Jet Boy

For the 2001 Canadian film, see Jet Boy (film).

“Jet Boy”

Single by New York Dolls

from the album New York Dolls

Vietnamese Baby


vinyl record (7″)

Glam rock[1]


Mercury Records

David Johansen and Johnny Thunders

Todd Rundgren

New York Dolls singles chronology

“Trash'” b/w “Personality Crisis”
“Jet Boy” b/w “Vietnamese Baby”
“Stranded In The Jungle”

“Jet Boy” is the closing track and second 7″ single from the New York Dolls’ self titled debut album. It was written by Dolls lead singer David Johansen and guitarist Johnny Thunders.
The lyrics are simply about a jet boy who stole his baby.[2] There is little explanation as to what a jet boy is other than to say that he flies around New York City. Tony Glover of Rolling Stone Magazine described the song as “Marvel Comics meets the Lower East Side.”[3]
The New York Dolls famously performed “Jet Boy” on The Old Grey Whistle Test on 27 November 1973. After their performance, “Whispering” Bob Harris, host of the program, referred to the performance as “Mock rock.”[4]
“Jet Boy” b/w “Babylon” and “Who Are the Mystery Girls” (both from Too Much Too Soon) were released by Mercury Records in the UK in 1977.

^ Fletcher, Tony (2009). All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927–77. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 319. ISBN 039333483X. …the addition of piano and backing vocals helping turn such songs as ‘Personality Crisis,’ ‘Jet Boy,’ and ‘Trash’ into instant glitter rock anthems. 
^ David Johansen and Johnny Thunders. “Jet Boy”. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. 
^ Tony Glover (September 13, 1973). “New York Dolls (Review)”. Rolling Stone. 
^ Stevie Chick (13 June 2011). “The New York Dolls play ‘mock rock’ on British TV”. The Guardian. 

External links[edit]

New York Dolls performing “Jet Boy” on The Old Grey Whistle Test on YouTube
New York Dolls Official website
Jet Boy on Facebook


New York Dolls

David Johansen
Sylvain Sylvain
Earl Slick
Jason Hill
Brian Delaney

Johnny Thunders
Jerry Nolan
Arthur “Killer” Kane
Billy Murcia
Gary Powell
Peter Jordan
Chris Robison
Bobby Blaine
Tony Machine
Brian Koonin
Jason Sutter
Steve Conte
Sami Yaffa


New York Dolls
Too Much Too Soon
One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
Cause I Sez So
Dancing Backward in Hi

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