May 12, 2009

HARLOTS OF 42nd STREET - Cool Dude & Foxy Lady / Spray Paint Bandit


















42nd STREET - Cool Dude & Foxy Lady / Spray Paint Bandit (Sunburst 1974)
"We used to compete with the Harlots of 42nd Street which was a group of guys who looked like truck drivers but dressed like the Dolls and wore, like, fishnet stockings over these big muscular hairy legs. They were my favourite band."
This is what David Johansen says during an interview about the Harlots Of 42nd Street. Formed by the guitarist Chris Harlott, this band, together with the New York Dolls, Magic Tramps, the Brats, Teenage Lust, and others glitter rock band of the time, dominated the NYC underground scene in the first half of the 70s. Here's a copy of their single on Sunburst records, produced by Seth Greenky.

Cool Dude & Foxy
Lady

Spray Paint Bandit

32 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 12, 2009

    Wow, I've been looking for these guys since I read about them in Please Kill Me. Thanks!!!

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  2. Hey 'Harlots" - Great hearing your music again !!!

    Sesu Coleman - "Magic Tramps"

    www.magictramps.com
    www.myspace.com/magictramps

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  3. Very cool to finally have a chance to hear this legendary underground early '70s bit of NYC rock and roll history. Thank you so very much for posting this!!

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  4. Thanks for the Harlots tracks. Never even knew they existed. Cheers!

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  5. The Harlots practiced in my basement in Ozone Park, Queens, NY. My Brother was the lead guitarist Chris and Tony was the Drummer, Gene was the lead singer and Doug was the Bass player. They played the Coventry on Queens Blvd and many NYC clubs as well as toured in New Orleans and other locations. The Harlot shows were a blast and everyone had a great time. Thanks for posting their songs// at the time they were made they were very cool and the stage show was great/ Regards, Bill.

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  6. Thank you for doing this for my fathers band etc -chris becker NY
    Artistsweetsbecker.us

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  7. i used to be really good friends with tony....in his days with the harlots and after when he was in a band called gizmo. he was a great guy....miss him very much. yvonne

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  8. Fantastic posting, been wanting to hear this for years. Now if someone could just find the unreleased Fuckall LP recorded for Atlantic....

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  9. Does anyone remember the Harlots rehearsing at Dynamite Studios on 38th Street. And how come there is no mention of Frank ??? What ever happened to Frank Harlot?? I was the assistant manager of Dynamite Studios....along with Louie Gagliano and Satan!

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  10. Sharpdressed said... What a beautiful Glam Rock Band! The Harlots of 42nd Street are splendid! Many Thanks! Special Greetings from Berlin-Kreuzberg/Germany.

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  11. Russell DawkinsJanuary 05, 2010

    Chris Becker is now one of the most active (and liked!) members of Audiocircle, as lonewolfny42.
    He told me of one night drinking with John Lennon and Harry Nielson after one of the Harlots' shows to which JL and HN had come to check out.

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  12. would love it if you could reload those tracks,
    thanks !

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  13. Sher BachJune 23, 2010

    Frankie is alive and well, living in Kansas with his wife of over 30 years, Margie. They have 2 beautiful granddaughters. I just spoke to them a few weeks ago.
    I'm Gene's ex-wife, we have a son, Kristian, who is making us Grandparents in September.
    I remember the Coventry, (I danced down the street at the Merry-go-Round, ;-P) and yes, the studios on 38th Street. Chris, Gene and Frankie are the only ones left. Dougie has disappeared and Tony passed away years ago.
    Thanks for sharing this!

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  14. The picture of Genie Harlot in the thong--that's my dad!!

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  15. I guess I should say who I am...he'll be so happy to hear himself again!

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  16. I remember seeing these guys in the pages of Rock Scene magazine. Maybe even Cream. Before Kiss. Never had the chance to hear them out her on the west coast but I sure remember their name and the song Cool Dude & Foxy Lady. Much more milder than I expected. I guess I was thinking more like the Dolls. But at least this validates my memories!

    Thanks.

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  17. Wow! I'm amazed that with all the Harlot pics available around the net....I still get my "After Dark" Gene Harlot in the Gypsy Rose Lee G String cover shot! Well, I guess it's better than not being remembered at all!
    It certainly is amazing that after all these years somebody remembers and, even more bizzarely, CARES about us and our almost-assault on fame....Great also to hear the old vinyl....it didn't capture US and what we were like as a live act (We definitely were not "mild") but we were hoping for a cross over hit to launch us....thanks for the memories.

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  18. Hey Gene! How about a reunion with the members that are still around? Everybody else is doing it! There was a big Max's reunion a few weeks ago! Like they say, "everything that's old is new again!".
    Good to see you on here, now go get a Facebook Page, Grandpa! LOL

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  19. PS, Gene - Seth is trying to contact you, don't know if Kristian told you or not!

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  20. Frank "MUGSY" HarlotNovember 11, 2010

    They tried to water down our sound to make us more commercial, it didn't really work but the production was excellent. !!!!!

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  21. In principle, a good happen, support the views of the author

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  22. The first time I heard about the Harlots was in the "Glam" book, the same Johansen quote. After that they came up in Jayne County's bio. Then years passed and I couldn't find anything by them, and I was beginning to wonder if such a band ever existed at all ... till today! a great band from the greatest period and the greatest rock n roll city! quite a nice surprise it's not a crappy demo but a pretty good record with enough pop combined with ny drama and proto punk or glam or whatever you call it. you surely made my day!

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  23. I saw the Harlots in their heyday, and they were very theatrical, and quite to the contrary, they looked more the he/she whores by the 10th Ave tunnel entrance than anyting else. BUT their strength was in there sound, very edgey but with a precison that most bands at the time didn't exhibit. They were around from '72 trough '76 and started the last name of band for their surname adopted to the fullest by The Ramones in the later '70's.
    They live up to their hype.

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  24. This is ab fab..so glad i got to hear it

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  25. gharlot@hotmail.comMarch 27, 2011

    Amazing to see that there is still an interest....the more I listen to our old stuff the better I like it! I think the production on "Cool Dude" was way too sweet but if it weren't for the venality of the record label we might have had a hit!
    Anyway thank you all for noticing and who knows...maybe someday we'll be more than a footnote to a footnote to Rock history....Chris...Doug...get in touch...miss you guys!
    Gene

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  26. I played bass in a band called "Pure Ecstacy" during that time. We didn't play out much (probably because we sucked). But I loved the Harlots. My favorite song was "S & M, I can't live without you." Wish I could hear it again.
    Rina Deych, RN (yeah, I - fortunately for the listening public - gave up music and became a nurse).

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  27. Found two more tunes here....

    http://purepop1uk.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-harlots-of-42nd-street-unreleased.html

    Chris Harlot

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  28. I engineered these tracks at A & R S studios in NYC. Glad to know they are immortal.

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  29. After I did a short writeup of acts at Coventry, Gene Harlot obliged me with some great Harlots ephemera: http://fivebands.com/2016/08/08/gene-harlot-remembers-glitter-punk-coventry-and-the-harlots-of-42nd-street/

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