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Big Drill Car singer on the possibility of full-fledged reunion

No Echo recently caught up with Big Drill Car frontman Frank Daly to talk about his musical career, personal life and the current status of the band, of which he commented:

“The status of Big Drill Car today is, well, I’ll put it like this: the Big Drill Car has a non-operational registration right now. That’s not to say never, but it is to say not today.”

Big Drill Car, who broke up in 1995, reunited for several shows in 2008 and 2009, and again last January for the benefit show Dondopalooza in Costa Mesa.



Random Cover Song: Big Drill Car – “Freedom of Choice” (Devo)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today, it’s occasionally-reunited California pop punk rockers Big Drill Car covering Devo’s “Freedom of Choice”. The original appears on Devo’s 1980 album of the same title, while Big Drill Car’s version appears on their 1991 long-out of print second album Batch. Check out the cover of “Freedom of Choice” and compare it to the original here.



Punk Rock Trivia: Jim Carrey backed by punks

Most of you have seen the 1996 film The Cable Guy, in which Jim Carrey performed a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love.” What you probably don’t know is that for the recording of the song he was backed by Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks) on guitar, Bob Thomson (Big Drill Car) on bass, and the mysterious ‘Princess Freese’ on drums, who is most likely Josh Freese (The Vandals, A Perfect Circle, Devo and session drummer extraordinaire).

You check out the scene from the karaoke scene from the movie right here.



Punk Rock Trivia: The three alternate titles of Big Drill Car’s debut album

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene unleash a tasty little nugget of punk rock trivia in an effort to blow our readers’ minds. Also, we like to make ourselves feel smart. Today’s “fun factoid” is about the three alternate titles Big Drill Car used for their classic 1989 debut CD Type Thing.

If you bought the album on CD, cassette or vinyl, then you’d realize that the album was actually released under three different titles. For the CD version, it’s called CD Type Thing, while the vinyl format is called Album Type Thing and the cassette version is called Tape Type Thing. All versions are identical, they feature the same album cover and track listing. The gimmick is similar to that of Public Image Ltd.’s 1986 album, Album. Naming an album after any format, like CD Type Thing or Album Type Thing, is something you don’t see in common.

In case you’ve never heard of Big Drill Car, they were a very influential band back in the late ’80s and early ’90s and many consider them pioneers of the pop punk genre. You can check out some awesome tunes from the Type Thing album and the video for “In Green Fields” here.