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40 Years of Going Girl Crazy!!


March 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of “The Dictators Go Girl Crazy.” Ignored and/or ridiculed at the time of its release, it’s since grown to be rightfully seen as a classic smart-azz manifesto.

It’s impossible to overstate the influence the lp had on me, and probably on you, our loyal audience, as well. This blog would not exist if not for GGC.

Reams of praise have been written about the album over the years, all if it deserved. Hell, we devoted a full week to its 35th anny back in 2010 (read it all here). Rather than try to come up with more in the same vein, we here at the DFFD Blog, in the style you’ve grown to know and tolerate, have come up with a new perspective on that mysterious, embryonic era of the band. Starting very soon, we’ll be running a multi-part interview with — wait for it — Stu Boy King. Believe it, Baby!

— Salvi C.

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Hanukkah Day 8: A Gem From the Archives

This excellent article by Bob Colby is reprinted with kind permission of Kathei Logue’s “Killer Children” magazine #1 from Fall 1979:

Here’s a little taste:

The DICTATORS, my favorite American rock & roll band of the mid-70’s, are gone, and though that may be a tragedy, it was also more of a formality than anything else … The situation is still a damn shame, but before I get into details of that shame, let’s begin at the beginning with a little HISTORY.

Rise of Rock Fandom, Fall of the Dictators” (click to download the entire article in PDF form)

— Salvi C.

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All Men Pick Up at Ten

Today’s Hannukah gift (Day 7!) is for all the golfers in the house. While the seasonal temperatures here in the NE have forced most of us to put our clubs away for the year, we can be thankful that the Manowar Golf Course remains open. Plaid bunny-fur loincloths are required apparel.

— Salvi C.

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Rocking in a Winter Wonderland

For Day 6 of our Hanukkah celebration, we again travel back to CBs circa December 2003:


Lovely to look at, miserable to drive in, and soon to be a very limited edition at

Many thanks to Mike Frigerio, who risked life and limb in climbing to the rooftop across the street to take the picture, and to Brother Rob for the technological hook-up.

— Salvi C.

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Hanukkah Gift No. 5: The Dictators at CBGBs, December 2003

The guys played a 2-night stand at CBGBs on Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, to provide footage for a live DVD. Not everyone on the DFFD editorial staff made it to these shows, due to a close encounter with a blizzard.

The Friday show seemed snake-bitten right from Jump Street. The stage power blew in the middle of the first tune, and the momentum was never really recovered after that. HDM lost his voice part-way through, but struggled on. Attendance was affected by the snow storm. The highlight of the night was watching RTB play a one-man duet of both guitar parts for “California Sun,” and making it look like he does this kind of thing all the time. Which he probably does.  

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Put Down ‘Guitar Hero,’ Here’s the Real Thing

For all of you budding RTBs out there, our Hanukkah gift for the day is the chord changes to the “Bloodbrothers” album, plus a couple extra.

This was Fritz “The Boss” Erikson’s cheat sheet from the “Faster and Louder” 2009 tribute set. It’s about time for another gig, guys.

Here’s Faster and Louder blazing their way through “Young, Fast, and Scientific.” Richie Parsons and Fritz have been doing this one since the Band 19 days, and it has never failed to smoke!  

— Salvi C.

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It’s Not the Next Big Thing, But It Is the Next Best Thing

While we love and appreciate every single cover version of Dictators tunes we’ve heard, we especially appreciate those versions where the original tune gets a different interpretation.

As today’s Hanukkah gift to you, our readers, here are a few covers that go the extra mile.

This version of WWSRAR adds an interesting ambient intro. The band is the Stowaways.

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Hanukkah Day 2: Bringing the Love

“Darlene Love, I love you! Welcome to Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom!”

For you on the second day of Hanukkah, some Love (Darlene) and unbridled joy, courtesy of these two video clips of Handsome Dick Manitoba interviewing her for his radio show last month. Few things make us as happy as watching these two crack up together. Enjoy:

— DFFD123

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