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The Dirty Heads

Background information
Origin Huntington Beach, CA
Genres Rock, Reggae, Hip hop
Years active 2000-Present
Labels Executive Music Group
Website www.dirtyheads.com
Members
Jared Watson
Dustin "Duddy" Bushnell
Jon Olazabal
Matt Ochoa
David Foral

The Dirty Heads are a reggae rock band from Southern California. Their debut album, Any Port In A Storm, was released on September 23, 2008, by Executive Music Group (Fontana/Universal).

In 1996, the band was originally founded by Jared Watson and fellow vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy” Bushnell in the Orange County, CA community of Huntington Beach, having a friendship based on music, as well as surfing and skating, living the Southern California lifestyle. They first met at a party in their freshman year of high school. Watson ran across a quick rap tape that Bushnell recorded, and then became inspired to collaborate with him on ideas. Bushnell was already in a punk band, though Watson never sang live, wrote a song, or was ever in a band, but he decided to give this a try anyway.[1] Later, percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral were added as well, completing the band's sound. They got their name from a time when they were stealing alcohol from a store and someone shouting at them "Come here you little dirty heads!". With all their members gathered, and some solid material, the band started taking their craft seriously.[2] Rob Cavallo (A record producer known for signing popular artists such as Green Day and My Chemical Romance) originally signed the band to Warner Bros., but artistic differences led them to leave the label, though they did manage to take their master recordings, which comprise the bulk of Any Port in a Storm, with them.

The band connected with producers Steve Fox and Stan Frazier (The same people who produced Sugar Ray and Ashlee Simpson) to produce their debut album. Any Port In A Storm features one of the last recorded performances from legendary Beatles collaborator Billy Preston, as well as appearnaces by Josh Freese (Session drummer for Nine Inch Nails and Korn), percussionist Alex Acuna, Jamaican dancehall legend Tippa Ire and Indie 103.1 reggae host Native Wayne, which you can notice in "Stand Tall" and "Neighborhood". The album was mixed by Beastie Boys producer Mario C.[3] Their proper rhythm section while there are live comes from their official member, Drummer Matt Ochoa and David Foral on bass.

The Dirty Heads have toured the U.S. multiple times with bands such as 311, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, Matisyahu and Sublime with Rome. The band has also been part of marketing campaigns for Etnies Jeans[4] and Vestal Watches.

The Dirty Heads were among the first bands featured on YouTube's Raw Session. The set included a cover of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida." Watch Video

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In popular culture

Discography

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Albums

  • Any Port in the Storm (2008)
  • Any Port in the Storm - Special Edition (2010)

Singles

"Lay Me Down" (ft. Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome) (2010), #16 Billboard Alternative Songs, #24 Billboard Rock Songs

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