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Skeleton Dick: Decoding Houston's No. 1 Punk Band's Stupid Name

It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers.

Skeleton Dick currently reigns as Houston's top punk ac, with a trophy and everything to prove it. We've been fans and friends of the band for a long time, and in that time we've always ground our teeth whenever we say their name.

Skeleton Dick? The penis has no true bones in it. Maybe yours doesn't, With One F! Ha ha, very funny. Don't make us come out there and bite you with our face teeth. Seriously, there's a reason they don't have to censor the skeletons in that Mickey Mouse cartoon. It's 'cause they have no wangs.

Normally at this point in the article Rocks Off has to embark on a mad quest or put on an elaborate disguise to track down the band and beat the truth from their lips. In this case, Nicky Da Fish, J-Tan, and Chris Vasquez have been sleeping on our couch, in our papasan chair, and in our bathtub for the last week, so it was really just a case of turning off Yo Gabba Gabba long enough to ask them about the name.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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