The Dead Milkmen was an American punk rock band that
officially formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, but whose roots could be
traced back to the late 1970's. Initially, The Dead Milkmen were a
frequent bill on Philly's punk rock circuit, but their popularity pushed
them on the road. After releasing more than a few self-produced
tapes, their LP,
Big Lizard in My Backyard,
was officially released in 1985 on Restless Records. It was this
album that featured the song "Bitchin' Camaro", which attracted the
attention of college radio stations and kick started the band's career.
In 1986, The Dead Milkmen released
Eat Your Paisley, which featured the song "The Thing That Only
Eats Hippies" and its subsequent MTV video.
Bucky Fellini, released in 1987,
featured the song "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)".
It was the band's 1988 release,
Beelzebubba, that featured their highest charting single to
date: "Punk Rock Girl".
As the Dead Milkmen's material became more and more
polished, their popularity declined. By 1994, they had split and
moved onto other projects. It would be 13 years before any new
material was released, and a reunion first materialized in 2008.
Headed back to the studio, they released The King in Yellow in
2011. At the time of this writing in 2013, The Dead Milkmen were
still active. The current Dead Milkmen Discography is as follows:1983: Living Death in the Cellar of Sin
1983: Funky Farm
1983: A Date With The Dead Milkmen
1984: Death Rides A Pale Cow
1984: The Dead Milkmen Take The Airwaves
1984: Someone Shot Sunshine
1985: Big Lizard in My Backyard
1986: Eat Your Paisley
1987: Bucky Fellini
1990: Metaphysical Graffiti
1992: Soul Rotation
1993: Not Richard, But Dick
1993: Now We Are 10
1994: Chaos Rules — Live at the Trocadero
1995: Stoney's Extra Stout (Pig)
1998: Cream of the Crop
2003: Now We Are 20
2003: The Dead Milkmen Present: Philadelphia In Love
2011: The King in Yellow
Big Lizard . . .
[starts] Hey Jack, what's happenin'?
Oh, I don't know. Well, rumor around town
says you think you might be heading down to the
shore. Uh, yeah, I think I'm goin' down to
the shore. Whatcha gonna do down there?
Uh, I don't know, play some video games, buy
some Def Leppard t-shirts [etc]