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The Dictators: Go Girl Crazy [Epic, 1975]
If you love the Dolls you'll like the Dictators. Maybe. New York smart-asses who have fastened on circa-1965 California teendom at its dumbest, they play punks rather than embodying punkdom, with a predictable loss of tone. But the production is three chords of pure power and the jokes are often good ones. Anyone can can make a sobersides like me laugh at a song called "Back to Africa" can't be entirely devoid of subtlety, and I love this bit of Inspirational Verse: "We knocked 'em dead in Dallas/We didn't pay out dues/We knocked 'em dead in Dallas/They didn't know we were Jews." B+