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Johnny Thunders

  • Too Much Junkie Business [ROIR, 1983] B
  • Bootlegging the Bootleggers [Freud, 1990] Neither
  • Have Faith [Mutiny, 1996] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Too Much Junkie Business [ROIR, 1983]
Forced to chose between this Jimmy Miller-coproduced miscellany and the French live-LP-plus-studio-EP In Cold Blood--not to mention PVC's French-EP-plus-bait Diary of a Lover--I'd dig out So Alone or Live at Max's and ponder his spent youth. The tape costs less and has more new songs than the French package, which sounds better and runs a little longer. But neither sustains for more than five minutes at a stretch. Even from JT I expect consistency some of the time. B

Bootlegging the Bootleggers [Freud, 1990] Neither

Have Faith [Mutiny, 1996]
despite nondescript backup and much solo acoustic, his best crappy live tape yet ("Blame It on Mom," "Too Much Junkie Business") *