Looking for a Kiss

New York Dolls

Song Review by Stewart Mason

Along with "Personality Crisis" and "Trash," "Looking for a Kiss" completes the trilogy of essential New York Dolls songs, the three songs on which their reputation was built. From the spoken word opening brazenly plagiarized from the Shangri-Las' "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" to Johnny Thunders' equally shameless copping of Keith Richards' signature riffs, "Looking for a Kiss" is built on stolen parts. It's what the Dolls do with their influences that matters, and what they do is infuse the song with the insouciant brattiness of David Johansen's sneering vocals. Furthermore, the oft-quoted line "Everyone's going to your house to shoot up in your room/Most of them are beautiful but so obsessed with gloom" is an acidic putdown -- over half a decade beforehand -- of what punk and its attendant sub-scenes would become. It's like Johansen and Thunders knew that Siouxsie and the Banshees were coming.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
New York Dolls 1973 Universal 3:18
Lipstick Killers (Mercer St. Sessions) 1981 Combat Records / ROIR 3:42
Glam Rock Hits 1999 Cleopatra 3:26
Hard Night's Day 2000 Norton 3:35
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the New York Dolls 2003 Mercury 3:20