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.