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Go Girl Crazy

The Dictators

1975

Go Girl Crazy

Album Summary

The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! is the debut album by American punk rock band The Dictators. It was released on March 1975 and is considered one of the first examples of punk rock.

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Rating

2.89

Votes

4696

Genres

  • Punk
  • Rock
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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

This album is like the grandfather of punk rock. It certainly sounds punk: adolescent humor, repeated shouts of "Let's go!", and tracks that were clearly recorded in one take. Some of it is really fun, but there's a lot of dumb here, and that's hard to overlook. Best track: Two Tub Man

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

High energy and catchier then expected protopunk that doesn't take it's self too seriously. Hilarious cover of I Got You Babe. Also liked Cars and Girls. Lots of shredding scattered throughout as well. "I think Lou Reed is a creep." Also protopunk is fun to say. PROTOPUNK. I would buy this if I came across a hard copy so I'm giving it the big five.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

I actually loved this album. It was so cool and had such a sick vibe. I wanted more at the end!

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Tue May 25 2021
5

This was incredible! How have I never heard this before?! It’s funny, creative, an absolute joy to listen to.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

This was a really fun album and I loved the I got you babe cover

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Fun. Simple. Not extremely substantial, and that is ok.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Fun and silly proto-punk, but lacking some substance (that might kinda be the point of the album, though)

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

August 24, 2021 The album cover is off-putting. I wanted to like this, and I can see how it influenced a lot of the later music I like, but I was just uncomfortable and a lot of this was pretty dumb.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Never heard of “proto punk”, but I can definitely hear some of my favorite punk through this, Jeff Rosenstock included

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Oooops

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

amazinggggggg

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Ah, an album I've listened to endlessly. It's crass, it's dumb, wilfully offensive every now and again but it possesses so much attitude, cheek and zap-rock power that I find it irresistible. Part of the CBGB scene, and they have a good claim to have been there or thereabouts at the birth of the NYC punk scene. This, and their third album Blood Brothers, kick ass. I live for cars and girls.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Somehow back when I was exploring the big proto-punk bands like The Stooges, MC5, Velvet Underground etc I never got in The Dictators. Boy was I missing out. This is so much fun and I definitely can tell that they were super influential to many other bands I like. 4 stars for the album, the 5th for the big time influence power

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Great, raw punk sound.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Rock and Roll and Wrestling and Handsome Dick Manitoba rule so this gets 5 stars

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Wed Dec 09 2020
4

So glad I listened to this. 7.5/10

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Loved how raw this was, most original thing I’ve heard in awhile

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

I was different like new heavey rock for its time

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

I really enjoyed this one. The cover did not disappoint!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Neat album! Some great tracks on here. probably won't quite make it to my frequent albums because of my forgetfulness, but not for a lack of quality.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Cool album. Really dig the punk rock covers of classic songs. Juvenile lyrics go great with the music. Raw, great example of early American punk rock.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

The guitar licks and riffs make it a 4. Enjoyed it, fun album

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Ludicrous.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Fun. Never heard of the band before

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

This was a good listen. I think proto punk aptly describes this.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Surprisingly funny proto-punk.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

Well this is bat shit mental. But I quite like it! You can hear how this influenced bands that came later like the Ramones and the Beastie Boys. Rock n Roll punk with something to say. Its also pretty funny in places. Majestically mad. 4/5

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

lmao what an album. So punk, so camp, great irony. Love the personality, and some of the music

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

8/10. This was fun, cool guitar parts and bass lines, and I like that I can hear the roots of so much other music I like in this.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Right up my alley, loved it but wouldn't recommend it to everyone

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Great Album. Very fun.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Fun example of early punk. Had no idea this existed.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

This was great, I was deeply concerned when the first few songs were go back to Africa and master race rock... however this was a great listen with many standouts weekend and cars and girls

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Wed May 19 2021
4

This album was a lot of fun!

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Highly influential album by an underrated band. Glam, hard rock, punk.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Mad as a box of frogs, but it races along and you can hear who it influenced.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Yes.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Go Girl Crazy! cracks me up from very first song: the ridiculous lyrics and arch delivery alongside arena rock guitar just tickles my funny bone. I forgot that they covered I Got You, Babe, which is just pure mockery, richly deserved, if you ask me. The Dictators seems to be having such a good time that it's contagious. The Dictators are actually really competent musicians, but they choose to subvert that competence by constantly goofing off. It probably cost them popularity, but God bless them for being such goofballs. Some might have problems with songs like Back To Africa or Master Race Rock, but they're so gloriously stupid and so completely not mean spirited that it's hard for me to take offense, but maybe that just means I'm old and white. I dunno. It seems ridiculous to give an album like this a top rating, but it's hard to imagine how it could be any better.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Albores del punk.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Really enjoyed it, reminded me of Parquet Courts.. probably an inspiration for PC

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

I liked it! It was like being serenaded with covers and new songs by a proto punk band.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

This albums is great, if not just for the craziness and sophmoric silliness that surrounds its creation. Its 100% a birthplace of punk. Master Race Rock is oddly endearing(?) not actually problematic. California Sun is the best song here, and really nails the punk sound to come.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

An essential proto-punk classic from The Dictators, Go Girl Crazy, has all the hallmarks of great album. Loud, fast and funny as hell, the Dictators definitely don't take themselves too seriously. Often overlooked, this album was very influential and provided a blueprint for many punk bands that followed. Highly recommended, but not for everyone's tastes.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

I am absolutely predisposed to enjoy this and I did. So - pretty boring rating over here.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Leuk punk-album waarbij mijn hoofd toch af en toe op en neer ging. Favoriete nummer is 'Weekend': Eentje dat ik moet onthouden! Voor de rest wel wat 13 in een dozijn 4*

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Fun weird 70s punk.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Detta ägde...

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

I very much enjoyed the attitude. A treat :)

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

A good album 4 sure

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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

I vaguely remember hearing some Dictators songs before and not liking them because there was too much classic/arena rock influence. Pretty sure they were from a different album, though. In any case, I enjoyed this one, it's pretty fun and catchy, even though I did think there was a bit too much arena rock in this too at times.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Early punk is best punk

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

You know I’m here for it

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

A highly energetic glam rock record that would influence what would become punk rock. For an early stab at it, this was really great. Favourites: "I Got You Babe", "Master Race Rock", "(I Live For) Cars and Girls"

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Sat May 07 2022
4

Surprisingly fun and silly

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Sat May 21 2022
4

Ha ha cool cover… The next big thing starts with a little intro bit then goes into slow guitars only to explode into a cool rock track that kinda sounds like a more energetic bad company but being like bad company it isn’t the most unique. I was singing along by the end though so it was definitely enjoyable. I got you babe is a great slow track a cover that I vaguely recognise so I probably know another version, But I really love this. Back to Africa has a good drum beat and at points goes really mental with the guitars making a great rip roaring tune, but it’s just not as good as the others To be honest ( even with it being the most unique). Master race rock starts with laughing noises then becomes the album’s heaviest song to close side one off with a bang. I don’t tend to go too much into lyrics on first listens like this but I must say I hope it’s anti nazi. Teengenerate has to be one of my favourite song names of all time. It’s an alright opener to side two, the guitar riff is a little generic in my opinion but the application is good on this song. California sun is another cover ( but I don’t know this one) It contains a pelting bass line with thundering drums to carry the listener through, the chorus is rather anthemic Which contrast really nicely. Good song! Two tub man starts off with a nice vocals sample to only be taken over by this crunchy but not distinctive guitars riff that sounds made for the stadium. Once we get into the song the verses are extremely punky for this pre punk era but it contrasts well with another anthemic chorus that I can just imagine their fans shouting off too. The penultimate track weekend is another banger a poppy but heavy rock song the only flaw to this one is that the lyrics are a mixed bag. The album closes with the song ( I live for cars and girls) it’s alright but in comparison to the rest of side two it’s just a very “ rock and roll” song being a bit dull really. Seeing its 2. Something rating on here I thought it was going to be crap but it’s really not fine theres a few “generic” songs but 70% of the 9 songs were great.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Fun little album. Quick listen, never heard of them before but I like it a lot from a simplistic proto-punk point of view. Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: (I Live For) Cars and Girls

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Proper bit of me this

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

One of the great things about the 1001 album project is discovering music that influenced the music you know. This album is a watershed protopunk album that uses humor and genuine musical chops to push the genre forward. While the music is fairly simple, the Dictators’ use of rhythmic changes, vocal harmonies, and great guitar playing betray their garage rock/protopunk aesthetic and show them to be very musically literate. The closing track is a satire of the car/girl centric superficial pop of the sixties, but is done with a sense of earnestness that lets the listener know that while they acknowledge the lyrical superficiality, at the end of the day, The Dictators are paying tribute to the music that made them.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

I liked this a lot. I thought it was really good pre-punk rock. I especially enjoyed the Sonny and Cher cover. Not sure why they didn’t become bigger.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

I remember laughing my ass off as a 14 year old ever time i played this one in 1975. While I don't laugh my ass off when I listen to this nowadays, I still smile broadly and wonder why thy were not bigger. Hard to believe the Ramones were not listening, and later, the Beastie Boys and Green Day.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Two tub man

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Not as strong as their first two albums in my eyes but still solid. Definitely the beginning of their downhill trajectory though unfortunately.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Protopunk apparently—pretty solid—riffs licks and soloing is very punky, lyrics were pretty cheesy at times which was funny

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Crazy punk record. I like it!

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

It was a solid album. An interesting sound that reminds the listener of the Ramones. Standout song are I Got You Babe and Weekend.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Somewhere between The Stooges and Ramones. Not the most amazing punk album ever but apparently one of the earliest? I listened twice and saved it to my collection.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Hell yeah!

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Some of the tunes border on novelty song territory and that turns me off. Other songs are tuneful punk singalongs that I can totally get down with.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

Ok ok ok, I liked this. I can see they influenced many bands to come after them and it was a quick and enjoyable listen.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

I didn’t know I knew some of this!

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Sounds like a bonus A-way album

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

I'm not a huge fan of this kinda proto-punk stuff (I've already given the stooges like 1/5) but this at least has a bit of humour to it, and the guitar work is pretty good - just found out it's Ross the Boss, so that'd explain it. Plus I liked the bit where they said something bad about Lou Reed lol. That guy sux. Plus it turns out these guys were all involved in Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, which was more good jokey punk in the early 90s or so. On paper I shouldn't really like this, but I do. 3/5.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
3

Appreciated more than admired

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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

Listenable, not more :)

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Sun Oct 25 2020
3

Spotify fave song “(I live for) Cars and Girls. Good listen.

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Sat May 22 2021
3

2.8

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Always on the fence about this kind of thing. I get the "protopunk" genre, however unintentional it may of been. It mostly just seems like a goof to me. Clever enough, some harmless fun, I'm just not sure it replaced whatever it was supposedly subverting with anything that lasting.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

This was pretty good. You can see how this became American Punk. Very proto, but not fully baked yet.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

early punk? idk

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Fun stuff.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Not a bad listen. Kind of interesting that all these older albums always lead off with their biggest songs.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Not what I expected but not anything special. My favorite parts were the guitar solos, and sometimes the lyrics were funny but I think the vocals and instrumentals were pretty rudimentary throughout. 6

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

6/10. Funny for bits, but not a big fan

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Rock. I got you Babe.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

fun album

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

"I don't want music, I want pain!" (Master Race Rock) La portada es de 10 pero el disco un poco sin más.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

I like how much fun they sounded like they were having on the 2 covers, especially “I got you, babe”. Lyrics were a little too edgy for me. I liked the guitar a lot

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Weinig verheffend, maar in z’n soort acceptabel.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Lekker rauw.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Good

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Good fun, I assume the lyrics/style is a bit tongue in cheek but it's entertaining even if it isn't. Not a huge amount of lasting appeal though

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

This was fun - catchy, early punk rock.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Hmm. Naja. Die sind sich insgeheim zu bewusst, dass sie eigentlich nichts können, daher fehlt der letzte Schnipp zur satisfying Shiceegalness.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

By this point, I'm already relieved every time the daily album's name and cover seem like it could be punk rock but then isn't. Instead we have some fairly standard old-school rock. Nothing special, but not bad as a whole. The instrumentation is pretty good, the vocals on the hand not very good at all. The lyrics are ridiculous and frankly, pretty stupid. But that seems to be on purpose. Won't listen to The Dictators again, but fine for one round.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Proto punk that made the newer genre of New York more accessible and open to the mainstream. Akin to the Ramones for being trailblazers into the mainstream.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Enjoyable. Big influence on Punk. Never heard of them until now.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

I thought this was a pretty fun listen, but I sadly didn’t enjoy it enough to add it to my library.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Middle of the road album for me.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

I like it...similar to Modern Lovers

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Fun, would listen to again.

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Some familiar songs.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Weird, but not bad.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
3

// Favs: — Score: Light 3

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Fun, straight-ahead rock n roll with an edge

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Sun May 09 2021
3

No está mal, pero totalmente indiferente :/

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Early punk, some fun stuff but ultimately didn't really touch me.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

I was initially skeptical about this but then the guitars hit in "Back to Africa" and I understood. It's the kind of sleazy guitar that the mid 70s is so awesome for. You can hear how this band sits in time around the Stooges, MC5- clearly a bridge between the early 70s, glam and punk.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

3 stars. Early punks. Not bad

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Lekker rock en roll baby! Cars en girls wat een banger! carguys am i right? geef jullie top 5 olie, velgen en toetergeluiden

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Great punk energy, but with some cheeky humour and sarcastic covers. Takin' the piss since before it was cool.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Not bad at all, I would probably give it 3.5, it was good.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

Goddammit no more punkrock please for the love of god. You call it protopunk, but its all the same. Ok this is much better than I expected. At least they're playing well. Good energy sometimes, but it just feels like cute schoolgirl metal for some reason. It's quite funny too actually. Ok yeah this is hilarious. Doesen't take itself too seriously, consider giving it a 4. Might be the first album to make me laugh out loud.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Sometimes campy (teetering between funny at moments and at others sounding like countless rock/punk bands trying to be irreverently funny), but, dang, some incredible musicians in this band. Can hear how it bridges the gap nicely between hard rock and early punk, with some real strong surf rock/60s garage rock vibes. The lead guitarist is phenomenal, and they all play together so tightly and powerfully. Overall, not one I'd come back to, but given its release year I get why it's included on this list. Seems to be a harbinger of subgenres to come.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

What happens if the beach boys are involved with a head on collision with the beastie boys? Fun but not particularly enjoyable.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Still listening to this punk album

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

A good listen! I know this album & The Dictators is considered early punk, but I got a lot of Stones/Who/KISS vibes from this album, all bands I like. Overall an enjoyable listen that I would listen to again.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Short and to the point. Nothing overly memorable but was still a good listen.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

A fun listen! I enjoyed their quirky twist on rock and the tongue-in-cheek nature of many of the songs. I also liked their take on the Sonny and Cher and California Sun covers

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Early punk rock. Starts off a bit rough but really picks up midway through. They can seriously shred. Favorite Track: California Sun Relisten: Yes

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

Un. On album qui demenage hehe jai bien aime genre de punk rock. 3.5

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

It's supposed to be a bridge from proto-punk to the coming punk age. But to me, it just sounds like glam rock copying the style of New York Dolls. Wasn't crazy about any of the tracks, but it does grow on you. It's vulgar, funny, and has some peculiar moments. Favorite tracks: I Got You Babe, Teengenerate, Weekend, I Live For Cars and Girls

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

6/10

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Kinda eld

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

I am not familiar with THE DICTATORS and the album GO GIRL CRAZY! at all, but I am aware of their existence. After to listening to GO GIRL CRAZY!, it started out okay then went downhill, not that the songs got progressively worse, no, in fact, all the songs have the same basic punk style and sense of humor which just gets tired quickly. Since THE RAMONES may have been inspired by THE DICTATORS and since THE RAMONES debut already included in the book, there is little reason to have THE DICTATORS’ debut included too, since THE RAMONES debut have done it better. I would replace GO GIRL CRAZY!, with TELEVISION’s second album ADVENTURE In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, GO GIRL CRAZY! Is the only album listed. Rate Artist: THE DICTATORS (3.0) Rate Album (Year): GO GIRL CRAZY! (1975 Original) (3.5) Rate Album (Year): GO GIRL CRAZY! (2015 40th Anniversary) (3.0) Ranking of THE DICTATORS - GO GIRL CRAZY! songs No. Title Length Ranking 01. "The Next Big Thing" 4:20 09.0/10 02. "I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher cover) 4:08 08.0/10 03. "Back to Africa" 3:35 07.0/10 04. "Master Race Rock" 4:13 07.0/10 05. "Teengenerate" 3:24 07.0/10 06. "California Sun" (Joe Jones cover) 3:04 06.0/10 07. "Two Tub Man" 4:08 06.0/10 08. "Weekend" 4:00 07.0/10 09. "(I Live For) Cars and Girls" 3:56 05.0/10 Original 1975 Release 69.0/90 = 7.66 / 2 = 3.83 Bonus Tracks - Remixed, Over-Produced, And Totally Reimagined By Andrew W.K.! 10. “Two Tub Man” 06.0/10 11. “ Weekend Go Girl Crazy!” Session Outtakes (1974) 07.0/10 12. “Backseat Boogie” (Outtake - Take 1) 06.0/10 13. “The Next Big Thing” (Alt. Take - Take 1) 07.0/10 14. “I Got You Babe” (Alt. Take W. Vocal - Take 2) 06.0/10 15. “Master Race Rock” (Instrumental) 05.0/10 16. “Teengenerate” (Alt. Take W. Vocal) 06.0/10 17. “California Sun” (Instrumental - Take 4) 05.0/10 18. “(I Live For) Cars And Girls” (Single Remix) 05.0/10 40th Anniversary 2015 Release 122.0/180 = 6.78 / 2 = 3.38

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Fun proto-punk album. Some interesting covers. I liked it, but probably won't be revisiting soon

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

Well it is fun lol

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Average rock

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

I wanted to like this album more than I did. It was fun, but it did not really resonate.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Punk

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Not particularly good or bad. 3.5

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

I've never heard of this album or band and I had no idea what it would be like. Looking at the album cover, I took a guess at how this album might sound and it completely matches it. It was a fun romp and something that is definitely deserving to be on this list. 3.5/5

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

When I read the band's description and learned that one of the guys was Ross the Boss from Manowar I wanted to give them a really high score. I love the idea that they were taking the piss out of all the rock bands at the time and that they really laid the groundwork for the wave of punk bands to come. But in the end, I was just so so on the music.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

03/24/22

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Du Punk de cons, peut-être un peu trop con pour être parfait

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

This album cover is sooo empowering <3 trans visibility is soooo important <3 <3 These guys did punk before it was cool, and it seems they were better than the punk rock bands that followed, too. This album is better than anything the Ramones put out. I don't like punk as a genre but this could be the best punk record I've heard. A funny and energetic listen. There are some good guitar solo bits in here too

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Wed May 04 2022
3

first listen the less popular cousin of the Ramones

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Wed May 04 2022
3

3, fun album

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Never heard of this before.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

Alright, punky

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Who the fuck is this? Some sort of Ramones knock off.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

bang average.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Not memorable, tbh. But at the same time, it was an ok listen.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

I kinda liked it.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Interesting pock and rock album! Never heard of it or the band prior. Pros: - I like the funny spoken lines. Feels really raw! - Guitar work is really well done for a punk sound. - Lyrics are funny! - Oh dang this came out in 1975! After reading more about it, it's been called a precursor to punk. I'm not surprised! Very ahead of its time. Misc: - I've been following the play counts for every album on this list as they are on Spotify - and I think this one has the lowest counts. Not a single song is at 1 million streams, with the highest being 576k streams, and meanwhile most other albums easily go over 1 million for most tracks.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Juvenile and silly but they have the musical chops to back up their goofy antics. The music is mostly punk but there’s moments when they sound like the Stones too. And on at least one song, “(I Live For) Cars and Girls,” they do a straight-up Beach Boys parody. Their cover of “I Got You Babe” is pretty good too, but even that they do a bit tongue-in-cheek. “Back to Africa” is a little cringe-y. Reading over the lyrics, they definitely intend it as a criticism of colonialism but I think the band is a bit too childish to really pull it off. Overall this is a fun one from a band I’d never heard of before. Kind of reminds me of the music some of my friends’ bands in high school made.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

3/5 niceish, but...

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

Points for originality in presentation and for covering I Got You Babe! I did enjoy it.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

strange

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

Really liked this - not even sure why I am typically unaware that The Dictators exist. They feel like they should be more famous than they are, and I know I've heard them before. This still felt like a bit of a surprise though.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Pretty good. Reminds me a bit of the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers. Early punk/garage rock. Nothing too outstanding though. 3 stars.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

I've heard about this album for a long time without ever actually listening to it, since a lot of the older vanguard of Punk crits really love to hold this album up as a high watermark for the genre's early days. This kind of praise coming from this source can be both a good and bad thing: it immediately put it on my radar as some kind of "important" album but also set unwanted anticipations of it being like any other example of similarly pre-formed music made before a genre got out of hand (i.e. better). First off, I was worried this would be a virtual clone of the New York Dolls, and it's pretty close if I'm being honest. Bright major keyed songs about light debauchery and a permanent reverence for 1950's greasers informs all of "Go Girl Crazy!", and it's a style I could mostly leave behind, truth be told. The band gets rather conceptual with their lyrics and no two tracks sound like complete retreads of each other. Still, I can't help but think of this as a relic that points to a direction that would soon leave The Dictators far far behind. How'd that dictate?

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

If this is truly the birth of punk rock, it's obvious. 30 minutes of classic punk.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

J'ai pu relate à absolument toutes les chansons, c'est vraiment le point fort de cet album.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Fun to see how much punk would change in so short of a time. This is milk and cookies compared to what was going to be playing in the UK in a few years.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Bueno para escuchar de fondo, facil de digerir y letra sin trasfondo. Buen album de punk.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Knew this was always thrown around as the first punk record but I had never heard anything except "Cars and Girls" before. They clearly laid down the core of the NYC punk sound and attitude on this album, and they absolutely deserve some major credit for that, but I'd say others went on to perfect what they established here. Irreverent good time though.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Have no idea about this early step in Punk, It's fun...but it's not quite there...like a high school band doing punk...rough and loud, with one off beat cover...but fun. 2.5 stars

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Fun punk but nothing special

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Really liked the cover of I Got You Babe. Overall really enjoyable (believe it or not cause of the album cover). Somewhere between 3-4 stars

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Early punk, funky lyrics, quite melodic, like it

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Not bad, not great. Probably blew people’s heads off back in 1975, but just feels unavoidably mediocre now. Sound like they’d be fun live though!

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

3.5

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

3.5 catchy

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Listened to on 9/27/22 3/5 Favorite song: cars and girls, I got you babe The vibe was super punk-y and upbeat with killer guitar riffs. Album art is 15/10

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

The Next Big Thing: Seems to be about his dream of being rich and famous, wanting to live the fullest life he possibly can. Overall a pretty simple track. I Got You Babe: Basically about his lover and how he appreciates her and that he can trust her and go to her in times of need. "Before it's earned, our money's always spent" is a lyric that I thought about for a bit when I heard it. In a way, I seem to relate to it. The drum rolls at the end of the song were crazy. Overall I enjoyed this track quite a bit. Back to Africa: I don't know how to feel about this track. It's just kinda weird to hear some of the lyrics in the song and how it definitely didn't age well. I think the message is there in terms of loving whoever you want but it's just said poorly. The beat was very nice and there was a guitar solo that I enjoyed quite a bit about halfway through the song. Overall I enjoyed the track mainly due to the beat. Master Race Rock: With the title I was a little thrown off with the understanding haha. But after listening and hearing the lyrics it seems to be about how he feels punk/rock people are carefree and live the "do whatever you want" lifestyle. Inherently saying that the worry-free, don't care about health and do whatever makes you happy type of mindset is the "master race". I like a lot of the vocal shifts on this song, especially from the "Dictators can swing..." portion of they lyrics. It's some very fitting vocal change ups. Teengenerate: Seems to be about a rebellious teen who is living the punk rock life style. Lost on what he wants to due, but currently just stays home and trashes the place. I relate to the lostness of career and the staying home aspect. The bridge is crazy, love that guitar solo. The piano(?) at the beginning was a great touch, very good hook. California Sun: Hook was amazing, would be a great sample. It carries that California beach vibey throughout while maintaining the rock aspect. Seems to be about the California dream of living that party lifestyle. Two Tub Man: Two tub man means a big tall dude according to some dictionary website. The song is about himself and how he and others view him. Parent's don't want their kids to turn out like him. But he lives the care free fuck it lifestyle. Weekend: Again, it's about living his own life by his own rules. Referencing how he lived as a kid, and wished every day could just be the weekend. He'd skip school to drink and end up doing his homework at bars, filling in that rebellious lifestyle. Not too crazy about this track, just felt pretty on par and normal. (I Live For) Cars and Girls: The title says it all, this song is about the two things Andy Shernoff (Lead Vocalist & Bass Guitarist) cares about, cars and girls. Overall this album is pretty neat. It's not new in terms of current generational sound so it's most likely why I didn't have an outstanding reaction to it. It did pave a huge path for newer musicians to formulate the punk rock genre, receiving massive amounts of positive reviews from music reviewers. Besides Rolling Stones giving it 0 stars, which is fucking ridiculous. 6.8/10

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

It's really "fun" but juvenile. Reads like journeymen entertainers on the circuit getting exposed to more earnest punk acts and packaging it in a more palatable form. I can see kids of the time thinking they like punk rock with this as their only sample point.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

This was a fun little thing.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

This was quite incoherent, I wasn't sure what they were going for. Some guitar and drum sections reminded me of the Supergrass album from last week though...

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Interesting

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Funny at times and classic old punk sound. But nothing made me hit the repeat button. Still was worth the listen.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Les dictateurs s'evertuent pendant plus de 35 minutes à nous présenter une dictature saine et variée, destinée à imposer une alimentation équilibrée au sein de leur régime. Malheureusement, une trahison à l'intérieur même du régime totalitaire par la cruelle Frau B. viendra donner un coup d'arrêt à cette belle initiative, voir même mettre en danger ses investigateurs. Ce n'est que grâce à l'aide du dénommé Rossi que ces derniers s'en sortiront sans conséquences, si ce n'est la dissolution de leur régime totalitaire.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Ces Dictators débordent d'énergie et cela va causer un très gros micmac au sein de leur lycée. En début d'album, ces petits rigolos présentent lors d'un exercice organisé par la professeur d'allemand Frau B. un programme politique basé sur l'idée d'une dictature "saine et variée". Tout y passe, du traitement des opposants politiques au programme éducatif des enfants. Frau B. leur reproche en fin de présentation le traitement de Seb Folin qui n'était plus censé apparaître dans leurs exposés, jusque-là rien d'anormal. Nos jeunes dictateurs n'ont ensuite plus de nouvelle de cet épisode jusqu'au moment où, en plein cours de géographie donné par Rossi, Frau B accompagnée de la CPE frappent à la porte pour demander des comptes à nos Dictators, totalement ahuris par la situation. S'ensuit une leçon de morale d'une quinzaine de minutes au terme de laquelle ils sont menacés d'un renvoi définitif de l'établissement. Bien heureusement, Rossi se décide à les défendre avec son désormais célèbre "Mais ils sont pas méchants, ils sont gentils." Ils s'en tirent finalement sans aucune sanction et profiteront encore de beaux moments placés sous le signe de la scolarité.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Knee deep into punk and missed this band... what do you know, you learn new things every day. At first listen I thought it was pretty much a derivative of UK Punk, with snotty American lyrics, until I realised, well this actually precedes UK Punk. (And most of US Punk as well...) So - besides the history lesson, it's musically fun, and while at first lyrically it kind of feels irreverent but too much in a silly way, it actually, with a closer look is actually great satire - culminating in the closing track (I Live for) Girls and Cars - the perfect California Surf pop parody, while being a great song in itself. Great choice of covers too - however ultimately, despite its importance and relevance in the pantheon of punk rock - many musicians have taken the influence, and done what The Dictators do better. In the end it's an ok record.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Precursor to punk rock. Album picked up as it went on, last four songs are actually pretty listenable. Standout is "Two Tub Man".

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

Pretty decent punk-ish stuff, don't really think I need to revisit it though.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Nice catchy punk

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Good start but it lost its way.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Trash rock. Not as fun as the Ramones.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Not really sure what I just listened to, some of it sounded offputting but then the last song could’ve been a beach boys cover!! I don’t even know!!

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Tue May 04 2021
2

Eipä tästä oikein mitään suurempaa jäänyt käteen. Ihan menevää rokkia ilman ylimääräisiä hienouksia. Yksittäisiä hienoja biisejä (esim. Teengenerate) levyltä kyllä löytyy mutta kokonaisuus jää jotenkin mitäänsanomattomaksi. California Sunin kertsistä tuli mieleen se oktoberfestien und ich spring/schwimm/yms biisi!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Seminal album but not my taste

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

Prima maar niet geweldig

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

there wasn't much rhythm to it

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Good punk album. I mostly liked the covers they had, the rest of the songs were good tunes with wacky lyrics. Highlights: -I Got You Babe -Teengenerate -California Sun

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Sun Mar 28 2021
2

Glam punk

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

Listened to this twice by mistake and it got worse the second time

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Tue May 04 2021
2

Aika perusrokkia tämä levy. Oliko siellä vähän jotain rassismiakin mukana kun back to africassa oli jotain ugu-tsugu-uga-uga -mylvintää? Ja heti perään seuraava biisi master race rock! Wikipedian mukaan proto-punk -vaikuttajia. Ei kuitenkaan enää tänä päivänä juuri puhutellut musiikillisilla ansioillaan.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Hier word ik niet warm of koud van. Niet vervelend maar ook totaal niet interessant.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

no thanks

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Kon er niet veel mee

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

Proto-proto-punk? Best Tracks: Back To Africa, Teengenerate, (I Live For) Cars and Girls

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

There are albums that feel like they couldn't ever be re-done or substituted to achieve a similar connection with any new audiences. And with that in mind, I feel like this album could be easily replaced with any album from blink-182 (at least for my generation), or with one from any other "irreverent" teenager band. I mean, I think I get why the compilers of the list thought this one was worthy of appearing on it; but while I recognize the concept of the album, I'm not really sold to the style of music or the contents of the lyrics.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
2

Idc

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Pretty cool to hear what was probably the first example of punk music created, but if these guys started the genre they definitely didn’t perfect it.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Its just a bit boring, songs dragged, felt quite samey. I see its an important album in punk rock history but its not for me

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

These guys just seem like a footnote in punk rock history and not a particularly exciting one.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

Interesting early rock/punk. Might listen to again in the future. Not dying to own this album.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

Also punk but the "rough instrumentation party punk rock" as opposed to "hardcore protest against anything punk rock"

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