This is a trip. What appears (at least to the guy who filmed it) to be footage of the New York Dolls playing at the Central Park Bandshell in 1973 is actually the Harlots Of 42nd Street fronted by Gene Harlot.
Despite getting the details wrong, the guy who shot the footage described its history with good humor and warmth:
Two young parents with a Super8, taking their young children out for a walk in Central Park in 1973. They lived on the east side and preferred listening to Perry Como and Bread. The children would later renounce this lamentable music upbringing and go see the Ramones in the early 1980s. Perhaps this brief vision of glam caused them to stray.
And what of the Harlots? This is what David Johansen had to say about the band:
We used to compete with the Harlots of 42nd Street which was a group of guys who looked like truck drivers but dressed like the Dolls and wore, like, fishnet stockings over these big muscular hairy legs. They were my favorite band.”
The Harlots of 42nd Street were a fixture at the legendary Coventry club in Queens, NY and various venues in Manhattan. They released a 45rpm record on the Sunburst label in 1974: “Cool Dude & Foxy Lady / Spray Paint Bandit.” They disbanded shortly after releasing the record.
This may be the only known footage of The Harlots. As mentioned earlier, the title credits are wrong. The fellow who shot the film also claims that the guy dancing in front of the stage is Lou Rawls. Must have been tripping.
For your listening pleasure: “Spray Paint Bandits.”