Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Incredible Shrinking Dickies

Back in college, my friend Paul in New Jersey introduced me to the music of the Dickies. Picture if the Ramones were formed in LA, with LA sensibilities and a touch more camp - that's the Dickies.

One of the things they were best known for was for recording cover songs that doubled the tempo of the originals. This led to such classics as "Paranoid"...

...the insanely chipper theme to The Banana Splits Show...

...and the Christmas classic "Silent Night," here scored to a little girl who's a menace with balloons.

Incidentally, if you're wondering if that last one is going to kick off two weeks of Christmas videos on MeTube, well, wonder no more.

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