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iViva Dictators!

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While The Ramones are the quintessential New York City rock 'n' roll band, The Dictators could've had that title had fate gone their way. Viva Dictators! is a live album recorded in NYC at a few shows in support of their excellent 2001 album D.F.F.D.—their first in 23 years. The band shows zero rust. In fact, Handsome Dick Manitoba is arguably a better singer and frontman than he was in the band's prime. D.F.F.D. added to The Dictators' arsenal of powerful rockers with such standouts as "Who Will Save Rock and Roll?," "Pussy and Money," and "Avenue A." Considering The Dictators were always at their best live—absorbing the audience's energy at every turn—a concert album is the way to best experience their power and poignancy. Classic Dictators tunes like "The Next Big Thing," "Master Race Rock," "Baby, Let's Twist," and "(I Live For) Cars and Girls" show off their abundance of humor, outrage, and proto-punk energy without falling comfortably into any genre. 

Customer Reviews

Raw yet tight

Great set, great performance, great sound. But hey iTunes: track 9 & track 11 are swapped. If you buy & preview track 9, The Next Big Thing, you get Who Will Save Rock & Roll, which is listed as track 11.


Formed: 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1974, N.Y.C.'s Dictators were one of the finest and most influential proto-punk bands to walk the earth. Alternately reveling in and satirizing the wanton excesses of a rock & roll lifestyle and lowbrow culture (e.g., wrestling, TV, fast food), with their world-view defined by bassist/keyboardist and former fanzine publisher (Teenage Wasteland Gazette) Andy (occasionally Adny) Shernoff and renegade rock critic/theorist Richard Meltzer, the Dictators played loud, fast rock & roll fueled...
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