This is great news! The Dead Milkmen have recorded seventeen new songs and plan to release an album in March or April. See a few more details on their web site or in a response singer Rodney Anonymous gave to Philebrity, including this fantastic tidbit:
The cover art is currently unavailable as our lawyer has informed us that the image we originally intended to use – a Photoshopped image of Michele Bachmann blowing a Thomson’s gazelle – could quite possibly lead to “A whole lot of fucking around in court.”
Sheesh, I can’t believe I didn’t see this when it was published back in October. Rodney Anonymous kept a rehearsal/tour diary from their shows last fall. The whole thing is as hilarious as any Dead Milkmen fan could expect it to be, but my favorite part is this bit about their biggest hit:
I occupy the unique position in music history of being the only member of a “one-hit wonder” band who had absolutely nothing to do with the one hit. Despite having a writing credit (all of the Milkmen equally share the writing credits no matter what combination of us initially wrote a tune), I neither wrote, sang on nor played on our big hit, “Punk Rock Girl.” I have also never turned down a royalty check for the song. If I could only just figure out a way to get paid for every song that I neither wrote nor played on — the entire Beatles catalog, for example — I’d be set for life.
A few nights ago I got it into my head that I should actually do something when we play “Punk Rock Girl” other than what I’ve been doing for the past 20 years: just standing around tapping my foot like Larry Craig in a men’s room stall. To this end, I’ve asked Joe Genaro (aka Joe Jack Talcum, Butterfly Joe, etc.), our guitarist, to stop by today to help me work out a keyboard part for the song since Joe played the accordion on the original and I want to emulate his style as closely as possible. It takes roughly 10 minutes for Joe and me to come up with something, so we use the rest of the time we’ve allocated for the project watching TV.
I remember when I saw them back on the Beelzebubba tour, Rodney played with a remote control car on stage during that song. Or, wait a minute, maybe that’s the video…
In other exciting news, the Milkmen are “writing and rehearsing new songs and hope to have a release later this year.” Awesome.
Weird Al pays homage to Match Game guest star Charles Nelson Reilly via the White Stripes in his latest video. Unfortunately, Al’s guitar tone doesn’t even come close to Jack White‘s, even if the riff is spot on. What’s the deal, Al? Couldn’t find a rental shop in L.A. with a vintage Airline? Giddyup, Gene!
Equally disappointing is the fact that Al has disabled embedding of the video. Boo! [Updated to embed the video, which now Al graciously allows. -ed. 8/4/2017] Get some real Charles Nelson Reilly relief after the jump… Go!
Dean: Actually that was our manager—he was playing the power saw, but that was me doing the screaming when you heard the saw going through the chunk of wood. Rodney: I recommend the Craftsman circular saw. Bob Dylan goes for that traditional folk saw, and a lot of people, say, use the jigsaw, but that’s more of a funk instrument.
“We haven’t trashed any hotel rooms yet. I wish we had that kind of money. But we’ve always been into subtle trashing… For instance, in a lot of hotel rooms you can unscrew those abstract paintings from the wall and hang them upside down; nobody knows the difference.”
Crazy to think that was 20 years ago. Time flies…when you’re OLD!
The official Dead Milkmen website reports some New Stuff Happening in the land of the pale cow:
We had so much fun last November at the Fun Fun Fun Festival that we’ve decided to keep at it and play some shows to see what might develop as far as new material. We’re rehearsing and will see how it goes – stay tuned…
So far they’ve booked a show in Brooklyn in April. Joe Jack Talcum has a bunch of solo shows coming up, too. If you want to see what these guys look like these days, check out the flickr set from Dean Clean‘s sister.
Saw this on VH1 Classic this weekend, and even though the Dead Milkmen were one of my favorite bands in high school, I don’t think I’d ever seen this video before. It’s better than I could’ve imagined.
So as I was looking up some links, I came across the news that they’re reuniting to play the Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin, TX. They originally split up in 1995, but got together for a couple of benefit shows after bassist Dave Blood committed suicide in 2004. Dandrew Stevens will play bass.
“But she wasn’t really 14 / And she wasn’t really a she / She was a guy who worked for the FBI / Sex sting / I wish I had not typed those dirty links / I wish I had not sent those naughty things / to the undercover pig / Now I’m caught in a sex sting.”