I’ve Tried

Some more trashy (good trashy), New York, loser chic in the shape of Johnny Thunders. This song may well be his best and was a standout from his 1978 solo album So Alone, an album stuffed full of special guests- Phil Lynott, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Marriott, Only One Peter Perrett, Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook and Johnny’s own Heartbreakers.

Hey Is Dee Dee Home?

Johnny Thunders may either be the cockiest, coolest, guitar slinging ex-New York Doll who inspired a legion of imitators (Steve Cook for one), or the dick who introduced heroin to the London punk scene, sewed bad vibes throughout and ultimately caused the whole scene to splinter, but he did leave behind at least two punk rock classics- You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory being one, and the other being Chinese Rocks. Written by Richard Hell and Dee Dee Ramone, Chinese Rocks was an attempt to write a drug song that was better than The Velvet Underground’s Heroin. There followed a bitch and blame session about who wrote what, what Johnny Thunders contributed (‘nothing’ according to Richard Hell) and much sniping in the way that only punk bands could snipe at each other. What is pretty clear though is that Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers recorded the definitive version.