Where Are the Dicks?

RECEIVED Tue., March 18, 2008

Dear Chronicle,
    The absence of the Dicks in your Hall of Fame [Music, March 14] is like the Stooges being omitted from The Fictional Ann Arbor Weekly's "Top 10 Bands to Come Out of Southern Michigan." Would it have helped if Gary Floyd, Buxf Parrot, and Pat Deason had run some kind of Karl Rovian campaign and reminded Grandma to vote? Out shilling for votes wouldn't be very Dick-like, and face it, we all know that's how these contests are won. (The Skunks in the Hall of Fame?! Gee, I wonder if they have any Chronicle connections.) How a band who penned the punk rock anthems "Dicks Hate the Police," "Wheelchair Epidemic," and "Dead in a Motel Room" – songs that went on to inspire the likes of the Flaming Lips, Scratch Acid, and even Nirvana, for chrissakes – a band that can still pack a club with throngs of people young enough to be their grandchildren and know every word to every song, a band whose anger, attitude, and message is more relevant today that it was 25 years ago yet still fails to be included in a Texas rock & roll Hall of Fame is a fucking mystery.
Laurie Greenwell
   [Editor's response: Gosh, as much as we all love conspiracy theories and cheap shots at the Chronicle, all categories in the Readers Poll are decided by the readers and not staff. The Hall of Fame category is the only one where we offer nominations; however, winners do not have to be among those nominated.]
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