Album review

Various Artists - I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders

First released in '94, this tribute to one of rock's scuzziest troubadours featured many of his punky peers, including the three Dolls that survived him, all paying evidently heartfelt homage. The 2002 version is bolstered by Marc Almond's well-chosen "Hurt Me" but undermined by a colourless Glen Matlock, Sigue Sigue Sputnik's faithful but incompetent "Personality Crisis", and the inexplicable dropping of Mike Monroe's "So Alone". Thunders himself-live, acoustic and hidden at the end-shows them how it's done.

Rating: 2 / 10


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