MDC
Millions Of Dead Cops


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben Jimenez USER (36 Reviews)
August 19th, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For what the hardcore punk documentary "American Hardcore" represented, "Millions of Dead Cops" encapsulates with a lot less fluff.

I remember…walking out of the theatre thinking to myself “My God, that film could have been so much better.” It seemed like the documentary American Hardcore was thrown together rather than organized and ended up being a poor amalgamation of acts and actions at the time, though the sentiment was well understood. Among the hardcore punk acts featured were MDC, whose song “I Remember” is symbolic of the reasons that spawned the hardcore movement. It’s the highlight of their 1982 release Millions of Dead Cops, a spitting attack on a modern, ignorant society. For what American Hardcore represented, Millions of Dead Cops encapsulates with a lot less fluff.

MDC hails out of Austin, Texas, a fine launching point for their mission against the “army of the rich” and the “pompous hair shirted sooth sayers.” To MDC, these enemies are tearing down their fellow man by spreading ignorance, racism, sexism, homophobia, and using the law to strip minority groups of their dignity. Equating the KKK, mafia, and the police as the “anti-brotherhood,” MDC instructs its listeners to “…take your stand…There’s no God in heaven so get off your knees.” Their ideas are liberal at a minimum but usually radically progressive when gripping the microphone.

If you’re not turned off by now (or if you’re turned on), you still haven’t passed the album jacket. Once you get past the line of cops on the album cover, or the split drawing of a police officer/clan member holding a gun in your direction, you’re submerged into a stunning hardcore extravaganza. Since a lot of hardcore punk lacks variety, MDCs creative instrumental talents bleed through vocalist Dave Dictor’s snarls, differentiating MDC from average hardcore acts. MDC controls tempo throughout the album with funky breakdowns (“Dick for Brains,” “John Wayne Was a Nazi”) and quick drumroll transitions that ignite the rest of their crew (“Corporate Deathburger,” “Dead Cops/America’s So Straight”). Millions of Dead Cops is unrelenting, disguised as a repetitive freight train of sound, but surrounded by well-constructed grooves and hooks. It storms around with ferocious angst, but maintains a clever approach throughout the album to stay concentrated.

Cleverness and intelligence go hand in hand, hinting wisdom and critical thinking abilities of a higher level. MDC employs very cynical lyrics with a heightened awareness of their surroundings, lending a metaphorical hand to the oppressed and uninformed. Their song “Dead Cops/America’s So Straight” is a dual confrontation of the police and homophobic Americans, questioning “What makes America so straight and me so bent?” The transitions within the song demonstrate significant innovation as the song rotates subject matter with ease. The attacks of Americans are perpetual, whether it’s criticizing John Wayne’s image for legitimizing the Klan’s propaganda, or hammering away at the mindless citizens with “grey buildings, grey people, grey food, grey walls.” There are also the entertaining light-hearted critiques of American lifestyle, with the brutally honest portrayal in “My Family is a Little Weird,” and the common adolescent failures addressed in “Dick for Brains.” It’s fun for the whole family.

Millions of Dead Cops is fast, smart, and creative. It blends a direct hardcore approach with a few twists to become one of the most unique hardcore albums of its time. The majority of its perspectives thrive at their end of the spectrum, with the views founded on a society that prefers “Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the rest of us.” You would be wise to avoid American Hardcore in favor of an album that can sum up the whole deal in less than half the time.



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nickpcharrette
August 19th 2007


110 Comments


cool review i enjoy this album somewhat, not my favorite hardcore punk band

about american hardcore, I know this kind of sounds like a cliche if you will, but the book was way better

descendents1
August 19th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the book was totally better

tom79
August 19th 2007


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've heard of this but still need to hear it. Great review too man.

Digging: Nai Harvest - Whatever

descendents1
August 20th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Tom. You are forever my idol.

But yeah dude, this album is pretty hard to find so you'll probably need to go to a punk store to find it or just special order it. It comes with a second disc called More Dead Cops which isn't nearly as energetic but still entertaining.

smokersdieyounger
August 20th 2007


672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good review, really good record.

Aficionado
August 20th 2007


1027 Comments


This is a great review,

I never realized Million dead cops was the acronym for
MDCThis Message Edited On 08.20.07

kitsch
August 6th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ahh, good ol hardcore

BOBONICKMAD
June 1st 2010


6 Comments


Radical and powerful lyrics but that doesn't justify in my mind this record appreciation in the hardcore genre,the band is a rather average hardcore band whit not to interesting lyrics and a pretty bad singer.

Meatplow
June 1st 2010


5524 Comments


Pretty cool album, forgot all about this one.

Funeralopolis
April 27th 2012


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

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Adabelle
May 13th 2012


4258 Comments


So i hear this is good?

GhettoHmbrglr
January 15th 2014


598 Comments


i don't often hear music in my dreams but sometimes i do, and it's even rarer for it to be a song i am familiar with.. but anyways the other night i had a dream that i was running down the streets in a city doing tons of crazy parkour and kung-fu shit, kicking and punching everyone who got in my way and all the while the song "business on parade" was playing in the background. it was.. exhilarating. wish it was real life.

Wadlez
January 15th 2014


4651 Comments


It takes a nation of millions of dead cops to hold me back

Funeralopolis
March 11th 2014


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck da police

Funeralopolis
March 19th 2014


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album

Funeralopolis
March 19th 2014


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This had to have been one of the most angry and brutal albums ever in 1982

Funeralopolis
June 21st 2014


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

corporate deathburger ronald macdonald



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