Andy Shernoff Lives For: “GoodFellas”

Andy Shernoff was always the main creative force behind one of New York’s best bands ever, the Dictators. He wrote the material and sang the leads. In the royal line of succession for NYC bands in the ’70s, they came along right after the birth of the New York Dolls. Every bit as raw, noisy and in-your-face as the Dolls, there was one thing the Dictators didn’t share with David Johansen and Co.: their sense of fashion. Rather than climb on the glam bandwagon, the Dictators dressed in leather jackets, jeans and T-shirts and paved the way for the punk revolution of 1977. Shernoff is doing the solo thing these days, with a new single called “Are You Ready To Rapture?” He’ll also be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Shernoff: GoodFellas should be honored as “the greatest movie of all time” solely for bringing the phrase “shinebox” into the common vernacular. Every scene is killer from the unedited, choreographed episode where Ray Liotta brings Lorraine Bracco through the back entrance of the Copacabana to the frenzied, paranoid coke deal set to Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into The Fire” to Joe Pesci’s demented psych-out, “Funny how? … Like I’m a clown? I amuse you?”

Video after the jump.