“The clown princes of punk rock” – Razorcake
“The Dickies came on like an attack of rabies, playing at breakneck speed from their first song to their last”
“You’d have to be a pretty stone hearted old punk not to be grinning by the end of their set.” – Louder than War
“a fun-filled trip through goofyland” – Razorcake
“the fun parts of the Ramones sped up, amped up and applied to fun pop originals” – dcrocklive
“They were so spot-on and so much fun that the entire crowd seemed to get wrapped up in the dancing and bouncing around and singing along” – Examiner
“they left a lot of sweaty, drunk, and very happy people in their wake” – Examiner
“The Dickies were winningly goofy, inspired mostly by trashy movies and other pop culture camp. Their covers were just as ridiculous as their originals, transforming arena rock anthems and bubblegum pop chestnuts alike into the loud, speed-blur punk-pop — basically the Ramones crossed with L.A. hardcore” – Collective Zine UK
“Can you think of another band who are as fun as The Dickies and can get away with such wild stage antics without looking like a bunch of fools?” – Bigwheelmagazine
“See you in the Pit!” – Stan Lee, THE DICKIES
Metropolis Touring are proud to announce LA’s legendary original bubblegum pop-punk heroes THE DICKIES, live in Australia and New Zealand for the very first time!
THE DICKIES are considered one of the oldest surviving punk bands who are still enjoying a surge of popularity thanks to their huge sense of humour and wild stage antics. Their sped-up punk covers of classic songs such as ‘Paranoid’, ‘Nights in White Satin’, ‘Eve of Destruction’ and ‘She’ are still winning fans young and old.
Formed in San Fernando in 1977, THE DICKIES were the first West Coast punk band to be signed to a major label. Often touted as LA’s answer to THE RAMONES, the band quickly gained their own fans and following, with their own take on trashy movies and pop culture, releasing classic albums The Incredible Shrinking Dickies and Dawn of the Dickies (1979). But it was their punk re-interpretation on the children’s theme tune to ‘The Banana Splits Adventure Hour’ that really put THE DICKIES on the musical map. Released as ‘Banana Splits (Tra la la song)’ and given a unique pop-punk twist, the song reached #7 in the UK in 1979. This version was later used on the KICK-ASS soundtrack.
A DICKIES live show can incorporate everything from zany clown costumes and puppets to midget roadies and ferocious mosh-pits. Over the years the band have toured with THE DAMNED, THE RAMONES & THE QUEERS and inspired a range of bands including NO-FX & BLINK-182.
THE DICKIES have survived line-up changes and untimely deaths and continue to play and record today with founding members Stan Lee and Leonard Graves Phillips. The energy and ferocity of the band who are celebrating their 38th anniversary in 2015 still excites fans and critics alike. Live faves such as ‘Gigantor’, ‘I’m OK, You’re OK’, ‘’Paranoid’, ‘You Drive Me Ape’, ‘Killer Klowns’, ‘Doggy Do’, ‘Nights in White Satin’ and of course ‘Banana Splits’ never stray from the set list. Don’t miss THE DICKIES live in Australia & New Zealand for the very first time!