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Jerry Godzilla

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    The Ten Texas Bands That Most Deserve To Be Famous

    For Every ZZ Top and Steve Miller our state produces, there are thousands of bands that either wallow in obscurity or just get by with endless, backbreaking tours and the hope of having enough cash to finance some studio time. Here are some acts that should have hit the big time in their day and a ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    The Top Ten DFW Punk Albums

    See also: The top 10 North Texas blues albums See also: The top 100 Texas songs The Telefones, Vibration Change Released in 1980, this album is more punk in spirit than execution. Songs like "Rocket Rocket" and "The Ballad of Jerry Godzilla" fuse punk rock's oomph with a new wave sensibility. Th ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #100-80

    "Between the Hank Williams pain songs And Jerry Jeff's train songs And blue eyes cryin' in the rain Out in Luckenbach, Texas Ain't nobody feeling no pain" - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, "Luckenbach, Texas" With that introduction, welcome to the first in a five-part series, in which we attempt ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Gerard Dirkx Says Possible Telefones Reunion in the Works

    Since The Nervebreakers reformed and played a gig this past April, it seems fitting that Dallas' other great new wave/punk band of the late '70s/early '80s, The Telefones, do the same.Via email, one-time Telefones frontman Gerard Dirkx says he has been asked by the fine folks at the Lakewood Theater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: The Twisted Fate of a Lifetime Crate Digger

    Many of them were tucked away in suburban strip malls, their storefronts always the black sheep of the retail family. They were usually owned by a single lifelong music fan, someone who relished the opportunity to dog-paddle in the eye of the pop culture hurricane. Sometimes they smelled like incens ... More >>

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    December 19, 2007
  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Gerard Dirkx

    Thursday, December 13, at Opening Bell

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    Gerard Dirkx on Going Solo, The Telefones and Opening for the Toadies

    Gerard Dirkx was a founding member of The Telefones, Dallas first and best new wave band. Formed in 1979, Jerry Dirkx played lead guitar and sang, Chris Dirkx played drums, Steve Dirkx played bass and Will Clay played saxophone and synthesizer. The band's first single, “The Ballad of Jerry Godzill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    The Ballad of Jerry Dirkx

    If I may direct your attention to our musically inclined sibling DC9 at Night, Darryl Smyers has a terrific interview with one of my earliest rock and roll idols: Jerry Dirkx, founding member of such local bands as Teenage Queers and the legendary Telefones, whose 1980 VVV release Vibration Change r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007

    Pictures of You (Or Someone You Like?)

    A beautiful duet: multi-Dallas Observer Music Award winner Sarah Jaffe and photographer Hal Samples A few more notes from last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards ... Throughout the day Hal Samples will be uploading to his store all the photos he snapped at last night's shindig. The proceeds from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006

    Who Stole the Soul?

    Peter Calvin One of our fave MP3 blogs kinda, sorta suggests today that an old Bobby Patterson song sounds familiar--if you're a fan of Ethopian soul music of the 1970s. Here's a local music grab bag for your consideration. Today, one of the best MP3 blogs out there, Said the Gramophone, plays comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    From Funk to Punk, With a Side of Meat Loaf

    Something's fishy: The Nervebreakers made Rolling Stone after opening for the Sex Pistols at the Longhorn Ballroom in '78. So sorry, but it can't be helped; today's serving of homegrown hits and misses contains a side of Mama's favorite hamburger helper with plenty of extra cheese. But why deny the ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Calling Back

    Twenty-five years later, former Telefone Gerard Dirkx replaces skinny ties with sweaty soul

  • Music

    January 7, 1999

    Requiem for a sax player

    Will Clay died an unsung minor hero of Dallas rock and roll

  • Music

    June 22, 1995

    Two-drink minimum

    The Enablers take Nino Rota and Dick Dale out for cocktails

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