The humor in the Dead Milkmen music wasn’t labored. It was a natural expression of our selves. I think we often talked about serious issues but tempered the delivery with humor – if only to prevent us from getting weighed down with the shit that was going on. We also thought the hardcore punk scene that we began playing shows in took themselves way too seriously. Our attitude was that this all should be fun.
Rodney is one of the funniest and smartest persons I know. He can think fast on his feet and he still cracks me up!
I think humor brings people together, and by having a sense of humor we were able to bring the crowd to us more. Some bands cultivate the em>”we’re special up here – keep your distance” vibe. We were trying to get to know the local crowd. After all – wasn’t the “punk ethos” something like, “Everyone can do it! Anyone can be in a band!”.
As an aside – one of the items on our “rider” was a local newspaper. This provided a little local information sometimes that we could play off of on stage.
Now, enjoy a whole mess of Dead Milkmen videos here!