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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, Rovi
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dri's only good cd is thrash zone.
Yes they do still have it!
Saw them last week and they still got it
Legends. My old band used to cover My Fate To Hate from DRLP.
drek785
These guys crack me up
DRI at Iguanas Tijuana So-Cal!
Oh, the memories. A friend got his nose broke in a D.R.I. pit in 1987.
i'M HOOKED !!
I hate the dry heaves.
wwjudasdo
Haven't killed the words yet Allah...
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
Thrash hard :-)
Love D.R.I. saw them and it was one of the sickest shows ever!
CLASSICK THRASH !!!!
parrishharri s 1 2
The best!
WHO AM I
thegent420
I have them inked into my flesh!! D.R.I. Forver!!!!
Dirty Rotten Mothaf**kin imbiciles! LOVE IT!!!!
funkyjew55
D R I is always my go to get a quick fix for hands down ! F**k yeah
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ in love.
ONE OF MY FAVORITES!
jbyrne70
Love the story of how they got their name from the Brecht's father (hating them basically) back in the day! Hilarious
1986 f**kin ruled DRI
I'm down with D.R.I. Their live shows are fun
threee give em twwo true signiifant thhatcrawlle d my most up n up
trluttermose r
Playing next month 2/24/13 can't wait.
Love D.R.I. do we really need (PUNK) ? after the band name W.T.F. ! Really
F**K YES! they rule
CROSSOVER KINGS D.R.I. RULES!!
shelly3963
Philly December 7, 2012...Keep thrash alive and go see D.R.I. Live!
punk guy gets a** kicked by skinhead then trys to justifie that he kicked his??!!! COUGH COUGH BULL COUGH S**T
@jsprague149 8 Oh, what a witty jibe sir, you wound me! Really? Seriously? This dude must be 14 or some s**t. I don't think your mother would like that kind of language now would she?
@punkguy Dont make me laugh you couldnt beat your dick, lol. F**kin commie antifa p**sy
SKANK TIL DETH!!!!!!!! !
Ah, DRI. I got beat up to a DRI song by a Neo-Nazi sheep. Then I kicked his a** two weeks later to that same f**king song. Such a good feeling.
slumlord doesnt care!!!!
SKATE TILL DETHH!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
www.american v i k i n g s . u s Stand Your Ground!
They Dont Care!!!, They wouldn't have to starve to death, Were so cold, were frezzing and theres nothing left, Tey Dont Care!!!
WHO AM I.. D.R.I..ONE OF MY FAV. BANDS. SAW THEM LIVE BACK IN THE 80S
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles!!!
erm... the band's called d.r.i., not d.r.i. (punk)
gatkinson80
Love D.R.I. always have, always will...
mtcanneries
i am a dirty rotten imbecile!!!! !
''i want to play the music as i please-i want to wear my hair to my knees''whose stopping you chickenshit ?
DRI... f**king can't wait to see them again in Houston! Citcle Pits to the max!
I got "Skating to Some Fukked Up Shitt" on vinyl. Great album.
yeah i saw them @ the santa monica civic in s**t mid nineties along with body count and it was a brutal show one of my top 5 pits
FINALLY SAW D.R.I. LIVE IN TUCSON WAS FUCKEN KILLER! IF YOU HAVENT SEEN THEM LIVE YOU GOT TOO. THRASH ON KIDS.
F**kin love love love D.R.I.
these guys are rad!!!! yea and seriously i havent heard of another band named d.r.i.....we i r d
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