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Releases : 15     Total votes : 13     Reviews : 1
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Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

CountryUnited States
Formed1982, Houston, Texas, United States
CurrentlySan Francisco, California, United States
GenresHardcore, Punk, Thrash Metal, Crossover
LabelsBeer City Records
Years active1982-present

Line-up (members)

  • Spike Cassidy : Guitars (1982-present)
  • Kurt Brecht : Vocals (1982-present)
  • Harald Oimoen : Bass (1999-present)
  • Walter "Monsta" Ryan : Drums (2015-present)

Former members

  • Dennis : Bass (1982-1983)
  • Eric : Drums (1982-1984)
  • Sebastian Amok : Bass (1983)
  • Josh Pappé : Bass (1984-1985, 1985-1989)
  • Felix Griffin : Drums (1984-1990)
  • Mike Offender : Bass (1985) (R.I.P. 2007)
  • John Menor : Bass (1989-1994)
  • Rob Rampy : Drums (1990-2014)
  • Chumly Porter : Bass (1994-1999) (R.I.P. 2011)
  • Brandon Karns : Drums (2014-2015)
Videos by  youtube


Album titleRankTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Dirty Rotten EP preview CollectionWish List Studio 70 10
preview CollectionWish List EP - 00
Dealing with It! preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 11
Crossover preview CollectionWish List Studio 80 10
4 of a Kind preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 10
Thrash Zone preview 1,994CollectionWish List Studio 88 50
Definition preview CollectionWish List Studio 75 10
preview CollectionWish List Live 85 10
Full Speed Ahead preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 20
preview CollectionWish List Live - 00
preview CollectionWish List EP - 00


You Say I'm Scum lyrics
You Say I'm Scum lyrics
Labeled Uncurable lyrics
Labeled Uncurable lyrics
Additional notes
D.R.I. are considered by many to be "the fathers of crossover thrash" along with Suicidal Tendencies, Stormtroopers of Death, M.O.D., Excel and Beowülf. The genre "crossover" was also coined from their 1987 album which basically sums up the sound of the thrash metal/hardcore punk hybrid.

Evolving out of a defunct hardcore band called the Suburbanites. Singer Kurt Brecht, drummer Eric Brecht (his brother), and bassist Dennis Johnson had all played in that outfit, and with new guitarist Spike Cassidy in tow, they renamed themselves Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, after a frequent insult from the Brechts' father (who objected vehemently to their rehearsals). Started out as a hardcore punk band, then got thrashier and thrashier.

D.R.I. are considered one the first bands to use the blast beat with their song "No Sense!" from their "Dirty Rotten EP."

Being one of the first crossover bands and first few hardcore acts to have acclaimed recognition from some mainstream light, D.R.I. have suffered a lot of heavy criticism from other hardcore punk bands like Sore Throat, Electro Hippies, and so on.

Although D.R.I. haven't released new material since the 90's, they have never actually broken up. The band still tours and performs on occasions. They went on hiatus for a while (from 2006 to 2009) when Spike Cassidy was diagnosed with cancer and he's been recovered since.
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