From the opening scene where a bum finds a human brain in a garbage can to the brain stage the band is jamming on this video has it all, hot nuns and heavy metal!

I went to California recently for the first time in my life. I must admit I was both frightened and curious. Nowhere else in America features such a disparity between rich and poor, from the hills of Malibu to a cesspool of street trash and violence. It’s hard to imagine living in a place where an underbelly of thievery and bloodshed are an accepted reality, but California is full of such contradictions. For me this belief began with my first exposure to the band, Suicidal Tendencies.

Suicidal Tendencies is an American crossover thrash band from Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1980, by vocalist Mike Muir, who ironically is the only remaining original member of the band. Along with D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles), Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.)  and Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.), they are often credited as the ‘Godfathers of the crossover movement’. Since their inception, Suicidal has been inundated with rumors that it’s band members, friends and followers were involved with street gangs. Mike Muir’s trademark blue bandanna and violence at live performances only fueled the fire.

Of all the albums of Suicidal’ s lengthy discography, How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today, will always be my favorite. The band’s third studio album was released on September 13th, 1988 via Epic Records. The effort was a stripped-down version, eliminating most of the group’s punk and hardcore roots. It featured a more thrash-oriented sound, with a solid emphasis on complex song structures and instrumental skills.

Considerably more melodic than most thrash metal albums released during that same time period, it has enjoyed a long-lasting longevity. The record featured two music videos: “Trip At The Brain” and “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow”.

“Trip At The Brain” has always been one of my favorite music videos. From the opening scene where a bum finds a human brain in a garbage can to the brain stage the band is jamming on this video has it all, hot nuns and heavy metal!

My favorite part of this effort is when Mike Muir tries multiple doors trying to escape, the family enjoying a ‘brain barbecue’ is priceless!

The addition of John Cusack as the army man gives this video the star quality and repeatability we all desire.

Suicidal Tendencies are still tripping today. I urge you to escape the violence, take that trip down memory lane and for god sakes if you find a human brain in a garbage can, leave it there! \m/

Suicidal Tendencies (1988):

  • Mike Muir – Vocals
  • Rocky George – Guitar
  • Mike Clark – Guitar
  • R.J. Herrera – Drums
  • Bob Heathcote – Bass
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