THE DEAD MILKMEN – THE KING IN YELLOW


It’s been 16 years since The Dead Milkmen released a new album. Can you believe that? I damned sure can’t. When I really marinate on it it morphs into one of those, “Dude, you’re seriously getting old” moments. Think about it. The last Dead Milkmen studio album can legally drive right now, so imagine my surprise when, seemingly out of nowhere, a new Dead Milkmen album was released last week. No fanfair. No press run up. No label. No physical cd.

Needless to say, the minute I saw that there was a new Milkmen album I bought it. Well, that’s not entirely true. First I researched to make sure it wasn’t a greatest hits album or some b-sides album, but once I was sure this really was a new album, I was on it like a fatty jumps on a Little Debbie Swiss Cake.

There was a time in my life when simply owning an Eat Your Paisley tshirt was a testament to how cool I was. These aren’t those times and, while I lept on the new cd, I was more than skeptical about what I was about to hear. I am happy to say that The King In Yellow is about exactly what you would expect from a Dead Milkmen album, and it’s exactly what you would expect from a Dead Milkmen album after a 16 year hiatus. Is it their best? Not even in the top 3. However, it does nothing to embarrass their catalog and has a few shining moments of Milkmen past.

Personally, I hope this release sees enough success that it convinces the band to keep self-releasing albums. You get the feeling that with a little oil, the DM machine could return to its Big Time Operator form.

The Dead Milkmen – Fauxhemia
The Dead Milkmen – Commodify Your Dissent
The Dead Milkmen – Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song

The Dead Milkmen’s Official Site, The Dead Milkmen on Facebook, Buy The King In Yellow

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 03.24.11

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Below is the playlist for March 24, 2011.
 

  1. Matt Woods – Days Of Walking
  2. Kenny Wayne Shepherd (w/Pinetop Perkins & The Muddy Waters Band) – Grindin’ Man
  3. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – She’s So Scandalous
  4. Valerie June – The No Draws Blues
  5. Buffalo Gospel – Sundays Never Smile Anymore
  6. Crooks – 18 Wheels
  7. Hellbound Glory – Ballad Of Scumbag Country
  8. The Kill Devil Hils – Drinkin’ Too Much
  9. Farmer Not So John – Paper Thin
  10. Otis Gibbs – Small Town Saturday Night
  11. Micah Schnabel – American Static
  12. Dead Milkmen – Fauxhemia
  13. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Danger

TOP 5: HAPPY SONGS

So after being buried under a pile of work and resorting to communicating with monosyllabic grunting last week I thought that this week would be a good chance for a Happy Songs Top 5. I don’t want happy songs per se rather I want songs that make you feel happy. Not what you put on when you want to drown your sorrows with music and whiskey but those tracks you put on when you need a boost. So this Top 5 is all about where you get your musical caffeine or heck your musical amphetamine. I dug deep for mine and some of the tracks may make you question my sanity. I can assure you that questioning my sanity will do you no good as I am right out of my tiny little mind…

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Track Archive

AUTOPSY IV’S ANSWERS: When I am in need of a pick me up I go straight for the nostalgia pulling songs from my past that have some pretty kick ass memories saddled to them. Playing them results in me smiling and toasting virtual beers with random versions of me from the past. Here are a few:

The Freestylers – Dancehall Vibes (feat. Tenor Vibe)
The Amazing Rhythm Aces – The End Is Not In Sight (The Cowboy Tune)
They Might Be Giants – 32 Footsteps
Dead Milkmen – I Am The Walrus
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok

Charles Nelson Reilly died this week.

Ordinarily this would not warrant mention on ninebullets but our new editor reminded me of a certain Dead Milkmen song last night. So, Charles Nelson Reilly died earlier this week at the age of 76 and ninebullets. net offers tribute in the form of song:

Serrated Edge by the Dead Milkmen

Up on the hilltop where the vultures perch,
That’s where I’m gonna build my church,
Ain’t gonna be no priest, ain’t gonna be no boss;
Just Charles Nelson Reilly nailed to a cross.

I don’t piss, I don’t shit, I’m gettin’ no relief,
People shake their heads in disbelief.
GO!

Just me on a hilltop with 15 girls,
In a Nelson Reilly orgy that’ll make your hair curl.
I don’t piss, I don’t shit, I’m gettin’ no relief,
People shake their heads in disbelief.

Yeah, Charles Nelson Reilly, he’s our man,
He can’t heal the sick with the touch of his hand,
He can’t walk on water, can’t make wine flow;
Just another B-actor on the late late show!

I don’t piss, I don’t shit, I’m gettin’ no relief,
People shake their heads in disbelief.
GO!

Just me on a hilltop with 15 girls,
In a Nelson Reilly orgy that’ll make your hair curl.
I don’t piss, I don’t shit, I’m gettin’ no relief,
People shake their heads in disbelief.

Remembering Bucky Fellini

A few days ago, on one of the message boards I frequent, a poster asked for some skaters from the 80’s to suggest some tracks for an 80’s skate compilation he was making. I went through my memories and listed 5 tapes that were always being played on my half-pipe as a kid. After I posted the list I noticed there was no Dead Milkmen on the list….anywhere. Well, perhaps because it is December and as the Counting Crows suggest, everyone is more nostalgic in December, or maybe because I don’t think I’ve heard it in 10 years. So I fired up my p2p app of choice and promptly downloaded Bucky Fellini for a listen.

The Dead Milkmen will always be remembered; but it will be because of Punk Rock Girl. A blessing and a curse I suppose. However, if you say Dead Milkmen to me almost immediately I will sing “All right…Kill the Muthafucker….Gather round me everybody…..lemme tell you who I am…..cause I’m a Big Time Operator….operating through the land…I’m a big time operator and they call me Howard Sam.” Yes, IMO, Big Time Operator is the greatest Dead Milkmen song ever. Drugs, cussing and a guitar solo sung by Joe…great moments in American music. Bucky Fellini was released in 1987 and I was a dirty little skate rat in the 8th Grade desperately searching for my version of individuality….by riding skateboards and wearing the skater uniform and the skater haircut and listening to the skater soundtrack….naturally. Many hours were logged in my bedroom listening to Bucky Fellini on my boombox.

It’s just such a fun album and to this day I can recite all of the words to Instant Club Hit. So, after spending the afternoon listening to the mp3’s I stopped by my local record store only to find they don’t carry Bucky Fellini, so I settled for the greatest hits collection Death Rides a Pale Cow, rolled down the windows turned up the stereo and…dunanunanunanut ALL RIGHT! dunanunanunanut KILL THE MUTHAFUCKER! dunanunanunanut HAHAHAHAHAHA dunanunanunanut UGHHHHH

Dead Milkmen – Big Time Operator
Dead Milkmen – Instant Club Hit
Dead Milkmen – Take Me to the Specialist
Dead Milkmen – Going to Graceland

Dead Milkmen Official Site , Dead Milkmen myspace , Buy Dead Milkmen cds.

Sadly, in March of 2004, Dave Blood (bass) committed suicide. In his memory and the Milkmen took the stage for a couple of nights in Philly in his memory. Proceeds were donated to a variety of mental health organizations and to a Serbian monastery that Schulthise supported.

Joe Talcum is currently in Philadelphia punk band The Low Budgets.