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Go Girl Crazy

DictatorsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 29, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000253W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AND THE PUNK ROCK FORBEARER AWARD GOES TO..... February 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Dictators, for their light years ahead of their time debut "Go Girl Crazy." I remember reading an article about them in CREEM magazine as a 15 year old and thinking, "man, I gotta have this album." It wasn't till a school field trip to NYC that I managed to find it in some Times Square record store, and I couldn't wait to get back home and listen to it...and sometime after midnight, as I recall, I had an epiphany. Or was I laughing It hardly makes any difference, because this was an outrageously great album!
The problem was, my friends did not agree. I loved The Dictators' goofy patter about professional wrestling, White Castle hamburgers, and their brilliantly 'stoopid' version of "I Got You Babe." I wanted to be a "Two Tub Man," even if I had absolutely no idea what the heck it meant. This was big dumb fun that couldn't have been made by anyone but a bunch of bored smart-arsed adolescent guitar slingers, and I loved its every nutty second. The Dictators were 'Politically Incorrect' long before the phrase was uttered; songs like "Go Back To Africa" and "Master Race Rock" mocked 70's conventional serious rock with so much gusto, it's hard to believe that so few got the joke.
Somehow, despite being once written up as Epic records' worst selling lp ever, it has managed to stay in print. That's amazing, considering that "The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!" falls stylistically somewhere between Blue Oyster Cult and The Ramones. (By the way, The Ramones were still one year away from releasing their classic debut, compare The Dictator's "California Sun" to The Ramones' on "Leave Home" for an influence check.) Tough, smart, and funnier than just about anything before or since, "The Dictators Go Girl Crazy" is for headbangers with a funny-bone, and for anyone with a sense of rock and roll history.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious middle finger to the 70's June 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's funny to imagine some trendy hippie finding this at a record store in the 70's and seeing song titles like "Master Race Rock" and "Back to Africa". It's even funnier to imagine some white supremacist buying this album for exactly those songs only to hear "They didn't know we were Jews" on the first track. It's hilarious to hear the way they make fun of the Beach Boys with the harmonies on "(I Live For) Cars and Girls" or the even more hilarious Sonny & Cher cover. They send up everything from the transience of rock stardom to hippies to the idiocy of 70's hedonism. But for a band that plays it up for laughs, they're a lot smarter than they let on. You have to be in on the joke to enjoy this band, but enjoy them you will!

What about the music? It's somewhere between early Alice Cooper or Kiss and the New York Dolls or MC5, with chunky riffs and guitar leads and pounding rhythms. The punk elements of the band are more in their attitude on this album because they have a definite 70's hard rock vibe. But hey, it was 1975, "fast and loud" sounded totally different back then. It's quintessential rock n' roll -- music for unpretentious dudes who just want to raise hell and have a good time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album. May 25, 2008
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If you've never heard "Go Girl Crazy" its a real treat. The Dictators were doing the whole "big dumb hard rock that pokes fun of big dumb hard rock" thing long before Spinal Tap ever made it cool. The album is hilarious and catchy and well performed and everything else you'd hope it to be.

But the real reason I'm writing this review is this: I thought this album was a remastered release. Kind of along the lines of recent remastered re-releases of "Manifest Destiny" and "Bloodbrothers" a few years ago.

So I'm warning fans right now:

This is NOT a remastered edition of the album.

Its the same edition Elektra released in the 90's. It's just extra-budget priced now.

Is it a great album? You bet! But if you already own the original CD version, don't buy this, its literally the exact same thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Release To Buy..... April 20, 2005
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First off 5 stars for the music, no arguments, no debates. You're reading this because you're a Dictator's fan and want to know if getting this remastered import version is worth it.

Okay, here's the deal..... I already have this album on vinyl and the original "domestic" cd version which was released by Sony back in the early 90's. I debated whether to drop the extra cash on yet another "re-released" Dictators album after being so disappointed with the sound quality of the "Manifest Destiny" reissues; but I did....D.F.F.D.!!!!!!

And thank you, thank you, thank you...someone finally "got it right". The improvement in sound over the domestic release is at times subtle and at times very obvious. The original album was co-produced by Sandy Pearlman (of Blue Oyster Cult fame); and, like Blue Oyster Cult's first album, "Go Girl Crazy" has always had a low-fi, dense, underproduced quality to it. The remastering job here has definitely enhanced the original recording, while still keeping the overall "sound" or "vibe" of the original. This import version strips away a few layers of "sonic-mud" present on the domestic cd release making the sound much more vibrant & bright. The most noticable improvements to me are the separation between the guitars and the vocals harmonies. The individual voices are much more recognizable as are the guitar parts/overdubs. The boom of the drum and bass tones seem to have more air to them. The higher end frequencies (cymbals) seem more bright & crisp too.

Overall this is just a better sounding album than ever before.

"Go Girl Crazy" was never an overproduced, sonic masterpiece, and I'm sure that was intentional. The garage-like sound quality was always one of the albums strong points.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Tators how can't you love them
I bought this as an album many years ago while in college. I Live for Cars and Girls was a regular Friday, beer drinking, weekend starting party song that had great harmonies and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bob Krouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Dictators rule~!
Dictators - Go Girl Crazy is a classic Handsome Dick Manitoba bit representing the late 70's CBGB punk stuff.
Published 22 months ago by D. Weissig
3.0 out of 5 stars A prize in my collection but this is definitely over rated
Before I say anything, let my swear, under oath, that "I live for cars and Girls" is one of the greatest songs ever... in the history of mankind. Read more
Published on January 30, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I got this on a whim, never heard of them, now I know why, they suck, really truely suck. Sorry guy's, but it's true.
Published on September 25, 2010 by Tommy Trash
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest band you dont know about
In 1975, New York was in a strange state, as punk was just barely starting, the Dolls has failed, and years later after the novelty solo career of Johanson, the death of Thunders,... Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Bloodbath_and_Beyond
5.0 out of 5 stars "My Favorite Part Of Growin' Up . . ."
that's right, hammerhead - "is when I'm sick and throwin' up."
Every Dictators release is a five star release - there is not a better rock and roll band on the planet. Read more
Published on October 11, 2008 by W. W. Sperger
4.0 out of 5 stars get it while you can!
Now that major labels are deleting catalog and doing digital-only reissues you better get this pronto if you don't already have it. It's a stone classic. Read more
Published on June 20, 2008 by Woodrow
5.0 out of 5 stars I FORGOT how GREAT this is! MESHUGEH AHF TOIT!
Smokin'! Wow, I totally forgot how great this album is. It's easy, what with how INCREDIBLE Bloodbrothers and D.F.F.D. are! Read more
Published on December 14, 2007 by Shlomo Sinatra
5.0 out of 5 stars "Livin' Rock 'n' Roll!"
A year before the Ramones' debut, the Dictators made it okay for rock to be stupid again, and in doing so, gave it back to the teenagers. Read more
Published on August 20, 2007 by Laszlo Matyas
4.0 out of 5 stars great, but not my fave
How could you not pick up a CD/LP (in my time) with a pix of some goofball in a singlet and a glitter jacket in the background sporting the name Handsome Dick Manitoba?!? Read more
Published on October 18, 2005 by THE Uncle Todd
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