The Dictators


Safely someone's smiling
The fat man waits his turn
Soon he'll count his money
While the South Bronx slowly burns

The Dictators, 'New York, New York'

The Dictators are an American proto punk and punk rock band formed in New York City in 1973. Critic John Dougan said that they were “one of the finest and most influential proto-punk bands to walk the earth.” The Dictators are represented in the “Punk Wing” of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio. Steven Van Zandt called them “the connective tissue between the eras of The MC5, Stooges, NY Dolls, and the punk explosion of the mid to late 1970s”.