Dead Fucking Last

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Dead Fucking Last
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DFL at the Showcase Theater, 1996
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Hardcore
Skate punk
Years active 1991-1997
Labels Grand Royal
Associated acts Minor Threat, Bad Religion, Wasted Youth, Circle Jerks, The Adolescents, Black Flag, The Beastie Boys, Descendents, OFF!
Members Crazy Tom
Monty M.
Nick Manning
Edgar Jaramillo
Past members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz
Michael "Mike D" Diamond
Tony Converse
Chris "Wag" Wagner
Eugene Gore
Brian Baker
Josh Lingenfelter
Amery "AWOL" Smith
Tom Barta
Nick "Bigg Nick" Treviṅo

Dead Fucking Last (also known as DFL) is an American hardcore punk band that was founded in 1991 in Los Angeles, California by Tom Davis, Monty Messex, Adam (Ad-Rock) Horovitz and Tony Converse.


Grand Royal Records[edit]

DFL was founded in 1991 by Tom "Crazy Tom" Davis, Monty "Monte" Messex, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Tony Converse. Michael "Mike D" Diamond, played drums briefly in DFL’s earliest incarnation.

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DFL’s first release My Crazy Life was recorded at the Beastie Boys’ G-Son Studios in Atwater Village as a series of informal recording sessions in 1992.[1] It was recorded by Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato, Jr (Mario C) and was released in 1993 on Grand Royal Records on 7" vinyl and CD. Spike Jonze shot the photographs for the vinyl release.

DFL’s bass and drum line-up went through a number of changes between 1993 and 1994. Tony Converse left the band and was replaced on drums by Amery "AWOL" Smith, of Suicidal Tendencies and the Beastie Boys. Tony rejoined DFL in 1994. Chris "Wag" Wagner, bass player for Mary's Danish, played with DFL briefly in 1993. As did Eugene Gore, violinist on the Beastie Boys Ill Communication release. Brian Baker of Minor Threat and Bad Religion, also played bass briefly during this time. In 1994, Tom Barta joined DFL on bass until the band broke up in 1997.

Epitaph Records[edit]

In 1994 DFL signed a recording contract with Epitaph Records.[2] In 1995 DFL released their second studio album Proud to Be."[3]

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Proud to Be was recorded at G-Son Studios and was produced by Adam Horovitz and Mario C. Proud to Be was released on 7" vinyl as Tony’s War. DFL released one video from Proud to Be for the song "Home is Where the Heart Is". DFL toured with Pennywise, Biohazard, Slayer, 7 Seconds, Sick of It All and Sublime, among others.[4]

DFL recorded two songs for a series of compilations: one for Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2 called "ThoughtControl" and one for Generations I – A Punk Look at Human Rights called "Health Care for All Americans."[5]

In 1997 DFL released their third full-length studio album, Grateful[2] The album was recorded and produced by DFL at New Belleview Studios. Grateful included an instrumental track by Girl pro-skateboarder Paulo Diaz. Grateful was released on cassette tape as The Tape Show.[6] The Tape Show included Grateful outtakes and alternate tracks, plus fan covers of DFL songs and other ephemera. After Grateful’s completion, DFL toured Brazil and Argentina. In April 1997 DFL broke up.


In 2009 Tom Davis, skateboard icon Tony Alva and Amery "AWOL" Smith started the hardcore punk band General Fucking Principle (also known as GFP). Nick "Bigg Nick" Treviṅo played guitar from 2009-2010. In 2011, Greg Hetson of the Circle Jerks and Bad Religion joined GFP on guitar. GFP recorded material with Beastie Boys producer Maria Caldato, Jr. that was released in Germany, called "Best at its Worst" - a 12" split with Scheisse Minnelli.

In 1999 Monty Messex started a punk/hardcore band called The Family Dog. The Family Dog played in the same genre as DFL. In 2000 the Family Dog released "So Cal Hardcore" on the Voodoo Glow Skulls' El Pocho Loco label. He also recorded acoustically under the name Montgomery Messex, releasing music for the David Lynch Foundation's Transcend Music Label in 2013.[7]

Tony Converse went on to play drums in the hardcore band Massengil. Massengil provided a track on DFL's Epitaph release Grateful.


In 2013 Tom Davis and Monty Messex reunited DFL. Nick Manning of Circle One and Final Conflict was recruited to play drums and Nick "Bigg Nick" Treviṅo was recruited to play bass. Bigg Nick quit DFL in 2016 due to internal differences. David "Whitey" Andrews, from The Family Dog, covered bass while DFL looked for a permanent member. In 2017, Edgar Jaramillo from Union13 was recruited to play bass.

In 2015 Epitaph Records (vinyl) and Burger Records (cassette) released a 20th anniversary reissue of Proud to Be.[8] Vinyl was issued in 12" black and translucent green, and also included two digital download "bonus" tracks: "Follow the Leader" and "Decisions". The bonus tracks were previously released as a promotional flexi-disc in a 1995 edition of Strength Magazine. The reissue was met with positive reviews by[9] and Noisey.[10]

In 2016 DFL recorded their first new song titled "Shut It Down" in 19 years. The song is included on the release "Banned From the P.C. Mixtape."[11] In 2017, DFL started recording a new album with producer Greg Hetson.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Crazy Tom – vocals (1991 - 1997, 2013–present)
  • Monty M. – guitar and vocals (1991 -1997, 2013–present)
  • Nick Manning – drums (2013–present)
  • Edgar Jaramillo - bass (2017 - present)

Past members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

  • My Crazy Life[12] – Grand Royal Records, 1993 (7" and CD)
  • Hurricane/DFL – America’s Most Hardcore - Grand Royal Records, 1994 (10" and CD)
  • Proud to Be[13] - Epitaph Records, 1995 (CD)
  • Tony’s War – Epitaph Records, 1995 (double 7")
  • Grateful[6] - Epitaph Records, 1997 (CD)
  • The Tape Show (cassette)[14] – Epitaph Records, 1997 (Cassette)
  • Proud to Be/20th Anniversary Reissue (vinyl)[8] - Epitaph Records, 2015
  • Proud to Be/20th Anniversary Reissue (Cassette)[15] - Burger Records, 2015
  • The Tape Show/20th Anniversary Reissue (Cassette) - Burger Records, 2017


  • Grand Royal - Mixed Drink, Volume 2 - Grand Royal Records, 1995
  • Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2 – Epitaph Records, 1996
  • Generations I – A Punk Look at Human Rights - Ark 21 Records, 1997
  • Eventually Everybody Gets an Epitaph - Epitaph Records, 1997
  • Banned from the P.C. Mixtape -, 2016

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Sergeant, D. "Band you may have slept on:DFL". Stuff You Will Hate. Archived from the original on 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "DFL: Artist Info". Epitaph Records. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "1996 tour dates". Sublime Wiki. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "A Punk Look At Human Rights". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "DFL "Grateful/The Tape Show"". Epitaph Records. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Single of the Day". Transcend Radio Single of the Day. BONOVOX PR. 
  8. ^ a b "Proud to Be Press Release". Epitaph Records. Epitaph Records. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Gentile. "DFL Proud to Be [Reissue] (2015)". Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Staff, Noisey. "The Unlikely 20th Anniversary of Dead Fucking Last's 'Proud to Be'". Noisey. Noisey. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Punknews to release 'The Banned from the P.C.' Mixtape Cassette!!!". Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "DFL "My Crazy Life"". GR2. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "DFL "Proud to Be"". Epitaph Records. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "About Grateful/Tape show: Dead Fucking Last". Epitaph Records. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Proud to Be CASS". Burger Records. Burger Records. Retrieved 19 September 2015.