The Dictators

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk proto-punk punk rock hard rock new york punk garage rock new york Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1973 in New York City, USA, the Dictators predated by two years the punk rock of bands such as the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, yet they exhibited many of that genre’s hallmarks from their inception. Purveying loud, three-chord rock without long solos, and drawing their lyrical inspiration and visual images from such disparate facets of popular culture as fast food, professional wrestling, cult movies and late-night television, the Dictators established a devoted fanbase in their home town and selected hip pockets in the USA and Europe. However, they were unable to succeed commercially and are rarely acknowledged for their pioneering efforts in helping to establish the new rock ‘n’ roll of the 70s and 80s.

Protégés of music journalist Richard Meltzer, the Dictators originally comprised guitarists Scott ‘Top Ten’ Kempner and Ross ‘The Boss’ Funicello (Ross Friedman, New York City, New...

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