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The Dickies

  • The Incredible Shrinking Dickies [A&M, 1979] C
  • Great Dictations: The Definitive Dickies Collection [A&M, 1989] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

The Incredible Shrinking Dickies [A&M, 1979]
You've heard of punk? Well, this is twit. C

Great Dictations: The Definitive Dickies Collection [A&M, 1989]
Parody punks long dismissed as no-laff ninnies even in L.A., they're rehabilitating their reputations as their accounting careers fall through, with this '78-'80 compilation (in tandem with current product to remain nameless) the spearhead. So OK, sometimes they actually were funny--I like their Simon & Garfunkel knockoff better than the Coolies'. I promise I'll play them on request if they promise I never have to think about them again. B-