The Dead Milkmen: “Big Lizard in my Backyard”

One of the more interesting things about this record is how my appreciation of it has changed over the years. When it was new and I was young, I responded best to the tracks with the more obvious, in-your-face offensive lyrics (“Takin’ Retards to the Zoo,” “Rastabilly,” “Tiny Town”). But now it’s the more subtle (well, by Dead Milkmen standards, anyway) songs that barely got a second listen from me in 1986 that hold my attention, especially “Serrated Edge” and “Spit Sink.” Go figure.

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