Saturday, September 11, 2010


David Johansen and the Harry Smiths

"Old Dog Blue" has been kicking around now for well over a century out of minstrel shows, fairs, the best wooden back porches, and my favorite version by Jim Jackson from 1928. Go find it. It has a union between man and beast as fine as the Bible.

New York Doll, David Johansen is now 60 years old and here he takes a great whack at the adventure with his band of cut throats the Harry Smiths.

Johansen is the son of Irish and Norwegian American parents. It's one of many reasons why he looks a bit like a Viking.