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Dirty Rotten LP

Album: ''Dirty Rotten LP'' (1983)
1. I Don't Need Society
2. Commuter Man
3. Plastique
4. Why
5. Balance of Terror
6. My Fate to Hate
7. Who Am I
8. Money Stinks
9. Human Waste
10. Yes Ma'am
11. Dennis' Problem
12. Closet Punk
13. Reaganomics
14. Sad to Be
15. War Crimes
16. Busted
17. Draft Me
18. F.R.D.C.
19. Capitalists Suck
20. Misery Loves Company
21. No Sense
22. Blockhead

Album: ''Demo'' (1983 Demo)
1. Sad to Be
2. Madman
3. Running Around
4. Couch Slouch
5. To Open Closed Doors

Violent Pacification

Album: ''Violent Pacification'' (1984 EP)
1. Violent Pacification
2. Running Around
3. Couch Slouch
4. To Open Closed Doors

Dealing with It!

Album: ''Dealing with It!'' (1985)
1. Snap
2. I'd Rather Be Sleeping
3. Marriage
4. Yes Ma'am
5. Soup Kitchen
6. Mad Man
7. Stupid, Stupid War
8. Counter Attack
9. Couch Slouch
10. God Is Broke
11. Karma
12. Nursing Home Blues
13. I Don't Need Society
14. Give My Taxes Back
15. The Explorer
16. Reagonomics
17. How To Act
18. Shame
19. Argument Then War
20. Evil Minds
21. Slit My Wrist
22. Busted Again
23. Equal People
24. On My Way Home
25. Bail Out


Album: ''Crossover'' (1987)
1. The Five Year Plan
2. Tear It Down
3. A Coffin
4. Probation
5. I.D.K.Y.
6. Decisions
7. Fade Out
8. Hooked
9. Go Die!
10. Redline
11. No Religion
12. Fun And Games
13. Oblivion

4 Of A Kind

Album: ''4 Of A Kind'' (1988)
1. All for Nothing
2. Manifest Destiny
3. Gone Too Long
4. Do the Dream
5. Shut-Up!
6. Modern World
7. Think for Yourself
8. Slumlord
9. Dead in a Ditch
10. Suit and Tie Guy
11. Man Unkind

Manifest Destiny

Album: ''Manifest Destiny'' (1988 Single)
1. Manifest Destiny

Album: ''You Think For Yourself'' (1988 Single)
1. You Think For Yourself

Live At The Ritz

Album: ''Live At The Ritz'' (1988 Video/VHS)
1. Five Year Plan
2. Redline
3. The Explorer
4. Karma
5. Soup Kitchen
6. Mad Man
7. Couch Slouch
8. Fun `N Games
9. Yes Ma`am
10. Reaganomics
11. Commuter Man
12. Tear It Down
13. No Religion
14. Probation
15. Oblivion
16. Go Die!
17. Argument Then War
18. Nursing Home Blues

Thrash Zone

Album: ''Thrash Zone'' (1989)
1. Thrashard
2. Beneath the Wheel
3. Enemy Within
4. Strategy
5. Gun Control
6. Kill the Words
7. Drown You Out
8. The Trade
9. Standing in Line
10. Give a Hoot
11. Worker Bee
12. Abduction


Album: ''Definition'' (1992)
1. Acid Rain
2. Tone Deaf
3. Guilt Trip
4. Hardball
5. The Application
6. Paying to Play
7. Say It
8. Dry Heaves
9. Don't Ask
10. Time Out
11. Let It Go
12. You
13. The Target


Album: ''Live'' (1994 Live album)
1. Intro
2. Thrashard
3. Acid Rain
4. Mad Man
5. Couch Slouch
6. Argument Then War
7. The Application
8. I Don't Need Society
9. Hardball
10. Violent Pacification
11. Beneath The Wheel
12. The Explorer
13. Commuter Man
14. You Say I'm Scum
15. The Five Year Plan
16. Suit And Tie Guy
17. Nursing Home Blues

Full Speed Ahead

Album: ''Full Speed Ahead'' (1995)
1. Problem Addict
2. I'm the Liar
3. Under the Overpass
4. They Don't Care
5. Drawn and Quartered
6. No End
7. Wages of Sin
8. Syringes in the Sandbox
9. Who Am I?
10. Girl with a Gun
11. Dead Meat
12. Down to the Wire
13. Level 7
14. Broke
15. Sucker
16. Underneath the Surface

Greatest Hits

Album: ''Greatest Hits'' (2001 Best of/Compilation)
1. Who Am I
2. Commuter Man
3. Yes Ma'am
4. Sad To Be
5. The Explorer
6. Violent Pacification
7. Argument Then War
8. Mad Man
9. Couch Slouch
10. Nursing Home Blues
11. I Don't Need Society
12. A Coffin
13. Redline
14. Hooked
15. Probation
16. Five Year Plan
17. No Religon

The Dirty Rotten Power EP

Album: ''The Dirty Rotten Power EP'' (2001 EP)
1. Who Am I
2. Broke
3. Problem Addict

The Dirty Rotten CD

Album: ''The Dirty Rotten CD'' (2002 Best of/Compilation)
1. I Don’t Need Society
2. Commuter Man
3. Plastique
4. Why
5. Balance Of Terror
6. My Fate To Hate
7. Who Am I
8. Money Stinks
9. Human Waste
10. Yes Ma'am
11. Dennis' Problem
12. Closet Punk
13. Reaganomics
14. Sad To Be
15. War Crimes
16. Busted
17. Draft Me
18. F.R.D.C.
19. Capitalists Suck
20. Misery Loves Company
21. No Sense
22. Blockhead
23. Rather Be Sleeping
24. No People
25. Snap
26. Explorer
27. Running Around
28. Couch Slouch
29. To Open Closed Doors
30. Violent Pacification
31. Radio Interview #1 part 1
32. We Are US (Demo)
33. I Don’t Need Society (Demo)
34. Radio Interview #1 part 2
35. Blockhead (Demo)
36. Radio Interview #1 part 3
37. Radio Interview #2 part 1
38. Commuter Man (Demo)
39. Radio Interview #2 part 2
40. Yes Ma'am (live)
41. Nursing Home Blues (live)
42. Money Stinks (live)
43. Louie Louie (live) (Richard Berry cover)
44. Radio Interview #2 part 3

Live at CBGB

Album: ''Live at CBGB's 1984'' (2005 Live album)
1. I Don't Need Society
2. Reaganomics
3. Commuter Man
4. Plastique
5. Why
6. Balance of Terror
7. My Fate to Hate
8. Who Am I
9. Money Stinks
10. Human Waste
11. Yes Ma'am
12. Dennis' Problem
13. Closet Punk
14. How to Act
15. Give My Taxes Back
16. Equal People
17. On My Way Home
18. Bail Out
19. Snap
20. The Explorer
21. Slit My Wrists
22. Stupid War
23. Counter Attack
24. I'd Rather Be Sleeping
25. Running Around
26. Coach Slouch
27. To Open Closed Doors
28. God Is Broke
29. Soup Kitchen
30. Sad to Be
31. War Crimes
32. Busted
33. Draft Me
34. First Round Draft Choice
35. Capitalists Suck
36. Mad Man
37. Misery Loves Company
38. No Sense
39. Blockhead
40. Violent Pacification



D.R.I. (aka Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) were one of the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal, along with Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity. Starting off as a speedy, straight-ahead punk band, they gradually mixed more elements of heavy metal into their sound; as they did so, their songs got longer and featured more sections and more variety in tempo. D.R.I. managed the then-rare feat of crossing over to metal audiences while retaining their skatepunk and hardcore fan bases — they had something for all those audiences to love (or hate). Vocalist Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy were the two constants throughout the band's frequent lineup shifts, and kept them going for well over a decade.

D.R.I. were formed in Houston, TX, in May 1982, evolving out of a defunct hardcore band called the Suburbanites. Singer Kurt Brecht, drummer Eric Brecht (his brother), and bassist Dennis Johnson had all played in that outfit, and with new guitarist Spike Cassidy in tow, they renamed themselves Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, after a frequent insult from the Brechts' father (who objected vehemently to their rehearsals). The band was soon performing live around Houston, and before the end of the year, they issued a 22-song debut, Dirty Rotten EP, on their own Rotten label. Pressed in limited quantities, it was reissued as a 12" LP in 1983, appropriately retitled Dirty Rotten LP. The wider exposure for this version helped make the group's name in the punk underground, and after a supporting tour that year, they relocated to San Francisco.

The going was rough at first, and bassist Johnson quit to return home to Houston. He was replaced by Sebastian Amok for a tour with the Dead Kennedys, after which Amok was in turn replaced by Josh Pappé for the 1984 EP Violent Pacification. Eric Brecht also left the band later that year to get married; he would soon join Hirax. In the meantime, D.R.I. replaced him with Felix Griffin. During the recording of the band's second album, 1985's Dealing With It, Pappé took a leave of absence to deal with a drug problem. Mikey Offender, of the Offenders, filled in for him during the remainder of the sessions, and the album was released on the Death label. With Hirax's help, D.R.I. scored a deal with Metal Blade, and a substantial buzz built around the group, especially when Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo praised them in an interview.

D.R.I.'s Metal Blade debut arrived in 1987 in the form of the boundary-blurring Crossover, whose title made their punk-metal fusion ambitions crystal clear. Their songs were growing from short bursts of speed into full-fledged, multisectioned compositions, and their unification of the two genres was the most seamless of their career. On the 1988 follow-up, 4 of a Kind, the metal influences began to predominate, even if the band's hardcore roots were still audible. Buoyed by the video for "Suit and Tie Guy," 4 of a Kind became the first D.R.I. album to make the national charts. The following year, Pappé accepted an offer to join Gang Green, and was replaced in D.R.I. by John Menor, formerly of Mantas. Menor made his debut on 1989's Thrash Zone, the band's most metallic offering yet, and one that was also widely acclaimed among their best. "Beneath the Sun" and "Abduction" landed some airplay on MTV, and the album became their second straight to chart.

Thrash Zone proved to be the band's final effort for Metal Blade, however, and Felix Griffin departed in 1990, effectively bringing D.R.I.'s most successful period to a close. After a couple of short-lived replacements, Griffin's slot was filled by Rob Rampy IV, and Spike Cassidy revived the band's Rotten label to release 1992's Definition. By this time, the alternative explosion had substantially reduced the audience for thrash, and Definition accordingly looked back on the band's punk roots; still, much of their old audience had evaporated. After recording the late-1992 gig that was eventually released as the Live album, Menor left the band and was replaced by Chumly Porter. Porter made his debut on the 1995 studio set Full Speed Ahead, and the band spent the next few years touring, even if there was no new product to speak of. Porter left in 1999 and was replaced by Harald Oimoen, who helped continue D.R.I.'s road-warrior existence.

Hardcore/Punk - Thrash/Crossover

Political, society, daily struggles

United States of America (Houston, Texas), formed in 1982

Rotten Records

On hold

Kurt Brecht - Vocals (1982-) (Probot (guest))
Spike Cassidy - Guitar (1982-)
Harald Oimoen -Bass (1999-)
Rob Rampy - Drums (1990-)

Chumly Porter - Bass (1995-1999)
John Menor - Bass (1990-1994)
Mikey Offender - Bass (1985) (ex-The Offenders)
Josh Pappe - Bass (1984), (1986-1989)
Dennis Johnson - Bass (1982-1983)

Felix Griffin - Drums (1985-1990) (Blunt Force Trauma (US))
Eric Brecht - Drums (1982-1984) (ex-Death, ex-Hirax, ex-Attitude Adjustment , Two-Bit Thief)


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