1977
SEPTEMBER
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...The band soon to be known as the Dickies forms in San Fernando Valley, California (Search CDs).

...After returning from England clutching the latest punk releases, Billy hooks up with school friend Stan, who has been playing guitar for three months and wants to form a punk band.

...After numerous unsuccesful line-ups, Karlos is recruited from a David Bowie cover band, named Kixs, which also featured Rembrandts singer Danny Wilde on guitar/vocals, and Chuck Wagon on bass.

...The search for a front man takes Stan through a bunch of classified ads, and word of mouth enquiries. He is finally introduced to Leonard through a mutual friend - the Quick's guitarist Steve Hufsteter. Steve had also given Stan his first guitar lessons.

...Leonard (who is still recovering after a nervous breakdown and believes that being in a band will get him out of the house) attends his first audition in Billy's parent's family room and proceeds to wrap Stan in his own guitar lead, wrap everyone else up in Bugs Bunny 8mm film, cut up his own sweater into a Dickie and run out without singing a note! Stan dismisses him as an idiot and continues his search.

...Steve asks Stan to reconsider and another rehearsal is set up. Leonard gets to sing this time and brings along his stage props.

...The Dickies have their man.

...Leonard now brings in his friend Chuck Wagon to complete the line up.

...The line up now consists of Leonard Graves Phillips on vocals; Stan Lee on guitar; Chuck Wagon (real name Bob Davis) on keyboards, sax, and guitar; Billy Club (real name Bill Remar) on bass and Karlos Kabellero (real name Carlos Cabellero) on drums and no vocals.

...Many band names are suggested. Karlos refuses to be in a band called the Imbeciles so names the band after a Sixties fashion accessory (a mock turtleneck jumper bib). Their main aim is to headline at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood and appear in local punk magazine 'Slash'.

...After only three weeks of rehearsal the band are 'discovered' by L.A. scene-maker, Rodney Bingenheimer, who books them to appear as the midweek opening act at the Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Boulevard. Their set currently consists of eight songs.

...The debut appearence takes place at a video game arcade next to the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. They play four songs.

OCTOBER ...The band plays at the Masque Theatre (a small club in the basement of Hollywood's Pussycat Theatre) with Model Citizens, and the Deadbeats.

...At their next gig John Hewlett offers to act as the band's manager, Stan is wary.
NOVEMBER ...The Dickies continue to build up a strong local following, due mainly in part to their frenetic live shows.

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At a gig at the Starwood, opening for the Quick, Leonard jumps off the PA scaffolding during 'You Drive Ape (You Big Gorilla)', breaks his right ankle, and sprains his left. He finishes the gig flat on his back while Stan kicks him repeatedly - he is under the impression that Leonard is doing his 'stupid Stiv Bators impersonation'!

...They record their first demo at Audio Asylum rehearsal rooms, San Fernando Valley. Financed by John Hewlett (now the band's manager), the tracks recorded are 'Hideous', 'I'm OK You're OK', 'You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)', and 'Walk Like An Egg'. They will later be re-recorded at the Beach Boys studio.
DECEMBER ...After a month out of action the band return to the stage with Leonard in a wheelchair.

...Brian, the band's midget roadie, pushes Leonard around during the performance.

...Their local following continues to grow and this month also sees the band opening for the Runaways.

25TH WHISKY A GO GO, HOLLYWOOD, CA
26TH WHISKY A GO GO, HOLLYWOOD, CA
1978
FEBRUARY 25TH ELKES LODGE, CA - MASQUE BENEFIT

...After hearing their first demo, John Hewlett proceeds to take the tape around to all the major labels in an effort to secure a deal for what he describes as 'the best live band he has ever seen'.
MARCH ...Derek Green (the man who signed the Sex Pistols) persuades A & M chairman, Jerry Moss, to come and see the band - they are signed on the spot.

...The Dickies sign to A & M records in the UK for $100,000.

...The band makes their TV debut appearing in the hit comedy 'CPO Sharkey' starring Don Rickles. They play 'You're So Hideous'.
MAY ...The Dickies release their first single. 'Paranoid' is backed with 'Hideous' and 'You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla) and produced by Hewlett, Earle Mankey and Stan Lee.

...Initial copies in the US are produced on white vinyl which A & M have to order in especially.

... The single will appear in the UK in June. The 7" will feature 'I'm OK, You're OK' on the flipside, and will be available on clear, milky or black vinyl.

...A promotional video is also scheduled to accompany the singles release.

...The band begin a promotional tour which will take in New York (where they play with Richard Hell at CBGB's), Boston, Philadelphia and the UK (where they play with the Skids amongst others). The UK leg of the tour brings in ?4800.

...21st - the band appear on KROQ as guests of Rodney Bingenheimer who interviews them.
JULY ...The band return to LA where they begin recording songs for their first long-playing record - 'Incredible Shrinking Dickies'.

...Leonard's idea is to put all the songs they had up until they were signed onto the first side of the record, whilst the second side would feature all the band's new material written since the A & M deal.
AUGUST ...'Eve of Destruction' / 'Doggie Do' is released. Some copies feature the expletive in the second verse bleeped out. The love affair with coloured vinyl continues, this time pink as well as the standard black.
SEPTEMBER 6TH GOLDEN BEAR, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
OCTOBER 4TH THE WHISKY A GO GO, HOLLYWOOD, CA
NOVEMBER

...The Dickies embark upon the 'Apocalypse' UK tour with The Jam, sets are kept short as the crowd are anxious to see The Jam and seem largely uninterested by 'these blokes from America'. The general consensus seems to be that they are 'taking the piss out of punk'.

...The single 'Give It Back'/ 'You Drive Me Ape' is released during the tour.

1st Empire Theatre, Liverpool
2nd De Montfort Hall, Leicester
3rd St Georges Hall, Bradford
4th City Hall, Newcastle
5th Apollo, Glasgow
6th Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen
7th University of St Andrews, Fife
10th Polytechnic, Sheffield
12th University, Leeds
13th Apollo, Manchester
14th Odeon, Birmingham
15th Apollo, Coventry
17th Corn Exchange, Cambridge
18th ABC, Great Yarmouth
20th University, Cardiff
21st The Dome, Brighton
22nd University of Kent, Canterbury (cancelled)
24th Guildhall, Portsmouth
25th Electric Ballroom, London (support from the Skids and the Members)
26th Colston hall, Bristol
29th Great British Music Festival, Empire Pool, Wembley

DECEMBER 7th University of Kent, Canterbury
21st Music Machine, London

...'Silent Night' is released in time for the festive season and reaches number 47 in the UK charts.
1979
FEBRUARY ...'Incredible Shrinking Dickies' is released, pressed up in four different coloured vinyl's - blue, orange, yellow and traditional black. It will go on to sell 50,000 copies in the UK by the end of the year. John Hewlett, who co-produced the record, said that being involved with it was 'the happiest experience of my life'.
APRIL 14TH WHISKY A GO GO, HOLLYWOOD, CA

...What will become the Dickies biggest hit single, 'Banana Splits', is released and reaches the UK top 5. It will go on to sell in excess of 250,000 copies. A promotional video also accompanies its release.

...Paranoid' is re-released but only makes #45 in the UK chart.
MAY

...The band embarks on their first headlining tour of the UK - it is largely attended by a very young audience.

...A riot breaks out in Newcastle when the band appears at a record signing. 2500 kids skip school to meet them but end up breaking the store's front window. The police are called.

2nd College of Technology, Cheltenham
3rd Adri's Ballroom, Manchester
4th The Block, Hull
7th Routes Club, Exeter
8th Woods, Plymouth
9th Stowaways, Newport
10th Polytechnic, Leeds
11th Sandpiper, Nottingham
13th King Georges Hall, Blackburn
14th Pop Club, York
15th Rock Garden, Middlesborough
17th Barbarellas, Birmingham
18th St. Georges Hall, Bradford
19th Eric's, Liverpool
22nd Locarno, Bristol
23rd Top Rank, Sheffield
24th Mayfair, Newcastle
25th Clouds, Edinburgh
29th The Nashville, London (support from the Magnets)

...A new song, 'Stukas Over Disneyland', is previewed on the tour.

JULY ...A promotional video for Paranoid is filmed.
SEPTEMBER ...The Dickies cover of the Moody Blues 'Nights In White Satin' is released. Justin Heyward (Moody Blues frontman) says he "likes the song but it's not the original".

...The singles' original, controversial, cover features the band dressed in KKK robes. This is soon withdrawn in favour of a picture of the band dressed in white tuxedos. The track is a minor hit and reaches #39 in the UK chart.

...The promotional video, which accompanies the track, was filmed earlier this month.
OCTOBER ...The band's second album, 'Dawn of the Dickies' is released. The title is derived from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead movie, of which Leonard is a big fan. Other titles considered were 'Nightmare Alley', and 'Git The Snack'.

...Robin Geoffrey Cable of Genesis, Van Der Graaf generator fame, produces the album.
NOVEMBER ...'Fanmail' is released, backed with Tricia Toyota.
DECEMBER 8th University, Lancaster (cancelled)
15th Marquee, London

1980
MARCH ...The band makes the front cover of the American magazine Billboard, promoting 'Dawn of the Dickies'.

...'Banana Splits' / 'Sounds of Silence' is released in the States.

...Leonard and Stan become DJ's on LA radio station KROQ, spinning discs for six hours. Tracks include 'Unconscious Power' by Iron Butterfly, and all their fave punk tunes.

...It is confirmed that the band have sold over a million singles in the UK alone.

...A mini album is currently being planned and is to feature two new songs, the theme to the Japanese cartoon series 'Gigantor', and 'Bedrock Barney', plus six tracks recorded live at the Agoura, Cleveland.

3RD KEYSTONE, BERKELEY, CA

JULY ...'Gigantor' is released as a 7" single with 'Bowling with Bedrock Barney' on the flip side.

...Things are not rosy in the Dickies camp. After a conflict over who was to be Dawn's producer (the band did not want Hewlett to produce again), tensions have been building between the band and their manager. They plan to sack Hewlett, but are told by A & M that have to stay with him or the record deal is off. Hewlett is dismissed anyway and the band are dismissed from A & M.

...Chuck has started to become uncomfortable in the band, he threatens to leave on numerous occasions but is always persuaded to stay. He is uncomfortable with the fact that a punk band can have a hit single, but a 'serious' artist seemingly can not. His solo single, 'Rock 'n' Roll Won't Go Away' was released last year but went largely unnoticed due to the lack of promotion given to it by A & M.

...The possibility of a greatest hits EP is rumoured. Tracks are set to be 'Gigantor', 'You Drive Me Ape', 'Sounds of Silence', and 'Doggie Do'.

...The late summer is spent touring with the Weirdos.

SEPTEMBER

...New songs are recorded for the band's next album, they include 'Outta Sight Outta Mind', 'Stukas Over Disneyland', 'Ayatollah You So', 'Shy Guy', 'Animal Eater', and 'Dummy Up'.

...Neil Diamond is asked, via producer Ron Hitchcock, to write a love song for the band. Surprisingly nothing materialises!

...There are plans for the Dickies to feature in their first movie, 'Shit Man - The Movie'. The film, which is basically a road movie starring the band's roadie Kent Smythe, has a trailer which features Leonard and a blow up doll lip-synching to the Knack's 'My Sharona' whilst the rest of the band 'pop up' for the choruses.

...The next single is rumoured to be 'Stukas Over Disneyland'.

NOVEMBER ...The band tours the US but is cut short in Cherry Hill New Jersey when Chuck damages his hand whilst drunk. He smashes it into a mirror in disgust at Stan and Leonard after they entice the crowd to 'kind of riot'. Chuck will be out of action for the next four months, Scott Sindon steps in to finish the tour.

20TH THE ROXY, HOLLYWOOD, CA
21ST WHISKY A GO GO, HOLLYWOOD, CA
27TH THE ROXY, HOLLYWOOD, CA
1981

...A search is on to find the band another record deal. Possibilities are A & M UK, and IRS in the states. Possible tracks for the new album are: 'Stukas over Disneyland', 'She's a Hunchback', Led Zeppelin's 'Communication Breakdown', 'Rosemary', 'Gigantor', 'Banana Splits' and new songs, 'If Stewart Could Talk', 'Pretty Please Me' (a cover of the Quick song), and 'Jim Bowie'.

...Chuck finally quits the band. He hooks up with John Hewlett and ex-sparks members, Dinky Diamond and Trevor White, to work on a project under the guise of 'The Four Squares'. Some 30-plus tracks were recorded for a possible album. Just as the finishing touches are being made Chuck receives a call from the Dickies asking him to help them out with a few local shows. Assured that he will not be required in the studio, he agrees.

MAY 5TH TOPANGA CORRAL, TOPANGA
6TH TOPANGA CORRAL, TOPANGA
JUNE ...The band play Topanga Canyon during the last week of this month, on the way home Chuck is involved in a minor road accident. He makes his way back to the venue and gets a ride with a roadie who drives him back to his parents house in the San Fernando Valley. He lets himself into the house, goes straight up to his bedroom and shoots himself in the head with a .22 rifle. He survives but is pronounced brain dead. Chuck dies in hospital the following morning.

...The band, obviously stunned by the tragedy, put everything on hold whilst they decided what to do next.

NOVEMBER ...The band re-appears with a new line up. Leonard Graves Phillips - vocals; Stan Lee - guitar; Laurie Buhne - bass / vocals; Steve Hufstetter - guitar / vocals; Jerry Angel - drums. Steve Hufstetter is soon replaced by Scott Sindon.

4TH COUNTRY CLUB, RESEDA, CA
27TH THE WHISKEY A GO-GO, HOLLYWOOD, CA
DECEMBER ...The band embark on their sold out 'We're Not From England' tour of the US.
1982
...The best part of 1982 sees the band touring incessantly.
FEBRUARY 5TH 9:30 CLUB WASHINGTON D.C.
JUNE 13TH CITY GARDENS TRENTON, NEW JERSEY
21ST CLUTCH CARGO DETROIT MI.
25TH ST. ANDREWS HALL DETROIT, MI
JULY 1ST WASHINGTON D.C. - TWO SETS
2ND NEW JERSEY
1983
JANUARY ...Recording sessions for new tracks take place at Eldorado Studios, Hollywood for the next album. The recording line up consists of Leonard, Stan, Laurie, Jerry and Steve Hufstetter.
   
MAY 26TH MUSIC MACHINE, LOS ANGELES, CA
NOVEMBER ...The winter sees the band out on the road again touring the US and parts of Canada. The new line up includes Glen Laughlin (an old school friend of Leonard's) on guitar / keyboards / vocals; Nickey Beat (formerly of fellow LA punk band the Weirdos) on drums. Billy Club returns to the fold on bass.

12TH JOCKEY CLUB, NEWPORT, KENTUCKY
27TH 9:30 CLUB, WASHINGTON D.C. - TWO SETS
DECEMBER ...This month see the release of the third Dickies album 'Stukas over Disneyland'. Side one has material recorded at the Wizard studios in 1980 produced by Ron Hitchcock. The line up features Leonard, Stan, Billy, and Chuck (playing drums) alongside second guitarist Scott Sindon. Karlos only features on the track 'Out Of Sight Out Of Mind'. Whilst the flipside features a line up of Leonard, Stan, Laurie Buhne, Jerry Angel, and Steve Hufstetter. The material on side two was recorded at Eldorado studios this year and produced by Ed Stasium (who will go on to work with the Ramones), Liam Sternberg, and Ron Hitchcock. The band had to sell their van in order to finance the mixing of the album.
1984
MARCH ...Yet another new line up takes to the road again. This time Rex Roberts (formerly of fifties revivalists the Kingbees) replaces Nickey Beat on the drum stool.

17TH THE TUNBARS CLUB, GLENDOVA, CA
APRIL MUSIC MACHINE LOS ANGELES, CA
25TH U.C.L.A. LOS ANGELES, CA
JUNE 1ST POMONA VALLEY AUDITORIUM, POMONA, CA
JULY 16TH MUSIC MACHINE LOS ANGELES, CA.
SEPTEMBER 1ST MUSIC MACHINE LOS ANGELES, CA.
OCTOBER ...Following a road accident in which he damages his hand, Glen is forced to quit the band. Steve Fryette replaces him. At this time Jerry Angel is once again playing the drums, and Laurie is back on the bass.

...'Rosemary' is earmarked as a 12" vinyl release. The band plan to re-record the track and shoot a promotional video to accompany its release.

1985
MAY 31ST MUSIC MACHINE, LOS ANGELES, CA
JUNE 29TH LION COUNTRY SAFARI, IRVINE, CA
AUGUST 2ND OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA
OCTOBER ...Laurie takes an extended break from the band and Glen (now fully recovered from his car accident) returns to the band to fill the bass slot. Cliff Martinez (formerly of the Weirdos and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers) now occupies the drum stool.

CBGB'S, NEW YORK CITY, NY
NOVEMBER SHOWPLACE, DOVER, NJ
DECEMBER THE STARDUST BALLROOM HOLLYWOOD, CA

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The Dickies release 'We Aren't The World' through Roir. Initially a cassette only release, it contains the band's original demos recorded in 1977 alongside live recordings made in 1978, 1980, 1982 and 1985.

...The album will be subsequently released as a 3-sided double album on Danceteria records, and two CD's through Roir. The first CD utilises the same artwork as the Danceteria release whilst the second features new packaging and more comprehensive liner notes.

1986
JANUARY 17TH PALLADIUM, HOLLYWOOD, CA
FEBRUARY 16TH RESEDA COUNTRY CLUB, RESEDA, CA
MAY 22ND NIGHTMOVES, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
JULY 5TH HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, HOLLYWOOD, CA
25TH FENDERS, LONG BEACH, CA
OCTOBER 31ST U.C.L.A ACKERMAN BALLROOM, LOS ANGELES, CA
DECEMBER 15TH WELLINGTONS WINNIPEG, CANADA (this show is recorded and will subsequently be released as a bootleg CD through Holy Records).
1987
MARCH 15TH FENDERS, LONG BEACH, CA
20TH SCREAM, LOS ANGELES, CA
MAY 2ND C.S.U.N., NORTHRIDGE, CA
JUNE 5TH SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN DIEGO, CA
AUGUST 1ST PERKINS PALACE, PASADENA, CA
SEPTEMBER 26TH C.S.U.N. NORTHRIDGE, CA
OCTOBER 30TH MAXWELLS, HOBOKEN, NJ
NOVEMBER 8TH CBGB'S, NEW YORK, NYC
1988
JUNE 11TH BOGART'S, LONG BEACH, CA
JULY 23RD THE SCREAM, HOLLYWOOD, CA

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The Dickies release the 'Killer Klowns' EP on Enigma records. The release ties in with the new movie 'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' for which the band has supplied the title track.

...Also contained on the EP is the track 'Eep Opp Ork Uhuh' culled from the Hanna Barbera cartoon series, the Jetsons.

...The promotional video for the album's title track is the band's most entertaining to date.

...The line up has changed yet again, and now features Leonard, Stan, Laurie, Cliff and new guitarist Enoch Hain. Jerry Angel is also credited on the album.

...This year also sees the A & M retrospective release 'Great Dictations'. Essentially a greatest hits album, it features tracks off both A & M albums as well as singles and b-sides.

AUGUST 19th THE RITZ, NEW YORK, NY
SEPTEMBER 15TH C.S.U.N, NORTHRIDGE, CA
29TH BOGART'S, LONG BEACH, CA
1989
JANUARY 13TH COUNTRY CLUB, RESEDA
FEBRUARY 17TH MUSIC MACHINE, LOS ANGELES, CA

...
The Dickies release their first full-length album for six years. 'Second Coming' stays in the same vein as 'Killer Klowns' and features a reworking of 'Magoomba' complete with Leonard's mom on vocals!

...The record is quite a departure in style for the band.
MARCH 1ST CLUB POST NUCLEAR LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA.
APRIL 1ST FENDER'S, LONG BEACH, CA
MAY 7TH JOHN ANSON FORD THEATRE, CA (with the Henry Rollins band)
JULY 8TH CLUB LINGERIE HOLLYWOOD, CA.
AUGUST 11TH BOGART'S, LONG BEACH, CA
SEPTEMBER 10TH COCONUT TEASZER, HOLLYWOOD, CA
DECEMBER 22ND BOGART'S, LONG BEACH, CA
23RD CLUB LINGERIE, HOLLYWOOD, CA

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