The Dead Milkmen are alive and kicking 

We have to admit that one of THE funniest songs ever released was “Instant Club Hit (You’ll Dance To Anything)” by the late, lamented Dead Milkmen, who officially disbanded back in ’95.

It was a fanged, venomous putdown of the Goth rock scene, with sneeringly memorable lyrics like “Oh. Baby look at you/Don’t you look like Siouxsie Sioux ... You wear black clothes say you’re poetic/The sad truth is you’re just pathetic.” And, of course, the capper: “80 pounds of makeup on your art-school skin/80 points of IQ located within.”

Why, oh why, did such snippy snarksters (also of “Bitchin’ Camaro”/”Punk Rock Girl” renown) ever have to break up?

If you loved ’em like we did, good news: The Dead Milkmen are back!



With their first effort in 16 years, “The King In Yellow,” on Oct. 25, and with original members Rodney Anonymous, Joe Jack Talcum, and Dean Clean intact, plus new bassist Dan Stevens.

The Philly combo first regrouped in 2008 for the FunFunFun Festival in Austin, but enjoyed each other’s company so much they kept right on scheduling dates.

Last year and early this year, they finally returned to the studio again, to arrive at suitably snotty new anthems like “Quality Of Death,” “Solvents (For Home And Industry),” and the self-explanatory “Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song.”

They’re headlining Philadelphia’s Riot Fest this Saturday. Otherwise, all hail their comeback at www.deadmilkmen.com.

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