Fuck art, let's rock.So that’s Christmas over with. I got drunk, watched television, “socialised” and err, drank some more. I’ll be working on New Years Eve so there is nothing to look forward for me there I’m afraid. In fact, when you look at it like that, I was entirely justified in spending a fortune at Selectadisc today. Wait a minute, you’ve read about Selectadisc on here before and you obviously have had no idea what I’m talking about…
It isn’t really important, but I’m going to let you in on a phenomenon that is more or less exclusive to Nottingham and London really; I mean, they only have two stores, so there is no reason why you should have heard of them outside of those places. Selectadisc has been at the forerunner of the independent music scene since 1966. From rock and soul to blues and folk, to house and hip-hop, reggae and beyond: Selectadisc cover everything. Nottingham is their spiritual home. It all started there, and well, it’s just incredible. I really could trawl through those racks all day long, and now you know. It really does make everything else obsolete in comparison – Well, in Nottingham at least. The Fopp is good though.
Anyway, in Selectadisc, I came across the first Dictators album literally for a bargain price - how could I say no? Go Girl Crazy was released in 1975 and although it is often name checked as one of the pre-punk albums it never translated into sales for the band. The Dictators are perhaps more famous with crossing subject matter — wrestling, fast food, TV, beer, dope, cars, scandal sheets — with loud, hard, fast rock'n'roll and thus creating an doctrine that was, well unique at the time. Originally formed as a homage/response to the MC5, New York Dolls and the Stooges, The Dictators legacy has endured for them to be considered an important band in their own right - Even if they weren't fully appreciated in their own time.
The Dictators began as a quartet: Adny Shernoff (vocals/bass), monster guitarist Ross the Boss, Scott "Top Ten" Kempner (rhythm guitar) and Stu Boy King (drums). Legendary Bronx party boy Handsome Dick Manitoba (Richard Blum), who had joined his pals' band as their roadie, was photographed in wrestling regalia for the cover of their first LP. The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! is a funny, catchy, teenage masterpiece of over-the-top rock'n'roll, and genuine proof that anybody could make the major-label record they always imagined - there are a lot of Pixies in this band band too and visa versa. The album has covers ("I Got You Babe," "California Sun") that unravel history, and the original surf-rock gem, "(I Live for) Cars and Girls."
An absolute classic released years before their label could even begin to imagine how to market it.
The Dictators - (I Live For) Cars And Girls
Please. Visit their website and/or buy the album
Oh, and i'd like to welcome Dan to the team. Good job, dude, that Q and Not U album is amazing. One of my New Year resolutions is to not write everything on this site so there should be some more guest writers on board soon. Thanks for reading.