Homeless Take a Whack at Manuel Ramos on New Adolescents Album Cover!

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Artwork by Mario Rivera
The Adolescents are at it again. The iconic punk band formed in Fullerton decades ago is still angry about the Kelly Thomas beating death by city police in 2011. With a new album scheduled for release this summer, they're letting you know with a provocative album cover. The devil-horned piñata head of ex-Fullerton cop Manuel Ramos, shaded in a piggish hue of pink, dangles as a homeless man wielding a stick readies a whack to the delight of other homeless in the background. HA!

In addition to the artwork, there's a new song off the album that inspired it all. Lead singer Tony Cadena penned "A Dish Best Served Cold" about the Thomas killing. Slated to take a direct cue from the song, the album's working title was Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold before settling on La Vendetta..., a hat tip to the original Sicily saying.

"After [Cadena] wrote the song, he came to me and says, 'Hey, this is my idea for the cover,'" says bassist Steve Soto. The Adolescents turned to Mario Rivera next, a Madrid-based artist whose done the album art for the band's last three releases. His talent brought their vision to fruition.

The song and the cover convey the anger still felt by the killing, especially after the murder trial ended in acquittal for Ramos and Jay Cicinneli, his partner that night. "Right before the verdict came in, I really thought this was going to be the time that things were going to change," Soto says. "It ended up being just one more bitter pill with a lot of bitter pills in life to swallow."

With the Weekly getting an exclusive sneak peek, "A Dish Best Served Cold" is righteous punk rock at its best. "We'll never forgive / The story will be told / With this pen, I'm gonna to fuck you up!" Cadena sings. The last line, of course, alludes to the infamous words Ramos said to Thomas while putting on latex gloves during the encounter.

"One of the ideas is to maybe pre-release that song as a digital download," Soto says. "It's not for commercial reasons as much as for people knowing what's going on."

The Thomas family responded positively to the album artwork. Cadena and Ron Thomas remain friends as the Adolescents headlined the one-year anniversary memorial concert in Fullerton for his bludgeoned son. The singer gave an early preview of the image to his approval. The band turned La Vendetta... into their label just a few weeks ago. The 16-song album is due out July 11 before the start of a European tour.

It's also coincidentally a day after the three-year anniversary of Kelly Thomas' death when taken off life support.

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flightestman
flightestman

That is cool i be getting that album, i want to sing with it now what they did to Kelly.

Shreads04
Shreads04 topcommenter

I fucking LOVE these guys! Hands down favorite punk rock band of all time. The album cover only proves that they stay true to their roots. RIP Kelly!

barbiewanna_b
barbiewanna_b

@Itpar Dude you are kinda crazy! Ahhhhh body enhanced. .. lol unless you are talking about rollerskates. I sleep fine thanks! Do on to others. I went to high school with ramos and he is a scumbag. ......karma is heading his way.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Can they really still be called 'the adolescents'? 

Patrick Goldberg
Patrick Goldberg

Punk Rock to the fullest! Also the design on this is awesome!

ixfd64
ixfd64

Party stores should sell piñatas featuring the Fullerton Six. :D

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Has anyone investigated how that jury was selected?

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

If Manuel Ramos was white, the OCWeekly wouldn't be picking on him. Why is the OCWeekly so anti-Hispanic?

Judy Case
Judy Case

They should make a Pinata out him and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style.

barbiewanna_b
barbiewanna_b

Ramos karma is heading your way! It may take a wile but it's coming!

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Awesome!


Hey, Manny...if you use an unarmed homeless man as a punching bag you should expect to see your likeness on a piñata.  :-( 

RIP Kelly

Shreads04
Shreads04 topcommenter

@Mitchell_Young  haha, yes they can. They have not changed or sold out. Young kids are still moved by Tony's words and the band still plays all ages shows where the pit is fueled by the young crowd.

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@18usc24...........It was selected like this, They throw up 12 plus 3 alts. and they question them. Then the defense and the Prosecutor excuse ones that are biased or for other reasons. So T-Rack and the defense picked together 12+3 jurists who would acquit!!! SEE? THAT SIMPLE! And that is why 2 scumbags walked from an obvious Murder!!

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@18usc241  The same way all juries are selected.  What's to investigate other than your conspiracy fantasies?  

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@Brainwashed_in_church...are you kidding? There are a lot of pro-illegal as hell immigrants support on here!!!! Right? Gustavo and Gabriel  LOL

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@Brainwashed_in_church  Are you kidding.  If he were white, it would still be an Anti-Law Enforcement thiing.  

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@barbiewanna_b  Karma is heading for all of us.  If I were you, I'd worry more about myself than Ramos.  Each of us is responsible only for ourself and not anyone else.  One day, Ramos, you and I will have to look in the mirror of our soul and account for anything we have done in our life.    

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Your no J. Edgar Hoover Mr. Clueless.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

We are not anti-law enforcement Mr. Paranoid, just anti-wannabe-deliberate-Latino-male-life-destroying-Donald Sterling/J. Edgar Hoover-like-trash masquerading as law enforcement. With the criminal arrogance to demand respect as well - just like Bernie Madoff or pedophile priests. Everyone else in law enforcement is just fine and contributing to public safety.

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@Itpar............I do believe, You and I will be fine in the end! I know 100% for sure Ramos won't be joining us!! LOL

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

J. Edgar Hoover was an American aberration not because of his sexual orientation or proclivities but because the white racist bastard took it upon himself to destroy Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. It would still be shocking to me that this asshole's name still soils the headquarters of the FBI but for one thing - local law enforcement and the FBI are still in the business of destroying American lives while hiding behind the color of authority. And thanks to surveillance state technology the criminal disgrace is getting better at it. Like a pedophile priest - saving souls for Jesus with one hand while inserting the middle finger of the other hand into the anus of shocked altar boys.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@18usc241  For once, you have it right.  Unlike J. Edger, I have never been much into cross dressing, but my investigative skills are fine.  

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@Nomad13 @ltpar @barbiewanna_b  barbie, while you may use body enhancements, speaking for myself, it is all the original equipment and most of it is still going strong.  

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