DICKIES: Dawn of the Dickies: CD

It’s exceedingly hard to put into words just how fuggin’ great the Dickies are when they’re up to full snuff. Like the Ramones, when they’ve a full head of steam and a good idea, they’re a force of nature more than a band; case in point their cover of the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin.” They take a fairly pedestrian pop hit, its original version lackadaisical in delivery, and just tear into it, banging it against walls and just wringing it for every good thing it has until the song is wholly transformed and wholly their own. You’ll find that cover here on this reissue of their second album (originally released nearly thirty years ago!), along with stellar originals like “Fan Mail,” “(I’m Stuck in a Pagoda) with Tricia Toyota,” and “Manny Moe and Jack,” as well as their take on the “Gigantor” theme. Although the length of time between their releases rivals the rock band Boston, when they do manage to crank a disc out, most times it’s well worth the effort and this one is no exception. The punk gods indeed blessed the Dickies, and we all reap the benefits.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)