They were the big bang of punk, releasing their first album, the ragged, outrageous, hilarious The Dictators Go Girl Crazy, a year before the Ramones. On the cover was Handsome Dick Manitoba, the most outrageous of all. A Bronx-born wrestling fanatic, Manitoba started as the band’s “Secret Weapon,” but quickly graduated to singer. They played CBGBs in the day (and reunited to close the joint), and in a pop culture miracle, got to make three major-label records. But it would be decades before they’d get the acclaim they deserved. Handsome Dick went on to found the punk bar Manitoba’s, to serve as singer for Wild Kingdom and a reconstituted MC5, to co-author The Punk Rock Book of Lists, become a top-rated DJ on Sirius and compete in the reality series Bar Wars. And with the Dictators more popular than ever, he and guitarist extraordinaire Ross the Boss are back touring the world. His red-sequined jacket is in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame and, one day, if there’s any justice, he will be, too. For now, for the first time in 10 years, he’s back in the Bay Area and coming to the Tip for an onstage interview with an old friend.
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Vaccination: our state’s best shot
As reported in AdAge and Adweek, DC was awarded the state’s $40 million campaign to bolster public confidence in Covid-19 vaccinations. And work is already underway on this critical effort.
The spots are animated. The struggle is real. True tales of former smokers on the perilous path to quitting.
InnovAsian: The Next Generation
DC is back with seconds of our award-winning, supply-chain-busting InnovAsian Occasion campaign now running on stations across the nation.
Not only did viewers rank the TV spots above those of market leaders Corona and Dos Equis, they gave them the third highest score for any alcohol-related ad that year. Which might be one good reason for a frothy 37% sales increase.
Beautyscape in the Bahamas
Created by DCLA for e.l.f., the fifth installment of the award-winning influencer program is now underway in the Bahamas. And garnering more heat than ever.
SweeTARTS' Be Both is back
After the sweet success of last year’s 'Be Both' launch, SweeTARTS is doubling down on the campaign to Gen Z with brand new work in market now — and more to come in 2021.
CBS x Alfred Coffee · Emmy Awards
DCLA partnered CBS Studios with Alfred Coffee to reach Emmy voters and garner support for Star Trek: Picard. The timely work tapped into the diversity and inclusion central to Gene Roddenberry’s original vision.
Loyalty or discount program advertising often dwells in the downscale world of the coupon clipper — a turnoff to savvier online shoppers. Our strategy was to present Rakuten as every bit as premium as the brands it offered rebates on.
Even the mild-mannered have something inside that drives them wild. And thanks to StubHub that wild thing is busting out all over.
Gap · Dress Normal
Gap asked us to build consideration and generate trial for their newly launched “Dress Normal” brand platform. Thirty influential Instagram photogs helped us do just that.
This way to health insurance
Today marks the launch of our first campaign for Covered California as part of a five-year, $400-million effort to help all Californians get the health insurance they need.
The “Stirring the Pot” work celebrates Kettle Brand's counterculture legacy and all those that zig when others zag.