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a.k.a.Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, DRI
CountryUnited States
Formed1982, Houston, Texas
CurrentlySan Francisco, California
GenresCrossover Thrash, Hardcore Punk
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)
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D.R.I. - Thrash Zone CD Photo by Evil DeadD.R.I. - 4 of a Kind CD Photo by Evil DeadDirty Rotten Imbeciles - But Wait... There's More! CD Photo by Evil DeadDirty Rotten Imbeciles - Full Speed Ahead CD Photo by Evil DeadD.R.I. - Dealing with It! CD Photo by Evil DeadD.R.I. - Crossover CD Photo by Evil Dead

D.R.I. Discography

AlbumLyrics TypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles - Dirty Rotten EPAlbum7010
D.R.I. - Dealing with It!LyricsAlbum9021
D.R.I. - CrossoverLyricsAlbum87.520
D.R.I. - 4 of a KindAlbum8510
D.R.I. - Thrash ZoneLyricsAlbum86.190
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles - DefinitionAlbum77.520
Dirty Rotten Imbeciles - Full Speed AheadAlbum9020

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You Say I'm Scum lyrics
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Labeled Uncurable lyrics
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Best D.R.I. Songs

1Thrash Zone (1989)88.33
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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