Dead Milkmen

From Philadelphia, PA 80s punk band The Dead Milkmen.

It may not be deathless, but 1984's Big Lizard in My Backyard is that rarest of beasts a collection of rock & roll silliness that outlives one playing. That mid-'80s favorite "Bitchin' Camaro" already demonstrated that ability plenty of times over. Portraying two guys yammering about Doors cover bands and "going down to the shore" before finally getting to the main point — the way-cool car of the title — it somehow finds the lost gap between pseudo-jazz grooves and punky snottiness. As left field a fluke hit single as it gets, its mix of bad taste, rock-star mockery and stoner humor still works well. As a whole, the album shows that the Milkmen know their rock & roll history, whether tackling serious issues with sarcasm or just aiming for straight-up silliness - amg

The Dead Milkmen - Big Lizard In My Backyard

A step up from the good but not great Eat Your Paisley (2nd album), Bucky Fellini begins with a parody of the bandmember introductions from Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" and raises another fun and funny stink. The most entertaining and ridiculous thing the band ever did takes deserved center stage — "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)." Consisting of drum machine fills, intentionally basic basslines and Rodney Anonymous' instantly recognizable sneer, it's a hilarious, all-too-knowing rip on '80s new wave / dance culture. With lines like "Oh, baby, look at you, don't you look like Siouxsie Sioux" and "'I met Andy Warhol at a really chic party/Blow it out your hair, dude, cuz you work at Hardee's!" it's hilarity personified (and bizarrely enough won them an appearance on an MTV dance show, where they encouraged a bout of stage diving). Nothing equals that song's sublime satire, but the Milkmen still stir things up with a touch more fire and sass than before. - amg

The Dead Milkmen - Bucky Fellini

Singer guitarist Joe Jack Talcum now plays with The Low Budgets, check them out if you're ever in the city or if they play in your town.


Anonymous said...

Begging for a re-up of "golden rogues?" Just about cried when I saw it was down. Thanks for all the great work either way.

Abe Something said...

Thanks for the milkmen. Come by my place. Just getting started but I've got plenty to go around.


Anonymous said...

Ever notice how The Black Lips sound like a modern version of the Milkmen?

Jon. said...

^ yea i know what you mean, at times they do sound similar