Johnny Thunders / Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

Live in Cold Blood [Video/DVD]

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Johnny Thunders' drug abuse has been well documented in just about every bio that has been printed since his heroin-related demise in 1991. But rarely has its effects been on display as readily as the 2002 Thunders video/DVD Live in Cold Blood. Recorded at New York's Irving Plaza on March 13, 1982, Thunders appears as though he's about to nod off or be ill throughout the entire set, which leads watchers to question how much of his "stoned" display is an act or for real (for instance, although he appears to be out of it, he has no problem reeling off his trademark sloppy and rockin' riffs throughout). Thunders leads his backing band (which includes original Heartbreakers guitarist Walter Lure) through a half-hour's worth of tunes, including such Thunders standards as "Too Much Junkie Business," "Pipeline," "Born to Lose," and the video's concert-opening title track. Also included are a pair of male chauvinistic rants, "Just Another Girl" and "Who Needs Girls," while Thunders unsuccessfully tries to wrestle with a faulty guitar strap throughout, even laying down on-stage at one point to sing.