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Thunders Tries to Erase Drug-Clouded Memories : Rock: The former New York Doll has put his addictions and his erratic performances behind him and looks for a higher profile with the Oddballs.

October 14, 1989|MIKE BOEHM | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"I also have a new song about battered children called 'Children Are People Too,' " Thunders said, as well as a gospel song singing the praises of Jesse Jackson. "And I have one about critics called "I Tell the Truth Even When I'm Lying.' " A few months ago, Thunders said, an offer came through for him to join two other former New York Dolls, Jerry Nolan and Sylvain Sylvain, on what would have amounted to a nostalgia tour for the alternative-rock set. But he couldn't see trying to put his arms around that memory, especially with Johansen not involved.

"I thought it was silly. I'd be a hypocrite if I did it. The only thing I've got is my music, so I can't see selling that out."

Maybe the Dolls will reunite in the year 2000, Thunders said jokingly. For now, he just wants to follow his own relatively modest goals. "As long as I can play and make records, that's all I want. I play to please my band and myself. If I can take kids' problems away for two hours, I did my job."

Johnny Thunders & the Oddballs play Sunday night at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, with Static Action opening at 8 p.m. Tickets: $16.50. Information: (714) 496-8930. Thunders also plays Wednesday at Bogart's, in the Marina Pacifica Mall, 6288 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. Rattlin' Bones and Marshes of Glynn open, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Information: (213) 594-8975.

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