The Dictators are an American punk rock band from New York City. In 1975, they released their first album, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy, making them the first NYC punk band to release an album on a major label. They are considered, to this day, very influential in the genre's development. The Dictators are represented in the "Punk Wing" of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Steven van Zandt called them,"The connective tissue between the eras of the MC5, Stooges, NY Dolls, and the punk explosion of the mid to late 70's."