in '96 i lived two blocks from Willy DeVille with my girlfriend Chailley.
after Willy's girlfriend started buying art at my gallery, i got up the nerve to go over one night, and for the next three years spent as much time hangin' out on his stoop as possible, discussing music, doctors...doc pomus, little willie john, nyc, mardi gras indians, etc.,but mostly local characters.
i admired his antique furniture, artwork, and Victorian eyeglass collection, and he admired some of my cures for headaches, which he'd never mention to his girlfriend.
These cures were always repaid by early morning serenades in his 'back-of-cottage' studio, accompanied by yapping dog, dixie belle.
Willy lived next door to the hotel where Thunders died.
He described his death this way:
I don't know how the word got out that I lived next door, but all of a sudden the phone started ringing and ringing. Rolling Stone was calling, the Village Voice called, his family called, and then his guitar player called. I felt bad for all of them. t was a tragic end, and I mean, he went out in a blaze of glory, ha ha ha, so I thought I might as well make it look real good, you know, out of respect, so I just told everybody that when Johnny died he was laying down on the floor with his guitar in his hands. I made that up. When he came out of the St. Peter's Guest House, riga mortis had set in to such an extent that his body was in a U shape. When you're laying on the floor in a fetal position, doubled over - well, when the body bag came out, it was in a U. It was pretty awful.
Johnny Thunders låg död på mitt hotellrumNEW ORLEANS
Sitter i Johnny Thunders dödsrum, dricker Hurricane, lyssnar på Dr John och stoppar nålar i voodoodockan.
Men ångbåtsorgeltanten tutar vidare.
Rum 37 på hotell St Peters House är litet, kostar 69 dollar, jag sitter på sängen.
På andra sidan korsningen Burgundy Street (Rue de Bourgogne) och St Peter Street ligger CD"s Saloon - baren där punkrockens Dean Martin, heroinisten Johnny Thunders, träffade två skurkar och tog sitt sista glas.
Sedan hittades New York Dolls-mannen död här på golvet, utanför toaletten. Rånad och antagligen mördad av dåliga droger. Han hade också lymfkörtelcancer.
and your host has been kind enough without the aid of nicotine to translate it into Spanglish:
"Johnny Thunders was laying dead in my hotel room."
Sitting in Johnny Thunders room of death, drinking Hurricane, listening to Dr John and putting needles in the voodoo doll.But the steamboat-organist-lady is still horning awayRoom 37 on hotel St Peters House is tiny, costs 69 dollar, I'm sitting on the bead.On the other side of the Burgundy Street (Rue de Bourgogne) och St Peter Street crossing is CD"s Saloon - the bar where the Dean Martin of punk rock, the heroinist Johnny Thunders, met two crooks and had his last glass.Later the New York Dolls-man was found dead död here on the floor, outside the toilet. Robbed and probably murdered by bad drugs. He also had lymphocyte cancer.Han was 38 years old.Thunders sang "You can"t put you arms around a memory" and Per Omdurman likes him a lot.Burton likes New Orleans a lot too. He's a sinner, he's a saint.Born voyage, baby.My travel companion, Svenska Switchblades L'Enfant terrible, the man with William Faulkner's "Sound and the Fury" on the nightstand, puts the needles in the country music enthusiast who can find a five star record every week and I've got two guys - you know who you are, teething - back in the old country who will receive my needles in the voodoo doll for 15 dollars.but fiest I'm aiming at the lousy lady overboard the Mississippi steamboat Natchez. Her off-key steamroller
squeegees by Tennessee Williams tramway "Lindie Lucita" and perhaps all the way to Tiptoeing"s and I'm sure voodoo musician Professor Longhair, who's head you ought to rub there, had put his needles into her if he had been into voodoo.Been her in "The Big Easy" four times now, but never seen Mysticism or Master P. Or Dr John. But the lady plays the steamboat every time..My voodoo must be wrong.Voodoo religion exists only in Haiti, in Brazil and here in Louisiana. 15 % of New Orleans population is down with voodoo. The local voodoo saint is Marie Laveau but that doesn't help me. The old lady still plays.I wish someone could rub my head too. Well, this sickening headache; I don't know whether it was the Cajun-martini I had at Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana-cooking-restaurateur K-Pauls or if it is the plague from NYC or if it's the flu or if the needle I put in Mr. X's head backfired..That's how the story goes. Respect voodoo.
Like Dr John sings :
"After you rub it a while, you dub it."
"Meeting perhaps the worlds fattest black gay. He's cooking his cajun sausages, Po-Boys together with a tiny little transvestite at Clover Grill, a little place on Bourbon Street and Dumaine.Come on in, ya"ll, we not gonna eat ya, he says and flirts with a gumbo in the hand."What a man!/Z
Many rumors surround Johnny's death at the St. Peter House in New Orleans, Louisiana in April, 1991. He apparently died of drug-related causes, (i'm sorry but i'm just not buying that) was it accidental or the result of foul play? Dee Dee Ramone (and you know how fond jt was of dd) took a call in New York the next day from Stevie Klasson, Johnny's rhythm guitar player."They told me that Johnny had gotten mixed up with some bastards... who ripped him off for his methadone supply. They had given him LSD and then murdered him. He had gotten a pretty large supply of methadone in England, so he could travel and stay away from those creeps - the drug dealers, Thunders imitators, and losers like that."
What is known for certain is that Johnny's room (no. 37) was ransacked...cunt here.