Dicks Should Be in Austin Music Hall of Fame

RECEIVED Wed., March 19, 2008

To the Austin Music Poll voters,
    I attended the Austin Music Awards show and had a wonderful time. If not for the glaring omission of the Dicks from the Austin Music Poll Hall of Fame [Music, March 14], the show would have been perfect.
    The Dicks were cited as primary influences by everyone from Henry Rollins to David Yow to Kurt Cobain and can still bring down houses in Texas and California to this day. Original prints of their first record, the Dicks Hate the Police 7-inch, a song, which was covered by proto-grungers Mudhoney, regularly sells for hundreds of dollars on eBay, yet Austin has still failed to acknowledge the punk rock royalty that sprouted in their own back yard 28 years ago. Year after year, we see dozens of people inducted into the HoF who are virtually unknown outside of Austin, folks who made their career marks long after the Dicks helped usher in the hardcore and “alternative” movements that dominated Austin’s underground and nascent live-music club scenes in the 1980s. All the inductees are worthy of the honor in their own right, but let’s not make the Dicks wait as long as Pinetop Perkins did to get his props! This honor is long overdue; the Dicks belong in the Austin Music Hall of Fame.
Pat Doyle
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