The Dils

The Dils

Once labelled as "California's The Clash" for the extreme left-wing ideas expressed in their revolutionary songs, The Dils were part of the very first wave of the L.A. Punk scene. In 1977 What? Records released their debut 7" "I Hate The Rich / You're Not Blank", a real manifesto of their ideas. Two other 7"s followed until their split in 1980.

The Dils were the most political American Punk band active in 1977, They came across as Commies, which was very controversial at the time. Back then, being a pinko was enough to get you killed, or at least attacked in the street. While just about everyone in the L.A. scene zoomed in on The Damned or Sex Pistols as their prime influences,The Dils took notice of The Clash. And they were clearly listening to The Clash a lot, hence the vague resemblance to the Clash on their first two singles, I Hate The Rich and 198 Seconds Of The Dils (both 1977). With scratchy, biscuit-tin production, the four adrenaline-shots on these 45s last less than seven minutes in total and they are essential, directly addressing such topics as the rich-poor divide and the complacency of hippies.
They actually formed in Carlsbad (an affluent coastal resort city in the northern region of San Diego County) before moving first to San Francisco - where bassist Tony Kinman was breifly in the Avengers) and swiftly to L.A.
After a two year gap, Chip and Tony Kinman, who were the axis of the trio, returned with a three-sided EP, Made In Canada, which was a far more melodic affair, offering hints at their future as leaders of the country-punk band Rank & File. It was their last record,
All seven of these studio cuts, an unreleased demo ('Blow Up!') and a load of poorly recorded live material formed the basis of Dils Dils Dils. It goes without saying that it is required listening. The crappily recorded live tracks on side two, from 1978-1979, demonstrate how strong their arsenal of material was, making their inability to record an album all the sadder.
Live! compiles fourteen songs recorded at gigs between 1977 and 1980, and among singles sides like ‘You’re Not Blank’ and ‘It’s Not Worth It’ are nearly-as-good numbers like ‘Gimme A Break’ and ‘Modern Don Juan’.
Quoted in 1977 as saying that “all great revolutionaries are conscious of the fact that the revolution never ends”, the Kinmans have carried revolutions since, teaming up with Alejandro Escavado as Rank And File, which lasted a few years, and then forming the punk-industrial Blackbird.

The Kinman brothers continued their music activities with the new band Rank & File.

The Dils line up:

Jeffrey Scott - lead vocals
Josef Marc - drums
Tony Kinman - bass
Chip Kinman - lead guitar

Chip Kinman - guitar, vocals
Tony Kinman - bass, vocals
Andre Alqover - drums

Chip Kinman - guitar, vocals
Tony Kinman - bass, vocals
Rand McNally - drums

Tony Kinman - bass, vocals
Chip Kinman - guitar, vocals
Bill Chobotar AKA Zippy Pinhead - drums

Chip Kinman - vocals, guitar
Tony Kinman - vocals, bass
John Silvers - drums
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The Dils Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

The Dils 198 Seconds Of The Dils (Single) Dangerhouse, Dangerhouse, Dangerhouse US 1977 Sell This Version
The Dils I Hate The Rich (Single) What Records? US 1977 Sell This Version
RR 001 The Dils Made In Canada(7", Single + 7", S/Sided, Single) Rogelletti Records RR 001 Canada 1980 Sell This Version


The Dils Live! (Comp) Triple X Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Dils* Dils Dils Dils (Comp) Lost Records (6) US 1990 Sell This Version
The Dils Class War (Comp) Bacchus Archives US 2000 Sell This Version
The Dils Dils Dils Dils (Comp) Bacchus Archives US 2001 Sell This Version

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