D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles)
The Dirty Rotten Imbeciles formed on May 2, 1982 in the city of Houston, from the ashes of the hardcore outfit Suburbanites. The original line-up consisted of Spike Cassidy on guitar, Kurt Brecht on vocals, Eric Brecht on drums and Dennis Johnson on bass guitar, which was basically the Suburbanites with Cassidy on guitar. Cassidy's roommate played guitar in the Suburbanites.
They initially went under the name U.S.D.R.I for a brief period of time before shortening it to D.R.I. Presumably, the "U.S." stood for the band, as mentioned in interviews off of the extended version on the Dirty Rotten CD. You can find photos of the band with the U.S.D.R.I logo. The "Skanker Man" logo was designed by original drummer Eric Brecht as a high school art assignment to create a "corporate" logo. He received an "A" on it.
On November 6 & 7, 1982, D.R.I. recorded their first release, the Dirty Rotten EP , fitting 22 songs into 18 minutes on a 7" EP. Only 1000 copies of this EP version were pressed, making it now a very rare collector's item. Demand caused this EP to be pressed into a 12" LP version, released in 1983, aptly titled Dirty Rotten LP .
D.R.I.'s second full-length release, Dealing With It , came in March 1985. The group toured extensively in support of the album. During the recording of the album, Josh took a leave from the band. Mikey Offender (bass player of The Offenders) was asked to play for the album, although Spike played bass on the songs that Mikey didn't have time to learn.
The songs on Dealing With It leaned slightly towards a metal direction, but still kept the band's thrashcore sound.
When Felix joined D.R.I. in 1984 he brought a new audience to the shows. The next three years the band toured and started developing a new genre, (along with other pioneers) crossover. Their third album, Crossover , released in 1987, was suitingly named since the songs on this album had a strong metal sound to them. As the band began to "crossover" to thrash, their songs became longer, slower, and more complex. The press has called D.R.I. the major band of the "crossover" movement, a style that combined hardcore punk and heavy metal. This music invited a mixed audience of punks, skinheads, and metal fans to their shows.
The Live At The Ritz video was recorded next, on June 27, 1987, at The Ritz in New York, during the band's worldwide Crossover tour.
In February 1988, the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles returned to the studio to record Four Of A Kind . The songs on this album continued in the band's metal style. They released a music video for the song "Suit and Tie Guy", and the Dirty Rotten LP was remixed to include the songs from the Violent Pacification EP , and was re-released.
September 1989 brought the release of Thrash Zone . Two music videos were released from this album, "Beneath the Wheel" and "Abduction". In 1990, Felix Griffin left the group and was replaced by Rob Rampy.
During early 1992, Definition was released on Rotten Records. A music video was released for the song "Acid Rain". The video would later be featured in an episode of MTV's Beavis and Butthead.
In 1995, D.R.I. released Full Speed Ahead . They also made another music video, this time for a song called " Syringes In The Sandbox ".
D.R.I. entered a Southern California studio in October 2014 to begin record an EP containing new material. It was produced by Bill Metoyer, who produced the band's third, fourth and fifth studio albums Crossover , 4 of a Kind and Thrash Zone . Vocalist Kurt Brecht has described the EP as "more punk rock than metal". The EP, titled But Wait...There's More! , was released on June 10, 2016.