Drummer helmed the kit
for one of proto-punk’s most influential recordings. Watch live video, below.
By Fred Mills
“Sad news to report on
the passing of the former Dictators drummer. Rest in peace, brother. More to
That posting was made yesterday to the official Dictators
website regarding Richie Teeter, who passed away at the age of 61. No cause of
death has been announced.
Teeter joined the legendary NYC proto-punk combo in 1976 in
time to cut the group’s second, classic album, 1977’s Manifest Destiny – the one featuring such timeless Dics’ tunes as “Science
Gone Too Far” and “Young, Fast, Scientific” plus a terrific cover of the
Stooges “Search & Destroy.” Later would come 1978’s Bloodbrothers.
And as everyone knows, the Dics effectively bridged the
Stooges/MC5 early ‘70s era and the subsequent Ground Zero years for NYC punk
(Ramones, Blondie, Television, etc.). Teeter’s part of the history books for
those exploits and more, and he later was a member of Twisted Sister. While he
subsequently dropped off the radar, he will still be missed. (Thanks to BLURT
contributor and fellow Dictators acolyte Barry St. Vitus for alerting us to
Let’s remember the Dictators via this scorching live clip of
“S&D” from the late ‘70s.