Three Bean Salad

Three different bands, three different flavors of “Rock n’ Roll.”

Inspired by a love of American garage rock, British invasion pop, and the “shock and awe” sonic assault of the Who New York City’s Dictators were the prototypical punk band of the early 1970’s. Unlike those they influenced, notably the Ramones , the group never achieved much success.

With an emphasis on “junk culture”, wrestling, White Castle hamburgers, t.v., and the wanton excesses of the “Rock n’ Roll’ lifestyle their first album, 1975’s, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!, find the band trying to bridge the gap between the followers of both punk and heavy metal.

The Dictators – The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! (Sony, 1975)

Playing Time: 34 minutes 53 seconds

The Players

Andy Shernoff: Bass, Lead Vocals

Ross “The Boss” Funichello: Lead Guitar, Vocals

Stu Boy King: Percussion

Handsome Dick Manitoba: Secret Weapon

The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!

1. The Next Big Thing (4:22)
2. I Got You Babe (4:04)
3. Back to Africa (3:34)
4. Master Race Rock (4:15)
5. Teengenerate (3:27)
6. California Sun (3:04)
7. Two Tub Man (4:09)
8. Weekend (4:02)
9. (I Live for) Cars and Girls (3:56)

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The Big Boys were part of the 1980’s overlooked Austin, Texas punk scene. Unlike their “punk” brethren the group combined speedy guitars with fat, funky backbeats. The group would make a few records, but by 1984 had split up. By the time of their demise “punk” had turned into “hardcore” and there was longer room for a funky rhythm section amongst “hardcore’s” ultra fast tempos and insistence plummeting.

The Fat Elvis was released in conjunction with The Skinny Elvis and compiles the later Big Boys releases; Fun, Fun, Fun, Lullabies, and No Matter.

The Big Boys – The Fat Elvis (Touch & Go Records, 1993)

Playing Time: 1 hour 13 minutes 39 seconds

1. Nervous (2:01)The Fat Elvis
2. Apolitical (0:43)
3. Hollywood Swinging (4:06)
4. Prison (2:42)
5. We Got Soul (2:25)
6. Fun Fun Fun (3:15)
7. We Got Your Money (2:53)
8. Lesson (0:40)
9. Funk Off (1:50)
10. I’m Sorry (1:07)
11. Were Not in It To Lose (2:17)
12. Sound on Sound (3:30)
13. Fight Back (2:18)
14. Brickwall (0:40)
15. Jump the Fence (1:53)
16. Assault (0:58)
17. Manipulation (2:55)
18. Same Old Blues (2:29)
19. Gator Fuckin (1:25)
20. White Nigger (3:19)
21. Baby Let’s Play God (2:50)
22. No (2:26)
23. Narrow View (2:08)
24. I Do Care (2:41)
25. Listen (1:32)
26. What’s the Word? (4:13)
27. Common Beat (5:18)
28. No Love (1:47)
29. Which Way To Go (2:34)
30. Killing Time (1:14)
31. Work (3:30)

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While France may not be known for “Rock n’ Roll” the French do like 50’s music, mainly basic rock’n’roll, rockabilly and R&B. Les Thugs are French, but sing mainly in English and “sometimes in what they call yoghurt (meaningless syllables that only sound like English)”. Favoring a twin guitar assault they are a punk band in the earliest sense of the word. Formed in 1984 they are a “pre- hardcore blast of pop-rooted pounding” following the same path blazed by the Buzzcocks.

Les Thugs – Still Hungry (Sub Pop, 1989)

Playing Time: 1 hour 12 minutes 22 seconds

Still Hungry1. Your Kind Of Freedom (2:25)
2. Suspended Time (2:51)
3. Groucho’s Theme (1:23)
4. Birthday (Why Didn’t You Come For My…) (4:38)
5. Birds Of Ill Omen (3:42)
6. Going Down (1:42)
7. Raining Again (2:38)
8. Inside Room (2:41)
9. Little Vera’s Song (5:44)
10. Time Of Reaction (1:15)
11. Radical (2:24)
12. Square Of Lights (?) (4:59)
13. I Need You (2:09)
14. Lost In The Suburbs (2:48)
15. Dirty White Race (2:08)
16. The Hedge Hogs (4:40)
17. Dead Dreams (2:42)
18. Legal Drugs (2:12)
19. Bad News From The Heart (4:26)
20. Little Kiddy (3:20)
21. Bulgarian Blues (5:28)
22. Chess & Crimes (2:13)
23. See You Soon (3:54)

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