Grand Central presents
The Dead Milkmen
697 N Miami Ave.
Miami, FL, 33136
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is all ages
The Dead Milkmen
Although there are numerous, conflicting, tales of how, when, where, and sometimes why the Dead Milkmen initially formed, the most reliable evidence points to band founder Joe Jack Talcum's decision, in the late 1970's, to create a band based entirely upon a group of woodcuts he discovered in the basement of The Vatican. Talcum then recruited acquaintance Rodney Anonymous and the pair immediately set about unlearning everything they had previously learned about music and spending countless hours screaming at inanimate objects.
In 1982 bassist Dave Blood was added to the group after impressing Talcum and Anonymous with his ability to cover passing vehicles with ketchup. Shortly afterward, and entirely against his own will and better judgment, drummer Dean Clean joined the band.
In 1985, the band, or "The Dead Milkmen" as they were now known, released their debut album "Big Lizard in My Backyard" which was instantly declared "The greatest cultural achievement of our time" (by the band themselves). Big Lizard was followed by "Eat Your Paisley" in 1986 and "Bucky Fellini" in 1987.
The hit single "Punk Rock Girl" from the Dead Milkmen's 1988 release "Beelzebubba" opened many doors to mainstream success, which the band then purposely set about slamming shut in the faces of anyone who used the term "Market Penetration" in a non-sexual sense. Two years later, the Milkmen followed up "Beelzebubba" with "Metaphysical Graffiti"; a work which is universally regarded as "a CD you can buy if you've got roughly eleven dollars".
Bored and looking to "do something different that didn't include sacrificing a goat", the band then began recording "Soul Rotation" (1992). Although critically acclaimed as a brilliant recording (again, by the band themselves), sales were disappointing and the band returned to shoplifting.
1993's "Not Richard, But Dick" saw the band return to form and to arguing with each other…loudly…mostly in public places …like restaurants, and so the band agreed that 1995's "Stoney's Extra Stout (Pig)" would be their final recording unless "some idiot hands us a %$#@load of money to record another CD." Tragically, for the Milkmen's bank accounts, the idiot with the money was killed by a polar bear at the Kiev Municipal Zoo.
In March of 2004, bassist Dave Blood decided to fake his own death for artistic reasons. Today he lives in a remote Serbian village with his wives and innumerable offspring. Suffering from the loss of Blood, it appeared that the Milkmen would never reunite, let alone reform, or even band together again.
In 2008 the band reunited, with bassist Dan Stevens on bass, playing the bass, in order to play Austin TX's Fun Fun Fun Fest (temporarily renamed from "Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest" because "It'll be a little less fun with the Dead Milkmen there.")
2011's release of "The King in Yellow" – the Milkmen's first release in sixteen years – was at once declared a seamless continuation of their earlier work…in that it's a CD you can buy if you've got roughly eleven dollars.
In the autumn of 2012 the Dead Milkmen began releasing a series of singles on the should-be-by-now-obsolete 7 inch vinyl format in an obvious attempt to appeal to a younger "hipster" audience. Despite mounting evidence that the singles are failing to expand their fan base, the obstinate Milkmen have continued to produce them, with six "sides" already released in the new year, and with no signs of abating, and are selling them via a mail order form on their website.
As Sandratz drummer, Iron Forge Press chieftain, and South Florida punk-rock lifer Chuck Loose so eloquently decreed: "It's a great way to get away from your creepy family and hang out with your slightly less creepy peer group."
We also spoke with Sandratz frontman, Ian Brown, who made a most valid point: "Skateboarding and underground music go hand in hand. Hopefully the same kids that get excited hearing punk and postpunk music in new skate films will get a good taste of what's happening in the area with rock 'n' roll." - Broward/Palm Beach New Times
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