|Go Girl Crazy!|
Cover photo by David Gahr
|Studio album by|
|Studio||CBS Studios, New York City|
|Genre||Protopunk, punk rock|
Au Go Go (1989 Australian release)
|Producer||Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman|
|The Dictators chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||9/10|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Go Girl Crazy! has been well-received critically and is considered a precursor to punk rock. In its retrospective review, AllMusic notes that while the album was confusing to audiences at the time of its release, it became inspirational for dozens of groups to follow.Trouser Press enthused that the band deserves "scads of credit" for "blazing a long trail, melding the essentials of junk culture... with loud/hard/fast rock'n'roll and thus creating an archetype". According to a 2001 article in The Village Voice, the album's "blueprint for bad taste, humor, and defiance" has been replicated in the work of such bands as the Ramones and Beastie Boys.
Trouser Press lauded the album as a "wickedly funny, brilliantly played and hopelessly naïve masterpiece of self-indulgent smartass rock'n'roll".Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Go Girl Crazys junk-generation culture and smart-aleck sensibility did provide an essential blueprint for '70s punk. With its TV references and homely vocals, this ground-breaking and long-unavailable album continues to inspire underground groups everywhere." Canadian journalist Martin Popoff enjoyed the album and considered the Dictators "more obviously comedians than musicians", "with a sense of self-deprecating humor poking sticks at the seriousness of heavy metal".
In addition to musicians, the album was also one of two factors influencing the creation of Punk magazine by John Holmstrom and music journalist Legs McNeil. In Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, McNeil said that the album so resonated with him and his friends that they started the magazine strictly so they could "hang out with the Dictators".
All tracks are written by Andy Shernoff, except where noted.
|1.||"The Next Big Thing"||4:20|
|2.||"I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher cover)||Sonny Bono||4:08|
|3.||"Back to Africa"||3:35|
|4.||"Master Race Rock"||4:13|
|6.||"California Sun" (Joe Jones cover)||Henry Glover, Morris Levy||3:04|
|7.||"Two Tub Man"||4:08|
|9.||"(I Live For) Cars and Girls"||3:56|