My Dad Is Dead

Also known as MDID
Members of My Dad Is Dead: Chris Burgess, Doug Gillard, Matt Swanson, Scott Pickering, Shayne Ivy
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.mydadisdead.com, http://www.myspace.com/mydadisdead

Discography of My Dad Is Dead:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Peace, Love & Murder 10 Audio 1990 Houses In Motion
2 My Dad Is Dead 5 Audio 1995-04-00 Hello Recording Club
3 Let's Skip The Details 10 Audio 1988 Homestead Records
4 June 2 Audio 1993-06-00 Simple Machines Records
5 Peace, Love & Murder 10 Audio 1987 Birth Records (2)
6 The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get 14 Audio 1989 Homestead Records
7 Peace, Love & Murder 10 Audio 1990 Houses In Motion
8 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind 10 Audio 1993 Scat Records (2)
9 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind 10 Audio 1993 Scat Records (2)
10 ...And He's Not Gonna Take It Anymore 13 Audio 1990 Houses In Motion
11 For Richer, For Poorer 13 Audio 1995 Emperor Jones
12 Super Heroes Of Rock Team-Up 2 Audio 1999-10-00 Vital Cog Records
13 Everyone Wants The Honey But Not The Sting 11 Audio 1997 Emperor Jones
14 Chopping Down The Family Tree 12 Audio 1991
15 The Best Defense 10 Audio 1988 Homestead Records
16 Shine 8 Audio 1990-06-00 Scat Records (2)
17 Chopping Down The Family Tree 12 Audio 1991 Houses In Motion
18 Shine 8 Audio 1990-06-00 Scat Records (2)
19 ........And He's Not Going To Take It Any More 13 Audio 1986 St. Valentine Records
20 A New Clear Route 11 Audio 2009 Unhinged (2)
21 Everyone Wants The Honey But Not The Sting 11 Audio 1997 Emperor Jones
22 Untitled 13 Audio 1985 Not On Label
23 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind 10 Audio 1993 Houses In Motion
24 The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get 17 Audio 1989 Homestead Records
25 ...And He's Not Gonna Take It Anymore 13 Audio 1990 Houses In Motion
26 A Divided House 11 Audio 2005 Unhinged (2)
27 The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get 16 Audio 1989
28 Shine 8 Audio 1990-06-00 Scat Records (2)
29 The Engine Of Commerce 16 Audio 2002 Vital Cog Records
30 Shine 8 Audio 1990-06-00 Scat Records (2)
31 Chopping Down The Family Tree 12 Audio 1991 Scat Records (2)


Formed by drummer Mark Edwards in August 1984 after the breakup of the Cleveland band Riot Architecture, My Dad Is Dead has remained his solo project -- with occasional help from a revolving-door cast.

Edwards learned to play guitar during late 1984, and played his first show the following year with a backing band consisting of a drum machine. He recorded his first LP, And He's Not Gonna Take It Anymore, at a friend's home studio, and released it in May 1986 on St. Valentine Records.

After a lengthy tour supporting Modern English and then the Butthole Surfers, he released Peace, Love and Murder in May 1987. Edwards signed a contract with Homestead Records early the following year, and released Let's Skip the Details in May 1988. Soon after, he added the first bandmembers to My Dad Is Dead: bassist Jeff Curtis and drummer John McEntire (later to gain fame in Tortoise). The Best Defense, an album of material from the previous album's sessions, was released on Homestead in December 1988.

The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get

With McEntire gone on to Bastro and Curtis unwilling to tour, Edwards recruited the Prisonshake rhythm section -- Chris Burgess on bass and Scott Pickering on drums -- for a 1989 tour of Europe. The group's fifth album, a 1989 double LP titled The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get, was its last for Homestead. With yet another lineup (this time guitarists Tim Gilbride and Doug Gillard plus Burgess on bass), My Dad Is Dead moved to Scat Records in April 1990 for the Shine EP. The band's first album for Scat, Chopping Down the Family Tree, was released in October 1991.

Over two years later, Out of Sight, Out of Mind also appeared on Scat, credited to MDID. Edwards and company moved to Trance Syndicate the following year, and released For Richer, For Poorer in 1995.


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