‘Nights in White Satin’ was a single from the Dickies 1979 album, Dawn of the Dickies. It was a cover of the Moody Blues song of the same name.
The Dickies initially courted controversy with a picture of them dressed up in satin Klu-klux Klan robes — an idea that may have come from the play-on word title ‘Knights in White Satin’ that Giorgio Moroder had come up with for his own version of the song — but the picture was pulled in favour of a more sanguine photo of them dressed up in white tuxedos.
Although Stan Lee’s vocal-style was influenced by Joey Ramone, the Dickies had a greater level of key-changes and melodies, as well as a ska /Madness influenced saxaphone, giving their music a highly likeable sound.
This is the original, running at half the speed:
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