# LXVIII…Return of the Saturday Spotlight…Vol. XIV

In today’s post, I’d figured it was about time to really educate my readers on a band, in the genre of punk metal.  It was a dear true friend who introduced me to this phenomenal entry into the category.  A group hailing from Illinois known as Dope.

Now, in regards to their name, there was some truth behind it… allegedly…but we won’t get into that here, as I’m trying to keep it family-oriented.  As for their music, it is most certainly an acquired taste, but one that I felt was worth mentioning.

Veterans of the scene, they formed in Illinois in Villa Park (although they actually formed in Chicago) by brother Simon and Edsel Dope back in 1997.  They currently have five albums under their belts and, apparently so I’ve read, they are working on a new album…more on that as it develops.

Of my personal favorites are “6-6-Sick” from their most recent album, “No Regrets”, “Burn”, a cover of Depeche Mode’s “People Are People”, and “Survive” (opens with female voice saying, “What do you have to say to the individuals who have misinterpreted or miscommunicated your message or to those who have blatantly lied, cheated, or stolen directly from you?” and Edsel saying, “F*** ’em!”) are just a few of their chart-topping hits.

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A personal issue that must be discussed, as well, however happens to be the anniversary of a passing that I was unaware of…the fifth-year anniversary of the death of Bonham lead singer Daniel MacMaster.  I had spent the years immediately preceding my twentieth birthday listening to that band.  RIP Mr. MacMaster…your voice was unmistakable and will be sorely missed.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

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