The Dils 1977 Punk Anthem ‘Class War’ Gets Covered by Ty Segall on New Album




By DONNA BALANCIA

“Class War” by Tony and Chip Kinman of The Dils, will be a cover song on the new Ty Segall album, “Fudge Sandwich,” due in October.

Others who get the Segall cover treatment on the album include Spencer Davis Group, War and The Grateful Dead.

In covering SoCal’s own The Dils, Segall who goes through In The Red Records for the vinyl release, is in good company. Many bands have covered songs written by punk and cowpunk innovators Tony and Chip Kinman.

The Dils, AKA Tony and Chip Kinman - Photo courtesy of The Dils
The Dils, AKA Tony and Chip Kinman – Photo courtesy of The Dils

The Dils Created the SoCal Punk Scene

The Dils were an influential punk band that emerged in the late 1970s out of Carlsbad, Calif. The band moved to San Francisco where they had a big influence on the scene. The band’s politics and musicianship are considered to have been aggressive in approach.

Other musicians who have covered the extensive Kinman brothers song catalogue include DOA, Dillinger Four, Mike Watt and many others. The Dils broke up in 1980 but gave way to the Kinmans’ bands Rank and File, Blackbird, Cowboy Nation and Chip’s latest, FDMDXFD, or Ford Madox Ford.

Chip holds up gold record of The Dils sent over by Posh Boy - Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia
Chip holds up gold record of The Dils sent over by Posh Boy – Photo © 2018 Donna Balancia

Gold Record for ‘Class War’

The appeal of the song “Class War” is obvious from the outset and throughout its brief but powerful 1-minute and 41-second delivery. “Class War” is a true classic Southern California punk song, written by the Kinmans, produced by Pat Garret, and originally released on DangerHouse Records in 1977.

Last July, Chip Kinman went to Vancouver to record The Dils 1979 song “It’s Not Worth It,” with original drummer William Chobotar and Mary Celeste from the Canadian punk band the Modernettes.

Tony Kinman passed away last May. At the memorial service for Tony, Chip Kinman showed those in attendance at his brother’s services that “Class War” received a gold record honor from the Posh Boy label.

CLASS WAR GETS A GOLD RECORD – SEE STORY IN CALIFORNIAROCKER.COM

Check out DOA’s version of Class War:

Big Appeal in a Brief 2 Minutes

“Class War” is pretty self explanatory, as most of The Dils songs were about breaking barriers and upsetting the comfortable. At a very fast tempo.

The Dils left a lasting impression in their short time. An eager audience looks forward to yet another great musician paying honor to the beloved band (More to come).