Looking For Johnny – The Legend Of Johnny Thunders. Interview with Danny Garcia

“In 90 minutes, this film covers Johnny Thunders career from his beginning in the early 70’s as a founding member of the highly influential New York Dolls to his demise in New Orleans, where he died under mysterious circumstances in 1991.”

We interviewed director Danny Garcia about his upcoming documentary Looking For Johnny. Most Johnny Thunders fans have been waiting for a long time to see such a movie, so without spoiling the fun, Danny tells us a bit more about it…


Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your previous work?

I’m an independent filmmaker from Barcelona, I directed and produced The Rise and Fall of The Clash.

How and when did you get the idea of making a documentary about Johnny Thunders?

I’ve always been a Thunders fan so it was a natural choice for me.
I came up with the idea in 2010, got in touch with a few people related to JT and their response was positive so I carried on.

Can you remember when you heard about Johnny Thunders for the very first time?

LFJ4When I was in my late teens I bought a New York Dolls album without knowing what was in store for me. I immediately loved their music and Johnny‘s guitar sound.

You interviewed many people for the movie, how did you choose them? Was it easy to find them? Did everyone you get in touch with agreed to be part of the movie? Anybody you would have liked to interview but didn’t manage to?

In 88 I nicked Nina Antonia’s book In Cold Blood from a big store in London and I kinda grew up with it… So choosing the people I wanted to interview was easy but it wasn’t so easy to track everybody and have them agree to be interviewed, but I’m really happy with the cast and the overall result.
It would have been nice to have Johansen and Hell in the film as well but you can’t win ’em all.

Your project was mainly financed by donations. Have you been positively surprised or disappointed with the feedback?

I was really surprised and grateful to all the fans, friends and family of Johnny Thunders , he is the real recipient of the donations I’m just the messenger.

 Hardcore Johnny Thunders fans are definitely waiting for the movie, some people even sent us emails to ask us about Looking For Johnny!… Are you aware of this impatience from Thunders fans? Do you feel a kind of pressure/stress because of that?

Yes but we have all been waiting forever for a film like this so a few more days of waiting won’t kill us.

Is there any never-seen-before footage in the movie?

Yes, there is unseen NY Dolls and Heartbreakers footage and also photography.

 What’s your favourite Johnny Thunders era? How do you explain his”rock icon” status (especially since these last 10 years)?

The Heartbreakers period. To me “L.A.M.F”. Is one of the best albums ever, period. Johnny was a great songwriter and a very charismatic artist so all the interest in his music doesn’t surprise me one bit.

LFJ5The Heartbreakers – Le Bataclan, Paris 1977.

What’s your opinion on “Born To Lose: The Last Rock”‘n’ Roll Movie”? What about “Mona Et Moi”?

Kowalski’s film is very crude, not my style but I respect his work.
Patrick’s film is very interesting, nice photography, definitely worth a watch. I’m glad she had all those cameos in it.

I’ve heard that somebody is working on a biopic about Johnny Thunders. Have you heard about that?

Yes, I spoke to one of the scriptwriters, they bought the rights for Nina’s book.
I hope they find a good actor to play JT‘s part, best of luck to them.

LFJ2Danny in front of the infamous St. Peter House, New Orleans.

 Is Johnny Thunders’ spirit/legacy still alive in the 2014 rock scene?

Of course, it’s stronger than ever!

 Is there any release date for Looking For Johnny yet?

May 2014.

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Bubblegum Screw “Filthy! Rich! Lolitas!”

BubblegumScewFRLLondon-based glam punk/garage rock’n’roll with a big love for leopard print! Even though they get influenced by British punk rock such as The CLASH (“Tura Satana”, “First Against The Wall”), BUBBLEGUM SCREW seems to be more influenced by the early American punk rock’n’roll scene, “Second Class Citizen” and “Lolita” almost sound like DEAD BOYS songs (Mark Thorn’s vocals really help with that), and the title “Play Some Fucking Stooges” should be clear enough for all of you! Quite a good tribut to Iggy’s band. The ghost of the RAMONES is also wandering around (“I Wanna Fuck You So Much It Hurts Me”) at times.
The production of these 12 songs is raw, but well, in these “over-produced pro-tools” days, I won’t complain about that, especially when it doesn’t affect the quality and energy of the songs (“Glam Rock Doll” or the 60s garage influenced “Uncensor Myself”…)
Unlike many British bands that seem to be afraid to leave their island, BUBBLEGUM SCREW have toured all over Europe, and these guys definitely have good taste since their Facebook page even lists the DOGS (although they were from Rouen, and not from Paris as written…)!… You’ve probably understood that “Filthy! Rich! Lolitas!” is only waiting for you to listen to it now./Laurent C.


The Bloodtypes “Johnny” 7″


Red and white cold war/communist designs, vintage keyboards, tight playing and poppy female vocals. Everything here could make you think that this band appeared in this world between 1976 and 1982, but they actually got together in 2010 and already have an album (“Just Your Type”) out.
On this new 4 song 7″, their love of fine power pop melodies (“Johnny”, “Destroy The Heart”) sometimes brings BLONDIE to mind, and they managed to mix the energy of X to the 80s sexy spirit of Kim Wilde and Dick Dale‘surf guitars in “Alien Eyes”.
The punker side of the band shows more on “Don’t Wanna”, a song that brings images of white glasses, bleached hair and customized suit jackets to mind!
There’s something irresistible about The BLOODTYPES, and this 7″ will not only leave you with wanting to hear more, but will also make you want to see the band live. Mission accomplished! Speaking of missions, how can’t you not love a band that says this in their biography: “Their mission: keep new-wave fun alive in a scene that had become tiresome bearded urban folk (or whatever).”/Laurent C.



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Other-ed “Sentient” (CD) 2021

Other-ed “Disruptive Synthetic” (Digital) 2020


Vague Scare “Dissemblance” (Vinyl/CD) 2019


Vague Scare “Classified” (CD) 2017

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One Way Ticket “And Life Just Simply Moves Along”(Vinyl) 2017


Sugar Sugaar “Strange Kicks” (CD) 2015


Kevin K & The Kool Kats “Allies” (Vinyl/CD) 2013 (on 6 songs)


Sugar Sugaar “The Sweet Taste of Rock’n’Roll” (EP-CD) 2013 (On 2 songs)


The Dagger Dates “Blood Turns Silver/Dead First” (Digital) 2011

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Guttercats “Black Sorrow” (Vinyl/CD) 2011 (On 6 songs)


Sparkling Bombs “Spray Paint Prayers” (CD) 2011

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Sparkling Bombs “Diamond Skin” (CD) 2006

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V/A “Illegitimate Spawn” Fuzztones Tribute Album (CD) 2005 (Sparkling Bombs “This Sinister Urge”)

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Sparkling Bombs “Dead Dreams from The Silver Gutter” (CD) 2004

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Sparkling Bombs “From Bubblegum Fun to Glittered Depression” (EP-CD) 2002

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Bridewell Hospital/Invain “A Split Seven Inch” (Split 7″) 1998

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Sapo/Existence “S/T” (Split 7″) 1997


I Love Rich “Respect The Rich”

RespectTheRichA brand new I LOVE RICH record! We’ve been following the band for years now (if you still haven’t heard about them, then you have to know that they are no newcomers, just look at the different chapters of their biography on their website!), and here they are back in 2014 with 8 new tracks introduced with a “Pipeline”-like intro.
No doubt about it, the good old sex, drugs and rock’n’roll still works fine with I LOVE RICH and their KISS guitar riffs and hooks (“(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On”, “If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck ” “Wake Up Let Me Rock You”.) Sometimes it sounds like The DICTATORS are jamming with Ace Frehley, and since early TURBONEGRO fans have been waiting for some new rock’n’roll saviours, they should just listen to “We’re Here To Save Rock and Roll”!
If you need to start this new year with a good dose of fun, fire and larger than life American rock’n’roll, then look no further, you’ll even get a Spanish version of “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On”, what else do you need?/Laurent C.

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