In May of 1978, a year and a half after the New York Dolls broke up, David Johansen released his self titled debut album. Ex Doll Sylvain Sylvain played guitar on "Cool Metro" and co-wrote four songs including "Funky But Chic", the best song ever written about thrift shopping. ( Sorry, Macklemore).
The two paired up on the writing on the fan favorite "Girls" ( lovingly known as "Goils" by fans). It's as tough as anything the Rolling Stones were recording at the time. David Johansen is your classic critic's favorite, a Top 10 finish in the Village Voice Pazz and Jop Critic's Poll. Robert Christgau gave the album an A- grade, writing:
Maybe that's why the album sank like a stone.