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Idjit Savant

  • 1. Welcome to the Diamond Mine
    2. Golden Boys
    3. Toxic Avenger
    4. Zeppelina
    5. Stuck in a Condo With Marlon Brando
    6. Just Say Yes
    7. Elevator (In the Brain Hotel)
    8. Pretty Ballerina
    9. Make It So
    10. I'm on Crack
    11. Oh Boy!
    12. Roadkill
    13. House of Raoul
    14. Song of the Dawn
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 51168

  • Credits
    ProducerThe Dickies; John X

    The Dickies: Leonard Graves Phillips (vocals, keyboards); Stan Lee (guitar); Glen Laughlin (guitar, background vocals); Marc Vachon (bass); Jonathan Melvoin (drums, percussion).
    Additional personnel: Enoch Hain (guitar); Daoud Coleman (cello); Michael Acosta (soprano saxophone); Roger Manning (harpsichord); Charlie Alexander, Laurie Buhne (bass); Cliff Martinez (drums); Dave Church (jaw harp).
    Engineers: John X, Pat Kraus, Brian Kehew (tracks 1-5, 7-11, 13-14); Brian Kehew (6, 12).
    Includes liner notes by Leonard Graves Phillips.
    All songs written or co-written by Leonard Graves Phillips except "Golden Boys" (Smear), "Elevator (In The Brain Hotel)" (George Alexander) and "Pretty Ballerina" (Michael Lookofsky).
    Dickies LPs are like comets: rarely sighted, always great. The fourth LP over a 16-year career and first since 1989's Second Coming is another humorous punk-pop LP that brings huge smiles. If a little more spotty than Second Coming, there's still plenty of lip-smacking tunes highlighted by the band's obvious strength all these years, singer Leonard Phillips. His cartoonish delivery has sometimes obfuscated what a fine singer he actually is. You see that here on "Toxic Avenger," guitarist Stan Lee's Motrhead/Kiss/Queen/Ozzy parody (complete with MOR keyboards/guitars) that contains the LP's biggest hooks, thanks to Phillips' consummate singing. "Out of the rust and into the slime/Everyone thinks that he's out of his mind" is a big hook, a scream of a superhero sendup. Many missed "Just Say Yes" on the previous year's "Roadkill" single, but it's the hottest Dickies-pop since the song it openly rips off, the Dawn of the Dickies single "Manny, Moe & Jack." "Zeppelina" is good goofy-gas, and "Elevator" and "Pretty Ballerina" are the sort of great '60s radio pop the band moved into in the late '80s, both done so well they should've been splashed all over the radio. And to revisit another old theme, "Stuck in a pagoda with Tricia Toyota" is updated to "Stuck in a condo with Mr. Marlon Brando": "He's big and hairy/He's really scaring me." Prepare to burst out laughing, thinking of obese Marlon in the New York Post, when that comes on. Once upon a time, the Dickies were about the only U.S. punk band that sold records anywhere, with six straight U.K. hit singles. A decade and a half later it was "the year that punk broke," and no one seemed to want to know the Dickies not only still existed, but that they were killer and comic as ever. ~ Jack Rabid

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (2/24-3/3/95, p.119) - "...It's about time Green Day's grand-daddies got their due. On their first new album in five years, the kings of cartoon punk proffer winning power pop, Ramonesy no-brainers, and fan-boy loony tunes that go their pogoing progeny one better..." - Rating: A-
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