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The Dead Milkmen are an American satirical punk rock band formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their original lineup consisted of vocalist and keyboardist Rodney Linderman ("Rodney Anonymous"), guitarist and vocalist Joe Genaro ("Joe Jack Talcum"), bassist Dave Schulthise ("Dave Blood") and drummer Dean Sabatino ("Dean Clean").

The band distinguished themselves amid the local underground hardcore scene of the early 1980s through their jangly punk sound and sardonic humor delivered with thick Philadelphia accents. They attracted college radio attention with their 1985 debut album, Big Lizard in My Backyard, and the song "Bitchin' Camaro". Extensive touring and further releases helped the band garner an underground following.

They enjoyed international success on the strength of "Punk Rock Girl", a single from their 1988 Beelzebubba album which entered into MTV rotation. After an ill-fated stint with the major label Hollywood Records and four further albums, health problems and industry frustrations in the wake of their success led to the group's 1995 breakup. In total, they issued eight studio albums, one live record, and numerous peripheral releases before disbanding.

The group reunited in 2008, with Dan Stevens replacing the deceased Schulthise. In 2011, they released The King in Yellow, their first studio album in 16 years. They remained active thereafter, touring sporadically and releasing a string of limited-issue vinyl EPs.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1980 So Long Seventies 1
1980 Folk Songs for the 80's 2
1980 Sour Milk 1
1981 Paradise Lagoon 1
1981 Raging Cow 1
1982 Dr. Talcum's Studio of Fear 1
1982 Purgatory Beat 1
1982 Wisconsin 1
1984 Somebody Shot Sunshine 2
1985 Big Lizard in My Backyard 4 1
1986 Eat Your Paisley 1
1987 Bucky Fellini 2
1988 Beelzebubba 5 3
1990 Metaphysical Graffiti 3 1
1992 Soul Rotation 1
1993 Not Richard, But Dick 1
1995 Stoney's Extra Stout (Pig) 1
2011 The King in Yellow 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1984 Death Rides a Pale Cow Compilation 1
1993 Now We Are 10 Compilation 1
1997 Death Rides a Pale Cow: The Ultimate Collection Compilation 1
1998 Cream of the Crop: The Best of the Dead Milkmen Compilation 1
2003 Now We Are 20 Compilation 1
Rare Slab of Cow Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1983 Funky Farm Live 1
1984 The Dead Milkmen Take the Airwaves Live 1
1994 Chaos Rules: Live at the Trocadero Live 2 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1987 The Thing That Only Eats Hippies 1
1988 Punk Rock Girl 3
2012 Dark Clouds Gather Over Middlemarch 1
2012 Big Words Make the Baby Jesus 1
2013 The Great Boston Molasses Flood 1
2013 Welcome to Undertown 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
1988 Smokin' Banana Peels 2
1989 Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything) 2.65 2
1992 If I Had a Gun 1

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