500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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New York Dolls, 'Personality Crisis'

Writers: David Johansen, Johnny Thunders
Producer: Todd Rundgren
Released: Aug. '73, Mercury
Did not chart

No song better captured the New York Dolls' glammed-out R&B than "Personality Crisis," the opening track on the group’s debut. Produced by Todd Rundgren during an eight-day session, "Crisis" was the trashy sound of a meltdown ("Frustration and heartache is what you got"); soon after, the Dolls fell victim to one themselves and dissolved amid a haze of drugs.

Appears on: New York Dolls (Mercury)

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