Feb. 23, 1984: Keith joins Buster Poindexter (formerly David Johansen, New York Dolls’ frontman) onstage at Tramp’s, in New York City, playing two songs: Take Out Some Insurance/ Rocket 88
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David Roger Johansen (sometimes spelled David Jo Hansen; born January 9, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the seminal proto-punk band the New York Dolls. He is also known for his work under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter, and for playing the Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooged.
In the late 1980s, Johansen achieved moderate commercial success under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter, accompanied by The Uptown Horns, performing jump blues, traditional pop, swing and novelty songs. He also appeared as part of the house band on the television program Saturday Night Live. As Poindexter, he scored his first hit song, “Hot Hot Hot,” which, in an interview on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, he called “the bane of my existence,” due to its pervasive popularity. “Hot Hot Hot” was initially written and recorded by Montserratian Soca artist Arrow.
As Poindexter, Johansen often appeared with his band, The Banshees of Blue. Early Poindexter releases combined an eclectic selection of covers with Johansen’s own compositions. Johansen went on to issue Buster Poindexter’s Happy Hour, an album of songs thematically linked by their subject matter: alcohol. It was followed by Buster Poindexter’s Spanish Rocket Ship, which focused on salsa and merengue music.
Johansen then turned to blues with his group, The Harry Smiths. The group was named as a tribute to Harry Everett Smith, who compiled the Anthology of American Folk Music, several songs of which were covered by the band. Johansen’s second album with the Harry Smiths is titled Shaker.
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