THE BUSTER BEAT: Buster Poindexter has the movie bug--and he's given it to David Johansen. Or is it the other way around? Pardon our confusion, but after ex-New York Dolls leader Johansen re-emerged several years ago as saloon-crooner smoothie Buster Poindexter, it hasn't been easy to figure out where the raucous rock artist ends and his penthouse pop alter-ego begins.
As it stands now, Buster's gets the high-visibility nod. He's got a new album on RCA Records, an Amaretto endorsement contract and--best of all--performed two songs and chatted with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show." Buster also made his L.A. debut with three sold-out Roxy shows where he sang, sipped martinis and spun hilarious show-biz tales of an abortive Debra Winger movie project and a loopy Ocho Rios encounter with Noel Coward and reggae star Eek-A-Mouse.
(Buster even volunteered a few Off-Off- Off Broadway cosmetic tips, suggesting that bleary-eyed early morning auditioners hide those unsightly bags by rubbing some Preparation H under their eyes--he called it the Detroit Eye Tuck.)
But wait--soon it'll be Johansen's turn in the spotlight. While Buster's toiling on the nightclub circuit, David has been brushing up on his acting chops. He has roles in three upcoming films, including from an oddball Robert Frank project ("Candy Mountain"), a Jonathan Demme comedy ("Married to the Mob") and the upcoming untitled Bill Murray Christmas film, where he plays the ghost of Christmas past.