D.I.

Suburbia Sessions 1983

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If you were an emerging punk band back in the early '80s, you had one choice to achieve success -- tour, tour, tour -- as there was absolutely a snowball's chance in hell that MTV or radio was going to lend any support. But a few bands managed to make a name for themselves in other ways, such as D.I., who used an appearance in the cult classic Penelope Spheeris film Suburbia to kick-start their career. As stated by its title, the 2008 DVD Suburbia Sessions 1983 is a snapshot of the original lineup of the band (filmed by Flipside), captured at a rehearsal space around the same time that Suburbia was filmed. The group (led by Casey Royer) runs through almost all the songs on its classic debut, 1984's Team Goon, including "Venus De Milo," "Reagan der Führer," and "Richard Hung Himself," as well as such covers as the Stooges' "Loose" and the Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz." Since it's a rehearsal, no over the top stage antics are on display, as in some of MVD's other punk releases from this era (namely Bad Brains' Live at CBGB 1982 and the Dead Kennedys' The Early Years Live). However, D.I. had already mastered their inaugural classics even at this early stage of the game, as evidenced by Suburbia Sessions 1983. And as a bonus, you also get footage of D.I. goofing around inside and outside their rehearsal space.

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