Dog Fashion Disco is an Alternative Metal
band from Rockville, Maryland. Under their original name, 'Hug the Retard', they formed in 1996 by vocalist Todd Smith, keyboardist Jeff Siegel and drummer John Ensminger. According to Word of God
, they changed their name because they thought it was too offensive and could cost them fans. Between then and their final show in 2007, they released seven albums (not including the EPs or live albums). Their subject matter included witches, lepers, serial killers
, evil cults
... You get the idea.
After they broke up in 2007, Todd Smith announced a new project, Polkadot Cadaver, which has a similar style to Dog Fashion Disco. They have released two albums; Purgatory Dance Party
and Sex Offender
They reunited in 2013 and released a new album, Sweet Nothings
, in July 2014.
Dog Fashion Disco provides examples of:
- All Just a Dream...Or Was It a Dream?: The lyrics in the 'elevator music' part of The Hitchhiker. Subverted within the remainder of the song.
- Black Comedy: The lyrical content. Todd Smith's later projects kept this aspect.
- Brown Note: Some people consider "Dead Virgins Don't Sing" to be a real one. With the strange discordant music and the chanting vocals, it can be unsettling. Some people consider it one of the high points of Adultery for that very reason.
- Careful With That Axe: The bridge of The Darkest Days. "You remind me of the flowers...on...your...GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE!"
- Concept Album: Adultery, which is about a seemingly normal guy with a normal job and a normal family life...who's actually a serial killer with split personalities.
- Fan Disservice: Deliberately invoked in the music video for "Leper Friend," which featured a female dwarf in a miniskirt, a pregnant woman with a giant skull instead of a head writhing on a bed, and two women in a bathtub filled with milk and rose petals making out while Todd Smith stares with an insanely creepy look on his face and licks his lips.
- Hell Hotel: Vertigo Motel.
- Lyrical Dissonance: They love this trope.
- Vernal Equinox manages to subvert this until the final verse.
- Masked Luchador: There was one credited as El Death in the music video for "Leper Friend"
- Metal Scream: Usually used sparingly; often justified when you read the lyrics.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Dog Fashion Disco covers a wide range of hardnesses, frequently within the same song. At their softest, such as in "En La Noche" and parts of "Deja Vu," they can go down as far as 2, and in a few songs, such as "Corpse is a Corpse" and "G. Eye Joe," up as high as 9 or even a low 10.
- Monster Clown: "Pogo the Clown", with lyrics about the Real Life example of John Wayne Gacy.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Their 'sound' is based on a mix of metal, jazz, 1970s psychedelic and circus music. They just considered their music (specifically the album Adultery) 'Movie Metal'.
- Satan: Appears in the music video for "Leper Friend." He hires a hooker and she runs away with his money, making this an example of The Devil Is a Loser.
- Shaped Like Itself: "Corpse Is A Corpse".
- Soprano and Gravel: A lot of the songs on Adultery involve Todd Smith alternating between falsetto and 'gravel', most notably in "Sweet Insanity".
- Stop and Go: "Magical Band of Fools" subverts this. After four minutes of silence a completely different song plays: the remake of "Scores for Porn" off an earlier album. (And averted with the iTunes release, which removes the pause and separates the two tracks.)
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "En La Noche" off Experiments in Alchemy is a Latin jazz inspired straight up romantic love song.
- Title Drop: "Cartoon Autopsy", which mentions the album title Anarchists of Good Taste.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: "Plastic Surgeons" is a plastic surgeon's serenade to his White Dwarf Starlet clients.
- Word Salad Title: Though it's subverted for those who think their music is actually disco.