LISTEN: Ty Segall Releases Heartfelt Version of The Dils’ Punker ‘Class War’

Ty Segall photo by Donna Balancia
Ty Segall photo by Donna Balancia


Ty Segall has released a unique and heart-wrenching version of “Class War” by Chip and Tony Kinman, AKA The Dils. California Rocker previously wrote about the cover ahead of the release.


The Dils wrote “Class War” in 1977 to voice frustration about the gap between the rich and the poor. Today, Segall takes the classic punk song and gives it a new twist, slowing the pace and actually pronouncing the important lyrics.

Ty Segall Covered Chip Kinman's song Class War - Photo courtesy of LIsa Kinman
Chip Kinman of The Dils with Ty Segall on Oct. 18, 2018 – Photo courtesy of The Dils

The new recording of “Class War” will be included on Segall’s album of cover songs called Fudge Sandwich, to be released on Oct. 26. At a recent event, Ty was on hand with wife Denee Segall and even Fanny Dog. broke the news of the Segall cover last August.

Check out Ty Segall’s version of ‘Class War’ here:


The Dils, Chip Kinman and The Late Tony Kinman

Segall’s version of “Class War” is a heartfelt and respectful show of appreciation to the late Tony Kinman. Tony, who with his brother, Chip, had a monumental impact on Southern California punk and “Cow Punk,” passed away from cancer last May. 

Read: ‘Class War’ Gets a Gold Record at California Rocker

Class War by The Dils - Houston 1979 - Still and video by Mr. Space Dirt
Class War by The Dils – Houston 1979 – Still and video by Mr. Space Dirt

A Step Back in Time With The Dils

When asked what was the basis for the song “Class War,” Chip Kinman responded today via email:

“We were upping the ante from ‘I Hate The Rich,'” he said. “We had a show in Garden Grove the day we wrote it. No one came to the show so we played ‘Class War’ about 70 times. The only song we played that night, high concept right?”

Check out rare video of The Dils performing ‘Class War’ live in Houston, 1979 (32:45 mark):

Ty Segall Hits the Road

Segall is just coming off a strong Desert Daze finale set with Tim Presley and White Fence. Segall will be taking his solo act on the road, teaming with a strong core of cool musicians along the California coast and beyond.  READ ABOUT TY SEGALL HERE

Ty Segall Solo Acoustic Tour Dates:

20 – Big Sur, Calif. @ Henry Miller Memorial Library *
21 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Chapel *#
22 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ Rio Theater *
24 – Portland, Ore. @ Aladdin Theater *
25 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Biltmore Cabaret *
27 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumos *
28 – Missoula, Mont. @ Monk’s
30 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club

02 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall ^
03 –  Detroit Mich. @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit ^
04 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Buffalo Iron Works ^
06 – South Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground ^
07 – Portland, Maine @ Port City Music Hall ^
08 – Hamden, Conn. @ The Space Ballroom ^
09 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Warsaw ^
12 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Underground Arts
13 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
15 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Grey Eagle!
16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Terminal West %
17 – New Orleans, La. @ One Eyed Jack’s %
18 – Austin, Texas @ J. Lorraine Ghost Town %

(* = with Shannon Lay)
(# = with Mike Donovan)
(^ = with William Tyler)
(! = with Greg Cartwright)
(% = with Emmett Kelly)

Check out “Beginning” by Ty Segall and White Fence at Desert Daze: