Music: Burning Down the Dollhouse

David Johansen, rocking hard, stakes out his own territory

First he heard the name wrong, then he mispronounced it. And spelled it out cockeyed on the record label. But listen to David Johansen sing Swaheto Woman, and you know he has made no mistake.

Johansen had seen some pictures of the people of Soweto, a South African ghetto, and decided that he wanted to write a tune that caught the particular combination of "being oppressed and always wanting to party at the same time." He may have got the name wrong, but the address is...

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