Friday, July 25, 2008

Dead Milkmen

Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by rotten milk - because a dead milkman has got to smell similar.

The Dead Milkmen are a Philidelphia based, cynically silly punk band that began in 1983. Their songs were never serious and they always used the same three chords. Members of the band include: Joe Genero (aka Joe Jack Talcum) on vocals and guitar, Dave Schulthise (aka Dave Blood) on bass, Dean Sabatino (aka Dean Clean) on drums , and Rodney Linderman (aka Rodney Anonymous) on vocals and synthisizers.

Do punk bands ever use their own names? Is that written in the "Punk Band Rule Book"? Thou shalt not use thy own name when playing three chords in a punk band.

The Milkmen received their big break by distributing cheap cassette tapes recorded in Joey Talcum's bedroom. Image it now... four comedic teenagers in a bedroom (complete with Olivia Newton-John pinups), banging their heads next to a cassette recorder while momma yells from below "Joey! TURN THAT CRAP DOWN!" If you listen closely, you might hear a toilet flush or the sizzling of a Philly cheesesteak.

The songs of the Dead Milkmen are loud, goofy and good clean fun (just remember that "clean" is relative and this is punk not religious rock).

Bank your head 'til it blisters... Punk Rock Girl - Bitchin' Camaro - Big Lizard in My Backyard - The Thing That Only Eats Hippies - If You Love Someone Set Them On Fire - I Walk The Thinnest Line - Smokin' Banana Peels

1 comment:

The McMillans said...

I bet one could also hear the hear the flicking of the bic in the background. I can't listen to 3 chord bands, but I loved this flashback. Great cynicism from the writer as well. :)