Considering that the first Dictators album came out in 1975, scads of credit is due these hearty pre-punk New Yorkers for blazing a long trail, melding the essentials of junk culture -- wrestling, fast food, TV, beer, dope, cars, scandal sheets -- with loud/hard/fast rock'n'roll and thus creating an archetype that has been adopted and adapted by countless other bands. Originally formed as an homage/response to the MC5, Flamin Groovies, New York Dolls and the Stooges, the Dictators wound up playing a similarly crucial and inspirational role to the generations that followed them.
Original members Andy Shernoff and Ross The Boss are now rounded out by founding Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard and Frankenstein 3000/Sirius XM personality Keith Roth. Stay tuned for more details on the bands forthcoming full album due out in 2023.
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