I’ve been so incredibly busy with the holidays I haven’t had a chance to breathe, let alone make a post… so it’s a bit overdue, but I finally had a chance to see The Dickies here in Philly. I got to Kung Fu Necktie right as The Dickies were setting up, and the small dive was pretty packed out with punk fans from all generations: plenty of people there who probably saw them when their first albums came out back in the 70s to people in their 20s and 30s who didn’t get to see them until later in life.
The Los Angeles punks have always been known for their fun and campy humor in their lyrics and shows. This was evident as soon as the band came out, singer Leonard Graves Phillips was completely dressed like an elf as they opened the show with their punk cover of the christmas classic “Silent Night”.
The band continued blasting through their incredibly catchy songs without pause or break until finally taking one deep about 7 or songs deep into their setlist. Then the band broke into their hilarious props, from bringing a sex doll on stage during “Waterslide”, having a sock puppet dog “sing” the lyrics to “Poodle Party”, or Leonard running around taping up members of the band as they’re playing, they definitely were one of the most entertaining and fun shows I’ve seen recently.
I’m OK, You’re OK
(I’m Stuck In A Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota
Got It At The Store
Give It Back
Nights In White Satin
Welcome To The Diamond Mine
I’ve Got A Splitting Hedachi
Manny Moe And Jack
You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)
If Stuart Could Talk
Rondo (The Midgets Revenge)