Go Girl Crazy!

Go Girl Crazy!

by The Dictators
     
 

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Released in 1975 -- a full year before anyone began using the word "punk" to describe the back-to-basics rock of the New York scene's underbelly -- this stoopidly brilliant Gotham combo's debut distilled the spirit of things to come with panache -- and plenty of puke jokes. Laden with memorable riffs that split the difference between surf-rock, metal, and what would

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Released in 1975 -- a full year before anyone began using the word "punk" to describe the back-to-basics rock of the New York scene's underbelly -- this stoopidly brilliant Gotham combo's debut distilled the spirit of things to come with panache -- and plenty of puke jokes. Laden with memorable riffs that split the difference between surf-rock, metal, and what would come to be known as thrash, Go Girl Crazy hits on all cylinders as it revs through sing-alongs like "(I Live for) Cars and Girls" and the mook-rock anthem "Teengenerate." The real might, however, emanates from the band's self-proclaimed "secret weapon," Handsome Dick Manitoba, whose street-smart delivery dovetails perfectly with the in-your-face satire of songs like "The Next Big Thing" (a musical autobiography of sorts, in which the Dictators note that "We knocked 'em dead in Dallas/didn't know we were Jews"). There's nary a dull moment on the tightly packed disc, and -- like, say, an episode of The Simpsons -- each listen reveals another belly laugh you hadn't noticed before.

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1975, when proto-punk and heavy metal were two opposing camps who barely acknowledged each other's existence, The Dictators' first album, Go Girl Crazy!, found New York's finest trying to bring both sides together in a brave, prescient, and (at least at the time) futile gesture. The band's "smart guys who like dumb stuff" humor, junk-culture reference points, and '60s cheeze rock covers ("California Sun" and "I Got You Babe" on one album) would seem tailor made for the crowd at CBGB digging the Ramones and the Dead Boys, but their sludgy and stripped down hard rock (and Ross "The Boss" Funichello's neo-metal guitar solos) were something else altogether. And at a time when the arena rock audience had not yet embraced the less-than-subtle humor and theatrics of Sparks or Cheap Trick, the Dictators' ahead-of-their-time enthusiasm for wrestling, White Castle hamburgers, and television confused more kids than it converted. Heard today, the album is a hoot and a half; if the tempos could often stand to be a bit livelier, Adny Shernoff's songs are still great (especially the absurdly anthemic "Two Tub Man," "I Live for Cars and Girls," and "Weekend"), the jokes still register (while the contemporary Political Correctness brigade might blanch at "Back to Africa" or "Master Race Rock," they're merely absurd in the Mad Magazine tradition), and "secret weapon" Handsome Dick Manitoba was truly a find. Dozens of groups borrowed wholesale from Go Girl Crazy! later on down the line, but the original is still the greatest ... and the funniest.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/29/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074643334822
catalogNumber:
33348

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