1980
MARCH The band makes the front cover of the American magazine Billboard, promoting 'Dawn of the Dickies'. '

'Banana Splits' / 'Sounds of Silence' is released in the States.

Leonard and Stan become DJ's on LA radio station KROQ, spinning discs for six hours. Tracks include 'Unconscious Power' by Iron Butterfly, and all their fave punk tunes.

It is confirmed that the band have sold over a million singles in the UK alone.

A mini album is currently being planned and is to feature two new songs, the theme to the Japanese cartoon series 'Gigantor', and 'Bedrock Barney', plus six tracks recorded live at the Agoura, Cleveland.

3RD KEYSTONE, BERKELEY, CA

JULY 'Gigantor' is released as a 7" single with 'Bowling with Bedrock Barney' on the flip side.

Things are not rosy in the Dickies camp. After a conflict over who was to be Dawn's producer (the band did not want Hewlett to produce again), tensions have been building between the band and their manager. They plan to sack Hewlett, but are told by A & M that have to stay with him or the record deal is off. Hewlett is dismissed anyway and the band are dismissed from A & M.

Chuck has started to become uncomfortable in the band, he threatens to leave on numerous occasions but is always persuaded to stay. He is uncomfortable with the fact that a punk band can have a hit single, but a 'serious' artist seemingly can not. His solo single, 'Rock 'n' Roll Won't Go Away' was released last year but went largely unnoticed due to the lack of promotion given to it by A & M.

The possibility of a greatest hits EP is rumoured. Tracks are set to be 'Gigantor', 'You Drive Me Ape', 'Sounds of Silence', and 'Doggie Do'.

The late summer is spent touring with the Weirdos.

SEPTEMBER

New songs are recorded for the band's next album, they include 'Outta Sight Outta Mind', 'Stukas Over Disneyland', 'Ayatollah You So', 'Shy Guy', 'Animal Eater', and 'Dummy Up'.

Neil Diamond is asked, via producer Ron Hitchcock, to write a love song for the band. Surprisingly nothing materialises!

There are plans for the Dickies to feature in their first movie, 'Shit Man - The Movie'. The film, which is basically a road movie starring the band's roadie Kent Smythe, has a trailer which features Leonard and a blow up doll lip-synching to the Knack's 'My Sharona' whilst the rest of the band 'pop up' for the choruses.

The next single is rumoured to be 'Stukas Over Disneyland'.

NOVEMBER The band tours the US but is cut short in Cherry Hill New Jersey when Chuck damages his hand whilst drunk. He smashes it into a mirror in disgust at Stan and Leonard after they entice the crowd to 'kind of riot'. Chuck will be out of action for the next four months, Scott Sindon steps in to finish the tour.

20TH THE ROXY, HOLLYWOOD, CA
21ST WHISKY A GO GO, HOLLYWOOD, CA
27TH THE ROXY, HOLLYWOOD, CA
1981
 

A search is on to find the band another record deal. Possibilities are A & M UK, and IRS in the states. Possible tracks for the new album are: 'Stukas over Disneyland', 'She's a Hunchback', Led Zeppelin's 'Communication Breakdown', 'Rosemary', 'Gigantor', 'Banana Splits' and new songs, 'If Stewart Could Talk', 'Pretty Please Me' (a cover of the Quick song), and 'Jim Bowie'.

Chuck finally quits the band. He hooks up with John Hewlett and ex-sparks members, Dinky Diamond and Trevor White, to work on a project under the guise of 'The Four Squares'. Some 30-plus tracks were recorded for a possible album. Just as the finishing touches are being made Chuck receives a call from the Dickies asking him to help them out with a few local shows. Assured that he will not be required in the studio, he agrees.

MAY 5TH TOPANGA CORRAL, TOPANGA
6TH TOPANGA CORRAL, TOPANGA
JUNE The band play Topanga Canyon during the last week of this month, on the way home Chuck is involved in a minor road accident. He makes his way back to the venue and gets a ride with a roadie who drives him back to his parents house in the San Fernando Valley. He lets himself into the house, goes straight up to his bedroom and shoots himself in the head with a .22 rifle. He survives but is pronounced brain dead. Chuck dies in hospital the following morning.

The band, obviously stunned by the tragedy, put everything on hold whilst they decided what to do next.

NOVEMBER The band re-appears with a new line up. Leonard Graves Phillips - vocals; Stan Lee - guitar; Laurie Buhne - bass / vocals; Steve Hufstetter - guitar / vocals; Jerry Angel - drums. Steve Hufstetter is soon replaced by Scott Sindon.

4TH COUNTRY CLUB, RESEDA, CA
27TH THE WHISKEY A GO-GO, HOLLYWOOD, CA
DECEMBER The band embark on their sold out 'We're Not From England' tour of the US.
1982
  The best part of 1982 sees the band touring incessantly.
FEBRUARY 5TH 9:30 CLUB WASHINGTON D.C.
JUNE 13TH CITY GARDENS TRENTON, NEW JERSEY
21ST CLUTCH CARGO DETROIT MI.
25TH ST. ANDREWS HALL DETROIT, MI
JULY 1ST WASHINGTON D.C. - TWO SETS
2ND NEW JERSEY
1983
JANUARY Recording sessions for new tracks take place at Eldorado Studios, Hollywood for the next album. The recording line up consists of Leonard, Stan, Laurie, Jerry and Steve Hufstetter.
MAY 26TH MUSIC MACHINE, LOS ANGELES, CA
NOVEMBER The winter sees the band out on the road again touring the US and parts of Canada. The new line up includes Glen Laughlin (an old school friend of Leonard's) on guitar / keyboards / vocals; Nickey Beat (formerly of fellow LA punk band the Weirdos) on drums. Billy Club returns to the fold on bass.

12TH JOCKEY CLUB, NEWPORT, KENTUCKY
(FOR MORE INFO ON THE JOCKEY CLUB CLICK HERE).
27TH 9:30 CLUB, WASHINGTON D.C. - TWO SETS
DECEMBER This month see the release of the third Dickies album 'Stukas over Disneyland'. Side one has material recorded at the Wizard studios in 1980 produced by Ron Hitchcock. The line up features Leonard, Stan, Billy, and Chuck (playing drums) alongside second guitarist Scott Sindon. Karlos only features on the track 'Out Of Sight Out Of Mind'. Whilst the flipside features a line up of Leonard, Stan, Laurie Buhne, Jerry Angel, and Steve Hufstetter. The material on side two was recorded at Eldorado studios this year and produced by Ed Stasium (who will go on to work with the Ramones), Liam Sternberg, and Ron Hitchcock. The band had to sell their van in order to finance the mixing of the album.
1984
MARCH Yet another new line up takes to the road again. This time Rex Roberts (formerly of fifties revivalists the Kingbees) replaces Nickey Beat on the drum stool.

17TH THE TUNBARS CLUB, GLENDOVA, CA
APRIL MUSIC MACHINE LOS ANGELES, CA
25TH U.C.L.A. LOS ANGELES, CA
JUNE 1ST POMONA VALLEY AUDITORIUM, POMONA, CA
JULY 16TH MUSIC MACHINE LOS ANGELES, CA.
SEPTEMBER 1ST MUSIC MACHINE LOS ANGELES, CA.
OCTOBER Following a road accident in which he damages his hand, Glen is forced to quit the band. Steve Fryette replaces him. At this time Jerry Angel is once again playing the drums, and Laurie is back on the bass.

'Rosemary' is earmarked as a 12" vinyl release. The band plan to re-record the track and shoot a promotional video to accompany its release.

1985
MAY 31ST MUSIC MACHINE, LOS ANGELES, CA
JUNE 29TH LION COUNTRY SAFARI, IRVINE, CA
AUGUST 2ND OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA
OCTOBER Laurie takes an extended break from the band and Glen (now fully recovered from his car accident) returns to the band to fill the bass slot. Cliff Martinez (formerly of the Weirdos and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers) now occupies the drum stool.

CBGBS, NEW YORK CITY, NY
NOVEMBER SHOWPLACE, DOVER, NJ
DECEMBER THE STARDUST BALLROOM HOLLYWOOD, CA

The Dickies release 'We Aren't The World' through Roir. Initially a cassette only release, it contains the band's original demos recorded in 1977 alongside live recordings made in 1978, 1980, 1982 and 1985.

The album will be subsequently released as a 3-sided double album on Danceteria records, and two CD's through Roir. The first CD utilises the same artwork as the Danceteria release whilst the second features new packaging and more comprehensive liner notes.

1986
JANUARY 17TH PALLADIUM, HOLLYWOOD, CA
FEBRUARY 16TH RESEDA COUNTRY CLUB, RESEDA, CA
MAY 22ND NIGHTMOVES, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
JULY 5TH HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, HOLLYWOOD, CA
25TH FENDERS, LONG BEACH, CA
OCTOBER 31ST U.C.L.A ACKERMAN BALLROOM, LOS ANGELES, CA
DECEMBER 15TH WELLINGTONS WINNIPEG, CANADA (this show is recorded and will subsequently be released as a bootleg CD through Holy Records).
1987
MARCH 15TH FENDERS, LONG BEACH, CA
20TH SCREAM, LOS ANGELES, CA
MAY 2ND C.S.U.N., NORTHRIDGE, CA
JUNE 5TH SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN DIEGO, CA
AUGUST 1ST PERKINS PALACE, PASADENA, CA
SEPTEMBER 26TH C.S.U.N. NORTHRIDGE, CA
OCTOBER 30TH MAXWELLS, HOBOKEN, NJ
NOVEMBER 8TH CBGBS, NEW YORK, NYC
1988
JUNE 11TH BOGART'S, LONG BEACH, CA
JULY 23RD THE SCREAM, HOLLYWOOD, CA

The Dickies release the 'Killer Klowns' EP on Enigma records. The release ties in with the new movie 'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' for which the band has supplied the title track.

Also contained on the EP is the track 'Eep Opp Ork Uhuh' culled from the Hanna Barbera cartoon series, the Jetsons.

The promotional video for the album's title track is the band's most entertaining to date.

The line up has changed yet again, and now features Leonard, Stan, Laurie, Cliff and new guitarist Enoch Hain. Jerry Angel is also credited on the album.

This year also sees the A & M retrospective release 'Great Dictations'. Essentially a greatest hits album, it features tracks off both A & M albums as well as singles and b-sides.

AUGUST 19th THE RITZ, NEW YORK, NY
SEPTEMBER 15TH C.S.U.N, NORTHRIDGE, CA
29TH BOGART'S, LONG BEACH, CA
1989
JANUARY 13TH COUNTRY CLUB, RESEDA
FEBRUARY 17TH MUSIC MACHINE, LOS ANGELES, CA

The Dickies release their first full-length album for six years. 'Second Coming' stays in the same vein as 'Killer Klowns' and features a reworking of 'Magoomba' complete with Leonard's mom on vocals!

The record is quite a departure in style for the band.
MARCH 1ST CLUB POST NUCLEAR LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA.
APRIL 1ST FENDER'S, LONG BEACH, CA
MAY 7TH JOHN ANSON FORD THEATRE, CA (with the Henry Rollins band)
JULY 8TH CLUB LINGERIE HOLLYWOOD, CA.
AUGUST 11TH BOGART'S, LONG BEACH, CA
SEPTEMBER 10TH COCONUT TEASZER, HOLLYWOOD, CA
DECEMBER 22ND BOGART'S, LONG BEACH, CA
23RD CLUB LINGERIE, HOLLYWOOD, CA