New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain and Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome Become the Batusis

New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain and Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome Become the Batusis
Can you do the Batusi? If you don't even know what the hell we're talking about, you're probably too young to recall the kitschy version of crime-fighting hero Batman that used to air in the '60s.

Two guys who didn't forget it, though, are punk legends Cheetah Chrome, formerly of the Dead Boys, and Sylvain Sylvain, still of the New York Dolls.

As Blurt reports, the two have formed a "supergroup" of sorts and named it the Batusis, in honour of the goofy TV show.

"We kicked around a lot of names," says Chrome in a statement. "My favourite at that point was the Uncalled Four. We were listening back to 'Blues' Theme' and Syl started doing this dance where he drew his fingers across his eyes. I immediately asked him, 'What is that?'"

"I said, 'It's the dance Batman does!'" Sylvain interjects. "The next thing you know, Cheetah gets his laptop out and starts to Google it and then tells me the dance is called the Batusi. We immediately looked at each other and said, 'Cheetah, that's the fuckin' name!'"

Rounded out by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts members Enzo Penizzotto (bass) and Thommy Price (drums), the quartet are set to release their debut offering, a coloured seven-inch record/digital download, via indie Smog Veil Records May 4.

About the union, says Chrome, "I've known Sylvain since 1975. The Dolls were a huge influence on me." While Sylvain adds, "We really had no idea what we were gonna do until we got together and jammed. We're just nuts about rock'n'roll, and we knew that's what we'd come up with."

The Batusis:

1.. "What You Lack in Brains"
2. "Big Cat Stomp"
3. "Bury You Alive"
4. "Blues' Theme"

Picture some aging punks doing this: