The Incredible Shrinking Dickies

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The Incredible Shrinking Dickies
Studio album by The Dickies
Released 1979
Genre Punk rock/new wave
Label A&M
Producer John Hewlett
The Dickies chronology
The Incredible Shrinking Dickies
(1979)
Dawn of the Dickies
(1979)
Professional ratings
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The Incredible Shrinking Dickies was the 1979 first album by the California punk band The Dickies. The album included the group's notable cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", which reached No. 45 in the UK charts in July 1979. It was pressed on at least four different colors of vinyl (blue, yellow, orange, clear) and was produced by John Hewlett, who in the late 1960s was a member of the UK garagepunk quartet John's Children, which for a short while included Marc Bolan as guitarist.

Reception[edit]

In a review of the "Paranoid" single for The Morning Record & Journal, Ted Drozdowski wrote:
"With names like Chuck Wagon, Billy Club and Stan Lee, the Dickies try to come off as another new wave band, but don't quite make it. Sure, they're raw and raucous. Yes, their music has a tight, fast rhythm and buzz-saw guitar playing. Of course, they can't sing. They don't have to. They're punks... or so they'd have us believe. Actually, punk motivation is totally lacking from the Dickies material. At best, they provide a noisy, abrasive parody of some of the classic themes of late sixties rock and roll."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Give It Back" – 1:41 (Lee, Phillips, Huffsteter)
  2. "Poodle Party" – 1:09 (Kaballero)
  3. "Paranoid" – 2:04 (Iommi, Osbourne, Ward, Butler)
  4. "She" – 1:36 (Boyce, Hart)
  5. "Shadow Man" – 2:04 (Lee, Ainsworth)
  6. "Mental Ward" – 1:49 (Lee, Club, Glibb)
  7. "Eve Of Destruction" – 1:57 (Sloan)
  8. "You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)" – 1:50 (Lee, Wagon)
  9. "Waterslide" – 2:32 (Lee, Phillips)
  10. "Walk Like An Egg" – 2:21 (Lee, Wilde)
  11. "Curb Job" – 2:36 (Lee, Wilde)
  12. "Shake & Bake" – 1:56 (Huffsteter)
  13. "Rondo (The Midgets Revenge)" – 3:12 (Phillips)

CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "I'm Ok, You're Ok" – 2:10 (Lee, Club, Goddard)
  2. "Silent Night" – 2:17 (Traditional: Arr. The Dickies)
  3. "Sounds of Silence" – 1:35 (Simon)
  4. "Banana Splits" – 1:54 (Adams, Barkon)
  5. "Hideous" – 1:13 (Lee, Club, Goddard)
  6. "Got It at the Store" – 1:41 (Goddard, Lee)

Credits[edit]

  • Leonard Graves Phillips – Lead Vocals, Piano, Synthesizer, Organ
  • Stan Lee – Guitars, Vocals
  • Chuck Wagon – Keyboards, Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals
  • Billy Club – Bass, Vocals
  • Karlos Kaballero – Drums, No Vocals

Production:

  • Produced by John Hewlett
  • Engineered by Cisco de Luna, Earle Mankey & Gerry Kitchenham
  • Mastered by Frank de Luna

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drozdowski, Ted (July 29, 1978). "great Gilmour but Dickies drop it". The Morning Record & Journal. Retrieved June 3, 2013.