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 ...
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