Steve Dirkx

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Everyone Sing: "Dallas, You Are So Very Chic!"

    ​As promised (um ... Wednesday, my bad), Steve Dirkx sent along a copy of the that long-forgotten '83 classic anthem "Dallas," written by Mimi Guten and Toni Mazzola and performed by the great (far as you know) Mark Franklin.But far be it from me to deprive you of the keepsake, so here 'tis for do ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Take That, "One More Thing" Dallas Promo

    Good bless Mr. Rid for reminding us this morning that back in '84, Steve Dirkx (Telefone, Teenage Queer) directed this video that should have served as Dallas's promotional reel. This morning, Steve provides the back story: Two women -- Mimi Guten and Toni Mazzola -- wrote and recorded a song called ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008

    My Punk Rock Dreams Are Shattered: Johnny Rotten Pitches Butter Now.

    I can't believe it's not punk rock? Steve Dirkx, one-time member of Dallas’ legendary new wave/punk combo The Telefones, sent me an email this morning containing some sad news about one of my heroes. Seems John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, of punk godfathers the Sex Pistols, is in a commercial, pi ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    Dirkx Brothers Staying Busy; Steve Releases New (Old) Effort

    It wasn't that long ago that I was singing the praises of Gerard Dirkx, the former frontman of Dallas' legendary new wave combo The Telefones, as he began performing solo for the first time. Gerard put his current band, Fat Palace, on hold and put on some low-key gigs that impressed all who attended ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 21, 2007

    A New-Wave Flashback, Courtesy the Ghost of PM Magazine

    There are approximately 32 things about this clip from PM Magazine that are hysterical, not the least of which is the use of Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" during the segment on Dallas' new-wave movement. (Thanks to our pal Steve Dirkx for the posting; he keeps us hanging on the Telef ... More >>

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    December 8, 2006

    Instant Nostalgia (Or: How Old is John McCaa, Anyway?)

    This morning, we stumbled across some vintage video recently posted to YouTube featuring Dallas newscasts from the early and mid-1980s. So, yeah, there's Iola Johnson, John Criswell, a boyishly rugged Dale Hansen and John "Dorian Gray" McCaa (seriously, wow) on WFAA-Channel 8...

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    November 28, 2006

    Jesus Lizard Goes Yow!

    Yesterday, very good Friend of Unfair Park Michael Corcoran stopped by the office, and the talk quickly turned to "the blog." (Yeah, it was as exciting as it sounds.) Anyway, we got around to discussing how much folks dug the Nirvana anniversary-brawl video and the 28-year-old footage of the Sex Pis ... More >>

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    November 24, 2006

    Dallas Punks on Parade in 1978

    The first sentence of the first chapter of Noel Monk's 12 Days on the Road: "Sid Vicious' face is smeared with blood. Not all of it is his. The Sex Pistols have hit Texas, and Texas has hit back." No doubt you've heard about it--the night the Sex Pistols played Dallas in 1978. Maybe you read about ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 10, 2006

    U2 Can Love The First Unitarian Church Choir

    An old Friend of Unfair Park's, Steve Dirkx, sure does love him some YouTube (though not as much as Google, heh). Over the past few days, the former Teenage Queer and Telefone (for the young and uninitiated, those are local punk bands of days long since past) has posted quite a few items of local in ... More >>

  • Music

    May 4, 2000

    Who'll buy my memories?

    Anyone, as long as you sell them on eBay

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    April 13, 2000

    Scene, heard

    Now Josh is six; To think that I heard it on Mulberry Street; Baboon: live from the monkey house

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    October 28, 1999

    Meet the Beatles' lawyers

    And kill the pigs too

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    July 1, 1999

    The Telefones

    Vibration Change (VVV Records)

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    June 17, 1999

    The preacher and the Prophet

    Why can't we all just get along? The history, or not, of Russell and Jeff's Deep Ellum

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    January 7, 1999

    Requiem for a sax player

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

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    October 8, 1998

    We can work it out

    Baboon jumps out of the frying pan and into the fire in pursuit of major-label green

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    June 22, 1995

    Two-drink minimum

    The Enablers take Nino Rota and Dick Dale out for cocktails