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No other punk band in the world can claim having a hit from a theme song for a prime time children’s TV show. In 1979 punks were introduced to the Dickies by way of the “Tra La La Song” from The Banana Splits Adventure Hour Saturday morning live action television program. The song became a Top 10 hit in the UK (of all places), which nationally launched the band and their campy pop/punk songs.
The first L.A. punk band to get signed to a major label, the Dickies established an early trademark with their cheeky singles “You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)” and cover songs like the Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin” and Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” which were revved up to comical speeds.
Joining the band in 2003, Greg Hanna is the Dickies’ fifth bassist. His effervescent style is straight-ahead punk, but melodic enough to adapt to the lunacy of the Dickies.