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In case anyone had a doubt, and I really hope they didn’t, The Dead Milkmen are still goddamn amazing. We were fortunate enough to be in attendance for their sold-out in 1 hour The King in Yellow album release party at KFN in Philly. Playing through each of the 17 tracks on their new album plus a bonus cover of Cars by Gary Numan as well as another cover, Control by VNV Nation and topped off by multiple classic tracks, The Dead Milkmen showed that they still have
all most of it after 28 years. RIP Dave Schulthise. They even closed the set with their 1990 classic Christmas song, Christmas Party. How fucking nice. Rodney Anonymous owned the stage as usual, jumping off it to make a point and spraying spit with his in your face lyrical styling. Joe Jack Talcum laid down serious guitar solo’s and vocals – his skills still strong as ever. Dean Clean on drums was the man, smiling through most of the set as he worked away in the back. Dandrew held it down on bass, and with his contributions to the new album and their live sets since 2008, is now certainly a full member of the band.
For those of you that don’t know, The Dead Milkmen are Joe Genaro aka “Joe Jack Talcum” – guitar, vocals, keyboards (1983–1995, 2004, 2008–present), Rodney Linderman aka “Rodney Anonymous” – vocals, keyboards, tin whistle (1983–1995, 2004, 2008–present), Dean Sabatino aka “Dean Clean” – drums, percussion, vocals (1983–1995, 2004, 2008–present), and Dan Stevens – bass guitar (2004, 2008–present). Formed in our own Philadelphia in 1983, The Dead Milkmen’s satirical punk rock style continues to inspire and grow as seen in their fantastic new release – their first in 16 years.
The King in Yellow is the 9th album put out by The Dead Milkmen. We thought it sounded great via headphones, particularly the track Hangman, but hearing it live made us fans of the whole piece. You can google reviews on it if you like but we will spare you the need to read through ours. Instead, just watch this video of their recent KFM performance and judge for yourselves. Oh, and you have to buy their album so they keep playing.
Video Listing: Hangman, Anderson, Walkman, Buttholes, and How!, Solvents (For Home and Industry), Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song, 13th Century Boy, Passport To Depravity, Christmas Party ::