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11/30/99

"BOYS DON'T CRY" SOUNDTRACK OUT NOV. 30

The soundtrack to the critically acclaimed feature film "Boys Don't Cry" is expected to be released Nov. 30. The Dictators' "What's Up With That?" is included on the disc, which is currently available for prepurchase online from both Amazon.com and CD Now. "What's Up With That?" -- familiar to many fans from the band's recent live shows and the version recorded by Andy's side project, the Master Plan, for a 'zine (see 6/2/99 item, below) -- has been rerecorded by the 'Tators for their upcoming album. According to Amazon.com, the track listing for the soundtrack (out on Koch Records) is as follows:

Boys Don't Cry

1. The Bluest Eyes in Texas - Nina Persson/Nathan Larson
2. A New Shade of Blue - The Bobby Fuller Four
3. She's Got a Way - The Smithereens
4. Who's That Lady - The Isley Brothers
5. Codine Blues - The Charlatans
6. Silver Wings - The Knitters
7. Who Do You Love - Quicksilver Messenger Service
8. Tuesday's Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd
9. The Haunt - Roky Erickson
10. Car Chase - Nathan Larson
11. What's Up With That - The Dictators
12. Why Can't We Live Together - Timmy Thomas

A different Dictators song is actually heard during the film, however. Only a few seconds are included of the tune, called "And It's All Right," but it's the first fans had heard off the new album. Andy says the moviemakers were looking for a song with an "AC/DC riff," and this one fit the bill. Listen for it during a scene that takes place in a car about halfway through the film, then cheer for the Dictators and Andrew Shernoff in the end credits.

11/20/99

MAKE OTHER MILLENNIUM EVE PLANS

In case you were still holding out hope for a Dictators show this New Year's Eve, fuggedaboutit. The band is definitely not ringing in Y2K onstage. On the bright side, Ross the Boss fans will be happy to note that his Spinatras have landed a high-profile gig for that evening: They're going to Disneyworld! They'll appear with Cheap Trick and others at a show that will be telecast to millions across the U.S. via cable and satellite, including Comcast and DirecTV.

11/20/99

NEW DATE SET FOR SPINATRAS DISC

The first release from Ross's other other band, the Spinatras, is now scheduled for release on Jan. 25, 2000. The group's label, CMC International Records, has postponed the disc, titled "@midnight.com," twice--it was originally slated for August release and then was pushed back until late October. Still, the label has put together a nice website for the group, with a bio, photos, and song and interview clips.

8/26/99

DEL-LORDS COMPILATION RELEASED

Get reacquainted with Scott's now-defunct roots-rock group, the Del-Lords. "Get Tough: The Best of the Del-Lords" was released by Restless Records (ASIN: B00000JG3U) in June.

"Get Tough: The Best of the Del-Lords" Track Listing:
1. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?
2. Get Tough
3. Livin' on Love
4. Burning in the Flame of Love
5. I Play the Drums
6. Heaven
7. St. Jake
8. Love Lies Dying
9. Everlovin'
10. Carry On (previously unreleased)
11. Crawl in Bed
12. Cheyenne
13. Judas Kiss
14. About You
15. You & I
16. Love on Fire
17. Hand to Mouth (previously unreleased)
18. Folsom Prison Blues (previously unreleased)

6/2/99

LIVE DICTATORS TRACK ON FANZINE EP

A great, rip-roaring live version of "Faster & Louder" is the first track on a 7" distributed free with the latest issue of Philadelphia fanzine Carbon 14. The vinyl EP, given away with Issue 15, also includes Andy Shernoff's side project, The Master Plan, with its version of "What's Up With That?" Other tracks are Jayne County's "Rock & Roll Cleopatra" and Toilet Boys' "Influence." The 'zine can be found at newsstands, or ordering information is available on its website.

6/2/99

"FINAL RINSE" PREMIERES

Final Rinse

Celluloid heroes Adny and HDM in "Final Rinse"

Photo courtesy of Robert D. Tucker

The Dictators and "Who Will Save Rock & Roll?" are featured in the independent movie "Final Rinse," which premiered May 30, 1999, at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film, which director Robert D. Tucker wrapped way back in the summer of '97 and is still in need of a distributor, follows an ex-hippie turned cop assigned to track down a serial killer who hunts long-haired rockers. The flick stars Sebastian Bach, Joey Ramone and "Batman" legend Frank Gorshin, and also features the Last Hard Men, Biohazard, Slaughter, Mars Needs Women and the Independents. The movie's official site, linked to above, has more info, photos and a promo reel Dictators fans should take the time to download.

5/10/99

MANITOBA MOCK-MURDERED IN MAGAZINE

Handsome Dick Manitoba portrays Manson Family murder victim Voytek Frykowski in a comic-book style photo spread in the May-June issue of POPsmear magazine. The 15-page "These Children That Come at You with Knives," written and directed by "Please Kill Me" author Legs McNeil and cowritten by Gillian McCain, depicts the infamous and gruesome 1969 killings of six people in L.A. by followers of Charles Manson.

Manitoba's character, Frykowski,was found murdered outside Sharon Tate's house with his lover, coffee heiress Abigail Folger. The 32-year-old Polish playboy, a longtime friend of Roman Polanski's, had been shot twice, hit over the head 13 times with a blunt object and stabbed 51 times.

HDM, who was covered in chocolate syrup to replicate blood in the black-and-white strip (see color photo), appears in six of the panels.

Other luminaries in the magazine layout include Wayne Kramer as Leno Labianca, Tool's Maynard James Keenan as Charles Manson, Kembra Pfaller of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black as Sharon Tate, Shawn Pierce of the Toilet Boys as Tex Watson, Chloe Webb of "Sid & Nancy" as Patricia Krenwinkle, "Permanent Midnight" writer Jerry Stahl as Jay Sebring, and ex-Porno for Pyros bassist Martyn LeNoble as Gary Hinman.

Also appearing in the piece are ex-New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane, POPsmear publisher James Morel, Streetwalkin' Cheetahs/POPsmear's Frank Meyer, Dead Boys' Jimmy Zero, Adolescents' Tony Reflex, ADZ's Bruce Duff, Angry Samoans' Jeff Dahl, porno stars Sharon Mitchell and Veronica Hart, and the Stiff Ones' Texas Terri.

A Making Of the spread includes interesting background info, photos and RealPlayer movies.

4/28/99

TOP TEN TELLS IT LIKE IT IS

Daily music news service SonicNet Music News of the World recently caught wind of the Dictators' new studio album, God bless 'em. It only took them six months or so, but at least they're covering the band. Plus, they did get this cool quote from Top Ten:

"Young bands that want and go after that big record deal--they're advance junkies, living in rock 'n' roll fantasy camp. ... If your realistic market is anywhere from 0 to 100,000 copies sold--even 200,000--you're better off releasing the work yourself. Say you're generating $10 a CD and you sell 10,000. If you sold that on a major label, they'd kick you off. But you do that on your own and you've got a hundred thousand bucks. ... Hello everybody, good morning, coffee's ready--record companies have given up the ghost."
1/15/99

THE PARTY STARTS NOW AT MANITOBA'S

Manitoba's, the bar we've long been promised by Handsome Dick, is open for business. At the jam-packed grand opening Jan. 14, Classy Freddie Blassie himself christened the establishment, which is festooned with such manly decor as moose antlers, boxing photos and a smattering of Dictators memorabilia. And with such glitterati as Andy Shernoff, Ross the Boss and Scott Kempner--not to mention celebrity bartender J.P. Patterson--in attendance, why not have the Dictators themselves be the first band to play the joint? With no particular set in mind, the band managed to deliver the goods ("The Party Starts Now," "Baby, Let's Twist," "What's Up with That," "New York New York" and "Stay with Me") in what was probably the tiniest space they've ever played. Manitoba's is located at Avenue B and 7th Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Be sure to check out the tunes--both live and on the cool jukebox--buy expensive liquor and give the bartender big tips.