Glenn O'Brien, Double Trouble, 1988
Buster Poindexter is the cafe incarnation of David Johansen. More than a pseudonym: a happily split personality, an alternate ego, Buster is sometimes surprisingly real. With his band the Banshees of Blue, Buster has been making musical history with his thinking man's lounge act. He shares an apartment with David Johansen, not to mention a body. The Poindexter-Johansen relationship is not the best kept of secrets. But Poindexter remains something of a mystery. He's not a songwriter, although he sings numerous Johansen songs. He's an interpreter. He puts the Poindexter stamp on everything he performs. When not working he can be found lurking in out-of-print record shops. Is he the Nick Apollo Forte of the punk set? The Noel Coward of the New Wave? The hard core Vic Damone?
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