Formed in Houston, Texas in 1982, the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I. for short) started from the remains of the hardcore band Suburbanites with Kurt Brecht on vocals, Spike Cassidy on guitar, Eric Brecht on drums, and Dennis Johnson on bass. Although the positions of bassist and drummer in the band would change, Kurt and Spike have remained in their positions since the beginning.

The band has a very dedicated fanbase, despite never gaining much attention (Beavis and Butthead reviewing Acid Rain is about as "mainstream" as they got) and are probably best known as the TropeNamer and TropeCodifier of Crossover Thrash, and is a TropeMaker in the genre, along with Music/SuicidalTendencies, Music/StormtroopersOfDeath, MOD, and COC.



* 1983 -- ''Dirty Rotten LP''
* 1985 -- ''Dealing With It''
* 1987 -- ''Crossover''
* 1988 -- ''4 of a Kind''
* 1989 -- ''Thrash Zone''
* 1992 -- ''Definition''
* 1995 -- ''Full Speed Ahead''

D.R.I. provides examples of the following tropes:

* AdultFear: Abduction and Syringes in the Sandbox.
* AppropriatedAppellation: The name came from Kurt Brecht's father complaining about the group playing in his house and calling them "a bunch of dirty rotten imbeciles".
* BrokenRecord: Equal People only has the lines "Look at you, then look at me/There's no difference I can see" repeated again and again.
** Who Am I? also has this.
** "Reaganomics" has a total of four different words used in its lyrics: "Reagonomics killing me / Reaganomics killing me / Reaganomics killing me / Reaganomics killing you".
* [[DualMeaningChorus Dual Meaning Song]]: The aforementioned Equal People can be seen as either [[ "a plea for understanding or a sarcastic comment on the ideas that gave way to the political correctness phenomenon"]].
* GreenAesop: Acid Rain.
* HeavyMeta: Thrashard.
* KarmaHoudini: The protagonist of Slumlord.
* KillThePoor: Again, Slumlord.
* {{Mascot}}: The Skanking Man, also known as Moshman and the Thrashing Man, which was designed by Eric Brecht for a corporate logo, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki. It appears on pretty much anything D.R.I. related, such as shirts, album art, etc.
** To a lesser extent, the soldier on the Dirty Rotten LP.
* MotorMouth: Kurt Brecht is this, bordering on TheUnintelligible.
* PrecisionFStrike: Stupid, Stupid War's "nothing to fight ''fucking'' for" stands out.
* ProtestSong: Naturally, coming from a punk band. Examples include: I Don't Need Society, Snap, Do The Dream, Suit and Tie Guy, Violent Pacification, Stupid, Stupid War...
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Slumlord, Abduction, Beneath The Wheel...let's just say there's a few of their songs that use this trope.
* ReligionRantSong: "God Is Broke", about corrupt religious leaders exploiting believers for money.
* SomethingBlues: Nursing Home Blues.
** Soup Kitchen is sometimes labeled as "Soup Kitchen Blues".
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Problem Addict.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* TropeNamer: For the genre of crossover thrash.