‘No Trump! No KKK! No Fascist USA!’: The Punk History

M.D.C. singer Dave Dictor looks back on “Born to Die” lyric that inspired punks and protesters alike


Green Day stunned the pop crowd at the Amerideserve to Music Awards last night by inserting some punk national politics into their performance of their Rdevelopment Radio single “Bang Bang.” Deep into the song, Billie Joe Armsolid led an impromptu chant of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” a catchy, almost cheerleader-like refrain that has actually caught on via protesters considering that the election.

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It’s a line that stretches all the way ago to the early on Eighties, as soon as the hardcore team M.D.C. clashed via Nazis in Austin, Texas, so they wrote the song “Born to Die” around it. The track would certainly make its debut taped performance on the band’s 1982 LP, Millions of Dead Cops. At the moment, but, singer Dave Dictor was chanting, “No war, no KKK, no fascist USA.” Armsolid and also his bandmates played via M.D.C. in the previous, so the lyric has actually likely stuck to them over the years.

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“Born to Die” remains a set-list staple for the group, which has taken to singing the “No Trump” variation live in current years. Although Dictor’s phone didn’t blow up last night in the time of the AMAs, he claims civilization were contacting him around Environment-friendly Day’s usage of the line by means of every other technique. Here, the singer shows on the song’s legacy of protest.

What’s the story behind “Born to Die”?Back in 1980, I remained in a band the dubbed the Stains, which morphed into Millions of Dead Cops in 1981, in Austin, Texas. We were conscious of the Ku Klux Klan’s harassment and also violence versus the farmworkers in Texas. Cesar Chavez’s world were arranging. At the very same time, and what I think was unrelated, the Klan began recruiting at punk reflects in Texas. We as punks stood approximately them at our shows outside of Inner Sanctum Record Store in a parking lot in Austin and when they tried to march, at the state capital, in the fevery one of 1980 in Austin as well.

The “No Trump” variation has resonated via some protesters. Has that line been appropriated by various other protesters that you understand of?I’ve been to miscellaneous protests via the years where the line, “No battle, no KKK, no fascist USA” was offered. I remember it specifically during the Iraq War in the 1990s and again throughout the last 15 years with Iraq aacquire and Afghanistan.

Why do you think this line has resonated via protesters?I don’t consciously remember when and also wright here it first started, however I think it’s just a good line that captures what we desire.

Are you friendly with Environment-friendly Day?I have known the males with Gilmale Street in Berkeley in the late 1980s and also 1990s. We played a backyard party and crossed courses at clubs via the years. They are nice people and also I always wished them well as they ended up being more famed. Though I had actually no heads up, I execute understand they are conscious, good human being so I’m not shocked.

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What did you think of Eco-friendly Day’s performance and also use of the line?I simply totally applaud it. We have actually a video on YouTube that I hope gets a few views via the exact same title. But it’s something that requirements to be shelp and they obviously have actually the platdevelop to get that assumed out tright here far and also wide. Good on them.

What are your personal feelings about President-elect Trump?It’s weird, I constantly thought he was a character and I’d enjoy sitting next to him on a aircraft ride. But these lines around Mexican rapists and also registering and barring Muslims play to the worst in our character. I am so sad to think of the youngsters being bullied in school right this minute as well as the wall surfaces that will grow separating our human family. We as human beings have to evolve and number out just how to live together. His ultra-rightwing cabinet selections are the icing on the cake. America is heading down an extremely dark road. So yeah, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”