Funny Props and Appalling Jokes: THE DICKIES Celebrate 40 years

Just the mere smell of basic, head shop or majestic hippy store incense instantly hurls me back into the very day and moment I listened to The Dickies. I skipped school one day to check out the punk shops on Melrose (Hollywood area, for those non-California native readers). That day, and possibly everyday back then, the constant waft of hollywood weirdo incense swam through the Melrose strip. I remember that, and I remember buying "The Second Coning" album by The Dickies that day. Once I get home and pop the cassette into the deck, Im anticipating some kind of ferocious, raw, wild 70's style punk sound that I hadn't heard before. And instead, comedy ensues. I don't know if it was supposed to be funny. I didn't know if I was supposed to be laughing or not. But I couldn't ignore that it made me giggle, and was totally taken back by the unapologetic humor that coated the overall personality of the band's sound. Completely different to what I perceived as the all important "punk rock sound".  

 

 

From what Stan Lee tells me, their first show was 40 years ago at The Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, sharing the bill with Germs and The Zippers. Yeah, I know. I wasn't even born yet. But I bet the farm that their level of controversy was a level up back in the 70's compared to incidents over the recent years. 40 years of controversy, a suicide, overdoses, drug recovery (and miraculous heroin survival at that), funny toys and offensive jokes, The Dickies celebrate their 40th year back where it all started this October. I have to say, I absolutely appreciate that every single one of us in the band are very different, if not completely different from each other. I feel when it comes down to making an important album such as a Dickies album, that's a main ingredient towards making something amazing and unforgettable. 

The Zippers (band info link)

Germs (band wiki link)

The Whiskey A Go Go (website)

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  • Post-Punk Monk

    Post-Punk Monk Asheville, NC

    I have two friends who came to Asheville for your show from Chapel Hill, NC and Victoria BC, and joined me for the Grey Eagle gig on Wednesday night. We have all been listening to The Dickies from "Incredible Shrinking Dickies" onward. We were thrilled to have finally seen this legendary band and suffice to say we were not disappointed in the slightest! The playing was sharp and smart [and stoopid] as it should have been. The classic material was absolutely wonderful. The new songs dropped into the set we await with interest! And finally, we were had discussed our interest in hearing "Rondo [The MIdget's Revenge]" on the way to the show but didn't really think we had a chance to have such a track in a "punk rock" setlist but it was the first encore! Many thanks! We were chatting with The Queers at the merch table after their set [a great teamup, by the way] and their drummer, who was pounding a furious cloud of beats in their set, graciously accepted our compliments, but told us "wait until you see The Dickies." He was so right! We were impressed that anyone would drum in an insanely fast punk rock set while dressed as sharply as you were. Experience has revealed to me over the years that the best drummers can do whatever the music demands without looking like they expending much energy. We salute you and The Dickies for having the taste to have chosen you as their drummer, and for celebrating their 40th year with nothing but integrity.

    I have two friends who came to Asheville for your show from Chapel Hill, NC and Victoria BC, and joined me for the Grey Eagle gig on Wednesday night. We have all been listening to The Dickies from "Incredible Shrinking Dickies" onward. We were thrilled to have finally seen this legendary band and suffice to say we were not disappointed in the slightest! The playing was sharp and smart [and stoopid] as it should have been. The classic material was absolutely wonderful. The new songs dropped into the set we await with interest! And finally, we were had discussed our interest in hearing "Rondo [The MIdget's Revenge]" on the way to the show but didn't really think we had a chance to have such a track in a "punk rock" setlist but it was the first encore! Many thanks!

    We were chatting with The Queers at the merch table after their set [a great teamup, by the way] and their drummer, who was pounding a furious cloud of beats in their set, graciously accepted our compliments, but told us "wait until you see The Dickies." He was so right! We were impressed that anyone would drum in an insanely fast punk rock set while dressed as sharply as you were. Experience has revealed to me over the years that the best drummers can do whatever the music demands without looking like they expending much energy. We salute you and The Dickies for having the taste to have chosen you as their drummer, and for celebrating their 40th year with nothing but integrity.

  • Adam Gomez

    Adam Gomez

    Thank you for the kind words, Monk!!!

    Thank you for the kind words, Monk!!!

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