Category Archives: Ritchie Teeter

Happy Birthday to a Fallen Friend


Gone but not forgotten. He would have been 63 today.

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The Great “Lost” VHF album

After his departure from the Dictators in late 1978, Richie Teeter was a co-founder of a New Wave-ish NYC quartet called VHF. The band gigged a lot around town from 1979 until 1983 or so, in pursuit of the elusive brass ring, but success seemed to elude them. To my knowledge, they never released a record, although they did do plenty of recording.

We here at DFFD combined forces our good pal Lindsay Hutton at the Next Big Thing blog (AKA The Only Other Guy In The World Besides Me Who Never Threw Anything Away) and managed to unearth 3 demo sessions and a live show. We’ve compiled the best songs and takes, and are proud to offer, for the first time, what we’re referring to as The Great “Lost” VHF album. We’ll send a CD copy to anyone who asks for one.

After hearing these songs a few times, I have to say that one reason why they may have missed out on a contract was because stylistically they were all over the place. I can hear bits and pieces of Foreigner, the Cars, Mott the Hoople, Hall + Oates. A lot of what other people sounded like, maybe at the expense of sounding like themselves. It’s good stuff, but it sounds like 5 or 6 bands crammed together.

Regardless of style, any opportunity to hear Rich Teeter sing a lead vocal is something that shouldn’t be passed on, and he’s front man for roughly half of the 10 songs here. That man had a set of pipes.

— Salvi C.


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WFMU Tribute to Rich Teeter Begins Tonight

WFMU, the greatest radio station in the US of A, is running a 2-part Richie Teeter tribute on the Evan “Funk” Davies show. Part 1 airs tonight at 9pm ET, part 2 will follow next week, same night and time (streaming live over the interwebs). Tonight will feature Richie’s work with the Dictators, next week will be a special airing of some of his tunes as a member of VHF.

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In Appreciation of Richie Teeter

Rich Teeter performs at the Left Bank in 1980

Photo by Jim Bradt, from the Cincotta Archives

We’re reeling from the news of Rich Teeter’s passing after a struggle with esophageal cancer.

Rich was the rarest of musicians, a singing drummer who didn’t sing enough. He was blessed with a tremendous voice, and we were so lucky to be able to hear him sing lead on 3+1/2 songs on “Manifest Destiny.”

Richie was a member of the Dictators from 1975 through 1978, and played on their 2nd and 3rd albums. He had many credits after his initial stint with the Dictators. He did some time in Twisted Sister, was the studio drummer for Tom Verlaine’s 1981 “Dreamtime” lp, and played around the tri-state area in VHF. Rich was the drummer for all Dictator reunion shows up through the middle of 1991, and went on to play in cover bands on Long Island for years. In what was probably both his most high-profile and most anonymous vocal ever, he sang an uncredited version of “Shout” during the opening scene of 1982’s “Diner.”

Our condolences go out to Rich’s loved ones, his band mates, and to his many fans.

We’re all heavy of heart over this. We lost one of the good ones.

— Salvi C.

P.S. There’s also a fantastic tribute to Rich, written by our good friend Lindsay Hutton, at the Next Big Thing blog:


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Rest in Peace, Rich Teeter

Rich Teeter

We are so, so sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings, but we have to report that former Dictator drummer Rich Teeter has passed away. More details as they unfold. Rich was one of the truly nice guys. R.I.P buddy.

UPDATE: In Appreciation of Richie Teeter


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Hot Vinyl on eBay: This Is Not a Test

Test pressingTest pressing
Head to eBay now for a chance at this test pressing from the Teeter collection:

The Dictators Test Pressing Sleepin with the TV on edit
Ultra RARE Allied Record Company Punk Science Gone Too Far

— DFFD123

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What’s Going On: Rich Teeter’s Birthday!

Rich Teeter

The DFFD Blog sends a hearty happy birthday today (March 16) to former Dictators drummer-vocalist extraordinaire Rich Teeter!

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