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Music Editorial

dickies18.jpg Who are these Dickies?

These Dickies are, hey, The Dickies, the US band who could be said to have originated the pop-punk template. They’ve always had a cult following in the UK and their fans will no doubt be out in force when they play Newcastle in July.

Heavily influenced by the take no prisoners style of The Ramones – and equally adept at cutting all the flab from their songs so we’re left with only the good stuff – The Dickies were among the first punk bands to emerge from Los Angeles. They formed in early 1977 after guitarist Stan Lee and bassist Billy Club caught The Damned on their first tour and made their live debut at the Whisky a Go Go in September of the same year before becoming the first California punk band to appear on network television. They first rose to prominence in the UK when they hit the top ten with the Banana Splits (Tra La La Song) in 1979, which is their reworking of possibly the greatest children’s theme tune of them all. It was deliriously daft and knockabout and perfectly dovetailed with their somewhat camp and humorous style that was a world away from the po-faced posturing of the likes of The Clash. The band still have enormous fun up on stage and that always readily transmits itself to the crowd, who should be in full-on pogoing mood when The Dickies crash into the region once again this July.

The Dickies + Crashed Out, Saturday 21 July, O2 Academy, Newcastle, doors 6.30pm, £16.90. academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle