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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Dickies Part 3

So, how are you enjoying the Dickies onslaught thusfar? I have to think that if this is new stuff to ya,
junior, you'd have to think you stumbled on a goldmine. If you are a longtime Dickies fan like me, perhaps some of the singles and rarities are gems for you. If you don't like the Dickies, well, what can I say? Great band, one of the truly least appreciated of their era.....yesterday I referred to them as perhaps a "west coast Ramones", what do you think of that? Fast, hilarious, and simple/ingenious, it just seems as what the Ramones were to New York (ie, the embodiment for this type of goofy punk) the Dickies were the California equivalent. Just a thought.

So where do we pick up?  We left off with the 1983 full length, "Stukas Over Disneyland", and I think that the next thing, in my SORT OF attempt at chronology, would be 1986's wonderful "We Aren't the World", which, for a novice, might be a fair starting place.....a collection of live tracks from here, there, everywhere, and at (to say the least) varied levels of recorded quality, this captures most of their greatest tracks up until that point, this was originally released as part of the odd cassette-only ROIR series (remember those?) I have a cassette rip around here but it sounds shitty so I thought it better to bring a cleaner MP3 version......highlights are obvious, the great "You Drive Me Ape", "Tricia Toyota", "The Banana Splits", and of course lightning-blitz speed versions of "Paranoid" and an especially hyper "Sounds of Silence". Great album.

A mini-album from 1988, "Killer Klowns From Outer Space", is also loaded, although only five tracks, the title track and "Booby Trap" are certainly essential, and the rest are hardly throwaways.....seems like (to me at least, could be wrong) kind of a hard one to find, I don't see em around too often, so, if that's the case, yer welcome!

"Attack of the 50 Foot Dickies" is a 7", released (unofficially, I beleive) in 1989, and contains two tracks from 1983, "Solitary Confinement" and "If Stewart Could Talk", this one, also, I don't think I see on people's shelves that often, wrong or right, here it is at least.

I almost declined to include "Great Dictations", it's a "Best of" set, very well chosen and programmed, however, if you've snagged everything else up, I don't think there is anything unique here, however, if you are sort of indifferent about the band, and maybe want only a sampler, this might be the way to go, so I guess I'll include it here with the rest.

The post-"Great Dictations" stuff contains an occasional highlight, but, as with every band from the best to the worst, the path downward begins........after all, the really DID have a great run, 1970's/80's they shifted membership and had some personnel/drug issues, but they were great, no question.......I think we'll stop here for today, tomorrow, we'll pick up with some of the post-1990 stuff, some more live/rare stuff, more EP's.......although obviously NOT an "album" oriented band, they did release a metric ton of material, and we'll get all of it out there that I can round up. For tonight, though, enjoy these, there is some more great music here, as great as the first two posts, I think.

WE AREN'T THE WORLD-01 Hideous/02 I'm OK, You're OK/03 You Drive Me Ape You Big Gorilla/04 Walk Like an Egg/05 Paranoid/06 Give It Back/07 Sounds of Silence/08 Got It at the Store/09 Eve of Destruction/10 Rondo in A Major (Midget's Revenge)/11 Infidel Zombie/12 Curb Job/13 Gigantor/14 Nights In White Satin/15 You Drive Me Ape You Big Gorilla (version)/16 Pretty Please/17 Poodle Party/18 She's a Hunchback/19 She/20 (I'm Stuck in a Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota/21 Manny, Moe and Jack/22 Fan Mail/23 If Stewart Could Talk/24 Bowling With Bedrock Barney/25 Banana Splits

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE-01 Killer Klowns/02 Booby Trap/03 Jim Bowie/04
Magoomba/05 Eep Opp Ork (Uh, Uh)

ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT DICKIES-01 Solitary Confinement/02 If Stewart Could Talk

GREAT DICTATIONS-01 Hideous/02 You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)/03 Give It Back/04 Paranoid/05 I'm Ok You're OK/06 Got It At the Store/07 The Sound of Silence/08 The Banana Splits/09 Rondo (The Midget's Revenge)/10 Nights In White Satin/11 (I'm Stuck in a Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota/12 Manny, Moe, and Jack/13 Fan Mail/14 Attack of the Mole Men/15 Gigantor/16 Eve of Destruction/17 Silent Night

A little brief tonight, got some stuff to do this eve, stay with us all Memorial Day weekend as we should get this Dickies marathon wrapped up, and then onto something else (Negativeland? Perhaps, but I may change my mind four times by then).......until then, please utilize the Memorial Day weekend to honor those who died in service to thier country, and, by that, I DO NOT mean only USA......I don't know, honestly, if Memorial Day is celebrated in other lands, but, even if not, still, the men and women who died at various points in thier countries' histories are just as significant to those folks as "ours" are in the USA.......I hope I phrased that OK, it sounds kind of goofy how I put it, but I DO mean it in sincerity.






  2. Augustus Owsley Strudel IIIMay 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Great job Big Scott! Your Dickies posts get the Strudel seal of approval!

  3. Just got me thinking, the first band I ever saw was The Jam in Nov 78, but as they were supported by the Dickies then in fact it was the Dickies who were the first band I etc etc Cheers.

  4. Thanks Scott. I appreciate all the work that you put into this blog.


  5. Thank you so much for your incredible blog! I just discovered it and am BLOWN AWAY.

    I know that these things require a lot of effort and time, and I am very grateful.

  6. thanks for this...I've got them almost all on my old tapes,but I couldn't find enough time to transfer all that on comp...You help a lot with this download links and I am very greatful...