Stomp Your Hands And Clap Your Feet

The New York Dolls reformed and released a new album back in 2006 which contained this song, Dance Like A Monkey, a more succinct argument against creationism and the religious right than Richard Dawkins has managed, easier to dance to and much funnier. The music is amped up Rolling Stones style funky rock. Singer David Johansen takes aim and fires…

‘You’re designed so intelligent
Ain’t no way that was an accident
Come on shake your monkey hips
My pretty little creationist

Ain’t gonna anthropomorphise ya
Or perversely polymorphisise ya

Little girl you look so sweet
You gotta dance like a monkey
Dance like a monkey’

Dance Like A Monkey


I can appreciate the historical importance of the New York Dolls, the bands they inspired and the groups that formed because of them, but sometimes I think they’re just, well, The Stones in women’s shoes. Their trash rock, garbage glam, seems a bit underwhelming compared to their reputation. Maybe you had to be there. On the other hand the odd song by them works very well on a compilation cd or on shuffle. In fact at least half of their debut album is top notch now I’m looking at the sleeve- Personality Crisis, Jet Boy, Subway Train, Looking For A Kiss and this song, Trash.