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Millions of Dead Cops

4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Genre: Popular Music
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Release Date: 28-AUG-1991

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MDC's terse 1982 debut was a blazing dose of funky, politically charged hardcore. Dave Dictor and company attacked issues like Phil Ochs on crack and backed up their high-speed manifestos (including "John Wayne Was a Nazi" and "Corporate Deathburger") with music that hit harder than Mike Tyson. They couldn't keep it up though, and More Dead Cops, the 1988 companion piece that fills out this disc, is a pale reminder of the band's early prime. The topics on Millions might seem a bit dated now, but none of the aggression does; Dictor jumps out of these grooves ready to rip your head off so he can pour his propaganda straight down your throat. --Michael Ruby

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Business On Parade
  2. Dead Cops/America's So Straight
  3. Born To Die
  4. Corporate Deathburger
  5. Violent Rednecks
  6. I Remember
  7. John Wayne Was A Nazi
  8. Dick For Brains
  9. I Hate Work
  10. My Family Is A Little Weird
  11. Greedy & Pathetic
  12. Church & State
  13. Kill The Light
  14. American Achievements
  15. John Wayne Was A Nazi
  16. Born To Die
  17. Multi Death Corporation
  18. Selfish Shit
  19. Radioactive Chocolate
  20. No Place To Piss
  21. Kleptomaniac
  22. Chicken Squawk
  23. Pecking Order
  24. Pay To Come Along
  25. Evolution In Rock
  26. Spanish Castle Magic
  27. Born Under A Bad Sign


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: R Radical Records
  • ASIN: B000003C5O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There is a review below, "Millions of Dead Californians," that claims MDC were part of some sort of (liberal/PC) "California thing."

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.
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If something positive could be said about the Reagan era, it was that it caused music like this to exist. This is some of the the angriest hardcore ever, and some of the best protest music as well. These guys were pissed off, disgusted, and enraged, and you can really hear it. The classics are all on this disc, the Millions of Dead Cops LP, the Multi-Death Corporations EP, and the Millions of Dead Children EP. 'Death of A Nun' is here, but re-titled 'Peking Order.' It's the same studio recording, but with completely different vocals/lyrics patched in. I preferred Death of A Nun. Once again, this is an absolute must-have for those who are seeking out the cream of the early hardcore scene crop, when "punk" referred to a true social movement, not just another genre of watered down music on the radio.

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!
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Blistering paced tunes about the f'up world we live in...This CD got played at least ten thousand times in my teens...At the time MDC were the KIngs of Hardcore punk...every song on this offering is GREAT, a classic!!! If you only own 1 MDC cd it should be this one. If you only want to own 1 hardcore punk cd, this one is arguably the best choice...
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Includes such classics as "corporate deathburger" and "john wayne was a nazi" here is maximum rock n' roll's old poster children with a nice slab of music for you. Ripping buzzsaw guitar, fiercely biting political lyrics, and everyone's favriote gay Texan Dave Dictor as the mouth piece. This them in their at finest, because later they would fizzle and get mediocre and uninteresting like alot of those old bands did...
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i get blown away everytime i hear this record. dave dictor's droning, yet interesting vocals and brutally true lyrics make this band so great. musically, they are pretty good too. short songs, mostly about a minute. this compiles the first lp, millions of dead cops, the john wayne was a ..., multi-death corporations, and millions of dead children 7"es with two fairly disposable classic rock covers.
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This is a great CD first because it compiles a bunch of MDC's early releases onto one disc. Secondly, the Millions of Dead Cops half really is a classic, early 80's old school punk staple. "Corporate Deathburger," "Dead Cops," "My Family's Just a Little Weird," and "John Wayne Was a Nazi," all punk classics. The More Dead Cops half, though, I like even more, because I like to see a band experiment, or see a band mix humor, a message, and punk together... "Radioactive Chocolate" and "Chicken Squawk," for example. Also, there's a slower, more funky version of "John Wayne Was a Nazi." Sometimes I like one better, sometimes the other. Get this disc for some real punk.
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MDC-Millions Of Dead Cops/More Dead Cops ****1/2

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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