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New York City is undoubtedly the toughest city in the world. The Dictators are the toughest band ever from New York City. What does this mean? You do the math. The Dictators' first proper new album in 23 years, D.F.F.D. (Dictators Forever Forever Dictators) is a non-stop barrage of spitfire precision rock. The material is, unbelievably, their best and most consistent ever for an album. Starting off with a mission statement, "Who Will Save Rock and Roll?," the tone is set. Following that is "I Am Right!," which features ferocious and locked in lead and rhythm playing courtesy of the always amazing Ross the Boss and Scott "Top Ten" Kempner, while Shernoff and J.P. Thunderbolt Patterson stoke the flames in the engine room. Unlike their punk rock brethren, musicianship is very high on the the Dictators list of priorities, and it shows -- the playing here is nothing short of spectacular. On D.F.F.D., the Dictators play like an all-star team of rock & roll players. The guys get to vent on "Ave. A," a rock-solid rant against what the neighborhood, the Lower East Side, is becoming (bistros with men in tan pants and sweaters tied around their necks -- spare me!). Frontman extrordinaire Handsome Dick Manitoba is the perfect singer for tunesmith Andy Shernoff's songs. Always street wise and never short of hysterical, Shernoff successfully manages to be funny without being a joke, and Manitoba delivers the message loudly and clearly. The album is varied as well. Songs like "What's Up With That?" and "Jim Gordon Blues" are on the poppy side, while "Channel Surfing" is a twangy instrumental. Mostly, though, it's the hellfire of songs like "Burn Baby Burn!!" and "Savage Beat" that make the point best. This is a fully realized CD that delivers the goods in a big, big way. ~ Geoff Ginsberg, All Music Guide

1. Who Will Save Rock And Roll?
2. I Am Right!
3. Pussy And Money
4. The Moronic Inferno
5. It's Alright
6. What's Up With That?
7. The Savage Beat
8. In The Presence Of A New God
9. Avenue A
10. Channel Surfing
11. Jim Gordon Blues
12. Burn, Baby, Burn!!

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dictators Multimedia
  • ASIN: B00005QY67
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TimothyFarrell22 on September 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you're not familiar with the greatness of the Dictators - heres a bit of an outline for you. The Dictators are one of America's greatest cult bands. Starting in the early 70s, the released their first LP in '74, which was an ahead of its time mixture of appreciation of 50s rock 'n' roll, surfing, and White Castle hamburgers. They released two more LPs, but lack of commercial sucess forced them to break up. However, due to the Ramones and other bands, they proved over time to be influential. This album is their comeback, and is possibly the greatest comeback album ever made (it kicks the arse of any of the Stones' latter day releases). There isn't a single weak track on this entire album, which can be said of very few LPs. The Dictators seemed to know they had diehard fans out there (such as myself), so they wanted to make an album for us that was all killer, no filler. I could go so far as to saying this is their best album since their debut. The lyrics are fantastic, as Andy Shernoff has incredible songwriting skills. The main attraction of the Dictators is, and has always been, Handsome Dick Manitoba - funny, over the top, and all around lovable frontman. The Dictators still have it, and are on top of the game as much as they ever where before. A must-buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joel Benjamine on October 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of the best albums I've listened to in the last 10 years. Andy Shernoff has only gotten stronger with his songwriting over the past 23 years since 'Bloodbrothers', and The Handsome One is still, in my opinion, one of the best lead singers in Rock and Roll. Combine that with fantastic guitar work as always from Ross the Boss and Top Ten, solid drumming from J.P Patterson, choruses that make you want to sing along at the top of your lungs, and hooks that will stick in your head like glue, all adding up to one amazing listening experience! Everyone who truly loves great Rock and Roll should own this album. The Dictators often get overshadowed by some of the great NYC bands that came after them, such as The Ramones, but they prove with this album that they haven't lost a step, and still know how to deliver the goods. If you've listened to the radio in the last few years, and wondered what happened to great Rock, check this album out. You'll be glad you did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Should be 6 stars, with the first 3 'Tator albums as 7's. May earn the 7th star with repeated plays. The best band in rock & roll comes back and kicks it out for ya! You MUST buy this album.
The disc kicks off with a ringing guitar homage to The Clash and includes hidden homages to others ("On your feet or on your knees"). Some of these songs will certainly enter the canon of classic 'tatordom. Not as much pure wise-guy humor as some of the early discs but plenty to enjoy here.
Sample lyric:
You see a girl
You start talkin
She sees your car
She starts walkin
Some great stuff about New York, NY, too. And it's just the right time for it.
Adny, Ross, Scott and the Handsomest Man in Rock & Roll can still do it (yeah, the drummer, too). Can't wait to see them live. Check for dates at thedictators.com. Newbies to the Dictators can get indoctrinated there, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2001
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I learned about the Dictators from a friend back in the day when long hairs romed the earth (1970's)and I never could understand why they couldn't sell Tons of records.
From go girl crazy to manifest destiny to bloodbrothers the Dictators always provided wit, thunering anthems, and unbelevable guitar rifs that have stayed fresh and powerfull over the last twentysomething years.
So when I found out about the new record I was excited, but I wondered if the Tators could live up to my expectations.
Well all I can say is if this album cant save rock and roll, It cant be saved.
This has to be the best thing iv'e heard in at least ten years
with great writing and amazing guitar work the Tators are tighter than ever.
With any luck the Dictators will get the aclaim that they have been due. Wouldn't that be sweet after all this time.
BUY THIS CD-SAVE ROCK AND ROLL
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rik on October 16, 2001
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I'll admit I was a little worried that the once mighty Dicators might not be able to live up to their legacy. For those who don't know the story, these guys were punk rock before the Ramones, before the Sex Pistols, before pretty much everybody. They're last studio recording was 23 years ago so let's just say it's been awhile between 'Tators albums.
Well boys and girls, the Dics have done it again. A truly amazing CD that harkens back to their glory days. The CD has all the great hooks that Mr. Shernoff has always been known for and the lyrics are superior quality as always (ex: "I saw the Stooges, covered with bruises"). Of course, the secret weapon (aka Handsome Dick Manitoba) brought his "A" game. The production is solid too. This CD is the best thing I've heard in years. Go get a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Schafer on December 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I always thought the Dictaors were one of the great rock&roll bands but I thought they had retired into obscurity somewhere a long time ago. I was looking to see if the disc "Blood brothers" was out on cd when I saw that they had released a new cd. All the reviews were great but I had to see for myself. I CAN'T BELIEVE THESE GUYS! After all these years the Dictators are still putting out rock and roll of the highest caliber This cd totally blows my mind. It's better than I could have possibly imagened. If you don't have a copy........your missing out.
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