The Dickies, whose very existence is a glorification of humor and silliness, hold the title of being the first California punk band ever to be signed to a major label. With the band’s final album in the works, The Dickies have somehow managed to be one of the longest-running punk bands in the world. Despite being “86 years old,” as original singer Leonard Graves Phillips joked in a recent show, the band rocks it hard and hilarious, bringing the infectious high energy their shows are known for. Remarkably, they sound better and tighter than ever. Fittingly, the final show of their 40th Anniversary Tour is slated to take place at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood (October 21, 2017) – the same club where they played their first show in 1977. May the Dickies rock and rollick on for another 40 more.
Biography by Sativa Chronnoisseur
Forty Years+ of Dickiemania
Forty years ago, a group of insolently sarcastic teenagers from the San Fernando Valley performed their first show at the Whisky. At a time when many of the early punks were competing to see who could be more violently self-destructive, The Dickies were refreshingly absurd, penning rudely silly yet terminally catchy odes to Barney Rubble, Marlon Brando, Caligula and Sammy Davis Jr. that were juxtaposed with oddly exhilarating, supersonic-paced remakes of ancient tunes by The Moody Blues, The Left Banke and Black Sabbath. Much like the narrator of “Tears of a Clown,” these cutups have often disguised their own tragic history of suicide and personal struggles with wickedly clownish behavior, and they were accused of sexism earlier this year on the Warped Tour by dour sermonizers who apparently couldn’t tell the difference between satire and real life.
L.A. Weekly, October 2017