Millions of Dead Cops
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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 28-AUG-1991
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That's odd, considering the band is from Austin, TX, where it got its start as THE STAINS. It was during their Austin, TX, period as THE STAINS that most of the material was written: "John Wayne Was a Nazi," etc. Far from being a "California thing," MDC were actually a "Texas thing," playing with Texas hardcore legends like THE DICKS ("Bourgeois Fascist Pigs," "Dicks Hate the Police," etc.), another "PC/liberal" band that I'm sure the "Millions of Dead californians" reviewer below also hates.
MDC also had a release on CRASS Records -- home to CRASS, CONFLICT, RUDIMENTARY PENI, and other bands, as well. In light of this, to say that MDC were part of some sort of "California thing" -- or that their lyrics are particular to some kind of California zietgeist -- is just dead wrong. In fact, their lyrics reflect much of the trend in hardcore that began in the early 80s as bands became increasingly political. MDC helped spearhead this trend, and this album is one of the seminal documents of that era.
The band did eventually move to California, and from there up to Portland, Oregon, where they exist currently. This, their first album, brought a heightened political awareness that was also reflected in the pre-eminence of bands like the DEAD KENNEDYS, THE SUBHUMANS (UK), and others. Anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-capitalist, anti-religion, anti-right wing in general -- MDC's lyrics cover it all. The music is blisteringly fast, the musicianship is adequate, hovering on the brink of some sort of chaotic abyss, trying to charge ahead before everything collapses -- and the vocals are passionate.Read more ›
EDIT 3/30/15: Beer City has recently released a new "Millenium Edition" which contains everything on this CD, plus an entire 1983 gig at CBGBs and a couple more bonus songs. It also has both Death of a Nun and Pecking Order. Whoo hoo!
Millions Of Dead Cops/More Dead Cops is one of the few truly essential hardcore punk albums from the early 1980's Reagan era American youth. Led by Homosexual lead vocalist David and drummer Alshvitz MDC was force to be scared of. As in your face as every other offensive punk band there ever was and maybe more so. Smart and Intelligent lyrics and serious subjects (but with actual knowledge of the subject unlike most artists) MDC was a truly great Hardcore band and Millions Of Dead Cops/More Dead Cops is their strongest testament to this.
'Dead Cops' is a classic anti-police brutality track, and 'Born To Die' is maybe the most important song of the entire movement. 'Corporate Deathburger' is laughable satire years before the cult movie, 'Super Size Me.' 'John Wayne Was A Nazi' is bold and there is no way around it.
For the hardcore movement and this sub-genre of punk it doesn't get much better than Millions Of Dead Cops/More Dead Cops, MDC nailed it with this one.
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Being an Indian boy from the reservation I was immediately sold on this band when I first heard "John Wayne Was a Nazi" back in high school. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Decker
One the best. Hard, incisive, courageous, and humorous. A precision like Bach's, a toughness like Brutalism. One of the great, essential, furious dissents of '80s. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zarathustra
This is one of my favorite 80's hardcore punk albums ever. Smart, fast and extremely aggressive. Filled with anger and fury about political and social subjects ranging from police... Read morePublished 11 months ago by chris
MDC are a hardcore band from Texas, formed in 1979. This record is a compilation of their "John Wayne" 7 inch, their self-titled debut LP, the two EPs they released shortly after... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Yeravam Hoshama
MDC are not for the meek. It takes a lot to have a record more offensive and
button-pushing than the DEAD KENNEDYS, but with their debut EP, MILLIONS
OF DEAD COPS, MDC... Read more
A must for anyone who embraced the subculture of the 80's.
FYI: They still tour, play live shows for cheap in small venues at breakneck speeds without a note out of place.
Great riffs with smart poignat lyrics. "Corporate Deathburger" ,"My family 's a little weird" & the punk classic "John Wayne was a Nazi". Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Steve Stroben
First of all, John Wayne was not a Nazi. Secondly, MDC were very gay, which made them a little hysterical, when it came to denouncing conservatism. Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by mikespace
I loved this record in the 80s. The funny thing is that bush's usa is even more facsistier than reagan's ever was.Published on November 14, 2007 by Jebus Krispy