'TATORS JOIN HELEN WHEEL TRIBUTES
Manitoba's Wild Kingdom will be among the many artists performing at A Celebration of Helen Wheels, a tribute concert to be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Don Hill's in New York City.
Joining MWK in commemorating her life and music will be Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser, Sandy Roeser, Joe Bouchard, Albert Bouchard, Deborah Frost, David Hirschberg, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, Tish and Snooky, Felice Rosser, Static Cling, Jack Rigg and others.
The Helen Wheels tribute disc, To Helen With Love, featuring tracks by Dictators Scott Kempner, Ross the Boss, Andy Shernoff and Handsome Dick Manitoba, is available here.
Members of the Dictators also played a tribute concert on Oct. 8 to musician Billy Hilfiger. HDM, Andy, JP "Thunderbolt" Patterson and Daniel Rey performed the Wild Kingdom tunes "The Party Starts Now," "Haircut and Attitude" and "I Want You Tonight." Check out some photos of the event, including one of Dick in a spectacular jacket, here.
ANDY'S POST ON THE AFTERMATH OF SEPT. 11
It's been an overwhelming time for everybody in New York City; still too early to put in perspective. All we know is, our lives have been changed forever.
Unfortunately, the record has been delayed slightly due to UPS/FedEx problems and a back-up at the manufacturing plant. We will still meet our distributor's street date of Oct. 9. In response to many questions, the Twin Towers will remain on the skyline on the cover of the CD.....never forget!!
All the American and Spanish shows have been re-scheduled to November and will be posted on the website soon. On our return from Spain we will be playing New York City to celebrate the new CD and our resiliency.
Unfortunately, missing in action is Johnny Heff.....Johnny was a firefighter who bravely responded to the WTC fires. He also played with The Bullys, a rock and roll band with a lot of drive and heart. Our prayers go out to his family.
AFROMAN: HAIR'S TO THE DICTATORS
Entertainment Weekly magazine asked reggae sensation Afroman (the "Because I Got High" guy) "for his take on tunes by other (unidentified)
'fro'd notables." "Cars and Girls," by the once 'fro'd but long-ago shorn Dictators, fared well in his opinion. "If the Beach Boys and Offspring f---ed each other and had a baby, there it is. I like it," Afroman said in part.
The other artists/tunes were MC5 ("Kick Out the Jams"), Jimi
Hendrix ("One Rainy Wish"), Al Green ("Belle"), Funkadelic ("Super
Stupid"), At the Drive-In ("Arcarsenal") and Shuggie Otis ("Sparkle
The full article, "Now Hair This," can be found online here or on page 163 of the magazine's fall TV preview (Sarah Michelle Gellar is on the cover), issue No. 612/613.
NEW ALBUM DONE & ON ITS WAY
Elo kiddies.....The new Dictators record is completed and is being prepared for release...sorry for the 20-year delay, but what's the rush? The first pressing will be self-released and available on this website by early September (we will be accepting credit cards by that time), it will be available in some stores by late September and the big chain stores like Tower and Virgin in October. The CD is titled "DFFD" and the cover was drawn by the talented Braino. Stay tuned for a copy of the cover.
MEET MARK "THE ANIMAL"!
Long-ago Dictator Mark "the Animal" Mendoza will reunite publicly with his Twisted Sister bandmates for one day to promote a new TS tribute album. On Aug. 15 at 6 p.m., Mendoza, Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda and A.J. Pero will meet fans at Slipped Disc Records in Valley Stream, N.Y., to sign copies of the Koch Records CD Twisted Forever, released Aug. 14.
Can't make it to Long Island? Catch up with Mendoza & Co. when VH1 premieres Twisted Sister: Behind the Music on Aug. 19. Check local listings for show times.
JACK & THE BEANSTALK SAVE ROCK & ROLL
Western Australia power-pop outfit Jack & the Beanstalk cover "Who Will Save Rock & Roll?" on their current album. The disc, Cowboys in Sweden, appears on the Illinois-based Parasol Records.
IT'S ALIVE!!!!! IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!
Closer and closer to social acceptability, it comes. The new record is mixed and ready for the electrodes in the side of its beefy neck. That is to say, the mastering process. We're still going for 2 out of 3 falls over the title but it's dangerous and lurking down that dark alley you walk by every night. Adny and the great Sean Slade finished the final mixes just the other night. get behind it, before it gets behind you. Who will save Rock'N'Roll?? I think you know.
-- Top Ten
The guys continue to pay tribute to the memory of their great friend Joey Ramone.
Dick emceed and Adny performed at the April 30 CBGB's memorial (read reports at MTV.com and Launch.com), and the band played a heartfelt "Blitzkrieg Bop" during their show at New Jersey's Court Tavern May 5.
And while the Dictators won't be attending the tribute show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on May 19 due to prior concert engagements, they are shooting a short video to be shown at the event and will be celebrating Joey's 50th birthday that night during their show in Austin, Texas.
MORE J.P. TV!
Fresh from urinating on the April 22 episode of The Sopranos (see item dated 4/4/01 below), J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson is once again gracing your television screen. Look for him on NBC's Third Watch Monday, May 14, at 10 p.m. EDT. He plays one of a trio of holdup men who help to ruin Yokas' day off. (He's the first lowlife to walk in the door in the diner scene.)
And keep watch for a repeat of the recent VH1 documentary All Access: 25 Years of Punk to catch a glimpse of Handsome Dick Manitoba.
SOUND OFF ON NEW SONG
New song "Burn, Baby, Burn!!" had its worldwide live premiere May 5 at New Jersey's Court Tavern. Those who heard it -- and the reworked "In the Presence of a New God" -- let us know what you think. You can read the lyrics to both songs here.
We really are in the studio finishing off the record, and we expect to get it out in September.
There have been changes to the song lineup. In comes new tunes "Pussy and Money," "In the Presence of a New God," "Burn, Baby, Burn!!" and a reworked "What's Up With That?" Among the outees (for this release anyway): "Sonic Reducer," "Laughing Out Loud" and "Your Loser Mentality."
Here's the track listing, in no particular order:
1- Avenue A
2- Who Will Save Rock and Roll?
3- Pussy and Money
4- I Am Right!
5- Jim Gordon Blues
6- Moronic Inferno
7- Channel Surfing
8- What's Up With That?
9- In the Presence of a New God
10- The Savage Beat
11- Burn, Baby, Burn!!
12- It's Alright!
Check out lyrics to the new songs here.
Dictators skinsman J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson has again stepped out from behind the drums to make appearances on TV and local cineplex screens. Fans of The Sopranos should keep an eye peeled for J.P. in the background of an upcoming scene in which mob tough-guy Furio beats a guy up over an Ecstasy deal. (It takes place in a men's room and J.P. is peeing at a urinal, but it won't impugn your heterosexuality to take a look around -- this once.)
And, on Tuesday, April 10, he'll appear on VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin, playing a rock star in a "We Are the World" parody. The show airs at 9 p.m. EDT on VH1.
On the big screen: J.P. appeared in 2000's Almost Famous. Look for him sporting a burgundy suit and muttonchops in a scene outside of a hotel. He also has turns in the upcoming movies City by the Sea, starring Robert De Niro, and People I Know, with Al Pacino and Tea Leoni.
Click here to find out what other film and TV projects he's been involved with: J.P. Patterson Filmography.
THE DICTATORS GO GIRL CRAZY! -- AGAIN
The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! is being re-released on vinyl in March. The 1975 album, the Dictators' first, will be released by Epic Records but distributed by Norton. Look for it sometime in March.
DICTATORS IN THE NEWS
There's a nice article on the Dictators in the February issue of Discoveries magazine, "The Dictators: Punk Rock's Missing Link." Pick up a copy of the mag or read the article online for free by registering here. Also, there's a story about the band with photos in the Barcelona, Spain, metal magazine Rock and Roll Popular 1.
WHERE'S THE NEW RECORD, YOU ASK?
OK, OK.....The band has decided to add a couple new songs to their album, so it's going to be a little bit more of a wait. They're rehearsing them now, and plan on hitting the studio in the next couple of months. Believe me, it will be worth it to get yet more rockin' 'Tators tunes. Stay tuned.
THE FILTH, THE FURY, THE DICTATORS
Our own Andy Shernoff can be seen on the DVD of the Sex Pistols movie The Filth and the Fury. The Julien Temple film, which hit theaters last year, includes a 30-minute documentary about the rise of punk rock featuring present-day interviews with such luminaries as Adny and Richard Hell.
TRACK ON AUSTRALIAN COMPILATION
Need "Who Will Save Rock 'n' Roll" on CD? Australian label Vicious Kitten Records has released a compilation that includes the Dictators track. The disc, Rock 'N' Roll War, also features songs by Sylvain Sylvain and Texas Terri and the Stiff Ones. It can be ordered here.