The Dirty Heads

The Dirty Heads
Background information
Origin Huntington Beach, CA
Genres Hip hop
Acoustic rock
Years active 1996–Present
(2003–present as current line-up)
Labels Executive Music Group
Associated acts Sublime with Rome, Matisyahu, 311, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, Unwritten Law
Jared Watson (Dirty J)
Dustin Bushnell (Duddy B)
Jon Olazabal
Matt Ochoa
David Foral

The Dirty Heads are a Reggae rock band from Southern California with a melodic style that includes hip hop and punk genres. Their debut album, Any Port in a Storm, was released on September 23, 2008, by Executive Music Group (Fontana/Universal).



The band was founded in 1996 by Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell in Orange County, CA. The two first met at a party during their freshman year of high school. Upon hearing one of Bushnell’s rap demo tapes, Watson became inspired to collaborate with him on a new project. At the time Bushnell was already in a punk rock band, while Watson had no previous music experience.[1] In Bushnell’s garage, the two began writing hip-hop songs with reggae and punk influences. The band’s name comes from an occasion where the two were stealing a 12-pack of beer, and someone shouted at them “Come here you little dirty heads!”[2]

Later, percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa, and bassist David Foral were added to the lineup, further defining the band’s sound. With a full band the members started taking their craft seriously and began recording. Renowned record producer Rob Cavallo originally signed the band to Warner Bros., but artistic differences led them to leave the label. The band managed to keep hold of their master recordings through the separation, which comprise the bulk of Any Port in a Storm .[3] The band then connected with producers Steve Fox and Stan Frazier to complete their debut album. The album features appearances from legendary Beatles collaborator Billy Preston, as well as Josh Freese (drummer for The Vandals and session drummer for Nine Inch Nails and Korn), percussionist Alex Acuna,British grammy nominated MC reggae sing-jay legendary dance-hall rapper Tippa Irie,and Indie 103.1 reggae host Native Wayne (on "Stand Tall" and "Neighborhood"). The song "Check the Level," also includes guitarist Slash, as well as heavy metal vocalist M. Shadows. The album was mixed by Beastie Boys producer Mario C,[4] and Lewis Richards of 17th Street Recording (see Lay Me Down).

The group is perhaps one of the most prominent groups in a sub-genre of reggae which is heavily influenced by the original incarnation of Sublime. The group first came into prominence with in the rock/reggae scene when their song "Ring the Alarm" was chosen as the first song on the very first Pier Sampler, an offering of free songs that is available for a limited time four times yearly.[5] The band started out touring heavily in California, Arizona, and some parts of Mexico before it became a national touring act. The band maintains close ties with related groups such as Sublime with Rome.[6]

The Dirty Heads have toured the U.S. multiple times with bands such as O.A.R., 311, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, Unwritten Law, Matisyahu and Sublime with Rome. The band has also been part of marketing campaigns for Etnies Jeans,[7] Rag Dynasty Shirts and Vestal Watches. The Dirty Heads were among the first bands featured on YouTube's "RAWsession". The set included a cover of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida."[citation needed]

The music video for one of their latest singles, "Lay Me Down" featured vocalist/guitarist Rome Ramirez of Sublime With Rome. It was directed by Thomas Mignone and premiered on MTV on June 24, 2010.[citation needed]

In popular culture

[citation needed]

  • Their First single "Stand Tall" was featured in the Sony Pictures film Surf's Up. It was also in The Sims 3.
  • "Easy" featured on CBS show Shark
  • "Morning Light" featured on Tony Hawk's video game, "Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam"
  • "Hip Hop Misfits" included in the Matthew McConaughey film, Surfer, Dude
  • "Lay Me Down" featured on MTV show Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

"Believe" featured on E!news on October 12th 2011


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions

US Heat
US Indie
US Rock
Any Port in a Storm
  • Release date: September 23, 2008
  • Label: Executive Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
55 7 34 10 16


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Adult

US Rock
2008 "Stand Tall" 23 41 Any Port in a Storm
(and Special Edition)
2010 "Lay Me Down" (featuring Rome Ramirez) 93 37 1 1 76
"Check the Level" (featuring Slash and M. Shadows)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Dirty Heads Tour Dates – Dirty Heads Tour Schedule. Eventful (2008-05-15). Retrieved on 2011-08-20.
  3. ^ Dirty Heads. Biography. Allmusic
  4. ^ The Dirty Heads website
  5. ^ The Pier Magazine. (2011-08-16). Retrieved on 2011-08-20.
  6. ^ Music Emissions Interview with Jared Watson. Retrieved on 2011-08-20.
  7. ^ "Dirty Heads » Girls Team » etnies Girl". Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  8. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Adult Pop Songs - July 24, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ "The Dirty Heads Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 

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