THE DEAD MILKMEN + SMALL WIGS + GENTLEMAN JUNKIE @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM
Photos by Leslie Kalohi
“For a punk rock band, we have a lot of synthesizers!” joked The Dead Milkmen’s Rodney Anonymous at the Teragram Ballroom, as the band proceeded into a sprawling monologue about The Monkees ahead of “Bitchin’ Camaro.”
The Dead Milkmen have never been your typical punk rock band, dabbling in different musical genres with an emphasis on strong melodic undertones and verbal gymnastics.
The influential band packed a wallop of a raucous time into its nearly 90 minute set, featuring a steady stream of hits spanning over three decades with barely a pause. The Dead Milkmen even launched into its most iconic hit, “Punk Rock Girl” with Joe Jack Talcum on lead vocals, right at the beginning of the night. This set up the infectious energy from the start, as fans of all ages moshed, danced, and crowd surfed while screaming along to every lyric to “Beach Party Vietnam,” “I Walk the Thinnest Line,” and “Smokin’ Banana Peels.”