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Music / Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

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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 Trope Namer and Trope Codifier of Crossover Thrash, and is a Trope Maker in the genre, along with Suicidal Tendencies, Stormtroopers of Death, MOD, and COC.


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

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