The Dicks were a punk rock band from Texas who defined hardcore. Every traveling punk rock band demanded the Dicks open for them including Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Mike Watt, Texas Terri, and David Yow (who are all featured in the film). The DVD also includes 30 minutes of live never-before-seen performance footage.
The Dicks started when singer Gary Floyd returned to Austin, Texas after seeing the Sex Pistols in San Francisco. He started claiming he had a band called the Dicks. This was known as a “poster band.” Fliers were made with fake shows and non-existent groups.
“Gary Floyd would go around town putting up posters advertising The Dicks with crazy ass pictures and promises that first ten people with guns drink for free,” said producer/director Cindy Marabito. “It was a wild and crazy time in Austin, back when ‘keeping Austin weird’ got you thrown in jail.”
The Dicks soon became a reality when bassist Buxf Parrott and guitarist Glen Taylor joined up with Floyd to form the band. All they needed was a drummer who they found in Pat Deason just in time to play the Punk Prom with the Big Boys.
“The Dicks From Texas” follows the evolution of the Dicks from Floyd as a local celebrity through band formation to punk legend. He had a flamboyant outwardly gay personality with a voice that still rivals the hardest/heaviest/bluesiest singers from Texas, or anywhere else.
The Dicks were together for nearly four years and put out ‘Dicks Hate the Police” 45 and two albums, “Live at Raul’s” and “Kill From the Heart” which have lived on for coming up on four decades, inspiring other musicians and fans with songs like “Bourgeois Fascist Pig,” “Dead in a Motel Room,” and “Dicks Hate the Police.”
The Dicks never sold out, never budged one fraction from their militant principles at the cost of no big record deals and acclaim. What they got in return was the respect of longtime hardcore followers who still turn out at the rare live reunion shows where the Dicks still deliver.
Available on DVD February 12th
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