Supergroup Halloween Jack has released “Trash”, a video cover of the New York Dolls as a tribute or token of love to Sylvain Sylvain of the glam / punk group who died earlier this month after losing his battle with cancer.
The New York Dolls, known for their glam rock androgyny and dress code, including feminine makeup and frenzied, bizarre fashions, revitalized New York’s underground music scene in the ’70s, heralding the punk of a half. decade. The Dolls were an anomaly considered to be one of the most influential bands on the planet with their chaotic and unpolished musical expression that combined rhythm and blues influenced by the British invasion with the distortion of the guitar and the frantic beat of the proto-punk groups such as Iggy and the Stooges.
Halloween Jack combines the talent of Stephen Perkins drummer of Jane’s Addiction, former Guns N ‘Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, former Garbage bassist Dan Shulman, Jellyfish guitarist Eric Dover, and guest guitarist Steve Stevens of Billy Idol, a big fan of the Dolls. Halloween Jack’s “Trash” video is filled with texture and color that is completely reminiscent of the orgasmic and sophisticated anarchy that captured the essence of the kaleidoscopic vibrancy imparted by the original New York Dolls. Halloween Jack wished to celebrate Sylvain’s memory by using the video as a sign of love for the fallen icon.
When asked what the New York Dolls mean to him, Dan Shulman replied, “It means freedom. I was a shy kid growing up, so the idea that you could express yourself, look outrageous, play outrageous music, and feel that you can communicate with people that way was huge to me. He went on to say, “The New York Dolls with KISS, Alice Cooper and Bowie sent the message to me as a kid that anything is possible.”
Stephen Perkins, the drummer of Jane’s Addiction, imagined the idea of a video tribute to Sylvain Sylvain while taking a shower. For Perkins, the New York Dolls represented courage. “The courage and bravery it took to get on stage and be able to play their instruments with such cuts. Dress with such confidence and strut around. I wasn’t in New York, but it felt dangerous and dirty to me and it went right into the music. They were an original band from New York and I love hearing the city in their music. You know Van Halen could never come from other than Los Angeles, and the Dolls can only be in New York. Perkins went on to say, “Even today, listening to the song ‘Trash’, we had to put our balls on the table to make it sound like the Dolls.”
Steve Stevens, world famous Billy Idol guitarist was actually given his stage name by Sylvain Sylvain when he was suggested to use his first name twice. “Growing up in New York City, I really believe the Dolls spearheaded not just the punk rock scene, but all of the New York bands that came after them,” exclaimed Steven. He then added, “The thing with this video is that I really didn’t know what to expect but the fact that there is some original footage of the band that we all really pay homage to Sylvain. I was really happy that we were able to honor them, and I am really happy that my name was attached in some way or another to honor them.
According to former Guns N ‘Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, “The Dolls were a huge influence on me. I began to descend a dark, deep, heavy metal hole. Then I found the New York Dolls and that changed everything. They were like my version of the Rolling Stones that I could really relate to. I loved T-Rex’s Mark Bolin, love Sweet and Bowie, but Dolls for me was a perfect mix of glam rock, but still rock ‘n’ roll.
Sylvain Mizrahi best recognized by his stage name Sylvain Sylvain was the guitarist of the New York Dolls. One of the main architects of rock music, Sylvain was the driving force behind the band and the soul of the clothing, style and exciting guitar combinations that would have such a profound influence on punk rock. As the forerunner of the Dolls, he created the Actress group from a group of guys hanging out in his clothing store who would later give birth to the Sex Pistols. In 2019, Sylvain announced that he had cancer and he died at his home on January 13, 2021.