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Dead Milkmen 6/8/13 + Video

Dead Milkmen 6/8/13 Louis Kwok
Written by Nick Cowan
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  • Date Recorded: June 8, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Dead Milkmen
  • Hosting Show: The Space Parlour
  • Sound: Andy Coco
  • Video: Stephen Spencer & Ed Kleinberg

If you listened to college radio in the '80s you had probably already heard the Dead Milkmen before the video for "Punk Rock Girl" hit MTV in 1988.

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By the time the album "Beelzebubba" was released, fans were already deep into heavy, spiritual songs like "Bitchin' Camaro" and "The Thing that Only Eats Hippies."

Well before then, there was a run of records and self-released tapes, and the band was part of the hardcore scene in its native Philadelphia. Its style stood out. The Dead Milkmen were uncommon at the time and a more than just a bit exciting.

Today they still have a sarcastic sense of humor matched with off-kilter melodies and bouncy rhythm.  To hear them play next to bands with zero jangly guitars -- like Def Leppard, also in rotation at the time -- made them stand out even more.

They continued to release albums and tour, but eventually decided to break up 1995. They went separate ways, performed in new bands like Touch Me Zoo, Burn Witch Burn and the Low Budgets. And one member went back to school.

In the next decade, the Dead Milkmen only played a pair of benefit shows before officially reuniting in 2008. Since that reunion they've put out a couple of records, toured and issued a series of limited edition 7-inch singles that are available at their website. They have a catalog of great music that you get a taste of in this set with a couple of familiar favorites and a couple of new songs.

All photos by Louis Kwok.

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