Recovery Doll (Official Video) Released!!

*All visuals were virtually created, nothing real or human in it!



New York City guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Conte has found the way back to center stage with his first solo album in five years, the attitude-infused Bronx Cheer, releasing Friday, November 5th on Wicked Cool Records. Bronx Cheer is brimming with the spirit of New York both past and present. “I remember the danger, dirty streets, the garbage strike, sleazy 42nd Street,” Conte recalls of his first visits to the city as a kid in the 1970s. “When I moved here in the mid-1980s it was not all that different – but it’s very different now. Yet somehow, I still love it – and hate it. To me that’s what the Blues and Punk Rock have in common – complaining!”

Long known for his memorable guitar work as a member of New York Dolls, as well as former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe’s band (with whom he still performs), Steve found international fame in recent years via his collaborations with Japanese composer and artist Yoko Kanno on the soundtracks to several hit anime series, including Cowboy Bebop.
The album’s 11 tuneful new songs, all written by Conte (with one co-written by Brynn Arens) swing like a citified update on Paul Westerberg or Old 97’s. The core of Bronx Cheer consists of Steve on guitar and vocals with bass by his brother John Conte (Southside Johnny & The Jukes, David Bowie, Ian Hunter) and the renowned Charley Drayton (Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, The Replacements) on drums.

And here we have the video for the album’s lead single “Recovery Doll,” a fast-paced tale of excess that traces a descent from fun times to darker spaces. Blending old school rock and roll, doo wop background vocals, and a healthy dose of New York attitude, the song is a fast-paced guitar rocker that is hard-hitting, infectious and fun. The video combines live action with digital effects to create an effect that is simultaneously bizarre and engaging.

Steve describes the inspiration & process behind the song & its music video:
“I presented this song to both New York Dolls and Michael Monroe, so it was written with a fun and punky feel in mind. But then, in keeping with my usual Libra contrast/balance, the subject matter gets serious about addiction and recovery. I was thinking of a lot of people when making the composite person that the song is about: Amy Winehouse, Sylvain, Killer Kane & Thunders from the Dolls, Hendrix, Janis, Prince, Petty, etc. We are always rooting for them to recover, but sometimes they go the other way. When I came up with the girl-group background vocals – “mm-bop-shoo-bop” – I knew I had to put my then-11-year-old son Zia’s voice on top of the girls. He’s been singing his butt off since he was a toddler. I had him sing on the Michael Monroe track “Child Of The Revolution” when he was three!. When I approached (director) Tim (Roth) about making this video I said 3 things: The images should include a female rocker, a dirty hospital, and a sense of struggle. It was a fine line to walk because the sound of the song is very much upbeat, fun rock n roll – but the subject matter is somewhat heavy, about addiction and recovery – so I wanted it to be cartoonish but with an edge. This is always my struggle as a Libra- maintaining this sense of balance, between light/dark…but I think in the end, we nailed it! We had to make the video this way because it was during Covid times when musicians were not playing together in the same room, so I knew it couldn’t be a live band video – and I didn’t want to film just me playing solo so I thought I’d go for a whole different concept. And the digital domain is Tim’s world.”

Video Director Tim Roth adds his own two cents:
“When Steve Conte came to me with the idea of doing a music video for his new single “Recovery Doll,” I thought it would be a great opportunity to try out some new visual techniques I’ve been playing with lately. Steve’s original concept was to use still photographs of a “rocker chick” in various states of disrepair, backed by some concert scenes, showing a slow decline in the life of a celebrity musician. I knew finding photographs depicting exactly the scenes I’d need would be nearly impossible, so I decided to create a complete CGI backdrop, complete with CGI characters, which would allow me to build any scenes I needed. This entire video was created in Unreal Engine using the new MetaHuman creator to create the “actors.” Visually, I took my cue from the album artwork, I wanted to keep it looking a bit surreal and slightly cartoonish, while still having a bit of fun with the “blowup doll” concept.”


June 22: LAST DAY To Order Recovery Doll Single (This Summer…)

Today is the LAST day to order signed copies of my “Recovery Doll” single for awhile – I’m taking a summer vacation from selling the glow-in-the-dark green vinyl starting TOMORROW!

Unsigned copies can still be purchased from Wicked Cool Records on BandCamp.com (I’ll reopen shop and resume selling them in late August!)

To order signed copies TODAY from me directly send an email to info@stevecontenyc.com

Just state how many copies you want & your mailing address – then await a reply with payment info.

Thanks & have a lovely summer!!

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SC Interview About New Single!

New Steve Conte Single Released!

Here we go folks – my new single is out!! Go to this link below to get it on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Bandcamp TIDAL, Deezer, etc – to purchase downloads & the vinyl.

https://orcd.co/recoverydoll


But – if you want a SIGNED copy of the glow-in-the-dark green vinyl 7″ single, send an email to info@stevecontenyc.com stating how many copies you want & your shipping address and you’ll get a reply with the price.

Thanks y’all…happy listening!! ~SC


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PREMIERE of the new Steve Conte single, one day before it’s official release on Wicked Cool Records!

Pre-order & listen now at this link: http://backstreets.com/news.html#conte

(Note: If you want signed vinyl do NOT order from the label, you must order from Steve personally. He will post info on release day – tomorrow!)

As you may know, Stevie Van Zandt handpicks everything for release on his record label, Wicked Cool. For the latest Stevie-sanctioned single, we have a Backstreets.com premiere in advance of its official release tomorrow. So maybe we can beat the Underground Garage to the punch and name Steve Conte’s “Recovery Doll” this week’s Coolest Song in the World.

WELL HEY LITTLE DOLLY…A wicked cool Backstreets premiere from Steve Conte, glow-in-the-dark vinyl and more for Recovery Doll

Or Coolest Songs in the World, considering Recovery Doll with “Rock and Rye Queen (Demo)” on the flip could well have been a double A-side single.

While many may know Conte as a member of last decade’s reconstituted New York Dolls — and his website is SteveConteNYC.com — the Matawan, NJ-born guitarist/singer/songwriter is also very at home across the river, where he’s been heavily involved in the Asbury Park music scene in recent years. Steve’s brother John has been the bassist for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes since 2008, and he plays on “Recovery Doll,” too, holding down the low end while Steve’s out front on lead vocals and guitar.

The drummer on the track, Charley Drayton, has played with the Replacements and Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos — and fans of those acts should find this “groovin’ rock ‘n’ roll track,” as Conte calls it, right in their sweet spot. Also appearing on the new A-side: Steve’s 11-year-old son Zia, among those glossy backing vocals.

While many may know Conte as a member of last decade’s reconstituted New York Dolls — and his website is SteveConteNYC.com — the Matawan, NJ-born guitarist/singer/songwriter is also very at home across the river, where he’s been heavily involved in the Asbury Park music scene in recent years. Steve’s brother John has been the bassist for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes since 2008, and he plays on “Recovery Doll,” too, holding down the low end while Steve’s out front on lead vocals and guitar.

Wicked Cool Records · Recovery Doll
Recovery Doll is Conte’s second single from Wicked Cool, following 2017’s Gimme Gimme Rockaway — which was picked by Underground Garage listeners as one of the Coolest Songs of the Year.

“It’s a pleasure and an honor to be back working with Stevie Van Zandt and to be on his label, Wicked Cool Records,” Conte tells Backstreets, adding that Van Zandt “has been a big supporter of my music since the first time he heard it, which I am grateful for. And of course, I’m a fan of his, too. I mean, you can’t go wrong with an Italian who plays guitar, sings, writes songs, produces records and acts!”

You might have caught Steve Conte performing at Light of Day a few years back, around the release of his 2014 album Steve Conte NYC. The B-side of the new single is a demo of that 2014 album’s “Rock and Rye Queen,” again with John Conte on bass and Drayton on drums conjuring that Mats-style rock ‘n’ roll that’s harder and harder to find these days.

Wicked Cool Records · Rock And Rye Queen (Demo)
“Recovery Doll” b/w “Rock and Rye Queen” (Demo) will be released tomorrow, May 28, digitally and on glow-in-the-dark 7-inch vinyl, a limited edition.

Get it here: https://orcd.co/recoverydoll

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  • May 27, 2021

Steve’s Songwriting Workshop, May 15, 2021!

How did Steve write “Ballad Of The Lower East Side” for Michael Monroe, his own record, “Gimme Gimme Rockaway” & the music on “Gotta Get Away From Tommy” for New York Dolls? 

And what has he learned from working with great songwriters like Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers Todd Rundgren & Paul Simon as well as other greats like Willy DeVille, Peter Wolf & Willie Nile?

Find out…grab a ticket now!

DISCOUNT CODE: CONTE25
Use the code above to save $25 on your admission to Steve’s workshop!
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