DRI (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) was one of my favorite bands growing up and still is today. Great guys! Over the years I had a couple interactions with Kurt Brecht (singer) and I helped Spike Lee (guitarist) in the early ages of the internet when he was getting the DRI website set up. I mailed him some stuff and he sent back a big pile of DRI merchandise and videos! These are decent, down to earth dudes... Everything you could hope for in your favorite music superheroes.
Dealing With It is one of my favorite albums. In addition to being catchy loud punk-metal, something about the raw production really captures the feeling of that era. This album takes you back to the working class streets of 1985 when Reaganomics was shipping all our manufacturing jobs overseas and causing homelessness throughout the country. In the songs you hear frustration with the state of things but there's an underlying hope for a better future. So awesome.
I'm calling attention to the album art today because rough as it is - it perfectly illustrates the chaos of the music and album. Back before the internet we had to look at the cover art on records, tapes, and later CDs --- and guess from the illustration what it would sound like before buying. This drawing is spot-on accurate! I wish I knew who illustrated it. This is art was made over 30 years ago... I wonder what s/he is up to now?
Junkyard Sam is a Seattle area artist, illustrator, and designer.