Celebrate the anniversary of Andy Shernoff’s birth today (April 19) along with the DFFD Blog!
Note: Last month’s lively discussion about the merits of ‘Manifest Destiny’ led to a comment of “it would make for a great musical on Broadway!” This, to me, was sheer genius, so with no further ado, we present…
MANIFEST DESTINY – THE MUSICAL
A study of Ambition, Control and Ego
Songs by Andy Shernoff (“Hey Boys” by Shernoff/Kempner)
Concept by Adam RealMan
Adapted for the Stage by Salvi C
- Adrien Brody as the Tortured Artist
- Jack Black as the Creation
- Christopher Walken, as Bruce Dickenson, as the Producer
- Amy Adams as Mary-Anne, or maybe Jane Krakowski once Amy turns it down
- With The Dictators as themselves
- Featuring the Steppin’ Out Dance Troupe and the Two Tub Men’s Choir
We open with the TA huddled over his keyboard, arguing with the Producer over his role in the band, and his desire to be a studio-only musician.
1st song: Exposed, sung by TA
Producer explains his position, and basically forces TA into being an on-stage performer in the band.
2nd song: Heartache, sung by the Producer
TA wanders the stage, struggling to reconcile his ambition with his lack of desire to perform. Heartbroken, he falls into fitful sleep.
3rd song: Sleepin’ With the TV On, sung by TA with the choir
Dream ends with the Creation rising from the mist, immediately going into…
4th song: Science Gone Too Far, sung by TA and the Producer
5th song: Disease, sung by the Creation
Opens with the Creation sitting at a lunch counter, being serenaded by Mary-Anne.
6th song: TEENGENERATE, sung by Mary-Anne
Scene change — we cut to TA, alone in his bedroom, looking out into the night, lamenting Mary-Anne’s sudden shift in amour.
7th song: HEY BOYS, sung by TA
TA argues, again, with the Producer, over his role in the band, while the Creation wanders through with the band hovering around him.
8th song: STEPPIN’ OUT, sung by TA
TA leaves the stage, probably forever. The Creation now dominates the action.
9th song: NEXT BIG THING, sung by the Creation
The Creation and the TA duet on 10th song: YOUNG, FAST + SCIENTIFIC
We once again see the TA, now exclusively a songwriter, only now on the West Coast, happily married to Mary-Anne. In a beach scene, he sings…
Finale: CARS + GIRLS
– Salvi C.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the very first Dictators gig in New York City. Our boys invaded the Coventry on March 13, 15 and 16 of 1974.
The Coventry was the only club in NYC that allowed original bands a place to play and grow. It was located on Queens Blvd in Sunnyside, Queens, and was a big place with a 700-person capacity. Kiss spent their embryonic years there, and Joey Ramone hung out there in his pre-Ramone days. The current occupants at the club’s old address are a Bliss Drugs (provide your own joke here) and a Chase bank.
– Salvi C.
This date in 1985 marked the debut of the Bel-Aires, opening for the Ramones at NYC’s Irving Plaza in 1985. Not to be confused with the car, the brand of cigarettes, or the 3 or 4 other bands with the same name, these Bel-Aires were a short-lived Andy Shernoff project, born at the very height of the roots-rock heyday of the mid ’80s, when it was nigh-on impossible to swing a dead cat in any major city without hitting a four-piece covering Woody Guthrie and singing songs about the Swampland.
The band consisted of Andy Shernoff on rhythm guitar and most of the vocals, Paul Skelton on lead guitar, Andy Bale on bass, and JP “Thunderbolt” Patterson on drums and the balance of the lead vocals. Paul Skelton was “the twangmaster of the Telecaster” in the Cornell Hurd Band for 22 years after moving to Austin. Andy Bale was a longtime member of the Sic F*cks, and later married Snooky.
Feb. 9′s well-deserved fuss over the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” serves as a reminder that Feb. 2 was our very own equivalent thereof. That date marked the 40th anniversary of the first-ever appearance in New York by the Dictators. It took place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. It was the second Dictators show ever, and our boys opened for Blue Oyster Cult and Iggy and the Stooges.