That fact that the kiddie-punk veterans the Dickies ended up on Fat Wreck-Chords, the label that got rich on their idea, is most fitting. After all label boss and NOFX mouthpiece Fat Mike's other band Me First and the Gimme-Gimme's are almost a Dickies tribute band. The Dickies' 2001 Fat album, All This and Puppet Stew justifies their album-a-decade policy by eschewing the Fat Wreck-Chords standard strategy of putting out the exact same album once a year and then going out on the Warped Tour. Instead, this album sticks to the rules laid out by their last album, Idjit Savant, of being a clearing house of L.A. pop history, somewhere between the fey-pop of bands like the Quick and the pummeling punk of bands like the Weirdos (each of whom shared a member and a song with the Dickies).
One stand-out is, "My Pop the Cop" which could be an old Allan Sherman novelty number but isn't. For a fevered 2:20 song, it's packed to bursting with sound effects, hummable guitar licks and catchy hooks. Flip the record over and you get the other side of the band, the power-pop wusses that kept "Pretty Please Me" alive, with the, kinda lovely actually, "Marry Me, Anne".
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