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D.R.I. (Punk)

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 Wheel" 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. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live At CBGB's 1984

1. I Don't Need Society

2. Reaganomics

3. Commuter Man

4. Plastique

5. Why

6. Ballance 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. Couch 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

35. Capitalists Suck

36. Madman

37. Misery Loves Company

38. No Sense

39. Blockhead

40. Violent Pacification

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Track List: Definition

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

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Track List: Thrash Zone

1. Thrashard

2. Beneath The Wheel

3. Enemy Within

4. Strategy

5. Labeled Uncurable

6. You Say I'm Scum

7. Gun Control

8. Kill The Words

9. Drown You Out

10. The Trade

11. Standing In Line

12. Give A Hoot

13. Worker Bee

14. Abduction

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Track List: 4 Of A Kind

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

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Track List: The Dirty Rotten Lp (On Cd)

1. Sad To Be

2. War Crimes

3. Busted

4. Draft Me

5. F.R.D.C.

6. Capitalist Suck

7. Misery Loves Company

8. No Sense

9. Blockhead

10. I Don't Need Society

11. Commuter Man

12. Plastique

13. Why

14. Balance Of Terror

15. My Fate To Hate

16. Who Am I

17. Money Stinks

18. Human Waste

19. Yes Ma'me

20. Denni's Problem

21. Closet Punk

22. Reganomics

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The crumbsuckers too. They were one of the first crossover bands too.
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smsbth2006
Crossover 1989 strong as s**t ,everyone in the pit
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F**king DRI was one of the best shows I've attended to, lots of stage diving, awesome pit and lots of ganja!
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good s**t gonna see them april 24th fuk yeah
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Dope as duck makes this work s**t almost tolerable
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D.R.I .....VIOLENT PACIFICATION , SUIT AND TIE GUY. MANIFEST DESTINY!
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I've been a fan of this band since 83.
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Dirty.
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Dirty rotten imbeciles kick ars
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"Dealing with it" tower records in San Fran first punk album I ever bought 8 th grade summer of '86.got me into punk and hardcore
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I'm am a drity rotten imbecile
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zamboni_y2k
Every time I hear 4 of a kind memories of skating all night long at the loading docs rush over me. So true to the music of my youth.
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LOVEThe Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. ...
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wat the f**k there not skate thrash there hardcore punk and thrash come on
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hicks.scott
this next songs gonna be a fast one''......' ' well I guess you f**kin new that''...... . . . . the day.......
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Saw them in early 2000s. Still great! Stone Pony, NJ
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DRI in Vegas a few years back.....bow l i n g and punk rock tour.....DRI is bomb
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Skaink it out!!!...jus t love thrash n punk!!!!!!!
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Such a skate thrash fa the bad boy's in the 80's
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I saw DRI with Uncle Slam at Joe's Garage in Ft.Worth, Tx. One of the best shows ever. Felix did a huge stage dive during Uncle Slams set.
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Just saw dri Friday in el paso, show sold out, beer ran out before 12 some guy dove off a small balcony into the pit, great show
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DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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D.R.I f**king rules.~!!
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Suit and Tie Guy!...
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Couch slouch!!
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I'D RATHER BE SLEEPING!!!! !
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Saw them couple months back, in Chi-town! Still great! They sounds just as good now as when I did in 86!
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Naawl
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kenotbgood19 6 8
Originally, they called themselves US DRI
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kenotbgood19 6 8
I saw then in 1989 and went to a few punk shows of other bands,I still love DRI!
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kenotbgood19 6 8
DRI HAS MANY GREAT CD'S...
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Yes they do still have it!
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Saw them last week and they still got it
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Legends. My old band used to cover My Fate To Hate from DRLP.
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drek785
These guys crack me up
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DRI at Iguanas Tijuana So-Cal!
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Oh, the memories. A friend got his nose broke in a D.R.I. pit in 1987.
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i'M HOOKED !!
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I hate the dry heaves.
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wwjudasdo
Haven't killed the words yet Allah...
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Saw D R I in late 80's and got the s**t stomped ouut of me in the pit. It was f**kin great
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inthepines12
Thrash hard :-)
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Love D.R.I. saw them and it was one of the sickest shows ever!
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CLASSICK THRASH !!!!
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parrishharri s 1 2
The best!
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WHO AM I
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thegent420
I have them inked into my flesh!! D.R.I. Forver!!!!
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Dirty Rotten Mothaf**kin imbiciles! LOVE IT!!!!
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funkyjew55
D R I is always my go to get a quick fix for hands down ! F**k yeah
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♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ in love.
ONE OF MY FAVORITES!
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