Despite being loved in Belgium and in Italy, Seattle group Citizen Dick have never gotten an official commercial release. The group, fronted by Cliff Poncier and ably backed by Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and drummer Eddie Vedder, will see the release of their single, “Touch Me I’m Dick,” as a 7-inch vinyl as part of Record Store Day on April 18th.
While the group played a prominent role in the 1992 Cameron Crowe film Singles, they were inexplicably left off the double-platinum selling soundtrack, which featured “well-designed bottles of bleach” bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Mother Love Bone, and Mudhoney (who’s song “Touch Me I’m Sick” inspired the Citizen Dick song), and stands as a landmark moment in the history of grunge (more so than the film itself).
The b-side of the record features a quote from Poncier, explaining the meaning of the song: “I think a lot of people might think it’s actually about, you know, ‘My name is Dick, and, you know, you can touch me,’ but, I think, you know, it can be seen either way.”
You’ll be able to finally touch Citizen Dick’s 7 inches of glory with the release on April 18thvia Legacy Recordings. Check out an image of the record, and listen to the single below. Also a few key Citzen Dick scenes from Singles.