Milkmen FAQ

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  1. Are you guys still together?
  2. When are you going to tour?
  3. Are you going to make another album?
  4. How did you get the name The Dead Milkmen?
  5. What eqipment did you guys use…for the gearheads
  6. What are your real names?
  7. How much did Rodney weigh?
  8. Are the milkmen albums available on vinyl?
  9. Have you played in Hawaii? Where have you played?
  10. What was on your Tour Rider?
  11. Who are F.O.D.
  12. Krystal Shyt?
  13. "Song for Michael’s Pipe" – translation?
  14. Who sang "Lets get the baby high"?
  15. What are Rod, Joe, and Dean up to now?
  16. Can I have an autographed "8×10" photo of you guys?
  17. Why can’t I get "Soul Rotation" and "Not Richard, But Dick" in stores?
  18. Why aren’t there any songs from "Soul Rotation" or "Not Richard, But Dick" on the hits compilation?
  19. Can I get the "Now We Are 10" CD?
  20. Boxers or briefs?
  21. Do you have any T-shirts for sale? A video compilation?
  22. Does the band have a snail mail address? What is it?
  23. Can I still get the banner poster and pin?
  24. Would you guys do an interview with my zine?
  25. 2Can I put a link to your page on my page?
  26. What TV shows/movies have DM songs in them?
  27. What are some of the bands you played shows with or toured with?


Are you guys still together?
We exist on paper still. We only see each other occasionally, usually around holidays. Rod, Joe and I (Dean) see each other at shows in Philly sometimes. We are still friends. The band stopped because touring for 10 years was beginning to wear a bit thin on us. You try doing two laps around the country every year in a small van with six people and all your gear!

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When are you going to tour?
I believe question #1 answered this one. Sorry, no tour is planned. We’d have to stop our present lives and rehearse for at least month just to get our chops back in shape. Plus – Dave is no longer alive.

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Are you going to make another album?
Nope. No plans for another one are in the works. Again, we’d have alot of life rearranging to do just to write the songs before we even recorded anything!

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How did you get the name The Dead Milkmen?
This one is the most asked question of all. What would you like to hear? We’d tell a different story depending on our mood. Toni Morrison wrote a book in which a main character is known as "Milkman Dead". The book is called Song of Solomon. Joe came up with the name in high School for a creative writing project. The name actually existed before the band was a reality. When Dave and Joe started to write songs together, they actually considered the name "Hüsker Du".

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What eqipment did you guys use…for the gearheads
Dave:
Peavey Mega BassHead – 400 Watts.
Peavey Cabinet – 1820 = 1 18" speaker and 2 10" speakers.
Musicman Stingray Basses – Black body – (Maple neck) used for almost all recordings Except Metaphysical Graffiti. This was his “live bass” for all shows before the Meta tour. Natural body – (Maple neck) used for almost all live shows. He may have used this once or twice live, but it was his “video bass”. It was carried as a back-up bass on tour.
Custom Made Ruggiero Bass – Blue alderwood body with active “P” and “J” pickups. Rosewood neck. Used for most of the Meta recording and some bits on subsequent recordings. This was Dave’s “live bass” starting with the Meta tour.
Dean Markley Strings – .45 to 100 light gauge.
Jim Dunlap 1.0 mm picks.

Dean:
Pearl 12", 16" toms, and 22" kick. 9ply wood shells covered in black naugahyde. Mid 70′s.
Drum Workshop 6.5×14 Wood shell snare. Tama 6.5×14 steel shell snare.
Zildjan cymbals – 14" new beat hi-hats, two 18" rock crash cymbals, 12" splash, 20" ride.
Drum Workshop kick pedal. All other hardware is Tama heavy duty double braced legged.
Dean Markley 2B wood tip sticks.

Rodney:
Shure SM 57 microphones.
Yamaha DX 11 synth.
Ensonics Sampler.
Roland Jazz chorus amplifier.
Tin whistle.

Joe:
Gibson guitars – 2 Red sunburst L6-S were main guitars. A black L6-S. Has had black and burgandy stained wood SG models as well as a Les Paul. Also a Fender Tele Elite
Mesa Boogie amplifier
Roland Jazz Chorus amplifier
Used A/B box for clean and distortion sounds – amplifier generated.
Real Tube distortion pedal.
Dean Markley Strings. Medium guage which start at .11
Picks – Blue or Purple Tortex. Heavy picks in general.

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What are your real names?
It wouldn’t be any fun if you knew…am I right? It’s probably not too hard to find out but you’ll have to do the work yourself.

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How much did Rodney weigh?
I’m not sure, but Mojo Nixon used to tease us about our short size. Hey – all of us are taller than the artist formerly known as Prince though. We played a show in Minneapolis way back in the 7th street Entry, which is a smaller club off of the main large club known as The 1st Avenue. All night, the staff was saying that Prince was in the building (he used to hang out in the big club – it’s the one that you can see in the Purple Rain movie). We all thought that they were kidding. During the last song of the night by the headlining band on our show (Ring Theatre – one of the worst bands we’ve ever played with), Prince and Sheila E walked into the room and Ring Theatre gave them their drums and bass to play a song with. Sheila and the "Purple One" jammed for a few minutes and then disappeared. Very strange.

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Are the milkmen albums available on vinyl?
Our first few were released on vinyl and cassette, but during our career the CD became the most popular format for music. I think the last Milkmen album released on vinyl was Metaphysical Graffiti.

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Have you played in Hawaii? Where have you played?
We have played a show in every state except New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska. We’ve driven through every state except Alaska. We played a radio station festival show in Hawaii in the big clock tower building that you can see in the opening credits of "Hawaii 5-0". We stayed in Wakiki for three days and lived like kings!
We’ve toured Europe twice. The first time was during the Gulf War. Not too easy to be an American in Europe at the time. We drove around Northern Europe for the first two weeks in constant snow. Dave Blood and I (Dean) walked around Oslo, Norway in practically every piece of clothing we had with us to protect ourselves from the temperatures in the teens. All I had for my feet was two pairs of socks and some Converse All Stars. I figured we would never get back there again, better see what I could. European countries we’ve played in: England, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Austria, Yugoslavia, and France.

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What was on your Tour Rider?
A "rider" is a list of extra things a band or performer wants in addition to the money being paid for their perfomance. Ours was pretty easy to deal with:
6 clean white towels
6 liters of spring water
1 case domestic beer – NO COORS
1 6-pack Guiness Stout
1 bouquet fresh cut flowers for the dressing room.
1 local newspaper
1 case soda
Fresh cut lemons
Tea and coffee
Either a dinner or a $10 "buy-out" for each band member and crew person (we preferred the money – you wouldn’t believe some of the things promoters called edible).

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Who are F.O.D.
F.O.D. stands for "Flag of Democracy" – a great band from Philly who are still around (They just played the Benefit show with us in November 2004). I think they have some CD’s out on a German label. We used to play and go to the local all ages hardcore punk shows back in the mid 80′s with them.

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Krystal Shyt?
Crystal Ship was a Doors cover band that played the New Jersey Shore/East Coast club scene in the late 70′s and early 80′s. It seemed like every time you turned on the radio, some ad was blasting about their upcoming show.

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"Song for Michael’s Pipe" – translation?
This song was included on the lyric sheet of Metaphysical Graffiti. Written by Mr. Blood.
Never recorded but included for a fun decoding activity.

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Who sang "Lets get the baby high"?
Rod sang the high parts and Joe sang the low parts. Their voices were processed through a pitch transposer.

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What are Rod, Joe, and Dean up to now/recently?
Rod: Rod and his wife Vienna had a great band called "Burn Witch Burn" – a six-piece Celtic/Gothic/Bluegrass/Punk/Slavic band. They released a CD on Razler Records. Check out Rodney’s own website.

Joe: Joe does video and Web development work for a company that distributes videos for Universities and colleges. Joe has also had a few band projects over the past several years. The Low Budgets are his main musical outlet right now. For awhile he was in the "The Town Managers". They released two 4-song 7-inch records and were also on a few compilations. They also did some touring in the Northeast USA.

Dean: I work for an energy management and information company that has online tools for energy managers. I do Web interface development there. Musically I have been playing in The Big Mess Orchestra. Check out the Bigmess Web Site. We play one or two times a year in the Trocadero (where the Milkmen’s "Chaos Rules" was recorded), in which we have a German cabaret. By that I mean the show is hosted by the fabulous “Carlotta Ttendant” and the band backs up many different singers. Besides songs, the Big Mess Cabaret Players perform burlesque skits and dance troupes perform dances. An extravaganza you must see to believe.

Dave: Dave had attended graduate school at a university in the midwest. He was studying the Eastern European area in and around what used to be known as Yugoslavia. He became interested in this region after we toured there in 1991. We were in Europe as the Gulf War started and played three shows in the former Yugoslavia. In fact, things heated up considerably the day we left the country (I don’t know if our playing there had much to do with it), we were lucky to get out since many of the roads and border points were closing. Sadly David took his own life on the night of March 9th, 2004.

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Can I have an autographed "8×10" photo of you guys?
Sorry, none to send out. But hey, if you’re reading this on-line then you have access to pictures from the website right?

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Why can’t I get "Soul Rotation" and "Not Richard, But Dick" in stores?
Both CDs were released by Hollywood Records. Both have sadly gone out of print. By that I mean that they were not promoted well and Hollywood let them disappear. They didn’t sell well and were not liked by critics and some fans. I wouldn’t be surprised if boxes of product were sitting in a warehouse someplace. Not Richard, But Dick was one of my (Dean) favorites. Rod was a big fan of Soul Rotation.

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Why aren’t there any songs from "Soul Rotation" or "Not Richard, But Dick" on the hits compilation?
Hollywood Records would not give us permission to include tracks from these discs. They tell us that they have an option to release their own CD of hits and may someday do that. (!#?*@)

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Can I get the "Now We Are 10" CD?
We pressed 1000 of these ourselves between record contracts to sell to our fans through the newzletter. Originally only folks on the newzletter list were able to get this disc. Our mailing list at the time was at about 8000 people. We sold most of them this way and towards the end took the 100 or so that were left on tour. They disappeared rather quickly. This disc has stuff from the early self produced cassette tapes we sold at all age hard core shows (Milkmen Stomp comes from these tapes). I would love it if Restless would help us re-release this someday.

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Boxers or briefs?
Uh…briefs. All of us I think.

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Do you have any T-shirts for sale? A video compilation?
WE got your T-shirts right here! Video compilation? YES! – the Philadelphia In Love DVD was released in the fall of 2003. It contains all our studio videos, live footage and more.

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Does the band have a snail mail address? What is it?
Yes we do. The address that was on our albums/CD covers is no longer valid. We shut it down a few years ago. You can still contact us using email though.

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Can I still get the banner poster and pin?
Sorry – none left. When we released the CD "Death Rides A Pale Cow" we offered a free poster and pin to those who mailed in a card. All supplies are now long gone.

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Would you guys do an interview with my zine?
Sure – if we have time. Just email the questions and one of us will answer them and email them back. Please send us a copy of the zine when it comes out.

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Can I put a link to your page on my page?
Please do. I can’t link your page from ours though, unless it’s a Dead Milkmen related page only.

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What TV shows/movies have DM songs in them?
Midnight Caller – "Big Lizard"
Beavis and Butthead – "Punk Rock Girl" and "Smokin’ Banana Peels"
Rush Week – "Instant Club Hit"
Sleep Away Camp 2 – "Instant Club Hit"
It’s Pat – "How It’s Gonna Be"

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What are some of the bands you toured with or played shows with?
(in no particular order)

Possum Dixon – We took these guys out on several tours.
Daniel Johnston
Mojo Nixon – Mojo, we and the Cave Dogs all went on a two month tour together.
The Cave Dogs
Butthole Surfers – Played a New Years Eve show in Washington DC with them and the Cramps. Gibby sang on our Metaphysical Graffiti CD
Glass Eye – Met them in Philly. We had Brian the Bass player produce three of our CDs in Austin TX.
Scratch Acid – They stayed at our West Philly house once.
Mary’s Danish
Nixon’s Head – Local boys who are still rocking. Check out www.groovedisques.com
Camper Van Beethoven – We returned form a tour once to find them camped out in our house. Played a few shows with them various places.
Husker Du
The Minutemen
JFA
The Vandals
The Angry Samoans
The Dickies
The Ramones
Buck Naked and the Bare Bottom Boys
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – we opened 6 or 7 shows on the BloodSugarSexMagic tour.
Two Free Stooges!
The Replacements – At the Tower Theater in Philly. I sat in for Slim on a band photo backstage. If anyone has a copy, I’d love to see it.
Yo La Tengo – 3 shows in Austria. Watched their amazing set while the movie Koyaanisqatsi played behind them.
Seam – same bill as above.
Salt-N-Pepa – at a Temple University Spring Fling. Crowd did not want to see us.
The FU’s
Iggy Pop
The Cramps
F.O.D.
Faith No More – they opened up for us a couple of times.
Mr. Bungle – a weird show in Northern CA.
Billygoat
Material Issue
Ween – Played a show in Dallas where we both opened for the Fleshtones. Many drinks later, we were not too kind to the headliner…
The Fleshtones
Royal Cresent Mob
Killbilly
Elvis Hitler
Hostile Amish
Flaming Lips
fIREHOSE
The Walking Ruins
Reverend Horton Heat – In Amsterdam.
Living Color – several shows.
Sun City Girls
Thinking Fellers Union
2 Live Crew
Fishbone
Ghost of An American Airman
Dramarama
Debbie Gibson – on a bill at a radio station annual concert in NJ.
Ben Vaughn Combo
Duran Duran – on a bill at a radio station annual concert in SF.
The Cranberries – at the same radio station annual concert above.
Urge Overkill – at the same radio station annual concert above.
Green Day – ‘Dookie’ was just coming out. At Slims in SF.
Violent Femmes
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Soul Asylum
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet

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