Dave Dictor

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David Dictor
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Dave Dictor sings in Buffalo, NY April 23rd, 2009
Background information
Birth name David Scott Dictor
Born (1956-12-04) December 4, 1956 (age 58)
Origin Glen Cove, New York
Genres Hardcore punk
Occupation(s) Performer, Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Voice, Guitar
Years active 1979–present
Labels R Radical Records
Associated acts MDC

Dave Dictor (born 1956, in Long Island, New York) is the lead singer for the hardcore punk band MDC.


Dictor was raised on Long Island and dropped out of Boston University in the 1970s. He taught public school in New York for five years. He spent a period of time living in Montana before moving to Austin, Texas, where he formed a band called the Stains that later evolved into MDC. Dictor and MDC later relocated to San Francisco, California and finally to Portland, Oregon. MDC was given various definitions, including Millions Of Dead Cops, Multi Death Corporation, Millions Of Dead Children, and Millions Of Damn Christians. Eventually the band switched to just using "MDC" because Crass thought it was too violent a name and because it was hard to get across borders with a band name like Millions of Dead Cops.

Dictor still performs with MDC around the world. He recently toured the U.S. with Citizen Fish. Dictor also recently appeared in the film American Hardcore, the film based upon the book of the same name. The song "I Remember" also appears in the film and on the soundtrack. Previously he has appeared in the short experimental film, Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy's Home Movies, by Bruce LaBruce and Candy Parker.

MDC had lyrics decrying homophobia, for instance in the song "America So Straight?"[1] Dictor also had a confrontation with Bad Brains over their homophobia directed at Randy Turner of Big Boys, which resulted in the MDC song Pay to Come Along.[2] However Dictor stated in a 2007 interview that, although he has "answered yes or ambiguously when asked for years" he is not gay, but has been "a transvestite of sorts."[3] What's next for Dave Dictor?

Dictor is working on an "unplugged project." He is interested in working on his own version of American Hardcore and a short story book about his experiences in the music scene and in his life.



  1. ^ Dawson, Ashley (1999), "Do Doc Martens Have a Special Smell?: Homocore, Skinhead Eroticism, and Queer Agency", in Dettmar, Kevin; Richey, William, Reading Rock and Roll, New York: Columbia University Press, p. 135, ISBN 0-231-11398-6 
  2. ^ Andersen, Mark; Jenkins, Mark (2003), Dance of Days, Akashic Books, p. 108, ISBN 1-888451-44-0 
  3. ^ Prindle, Mark (2007). "Dave Dictor - 2007". Mark's Record Reviews. Retrieved 2009-02-08.