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D.R.I.: Live At The O.D. Ranch in KC, MO 06-24-84

December 22nd, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

You know, I still fucking love early D.R.I. Admittedly they kinda lost me after “Dealing With It”, but there are still plenty of days when I’m in the mood for those first two 7″s (or the first 12″ & the “Violent Pacification” single, or the first CD, or however you wanna look at it). I don’t know if it’s the era, the songs, the crude recording quality, the pre-Metal writing structure, the youthful energy or just the freshness of my own personal exposure to hyper fast noisy Hardcore (maybe only the earliest Gang Green cuts came close), but its hard to top those first few years of total AUGHHHHHHHHH!

This show was held at the “O.D. Ranch” (the Orange Doe-Nuts’ upstairs loft and namesake of their LP “Back at the Ranch” — I seem to recall that they were later evicted after being charged with “partying during office hours” when Tales of Terror played), and for a house party the sound was really pretty good. D.R.I.’s show was right in the middle of a near-solid week of KC gigs (Sluglords: 6/22/84, The Freeze: 6/23/84, Nick Cave: 6/25/84, JFA: 6/26/84, The Faction: 6/29/84), but even in the midst of my live music sensory overload they managed to make a strong impression. The O.D. Ranch certainly was a cool space and this gig was SweatyHotPacked with plenty of energy and some exuberant (but contained) slamming that looked like a tiny ball of elbows if viewed from a vantage. In listening back I can still ID half of the people who joined in on the mic, and right after the band was done I dashed up to snag one of those giant ceiling-to-floor butcher paper setlists, the spoils of this act triumphantly hanging upon my bedroom wall for months. Considering all of the tiny stuff I’ve held on to over time I have no idea how I eventually managed to lose track of something that huge, but I did. Ah well, at least the recording remains.

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D.R.I.: Live At The O.D. Ranch in KC, MO 06-24-84 (192 kbps)
01 I Don’t Need Society (1:19)
02 Reaganomics (0:34)
03 Commuter Man (0:51)
04 Plastique (0:18)
05 Why? (0:31)
06 Balance Of Terror (0:36)
07 My Fate To Hate (0:22)
08 Who Am I? (0:31)
09 Money Stinks (0:41)
10 Human Waste (0:20)
11 Yes Ma’am (1:34)
12 Denis’ Problems (0:44)
13 Closet Punk (1:07)
14 How To Act (1:00)
15 Taxes Back (0:48)
16 Equal People (0:42)
17 On My Way Home (1:01)
18 The Beginning Of The End (0:50)
19 Bail Out (1:45)
20 Snap (1:06)
21 The Explorer (1:31)
22 Slit My Wrists (0:21)
23 Busted Again (1:28)
24 Stupid Stupid War (0:50)
25 Counter Attack (0:18)
26 I’d Rather Be Sleeping (1:39)
27 Running Around (0:52)
28 Couch Slouch (1:25)
29 To Open Closed Doors (1:05)
30 God Is Broke (1:00)
31 Soup Kitchen (1:58)
32 Sad To Be (1:53)
33 War Crimes (1:28)
34 Busted (0:41)
35 Draft Me (0:23)
36 First Round Draft Choice (0:32)
37 Capitalist Suck (0:30)
38 Madman (0:43)
39 Misery Loves Company (0:36)
40 No Sense (1:27)
41 Blockhead (3:19)
42 Karma (3:13)
43 No People (2:46)
44 Violent Pacification (Incomplete) (0:51)

  1. Coby
    December 24th, 2008 at 14:17 | #1

    Hey Jason, stumbled across your blog this AM. It has been a fun read and a blast from the past! Saint Louis is treating us well and we are coming back to Tucson for a visit in May. I drove over to KC back in October to see a black metal show with Matt Bramlette (and drove to Chicago the week earlier to see Watain from Sweden). Obviously, it were these formative years that were life-changing for some of us. Enough, to keep driving hours to see a band at 40 yrs. old! btw. I remember this DRI show well…

  2. Jason
    January 1st, 2009 at 21:52 | #2

    Coby! Great to hear from you sir. Glad you found the site & I hope you’ll like some of the crap I’m planning to throw onto here (clearly this bodes well for “Mental Crisis: The Complete Recordings”). And yeah there’s no question these formative years did a number on me too, luckily it’s a process that has never really stopped.

    By the way I saw some design work of Matt’s while poking around & doing research for a few posts; very nice stuff (kindly extend my best to him). Heh, if only I had the archives to post a full run of “Radioactive Waste”.

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