Sunday, March 03, 2013
The Harlots of 42nd Street –Unreleased Acetate!
The Harlots of 42nd Street - Polyethylena Purebred/ Shake My Blues (Unreleased acetate US 1973?)
When platform-booted slags ruled the roost…The Harlots of 42nd Street were major players in the early 70s New York underground Glam/Trash crowd which also included The New York Dolls, Stilettoes, Bitch, Teenage Lust, Brats, Magic Tramps, Luger and others. Apart from the Dolls, very little has been heard from these bands, although a Harlots single was released on Sunburst http://proudfootsound.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/harlots-of-42nd-street-cool-dude-foxy.html
This unreleased acetate s hints at the power and sleaze promised. It’s rough, fun, under-produced and but still doesn’t quite capture the band in all its expected raw glory. Polyethena Purebred is surprisingly melodic over the NY Dolls raunchy backdrop whilst Shake My Blues is a good chug-a-long, again quite melodic with and end sing along. So this acetate ends up being more of an important historical document in the Proto Punk archives, than a revelatory kick-ass single. But the questions remains: What else is potentially in the vaults somewhere?
Hear a full version of Polyethylena Purebred
Hear a full version of Shake My Blues