Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
|Also known as||D.R.I.|
|Past members||See: Former members section|
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (often abbreviated, and referred to, as D.R.I.) are an American
D.R.I. never gained a mainstream audience, but the integration of their
To date, D.R.I. has released seven full-length studio albums. Other than three new songs on the 2016 EP
The Dirty Rotten Imbeciles formed on May 2, 1982 in the city of
The group started practicing at Kurt and Eric's parents' home. The noise made by the band allegedly drew regular complaints from Kurt and Eric's father. This led to the band gaining their name when they were described as a "bunch of dirty rotten imbeciles." This was also an inspiration for the song "Madman," which featured a clip of Kurt and Eric's father interrupting a band practice to complain about the noise. They initially went under the name U.S.D.R.I for a brief period of time before shortening it to D.R.I. Presumably, the "U.S." stood for the band, as mentioned in interviews off of the extended version on the Dirty Rotten CD. You can find photos of the band with the U.S.D.R.I logo. The "Skanker Man" logo was designed by original drummer Eric Brecht as a
Two months later, on July 2, 1982, the band played their first show at Joe Star's OMNI, in Houston.
On November 6 & 7, 1982, D.R.I. recorded their first release, the Dirty Rotten EP, fitting 22 songs into 18 minutes on a 7" EP. Only 1000 copies of this EP version were pressed, making it now a very rare collector's item. Demand caused this EP to be pressed into a 12" LP version, released in 1983, aptly titled
In 1983, D.R.I. relocated to San Francisco, where they lived in their van and ate at soup kitchens in between gigs. Dennis Johnson quit the band and returned home to Texas. He was replaced with Sebastion Amok, and within a few months D.R.I. found themselves on the "Rock Against
Their next release was the 4 song 7" EP
D.R.I.'s second full-length album,
The songs on Dealing With It leaned slightly towards a metal direction, but still kept the band's
On April 26, 1986, they recorded their show at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles and released the video, which was entitled Live at the Olympic.
When Felix joined D.R.I. in 1984 he brought a new audience to the shows. The next three years the band toured and started developing a new genre, (along with other pioneers)
The Live At The Ritz video was recorded next, on June 27, 1987, at The Ritz in New York, during the band's worldwide Crossover tour.
In February 1988, the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles returned to the studio to record
The band toured Europe again to support the 4 of a Kind album, then once home in the U.S., Josh Pappe left the band because of an offer to play for
September 1989 brought the release of
D.R.I. toured in 1992, opening for
The group took part in headlining the Lolitabazooka Tour, in the fall of 1994.
In 1995, D.R.I. released
In January 1996, they started touring North America with
During 1997 and 1998, D.R.I. continued to tour the world extensively, including European & South American dates. In March 1998, D.R.I. launched their official web site.
Also in 1998, D.R.I. announced that they were writing songs for the follow-up to
During 1999, D.R.I. appeared as one of the headlining bands on the "Social Chaos" in North America Tour. One of their songs, "I'm The Liar", is used for a Social Chaos Tour CD compilation. The CD contained one song from each band that appeared on the tour. During August 1999, in the middle of the tour, Chumly left the band after tiring of touring. He was replaced by Harald Oimoen. Oimoen had been working on and off with the band for years, doing everything from photography and merchandise to bass tech. The band resumed the tour missing only two shows.
The turn of the millennium saw the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles headline the "Millennium 2000 Tour".
The constant cycle of touring continued into 2001 with D.R.I. extensively touring the US on the "Old School Tour” culminating in a headlining appearance at the Milwaukee Metal Fest.
2002 marks D.R.I.'s 20th anniversary and the beginning of a new era for the band. D.R.I. signed with Beer City records agreeing to reissue their back catalog and a produce new studio CDs and DVDs.
To celebrate both of these occasions, DRI embarked on a huge world tour. This tour went all over the US, Japan, Europe and South America into 2003.
The first Beer City reissue came out in 2003. The Dirty Rotten CD featured the original full length
2003 also brought the second Beer City reissue for
D.R.I. embarked on yet another tour in 2004 that would take them all over the US and all over Europe again. After completing the tour, they decided it was time to start working with Beer City on the Live At CBGB’s CD and DVD and the reissue of the
In March 2006, Spike was diagnosed with colon cancer, putting the band's current tour and future performances on hiatus until his recovery. Plans to release a new studio LP are also on hold until Spike has recovered.
In December 2006, Spike had completed all radiation and chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in March 2006. A one-foot section of large intestine (colon) was removed through an eight-inch (20 cm) incision in his stomach. The surgery, which took place on March 27, 2006 was said to be successful in removing all traces of the cancer. His rehabilitation is going well and he is expected to make a full recovery. The official website states Cassidy to be cancer free as of August 2008.
D.R.I. is known for their high energy performances and their nonstop touring. Cassidy also adds “Right now it is 2 & 3 day weekends until 2010, followed by some international work. We really are planning to be able to do a 4 week tour by late summer 2010."
April 13, 2010 Beer City records reissued Crossover - Millennium Edition on LP and CD. Finally after many years
June 15, 2010 Beer City records reissues The Dirty Rotten EP,
In 2011, D.R.I. went on a tour of the US, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.
D.R.I. entered a Southern California studio in October 2014 to begin record an EP containing new material. It was produced by Bill Metoyer, who produced the band's third, fourth and fifth studio albums
On September 17, 2014, it was announced that Rob Rampy had departed from the band, citing serious injury as the reason. He was then replaced by Brandon Karns, who subsequently left the band shortly thereafter. Karns was then replaced by Walter "Monsta" Ryan. However, Rampy re-joined D.R.I in 2018. In 2017, the band parted ways with their longtime bassist Harald Oimoen, who was replaced by Greg Orr (ex Attitude Adjustment).
In January 2019, Metal Addicts reported that D.R.I. has been working on their first full-length studio album since 1995's