnny Thunders - "Dead Or Alive / Downtown" (7" Single - Real Records - 1978)

When the Heartbreakers broke up (actually for a while), Thunders formed the Living Dead and relocated with his family back to London. In February of 1978 began playing with the loose and floating line up of the Living Dead that included at times, Steve Jones & Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Peter Perrett & Mike Kellie (the Only Ones) or Steve Nicol and Paul Gray both members of Eddie & the Hot Rods. A&R dude, Dave Hill saw them and made a deal with Johnny with an end result this single. "Dead Or Alive" & "Downtown" recorded with the Eddie & the Hot Rods rhythm section guys and released through Real Records in May 1978. Power guitars and gutsy rhythms on both sides of this dynamite, which still remains and ace among Thunders catalog. 
320 Kpbs

Vocals, Guitar - Johnny Thunders
Bass - Paul Gray (2)
Drums - Steve Nicol
Producer - Steve Lillywhite & Johnny Thunders

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