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The Dictators

Countless debates have been held as to who was truly the first punk band. A good many New Yorkers would argue that punk was born in 1975 upon the release of the Dictators' first album, which featured singer Handsome Dick Manitoba on the cover in a stretchy black wrestling outfit. The sarcastic humor, blunt arrangements, trash-culture fixations, and loud-fast-rules musicianship all point to the Dictators as an important bridge between garage rock, metal, and what would eventually become classic punk.… Show more

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