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The Dicks

One of the few hardcore bands from the early '80s to feature an outspoken and openly gay frontman -- in Texas, no less -- the Dicks, alongside the Big Boys, were the national scene's voice from the Lone Star state. Formed in Austin in 1980, the Dicks released their first and most famous single; Hate the Police, shortly thereafter. The track, which would later get a most reverential treatment by quasi-grunge hucksters Mudhoney, is considered one of the best from the heyday of American hardcore. Their debut, a live split LP with fellow Texans the Big Boys, Live at Raul's Club was released in 1981. Gary Floyd would leave Texas and relocate to San Francisco, putting together a new lineup of the Dicks, and releasing that roster's debut -- this time a studio release -- Kill from the Heart on legendary California punk label SST in 1983. The band would release one more album, 1985's These People on Alternative Tentacles. The band split shortly afterwards, with Floyd starting the more blues-rock influenced Sister Double Happiness in the late '80s. Floyd's ability to identify with the gay experience in America in the late '70s/early '80s in a genre that was heavily macho and resistant to such ideas made him a great influence to subsequent bands, especially those who would make up the queercore movement in the mid-'90s. The original lineup of the Dicks (sans Glen Taylor, who died in 1997), played a serious of reunion shows in 2004 and 2005. ~ Christopher True, Rovi
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Dicks are my favorite and i'm not gay
I was born a Texan and i will die a Texan. Damn proud of it. To the peanut gallery a few posts down, " Go F**k your self" Texas Punk and southern hardcore will always have a place in my heart and a place in the development of the hardcore punk scene thought out the world . Long live The Synthetics. Long live Strep-A. "Abort Jesus"
I f**king love the dicks! I love that old punk sound! Kinda sounds like a little bit of rock n roll too! So much love
Sounds like someone got a little butt hurt. You better rip him a new a**hole for being such a pain in the a**. Hahaha butt jokes.
Stereocloset q u e e r you need to move to texass. You faggetinyour a s s .
texas is full of beers steers and queers
mydogismuklu k s
Plenty of Texas punk bands had gay members. Texas is gay as hell.
I think they called their band the Dicks so that people would say "I like the Dicks!"
See I wouldn't have a problem with gay people if they weren't so... gay?
rgrudnick
I love the Dicks! I see Gary Floyd around town in SF... what a gem! He's got a group called the Buddah Brothers which i have not seen... YET!
love that my town had such an influence, even back in the day
teehee!
im crazy
rob.buford
The Dicks' "Kill From the Heart" album on SST was with the original lineup from Austin. Gary moved to SF after that and tried to reform the Dicks with new members, but that fizzled out pretty quick. He went on to front Sister Double Happines and Black Kali Ma in SF.
HOOLY S**T MAN HAVENT HERD THEM SINCE I WAS LIKE 16 OR SOMIN FUCKK!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! I LOVES THE DICKS!!!!!!! ! ! !
dicks ain't scared.

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