One of America's most legendary hardcore
punk bands, San Francisco's Dead Kennedys combined high-pitched, often-echoed
surf guitar tones with quivering vibrato-laden vocals to form a uniquely noisy
and irritating high-speed music that earned them equal numbers of devotees and
enemies worldwide. It didn't help that leader Jello Biafra was one of the
most outspoken and sarcastic liberal loudmouths to ever play the game; while
titles like "Kill The Poor" and "I Kill Children" entertained the crap out of
young punkers, conservative adults couldn't sit through the messy racket long
enough to realize that Jello was being ironic in the songs. As might
have been expected, trouble ensued. Actually, trouble always ensued for this
band, 'cause they were always looking for it; whether Jello was running for
mayor of San Francisco, leading the band in a bitter attack on new wavers at
the BAMMY awards, putting unauthorized photos of shriners on his band's
covers, or performing on a flatbed truck outside the Republican National
Convention, he was always doin' somethin' that was bound to get the band in
some bigass trouble.
These days, of course, nobody ever talks about them.
They mean nothing to a generation weaned on Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails. Too
bad. Gina "Fucking Idiot" Arnold can trash their music all she wants, but the
melodies were fantastic. Yeah, they substituted noise for power - that was
their way of ensuring idiosyncrasy in a genre full of soundalikes - but listen
through the racket and you'll hear wonderful melodies. And, as
Frankenchrist shows, they were not a one-trick pony. They were
just as capable of producing midtempo psychorock as they were at blazing out
screechy hardcore anthems. And dammit, their lyrics were clever. I
wish there was someone out there like them today, but I don't think there is.
Again, too bad.
- Reader Comments
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve)
I'm not sure how long ago you wrote this intro, Prindle... but after
"Police Truck" appeared in a certain Playstation video game in '99,
DK fans sprung up everywhere. Maybe it's just a regional thing, but
at least half of the Blink 182 fans in my area also listen to DK,
including this 400 pound Christian quarterback who used to give me
shit for my "In God We Trust Inc" shirt just a few years ago. I guess
that in a way, it's nice to see this band finally get recognition.
As much as I love the music the DKs created, I hate what Ray, D.H. and
Klaus are trying to pull right now. For those of you who don't know, here's
a BIG FYI: there is an ongoing lawsuit between these three ex-Kennedys and
Jello Biafra over the fate of the DKs catalog. The ex-Kennedys won the
first phase and have taken all DK albums away from Jello's Alternative
Tentacles Records. And, according to those in the ATR camp, on the
re-issued DK catalog some artwork has been changed, the tracks remixed, and
the song writing credits have been altered so that Biafra isn't credited as
contributing to the music, he's only credited as lyricist. This is because,
to paraphrase Ray (who now controls the DK catalog), "Biafra never played a
musical instrument". But, worst of all, Ray and Co. are now performing live
shows as the Dead Kennedys with Brandon Cruz (Dr. Know and Courtship of
Eddie's Father) filling in on vocals. This, most will agree, is a travesty.
Of course the core issue is money. The ex-DKs feel Jello wasn't exploiting
the band's catalog to its fullest monetary value. Owning a record label and
having the Dead Kennedys as your best selling band isn't doing enough, I
guess. Then when Levi's came sniffing around for something punk and retro
to put into a Dockers ad Jello would not let them buy up "Holiday in
Cambodia". AAaarrgh!!! That damned Jello!!! Ray and Co., rather than going
out and forming another cool commercial jingle band or coming out with some
new material to make a living from (as Jello has consistently done for
himself over the years), they went and hired themselves a lawyer. This move
smacks of bitter artistic jealousy if you ask me. Something about Jello's
solo success must really irk Mr. Bay Ray.
It's time to start a discussion about this "Pink Floyding" of our beloved
Dead Kennedys. The music, the history behind it, and the precedent it set
for politics in punk... it's all worth defending and keeping out of the
hands of those who would taint it.
What say you?!
Personally, I think the lawsuit is a crock of shit. DK without Jello is like the Misfits without Danzig. Wait a minute...
Anyways, I, like many on this page missed out on DK's glory years because I was born about a year after Fresh Fruit came out. That hasn't
stopped them from becoming one of my five favorite bands. So naturally, I would welcome the chance to see them live... but not without Jello, and
certainly not for over $20 without Jello. (Could be worse, the Misfits 25th anniversary show was $35, no lie.)
Nothing any of the other 3 DK's ever did after the group broke up was worth a shit, so obviously it loks like they're in this for the money.
But fuck man, my favorite part of DK is Jello's lyrics. The music was awesome too, but the lyrics... there's a reason Jello's had what could be
considered a successful spoken word career: he's that fucking good of a lyricist. I'm sure most would agree with me on this, because after all,
Jello's spoken word albums sell while the other 3 former DK's (the involved in the lawsuit) post-DK projects have moved about as much as a dead
Prindle, the kids love the Kennedys!
Live in Portland, Ore. 1979 - bootleg.
Sound quality isn't always that great, but the songs are! And Jello's stage
patter? Entertaining! Also, this was the show where they did "Night of the
Living Rednecks" so you get to hear that again, and enjoy that delightful
heavy echo on the voice for a full 45 minutes. Track listing includes "When
you get drafted" when it was "Back in Rhodesia" or whatever the heck they're
saying -- and "Dreadlocks of the Suburbs"!!! The lost reggae classic come
home to roost. People keep requesting "Rawhide" and Jello gets annoyed but
they end up playing it anyway. Lots of energy and great versions of these
classic early tune-tune-tunes. I'm tired but I slept until 2:45 PM today so
I'd feel guilty going to bed this early (2:49 AM). Am I a trust fund baby?
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- LBW, The Right Wing Liberal
That must have been the concert at Starry Night's - or possibly
Satyricon - I missed it because my second wife had to sense of humus.
For me, it's a tossup as to whether The DK's or Ramones were the
greatest American punk band. Love them both, even with as I've said
before, Jello's moronic rantings. Portland was apparently a popular
place for the DK's because they played there a lot. I didn't get to
actually see them until 83 at the Pine Street Theater on the other side
of the river.
As for the records, they certainly bear witness to the musical
writing and performing talent of the boys. If you thought punk was just
a bunch of wankers who couldn't play then you bought into the hype and
missed the music. You've probably got a closet full of Northwest flannel
too. At least i have a reason to wear mine.
And you probably got your pecker pierced too. I tried to get mine
done, but of course, they said it was to large for the needle - Quick
PS - As of this evening Teddy Jo Kennedy's senate seat has been captured
by a Republican. The Dead Kennedys really are.
Add your thoughts?
* Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables -
Alternative Tentacles 1980. *
Okay, they started off as a pretty normal punk band.
This stuff is mostly your basic distorted guitar barre chord stuff, but hits
like "Drug Me," "Let's Lynch The Landlord," and "Stealing People's Mail"
present the DKs as a much more spiteful and controversial band than most other
punkers of the day, including those overrated superheroes "The Sex Pistols."
Plus, a few of the songs, especially the eerie echo-ridden "Holiday In
Cambodia" and the totally screwed-up "Ill In The Head," make it clear that
this band has much loftier ideas in mind than just imitating The Ramones for
the rest of their career.
This was the first hardcore album I ever heard, and
it stayed in my tapedeck for months - for good reason. These songs are funny,
vicious, violent, loud, fast, and not at all impenetrable like some later
hardcore (and some later DKs, too, actually).
Although it seems kinda slow in comparison to pogo-speed Minor
Threat, Seven Seconds, D.R.I., and even their own later material, it still
pretty much kicks ass all the way through. No ballads, and even the slowest
songs are fast enough to bang your head to. And (if I may begin a sentence
with the word "and" for a moment) "California Uber Alles" and "Holiday In
Cambodia" are the most famous DK songs of all-time, making this record an
essential addition to any punk rock collection. It's also the least
irritating record they ever made. A few of the songs are a bit too similar
(putting "I Kill Children," "Stealing Peoples' Mail," and "Funland At The
Beach" all together in a row wasn't a terribly good idea), but the lyrics
always make 'em interesting anyway. It's not an absolutely perfect record
(very few are), but, being one of the first American hardcore albums ever made
earns it very high marks in the "history" department, and it's still an
awfully entertaining listen, especially for those unfamiliar with the
- Reader Comments
- email@example.com (Vasco Rodrigues)
I really enjoyed your page.
Although I'm a long time DK's fan, it was the first time I've seen someone going over
their records with such a care for details.
A curious thing about your comments is that, even though I share the same admiration
for DK's as you do, I disagree with a lot of things you have wrote! :)
When you say that Fresh Fruit... is
"the least irritating record they ever made,"
do you mean that DK's records are generally irritating?
Also I disagree when you say
"putting "I Kill Children," "Stealing Peoples' Mail,"
and "Funland At The Beach" all together in a row wasn't a terribly good idea";
It's one of the wildest parts of the album and Biafra hasn't wrote any other
lyrics like those
ones. They are reminiscent of 77 punk in the way they seem to be so
nihilistic. I love those
three songs, especially because they are together.
I would probably rank it as the best all-time punk record.
Not just because of the good music or lyrics, but because DK's had been
together for such
a short period of time before they have putted out this record. And also,
Biafra was so young
and already showed so much maturity and talent.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Hull)
Wow. Got the opportunity to listen to this recently, and one thing that's
really impressive about it is the fact that the sound is so confident. This
was described to me as being a little slow when compared to a lot of the
California hardcore of the era, and well, I listened to a lot of it, and
while the DK debut is a little slower, it's still plenty speedy, and just a
unique sound with a pissed-off, sarcastic yowler, who has all the piss and
personality of Johnny Rotten circa 1977 and as an added plus, his rants even
sound genuine--that was not a mean feat...plus a surfy, twangy, reverby
guitar and tight rhythm section...whew!
In response to your comments about some songs on Fresh Fruit... being
slower than the music of the Kennedys' contemporaries, I came across a
copy of the album released in Europe a year later on the Italian label
Cherry Red, and some of the songs are considerably faster, and the song
order has been changed so that the similar sounding
songs were staggered (let's hear it for alliteration). I like the
European version slightly better, but both are amazing and can
truthfully claim the place of greatest punk/hardcore album of all
- rojanko@pacbellnet (Rob Krohn)
My favorite album of all time! This is the one that got me into DK in
the first place.
In 1982, I spent a lot of time in the record stores. I used to flip
through the entire selection of records at any given store a least
once a week looking for something new and interesting. Sometimes I
would buy a new album just because it had a cool cover or the band had
a cool name (ahh records! So much more fun than today! Am I the only
one who really misses the excitement of buying a new record --
slitting open the shrink wrap, checking out what's inside...). Who
didn't?!? Buried deep in back of a rack of records was FFRV, by the
"Dead Kennedys" -- hmmm, that sounds kinda cool.
"Even better than Judas Priest" my twisted piss-off-the-parents
teenaged brain thought.
After hearing the first couple of notes (EEEEEEEEE ---
FFFFFFFFFFFFFICIENCY and progress are ours ONCE-A-MORE....), wasn't
sure I liked it. I thought it sounded kind of wimpy - weak production
with a singer whose voice warbled all over the place. But after a few
more songs, it grew on me (that damn "Let's Lynch The Landlord" is
pretty catchy) much like "I Want To Hold Your Hand" must have grown on
my parents. Therein lies the strength of the album: great melodies.
Also surprisingly tight for a band which had only been together a few
And the lyrics! None of that "D&D crap" all the metal bands were
caterwauling about! Songs about killing children and suicide...well
not really. At age 14 I was old enough to understand the band was
being sarcastic, but not old enough to get all of the references. No
matter! Still cool. Even more cool because I was the first kid in
junior high with this album. (I was living in Nebraska at the time
where trends were 3 years behind either coast.)
Listening to it today, I think it holds up against time beter
than the other
DK albums. It has many of their best tunes, and the production, while
pitifully low budget, is great compared to PSD and BFD.
Wonderful reviews Mark!
- email@example.com (Greg Paradis)
This is the one music album I've listened to the most in my life so
far... I just can't seem to get fed up. I disagree with the
inappropriateness of putting "I Kill Children," "Stealing Peoples' Mail,"
and "Funland At The Beach" one after another; they are really short
tracks, and I love that stretch of the album. It's like the songs are
brothers (or sisters, or cousins, or whatever).
Also, has anyone ever noticed that the lyrics to "I Kill Children," as
published in the album liner, are missing a line:
Ever wanna die? Of course you have. But I won't till I get my revenge.
I've been buttfucked far too many ways. (the missing line) I don't wanna see
people anymore. Things you never ever saw before. Gonna see them for the shit
they are. Take as many many as I can away with me. Anybody can be king for
I could listen to this album on "repeat" for hours (have done so
often, as a matter of fact).
I think is DK's best, wittiest, raunchy, punky, and
intelligent album. I even bothered visiting a web page about Cambodia,
at which the opening paragraph explains how "in the early 1980's, a
no-taste, talentless American punk band called The Dead Kennedys
thrashed out raucous numbers calculated to incense and offend....'Holiday
in Cambodia' was a cynical swipe at regular notions of a holiday
destination." I was laughing my ass off! Good for DK! Cambodia (the
country) just can't accept that everything Jello said IS THE TRUTH.
Fresh Fruit... tells of the secrets and hidden fuck-ups of our 'great'
country, that closely reminds me of IN GOD WE TRUST, INC.. In short,
no beating around the bush, DK rule!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Greg Ellis)
well we're in agreement here...fresh fruit was definitely their
high-mark. i think their last two were kind of stale, and poor jello
has sucked with every band he's worked with (pretty bad when nomeansno
can't even carry a record for ya) since. anyway...reportedly 6025, their
original guitarist, is now a right-wing christian who supposedly called
the cops in to raid gilman street about three years ago when a
spoken-word performer took her shirt off. that's what i read in mrr
anyway, but they aren't the biggest dk/alternative tentacles fans these
days. neat that east bay ray caught your site...
fucking punk on. Elvis music done DK style!!! What a great band. Where
are the great bands today?
Simply, the album that changed my life. Honestly, my friends and me
bought it almost as a joke, since the name was sooo offensive we thought
it would be cool. But I consistently had this tape in my tape deck (home
and car) for about two years!
Biafra is the master at pulling other people's chain - and they usually
don't even know it! "Police Truck", "Let's Lynch The Landlord", and
"Kill The Poor" rank as my faves. It's great to see someone devote a lot
of space to honor this band, since most of what you would read about
them during the early 80's was automatically negative due to the name of
the band (again, Biafra's irony in action).
Fresh Fruit was the first album I ever bought. A few friends at that
time were into DK, and they told me it was brilliant. I thought i'd give it
a listen, and man, did it blow my mind. The lyrics are truly inspired, and
might I mention, funny. The music rips.
This album has found a permanent home in my 5 disk cd player.
When this one came out, I was blown away. It became my
favorite record for about 3 years. Every song is great, the Elvis cover
is hilarious and these guys (at least to my impressionable mind) were
gonna be the American Sex Pistols! Didn't quite work out that way, but
shit happens! My wife and I have 4 different copies of this album!
Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables is the law, it is a masterpiece,
just listen to "Holiday in Cambodia"... WOW. The lyrics are great, the
singing is great, everything is great! This surely did some change in
the punk scene. This one is the law.
Even if this isn't what people consider a great albumn musically or
lyrically, it is still a great albumn when you put them together. It's only
rival in terms of great punk albumns would live albumns of other bands or
possibly Give me Convienience or Give me Death. This is one of the few
albumns that sounds like it's live, and it adds to the feel of it. I dont
know what you mean by "surf", but i don't hear any. This gets my vote for
best albumn all-time (any genre). Jello at his best, before the public tainted
him, and the DK's without any excess noise.
- email@example.com (Chris Schwarz)
Before I owned any Dead Kennedys albums, I read all of your reviews
(many, many times over!) to help
determine which one I would eventually purchase. I wasn't too knowledgeable
about the Dead Kennedys
and their music, but decided to start from the beginning with Fresh Fruit
For Rotting Vegetables
and work my way up. The first time the song "Kill The Poor" graced my ears,
I covered them with
my hands and said, "What the fuck is this shit?" (and I LIKE punk!) Mid-way
through the song,
I cracked a wry smile and knew I was into something good. I didn't really
notice the bad/weak
production on FFFRV until I listened to the other Dead Kennedys
albums, but that still doesn't
change my opinion of it. It's a fuckin' classic regardless of the fact that
it doesn't sound
absolutely pristine because the music, if you'll excuse the pallid, horribly
rocks! I enjoy each of the Dead Kennedys albums in their own unique way
because they all have
something different to add or put forth. Notwithstanding, FFFRV
will always hold a special
place in my heart (mainly because it was the first Dead Kennedys album I
ever owned), and was
my initial rite of passage into DK-dom.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rohm)
What can I say? The only regret I have in getting into the DKs is that I
didn't get into them a WHOLE lot earlier. Biafra has some of the most
'sarcastic' vocals I have ever heard. As a matter of fact, this really
shouldn't be for FFRV, since I think all of the DK albums deserve a 10,
even though that's against the rules. ;P In a lot of ways, this band has
changed my outlook on life - not necessarily that they've changed my
opinions so much as they've expressed things that I personally feel. When
people think of "punk rock," they typically think of undereducated kids
with silly mohawk hair who hate the world. Who would imagine a "punk" band
saying, "Our REAL test of strength is *caring*"? One of my all-time
favourite DK songs is "Stars and Strips of Corruption," wherein Biafra
tells people that caring for your fellow man, not lying and scheming to get
what *you* want at the expense of others, and teaching kids communication
and theatre is the way to go. Instead of "I wanna destroy!" by the Sex
Pistols, Biafra says we must rise above the need for cops and laws - we
must, ourselves, "change ourselves first - from the inside out." It is a
true shame that the message of the DKs has been ignored because they're not
"punk enough," or because they're not on eMpTyVee. And even 10 years later
we can read the lyrics to "Riot" in the wake of the Rodney King riots and
see that nothing's really changed...
In my opinion, this is the best DK album of all. I like the way it's kinda
surfy and all, and I disagree with the people who say the production sux. I
like it the way it is and I like the spooky riffs on "Drug Me" or "When ya
get drafted" and I especially like the really "evil" sound of "Holiday in
Cambodia". I also think the best Biafra vocals can be found here (I
especially like the "stimulaaaaaation" part on "Drug Me") and the lyrics
aren't as hardcore political as In god we trust, inc.. This one is a
classic, and the Sex Pistols' Never mind the bollocks sounds a lot
"nicer" than this.
I was introduced to the Dead Kennedys by my friend a year and a half
ago. This was the album he had. I borrowed it and taped it. Upon first
listening to it, I was surprised by Jello's interesting voice. Quite a
distinctive voice. When I first put it on, I was hooked. I loved it.
Although not my favorite album, it still ranks up there. The only
problem that I have is that there's no sense of unity between all the
songs. But they are great tunes in and of themselves. My favourites: "Ill
in the Head", "Kill the Poor", "When Ya Get Drafted", "Drug me" (one of my
absolute favorites), "Holiday in Cambodia", and of course the comical "Viva
Las Vegas"... This is a great album, worth purchasing for those who
haven't listened to it.
- email@example.com (Elliot Imes)
When I heard about the Dead Kennedys and their song titles, I thought
they would be this super-fast punk band with a dark, gruff-voiced singer
with super-dark lyrics. Boy, was I wrong. This album is hilarious,
offensive, catchy, and so sarcastic and ironic that it blows almost
every punk band out of the water. Jello Biafra is one of my idols now,
and his lyrics are so perfect and parallel to my beliefs. It sucks that
they broke up, but I guess every band has to.
Long live DK!!!!!
Yes this is album is worth a ten.
A great start for a great band. This album is diffrent from the others,
this was their original sound. Ain't really hardcore, i call this "Old School
punk with a Surf Guitar". Listen to "Let's lynch the landlord" its a
good punk song, and suddenly you hear a kickass surf solo. That
doesn't fit in... then again it DOES. And everyone knows California
Uber Alles. (If DK was called Nirvana, California Uber alles would be
Smells like Teen Spirit) I Kill children is great. "God told me to skin
you alive" YEAH!!! Too bad they got a lot of Nazi Punks at their gigs
who didn't know Biafra's lyrics were all ironically meant.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew Saroff)
A couple of comments:
* The Dead Kennedys are actually decent musicians, with stuff
like chord progression. There are plenty of technically talented
people in Punk, but generally they try to cover it up.
* Mix up a tape with "Holiday in Cambodia" followed by the Monkees
"Daydream Believer". It's a trip.
- email@example.com (Evan Streb)
If you ask me, this album is best appreciated when you only listen to it
like three or four songs at a time. Because some of the songs sound a lot
like each other and it gets monotonous (I agree with the similarities
between "Stealing People's Mail", "I Kill Children" and "Funland At The
Beach"). Great album though.
Am I the only person in the entire world that thinks that the melody to
"Let's Lynch The Landlord" is a complete ripoff of that old
Nuggets song "We Ain't Got Nothing Yet"? Probably...
I don't think anybody's mentioned this yet, but did you know the Dead
Kennedys actually achieved huge success in England? Both the "Too Drunk
To Fuck" single and Fresh Fruit (which also went gold) reached the
Top fifty in the UK charts. In fact, had "Too Drunk To Fuck" reached
number 35 instead of 36, Jello and co. would have gotten a spot on Top Of
The Pops! With a song called "Too Drunk to Fuck"! That would have been
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Turbit)
tis was my first ever punk record..........this album kicked ass all the way down here in australia....i never get sick of hearing it 20 years later......i kept buying their records after
this one.....what sex pistols??????
- email@example.com (James Hippie)
So, uh, yeah, I'm not going to argue that the Dead Kennedys are undeserving of their place in punk's Great Hall of Iconoclasts. Hell, the DK's were my
entree into punk rock in the first place. A chance hearing of Fresh Fruits. . . . in the summer of 1980 when I was 13 (also known as Boner
Summer) probably saved me from a life monster truck rallies and Judas Priest jerseys, but it could have easily been any band from that era and had the
same effect (I just thank Christ it wasn't Fear!) There's absolutely nothing wrong with Fresh Fruits. . . . (although I preferred In God We Trust, and not
just because it was faster), but after I had a chance to look around and hear some of the other bands that were out there, well, the Dead Kennedys just
seemed rather cartoonish by comparison. If you own Fresh Fruits. . . . and In God We Trust I'd say you pretty much have all you need by them. I don't
know many people that bothered with anything after Plastic Surgery Disasters, although that is a great title and cover. You people on here are quite
obviously deranged and without taste.
And you know, judging a band primarily on how fast they play is exactly why punk became so regimented and boring in the first place. I think the Dead
Kennedys are as boring as fuck, the height of punk rock tedium, but at least they had a distinctive sound that was all their own. All you hardcore clones
deserve bands like DRI. You really do.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alex Stevenson)
An interesting band with a great surf/punk sound. Unfortunately, they are a little too mean spirited. Admit it, if you've got enough money to live in San
Francisco and make records, life ain't so bad.
i think that DK is the shit i dont care what any one says.
Iam a long ti me punk and I got started into punk by my older brother and
DK is one of the very first punk record i herd( i kill children) is a good song and stealing peoples
mail and fund land at the beach.
I think it was a good idea to put all the songs together was a good idea
- email@example.com (Javier Blanco Perez)
Hi, mr. Mark Prindle. I agree that the first DK album is a masterpiece of punk, but some critics label it as Hardcore, so the question now is that if with Punk Rock, the beginnigs are kinda clear (maybe Ramones first album, and in a more meaner and menacing way, the Sex Pistols only record), and you know that it came after what is called the "proto-punk" era (with the Stooges, New York Dolls, MC5 or Dictators early records), i don't really know when and where Hardcore Punk begins. I supose circa 1980, with this DK debut, or The Circle Jerks first one, maybe Black Flag's Damaged or Minor Threat's self titled Ep in 1981. You know that you can find more punk influence on Dead Kennedy's debut or in the Misfits' walk Among us, or Fear's record than Hardcore influence, and in opposite way you can hear pure Hardcore influence and almost no punk rock on Negative Approach's, SS decontrol, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles or Suicidal Tendencies. So which is the beginning point? Which is the point when new bands left away the more rock influences that spread (in a fuckin' lovely way) the records of bands like Dead Boys, Sex Pistols, Heartbreakers, Radio Birdman, Stiff Little Fingers, etc., and become hardcore punk. Please somebody answer me. Thanx.
This is one of the most energetic early '80's albums I've ever heard.
That's nearly all it has going for it.
Has anybody noticed that a full quartet of the songs on here are straight
rip-offs of The Clash's "Protex Blue"? And that at least half of the others
have the same rhythm as "Blitzkrieg Bop"? And that everybody seems to have
a problem when Nirvana plays something on ONE SONG that sounds remotely like
Still, this ain't ALL boredom and unoriginality. It has at least three
inarguable classics (California Uber Alles, Lynch the Landlord, and Chemical
Warfare), and the instrumental prowess of the bass player is pretty
impressive. Plus Jello sounds like a Yank version of Johnny Rotten. And
the rest of the songs, though mostly forgettable from a writing standpoint,
are at least fast and hilarious. Maybe not the towering rock and roll
classic it's made out to be by those who were 13 in 1980 (as well as those
13 now--coicidence? Hell no.), but at least a pleasant diversion from
living in fuckin' Kansas in fuckin' January 2005.
Bush? More like TUSH. 'Nuff said.
1978 Demo - Bootleg.
I nearly squirted jets and streams of jizm all over my mailman's shirt when
this disc arrived in the mail for me (luckily I was able to hold off for
another thirty seconds so he could have an ass orgasm and I could pull out
and shoot in his mouth), and for good reason! This is slower,
we're-still-learning-the-songs versions of some of the greatest punk songs
mankind has ever known! Demos of half of FRESH FRUIT are here, along with
early versions of some popular later tunes (including "Kepone Factory" with
different lyrics!), and most excitingly of all - rare tunes you've never
heard them do!!! Not just "Dreadlocks Of The Suburbs," but a couple other
killer punk tunes and an awe-awe-awesome "creepy" guitar-interplay tune that
might remind you of "Ill In The Head," but in a slower, longer way. I
forgot the name though, and it could take up to 45 seconds for me to find it
for you, so don't hold your breath.
- Reader Comments
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Evan Streb)
I don't have much to say about these demos, but they are fascinating to hear from a historical standpoint if you really like the band.
The band started off as a quartet consisting of Jello, Ray, Klaus and 6025, who was actually the band's first drummer. People say that's the lineup on this release, and that might be true on a song or two, but I definitely hear a second guitar in almost all the songs, and there's no way the band were overdubbing. So I think that the demos are a mix of the original quartet and the quintet with Ted. 6025 switched from drums because the band decided that either he wasn't playing fast enough or he wasn't good enough, and they decided to get Ted, but they still liked 6025 at that point, so they promoted him to second guitarist before he left. I can kind of hear what they were complaining about - some of the demos here are quite pokey, (especially "California Uber Alles," which is slower than a Kiss song) though that's as much Ted's fault as anyone else - but 6025 seems pretty competent where I think he's drumming and sometimes the songs benefit from somewhat slower tempos: "Kepone Kids," which is the one song where I'm sure there's no second guitar, actually sounds better and far more enjoyable as a "Fresh Fruit"-esque swinging sneer than it does as a billion-miles-a-second hardcore rant on "In God We Trust" called "Kepone Factory."
Basically, it shows that the band was already unique in 1978 - I still think no hardcore band sounded like the Dead Kennedys did on most of their releases - and that even some of the songs they didn't end up releasing were great: "Dreadlocks of the Suburbs" is a hoot and a holler, "Kidnap" sounds like it could have fit in on "Fresh Fruit" with no problem, "Cold Fish" sounds like the Dead Kennedys' version of a blues-rock song, complete with overactive lead guitar (and it's fucking hilarious), and "Mutations of Today" is one of the most completely off-the-wall, fucking bizarre songs they ever did, which is no mean feat. Unsurprisingly, it's a 6025 tune, who also wrote "Ill In The Head," which has a similar composition style. The tracks with unknown titles are just fragments, though one of them sounds like a dry run for "Ill In The Head" - it has that distinctly sick chromatic riffing style that characterizes 6025 songs. There's also a hilariously awful version of "Viva Las Vegas" where the drummer struggles to play the beat correctly and Jello sings completely off-key at the end.
Man, the Dead Kennedys were such a consistent band. These demos are only worth it if you really like the band, but they're worth hearing if you do.
Add your thoughts?
In God We Trust, Inc. EP - Alternative Tentacles
They replaced their drummer with a Rastafarian who can
play about eighty times faster than the other guy, and hooeee Dave Thomas of
Wendy's fame, did they take advantage of it. The first six songs are
interchangeable hardcore rants clocking in at about a minute apiece, then
there's a lounge jazz update of "California Uber Alles" and a funny punk cover
of "Rawhide." This record certainly wouldn't make one a fan of hardcore
music, but if you're already a fan, you'll dig the hole out of it. "Religious
Vomit" is hilarious, and "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" is an extremely ballsy
statement for Biafra to make considering (a) DK audiences were chock full of
Nazi punks, and (b) Nazi punks are, generally speaking, huge people. The
other songs are similar to those on the first album, but much shorter and
Although not exactly highly-respected by music critics, it's still a
pretty dang funny record if you aren't a-feared of fast noisy blasphemy. And
the cover drawing of a golden Christ figure being crucified on a cross of dollar bills
is wonderful (and, of course, got them banned from several chain record
- Reader Comments
- email@example.com (Gerwyn Evans)
In God We Trust is one of the DK's best albums - it is so fast and
sounds heaps good. The new drummer was heaps better. "Nazi Punks Fuck
Off" is the best song and I agree with the lyrics strongly.
- kriz@www.TCCC.com (Krizman)
I really like In God We Trust, the best out of the five DK albums I've
heard. "Religious Vomit" and "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" are the greatest.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Nicholson)
You would have to say that his album is the epitomy of punk thinking.
"Nazi Punks..", "Moral Majority" and "Religious Vomit" are the three
best songs of the DK's first couple of records, as they are more
confronting than any others, I believe. This is the quintessential
punk rock record.
- email@example.com (Jim Johnson)
This is the all time best fucken record. It starts out good and ends
with a bash. The only bad sone is "DOG BITE." But is there one album
that does not have a bad song? DK Fucken Rock and there ain't no more.
Peligro was dreadlocked but I don't think he was a Rasta. Listening to the EP
today, I'm still overwhelmed by the sense of urgency about---snotty and angry
and genuinely concerned about the power of the schmucks condemned in the
songs. These are perhaps the most straightforward (lyrically) songs Jello has
ever penned (with the exception of the surreal/hardcore "Dog Bite"), probably
due to the fact that songs like "KIll The Poor" were often misunderstood by
the jock types that were beginning to flood the hardcore scene.
Let's please not forget the cassette version of this record, which featured a
blank side so you could bootleg your favorite corporate rock band. One of the
absolute coolest things I had ever seen. ..and "Dog Bite" doesn't suck, yet it
captures the "studio live-ness" of the album with the "hold it, too slow"
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rice)
Although the first two songs on this record are THE SAME SONG
this album is still great. "We've Got A Bigger Problem Now" is
just great. The way Jello just replaced lyrics of "California
Uber Alles" is so awesome. And its not like he said ok we need
another song to fill up space in this album, it's like he saw
that bastard Ronald Reagan for what he was and stuck it to him!
That one song alone gets my adrenalin pumping faster just by
listening to it! BANDS THAT ENTERTAIN AS WELL AS MAKE YOU THINK
In God We Trust, Inc. The name, first of all, is a statement of what
religion has devolved into in America. (Everywhere else, for that matter)
Bible-bashing TV evangelists caring for nothing more than the dollar. It
has become a business.
"Nazi Punks" is a brilliant song.
"We've got a bigger problem now" is the best song on the album. It pumps
out dissatisfaction of Ronny's policies and points out where it's all heading
for. This song really gets the blood pumping unlike any other.
Yet another great album.
A real letdown. The songs thrashed so much that they
became indisguinshable and the jokes are lost. Jello during this period
was stating how this was a "response" record to the early Hardcore but
it was not their finest hour.
- email@example.com (Chris Schwarz)
Very, very fast! In God We Trust, Inc. is, without a doubt, the VERY
EMBODIMENT of hardcore punk and what hardcore punk means. This fuckin'
shreds. No bullshit. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables is more
esoteric, more read-between-the-lines type political humor and content,
whereas In God We Trust, Inc.
is Jello saying the same thing - only in a much more frank and angrier way.
The songs are short,
fast, funny, and to-the-point. This album contains so much energy, too, and
I bet it pissed off an armada
of religious fundies upon its release. (The collage picture of the old
with glasses ripping the In God We Trust, Inc. record sleeve in half
says it all!) The cover art
can't be beaten! I want to get it tattooed on my back!
Yeah, this one is pretty cool too, the most hardcore of all their albums. I
love "Religious Vomit" and "Nazi punks fuck off" is so damn cool, because it
deals with problems within the punk scene (As does some stuff on Bedtime
for democracy like "Anarchy for sale" and "Chicken shit conformist"), and
it also deals with stuff that is real, happening and not made up. The
lyrics, however, are a bit too... Biafra type (whatever that means) for
somebody, who isn't into politics.. I mean this isn't the album for your
average NOFX-rule-I-m-a-punk punks. They will go :"Uh huh..." and look real
scared after Jello finishes "Moral Majority", which is real cool. I just
hate "Dog bite", because it's too long! I mean, why does he sing the whole
lyrics twice, when they are this dumb? Or maybe I'm dumb...
This record sounds like punk should sound: fast and aggressive. It's my
all-time favourite. I had one big orgasm listening to it. Wow, it's
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Luke)
inc. was the first dk i bought
- email@example.com (Elliot Imes)
So what if "Religious Vomit" and "Moral Majority" are basically the same
song? They both kick ass, and they both have lyrics that make me give
an "amen" to Jello. And "Nazi Punks" is just plain great, although it's
probably one of the reasons that Jello got the crap kicked out of him
that one time. Anyway, this is a great add-on to Plastic Surgery
Disasters (which is just barely not as good as IGWTI).
hey i just got this album a few days ago and it totally rules. in my opinion,
its better than fresh fruit. "religious vomit" and "moral majority" and
"hyperactive child" totally rip my flesh off and "we've got a bigger problem"
is hilarious and it is also a great song. my only complaint about this one is
that the songs are so fast that east bay ray doesn't really get a chance to do
his "surf" thing on the guitar which is one of the big reasons that i love
this band. and this is in response to the guy who said "nazi punks fuck off"
is the reason jello got the crap kicked out of him-no, thats not the reason.
the stupid asses who beat him up thought that he was some rich rock star.
this is the best cd ever created
fuck off nazi punk
all religions make me ill
In God We Trust, Inc. is by far the best album, along with
Today I was downtown and two other people and I got into a conversation
about the radio station playing in the store we were in. One guy was
complaining about the station not playing Bare naked ladies. I
complained that it had never played Dead Kennedys. The first guy didn't
know who DK were. I explained to him that they were the best band ever.
The third guy, who I thought listened to oldies, spoke up at my mention
of DK, and added "They are also the most talented, most intelligent,
most literate band ever to show it's face on Earth." I couldn't agree
more. The Dead Kennedys broke up well over a decade ago, yet they are
still the best band to ever put out an album.
Allright they're trying anything to piss Republicans off, lyrically of
course they already did like with the release of the "Too drunk to
fuck" 7". And now musically. Let's make some NOISE!!!! And thats
what this is, noise. Sure it's hardcore punk but i dont find the songs
catchy. They're just trying to play as loud as possible.
What makes this one worth buying is California Uber Alles part
two: We've got a bigger problem now, and the kickass Rawhide cover.
DK is a great band but if you want Superfast hardcore punk that
kicks ass try the first SUICIDAL TENDENCIES album
- LJW@Mail.amsa.gov.au (Lachlan Watt)
Dead Kennedys was the first punk band I really got into and they certaintly
mean a lot to me. While Plastic Surgery Disasters remains my favourite
Dead Kennedys album, the In God We Trust Inc. EP is great because it shows
that the band never took themselves too seriously. I guess they left the
hardcore evangelism to MDC.
BTW, the "old religious fart with glasses" in the collage art is actually
Winston Smith, the artist who designed the album cover, the DK and AT logos,
and came up with a bunch of the material for Jello's collages.
Great music! Great Album artwork! Great Package! I honestly think this is
when "Punk Rock" reached it's peak......
okay the authors of the songs were never printed in the booklet of this
record they were on the 12" but not the CD comp with plastic surgery: so
heres who wrote the songs for this album
Moral Majority, Hyperactive Child, Depone Factory, Nazi Punks Fuck Off-Biafra
Dog Bite-Klaus Flouride
Weve Got A Bigger Problem Now-all the DK's plus John Greenway who helped
Jello write the original California Uber Alles
Rawhide-i forget these guys's names they wrote the Rawhide TV theme song
A great album. The songs are fast and furious and the lyrics are thoughtful and funny. I
especially like "Religious Vomit", which is so fast that you cant even understand what
Jello is saying unless you read the lyrics, and even then its kinda hard to follow.
Hilarious song though. "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" is a great song as well, really makes fun of those
wanna-be dumb-fuck "punks" who think punk is all about violence and shit like that. Very
short, but awesome album. 9/10.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ben M.)
For the most part, this is generic hardcore. What makes it different is Jello's unique
voice. So with that in mind, I'd say this gets a 7.
The first song and last 2 songs are good. "Religious Vomit" is pretty catchy, and the
first minute of "Moral Majority" makes me chuckle. The other songs passable but nowhere near
the best the DK's have to offer, it's not even the best hardcore. "We've Got A Bigger
Problem Now" and "Rawhide" are happy fun tracks, but not their best.
This record has energy, but it's a let down for me. "In God We Trust Inc" would be more
enjoyable if the DK's used their vicious/hilarious satire off their other albums. This is
too straight forward. The only reason it was made was to piss off Christians with the
cover, it's why the album was made, the cover. Great picture though (even if I am a
In conclusion, this is a rather bland release for the idiots who don't understand the
humor of their previous album. Christians, politicians, and punks alike. The DK's were a
great band and were talented musicians, but this record was too rushed to make decent music
it seems. If you want speedy hardcore/thrash played by great musicians, check out Bad
- email@example.com (Sandra Terry)
Just reading about this album makes me nostalgic for my "Nazi Punks Fuck
Off" armband that came with the record. 'Course, I had to add inch long
cleat spikes from Foot Locker to the outsides of my boots when I wore the
thing in public. "Trash a bank if you got real balls", shit yeah! Dissing
Republicans and Christians really wasn't as dangerous as us reactionary
poser punque roquers made it out to be, but when the Nazi punks were hit
with the reality of what Jello thought of them, they were madder than an art
fag at a Thomas "Painter of Light" Kinkade gallery. Saying that Nazis are
bad seems like a whole lot o' nuthin' in these topsy-turvy days when hippies
and punks are practically interchangeable, but it was dangerous back then!
Good thing for Jello he lived in Frisco; lots of us speculated that he might
get snuffed when they played in places like Washington state. But one thing
people tend to overlook when talking about the DK's was how much fun they
generated...in my not at all humble opinion, too much attention is paid to
the political aspects of their (admittedly strongly political) music.
"Rawhide" and "Viva Las Vegas" are pure giddy glee and "Too Drunk To
Fuck"...well, just saying the title out loud puts a grin on the ol' piehole
every time! Also, Jello is a great singer; his wobbly noise blows Marilyn
Manson's wobbly noise to smithereens.
Interview Disc - Red Door 1981.
It says "Dead Kennedys," but it's really just a
twenty-minute interview with Jello Biafra. The interviewer is a British man
who says "...sort of..." about sixty million times, and Jello sounds all
stuffed-up as he recites the same things he says in every interview - Reagan sucks,
the Religious Right sucks, the FBI reads his mail, etc. Still, he's a fairly
entertaining speaker, so it's a fun enough listen - and it's a picture disc!!!
So you can lick his cute little chest all you want.
I mean...uhh...if you're
one of them.
Plastic Surgery Disasters - Alternative
One of the most irritatingly-produced records I've ever
heard. The guitar is too tinny, the bass and drums are all muffled, and it's
all so damn messy! Still, the melodies are there - in spades! ? Guitarist
East Bay Ray has his foot all over that delay pedal, trading in distorted
barre chords for the high-pitched echoey psycho-surf noise I described in the
special introductory paragraph, and the bass lines are unceasingly terrific.
As messy as this album is, there's no obscuring the sick loveliness of "Moon
Over Marin," the hopelessness of "Dead End," or the amazingly intense chaos of
the masterpiece "Riot" ("Tomorrow you're homeless..../Tonight it's a blast!").
Plus, all the speedy ones on side one are fine too - in the In God We
Trust, Inc. tradition, but even more paranoid.
I've always complained
about the production on this album, but I recently ran across an old Jello
interview in which he states that they purposely made it sound annoying
- you see, he felt that this particular lo-fi reverbed high-pitched muddy pain in
the neck sound was just the thing to adequately complement his paranoid
political musings. Well, I'll give him this: it certainly doesn't sound like
any other hardcore album ever made (thank God!). Luckily for us, most of the
melodies and arrangements are stunning enough to overcome the slackass manner
in which they are presented to us.
- Reader Comments
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vasco Rodrigues)
I've never paid attention to that really. I thought it was due to my tape
I've never had the chance to listen to it on a record player.
I LOVED the production on this! It sounds so great, (tinny is a great
description) and scratchy. Beautiful. Some classic songs on this one too,
"Govt. Flu," "Moon Over Marin."
- email@example.com (Gerwyn Evans)
This is the best Dead Kennedys album ever, full stop.
Name me a bad song.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Nicholson)
I would like to echo Gerwyn Evans's comment: this album rules. You don't
listen to punk rock for the musical quality!
- email@example.com (John Zinger)
Regarding your beef with the production of the Plastic Surgery
Disasters album: I don't understand the legitimacy of your complaints
on the production and sound of it. The album sounds excellent (very
clean, crisp, energetic, etc.) to my ears! =) Upon listening to it I
found nothing wrong with the sound quality or the production -- and I
still don't. In fact, I like the production/sound on it -- it makes
the album sound much more powerful and in-your-face than Fresh Fruit For
Rotting Vegetables. The second you hear the first few bars of the first
song, "Government Flu", you can tell how much more power and energy
there is on the album than on Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables.
You used the description "tinny", etc. for the guitars too, but I really
don't notice that at all. In any case, a few people who have also
posted their comments for others to see (DougS, Gerwyn, Peter, etc.)
have said that they think Plastic Surgery Disasters is the best Dead
Kennedys album ever. I would have to agree with them. For me it's a
tie between Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, Plastic Surgery
Disasters, and In God We Trust, Inc. -- but I would have to say that
Plastic Surgery Disasters definitely shows the Dead Kennedys at their
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Gilmartin)
Plastic Surgery Disasters is my favorite album of all time. When I was a
teenager, the intro to this album scared the crap out of me... I LOVE
- email@example.com (Tim Moore))
Plastic Surgery Disasters is THE best DK album by far.
- amber@chelsea - mi.net (Paul Heidtman)
plastic surgery disasters is the one album solely responsible for making
me into a punk. when i was in the 7th grade, i broke my leg and the
doctor said i'd be in bed for at least 3 weeks. i literally had no
music collection at the time, and my mom who was all broken up about my
injury asked me if there was anything i wanted to keep me occupied. i
knew all i wanted was music (i hate t.v.) but i wasn't sure what i
wanted. then i remembered that a few weeks earlier a friend of mine
played me a song by the dead kennedys and i liked it so i said i wanted a
dead kennedys tape. the next day she brings home plastic surgery
disasters and i loved the fuck out of that tape! I listened to it every
day, all day until i fell asleep for 3 weeks straight. when i went back
to school, i "borrowed" my dad's headphones to listen to it at school
whenever i could. when i got caught in school listening to it, i was
sent to the principal's office where i was told it would be confiscated.
i thought to myself "fuck that" and i hobbled out the door with my cast
and crutches and skipped school for the very first time. i just waited 2
hours until the bus came, listening to dead kennedys the whole time. my
love for this album is unprecedented. not only is it a kick ass album by
the best punk band ever, but from there it became a gateway for me to
experience new, exciting music. from that day on, i was a punk, i knew
my role in life. i now am a proud owner of every dead kennedys cd (even
a few bootlegs [shame on me]), all of jello biafra's solo projects, spoken
word cd's, coalitions with d.o.a., nomeansno, and recently mojo nixon.
the dead kennedys kick ass and anyone who badmouths this album is a fuck!
Plastic Surgery Disasters is the Dead Kennedys album that all others
try to measure up to!
This album's got it all: thumpin' drums, crazy bass, wailin' guitar and
JELLO'S SARCASTIC, NASAL LYRICS AT THEIR VERY BEST!!! In my opinion, this
record leads the pack because a) the mix of songs are good (not one bad one,
I'd say), b) the lyrics are the best ever with so much political wit and
humor to them (see "Government Flu", "Trust Your Mechanic", "Well Paid
Scientist", "Halloween", "Bleed For Me", "I Am The Owl" and "Moon Over
Marin"), and c) to release a first album like Fresh Fruit... is
amazing, but to follow it up with something even better (the best ever!)
in such a short amount of time afterward (1-2 yrs.) is FUCKIN'
I didn't think they could match (or even top!) Fresh Fruit..., but
they did -- Plastic Surgery Disasters IS IT, baby! BEWARE - THIS IS
THE RECORD YOUR MOTHER/CHURCH/SCHOOL WARNED YOU ABOUT!!!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Not Peter Nicholson)
I just noticed in the Plastic Surgery review that you wrote "thank
God". Now, why did you put an upper case 'g' on god? Not like the almighty,
all powerful piece of shit even exists, so why give the all non-existent one
the privilege of upper case? Anyway, the album rules, and does not come out
of my 3-disc carousel for more than a day at a time.
personally, I think this is the best I>I< album. The best tracks are
"Terminal Preppie," "Forest Fire," and "Moon Over Marin." The songs have
meaning. Remember - there will always be a moon over Marin!!!!
IF YOU WANTED TO RAG ON A BAND FOR SOUND QUALITY THEN YOU WOULD HAVE TO
RAG ON THE GERMS AUTOMATICALLY, BUT GERMS ARE A GREAT BAND. YOU SHOULD LISTEN
FOR WHAT THEY'RE SAYING, NOT HOW IT SOUNDS!!!!!!! DEAD KENNEDYS KICK ASSSSSS!
This is definitely the best. I agree with most of the other people who have
left comments. This was the first album by DK that i ever heard and even
though it does sound "tinny" it's still the best one ever.
Quite possibly the best American Punk/Hardcore album of the eighties...it's
musically explosive, combining fast as hell psychedelic-hardcore (?--if there
is such a thing, this is it) with odd little touches like the intro to "RIOT,"
the tango horns on "TERMINAL PREPPIE," the slow parts in "TRUST YOUR MECHANIC,"
and the great spoken word/noise intro & outro. Jello's lyric's are as snotty,
sincere, and humorous as ever, the LP's unique sound (which hooked me
instantly) is impossible to ignore, and the packaging is great--specifically
the booklet of collages by Jello & Winston Smith (a chaotic collage for each
song). On CD it's packaged with IN GOD WE TRUST, INC, making it one of the
most powerful politico-punk statements to erupt from the USA.
- rojanko@pacbellnet (Rob Krohn)
God I hate the production too! Great album that sounds terrible (if
that makes any sense). It's Klaus' finest hour and we can't hardly
hear him, except at the beginning of songs. He's covered up with East
Bay's guitars which sound like they were recorded in a lavatory with
sandwich wrap covering the amps. Every word Jello sings with an "S"
sound in it sounds like "ssssssssth"
I don't understand it. John Cuniberti (one of the producers) should
have been sacked - he's at least partially responsible for Bedtime
for Democracy sounding bad too.
Songs are great though. But I like side 1 better. I liked DK in
their "short song" mode better overall. 4/5 songs on side 2 are great;
I didn't like "I Am The Owl." All songs on side 1 are wonderful;
"Well-Paid Scientist" and "Buzzbomb" are a couple of the best DK
- email@example.com (Thorbjoern Mann)
I think you fucking complain too damn much! "This is too slow" or "that's not
MIXED well enough!" Maybe you should shut your fucking mouth and remember
that the lyrics are what counts, even if the song isnt fast enough for your
I've just gotta say that I agree that it doesn't matter if the music is
sloppy; a wise man once said "punk is about playing as sloppy as you
want as long as its got spirit." I have to agree with him. Oh, by the way,
that wise man was Kurt Cobain.
This album is definitely the best DK album ever made. I love the crazy
basslines and the high pitched guitar. It also has a lot of songs which
makes it even better. This is the only album that I have found without any
Tinny? Maybe, maybe not. WHO CARES? This album has ATMOSPHERE. I defy
you to find one bad track on it. There are so many classics. "Well Paid
Scientist", "Trust Your Mechanic", "Forest Fire", "Buzzbomb", "Riot", "Moon
Get the picture? And to follow up two *Great* albums Fresh Fruit and
In God is simply an indication of the brilliance of Dead Kennedys.
This is by far my favourite album of all time.
A great recovery- This album slows down the
thrash a little but adds more punch then Fresh Fruit. A terrific
combination of both sounds. "Moon Over Marin" is an epic! I never noticed
the tinny production- always figured that was part of their sound.
Hate to sound repetitive here, but PLASTIC SURGERY DISASTERS is not only
the best DK album, but possibly the best album I have ever heard. Song
after song of gritty lo-fi punk rock heaven (or hell??). The band is at
their strongest and tightest, and Jello's lyrics on the album are the
most finely tuned, pointed, barbed spears that ever tattered the flesh
of the Great White American Underbelly. A+ to PLASTIC SURGERY DISASTERS.
I love the sight!!
I must say that "moon over marin" is one of my favorite songs of all time, by
ANY BAND. This
is the perfect activist song against pollution. There aren't many songs
that I can say I enjoy
today as much as I did 7 years ago!! This is one of them.. Long live
I think that this is the best album by the DK`s......"moon over marin" is
their best song EVER!!!!
I'm listening to that cd right now, and honestly, I've never considered
the sound quality of it at all. It is a superb album and is more than
worthy of the praise that has been given to it in the messages. I like
the guitar a lot more. It is very unique, and they are very good at
setting mood or atmosphere in their music. It's unbelievable. Although
not one of my favorites, it has some stellar songs.... My favorites:
"Government Flu", "Trust Your Mechanic" (one of the best on the album),
"Buzzbomb", "Halloween", "Moon over Marin".
Plastic Surgery Disasters is the most kick ass record ever. Production
sounds fine, except for maybe the bass.
"Riot" is quite possibly the best DK song ever.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Elliot Imes)
Not as good as Fresh Fruit, but still fantastic. I love the message in
"Well Paid Scientist", and "Trust Your Mechanic" is just fuckin
hilarious. I've also come to the conclusion that it's impossible to
hate "Terminal Preppie" (unless you're a prep or a jock, of course).
The only drawback is the long intro before "Government Flu." But even
that intro is hilarious, so it doesn't really matter. My favorite DK
line ever: "Pull up to your sterile home/ You're drained/ Bite the heads
off your kids/ Chew them well, they taste like you/ Just slam the
door." Pure insanity. Jello is a twisted man. But a smart one.
This one kicks ass just as Fresh Fruit does. The production is A LOT
diffrent though, all the instruments sound a lot heavier. especially
the drums. And the songs are a lot more complicated. Don't expect
simple songs like California uber alles anymore! The intro kicks ass
with the creepy chick, and then it bursts into Goverment Flu starting
with the kickass surf notes. Also Trust Your Mechanic and Well paid
scientist kick ass, and so does Forest Fire. And Moon over Marin
is a kickass Ballad in DK style. A few songs that suck though.
like Terminal Preppie. The trumpets just don't fit in here. Id give
this album a 7.
- email@example.com (Ahnsu Adennorsn)
Well let me say that it's about fucking time that I've found someone who
appreciates "Dead End" and "Riot". The whole album is a balls to the wall
version of everything Crass could have been (but failed) and some of the
best progressive punk songs ever waxed, but as far as I'm concerned "Riot"
and "Dead End" were always major standouts for me. Riot as far as I'm
concern does one of the best jobs I've ever heard of capturing the emotion
of a moment musically and letting the lyrics paint a chaotic scene in your
imagination. Just about the time Jello sings "Throwing a brick never felt
so damn good" combined with the "quicky-getting-even-more-insane" guitaring
of East Bay Ray sends chills up my spine every single time I hear it...
Dead End is just a song that is never mentioned by anyone and could very
well be one of their best musical moments. The dreary, slow, sonicy
surf-punk hum of this song should send any average listener into ecstasy,
but most people I've heard from don't even listen to the second side of the
LP to begin with. Doesn't it sound like one of those songs you just know
will end up in a Tarintino film one of these days (assuming Jello lets em
use it)? Anyway, I go back and forth between this record and Fresh Fruit
in which one is the best, but this record is certainly one of the top 5 punk
rock records ever released.
The lyrics and vocals for "Forest Fire" are the craziest, wackiest, and
funniest I've ever heard!!! This song simply smokes! Does Biafra always talk
like that, too?
this album beats the fuck out of Fresh Fruit.when i first got it i only liked
4 or 5 songs and then the more i heard it the more i like it.the best song is
moon over marin.am i the only person who thinks Frankenchrist is as good as
this album?anyway i didnt like In god we trust,inc as much as plastic surgery
but thats still a good album
"Plastic Surgery Disasters" was the Dead Kennedys' biggest attempt to break
out of the confines of hardcore while still remaining punk. It contained a
lot of great music, but there were problems with it. I wouldn't hesitate to
say that "Plastic Surgery Disasters" is one of the least powerful Dead
Kennedys releases. It's still amazingly good, but out of the DK's stellar
catalog, it comes off as more than a little forced at times. For one, we've
got the astoundingly bad "Winnebago Warrior," which gives new meaning to the
term "incompetent drivel" - what the hell is Jello trying to say here, that
people who drive Winnebagos and litter everywhere are really bad guys,
people who think of themselves as "Yankee pioneers" and such? Thanks, Jello,
I deduced that one for myself. Aside from the fact that the song is just
pitifully dated, it doesn't fit in with the rest of the album thematically
or musically - Klaus Flouride's bassline sounds like Joy Division-era Peter
Hook with two fingers and a Saturday morning cartoon fetish. It's that
annoying. And that semi-operatic wailing in the background is also terrible.
But really, Jello is the problem with this album - the music, aside from
that one song, is unrelenting, sharpened like razor wire, and terrifyingly
atmospheric. Yes, the production is a little irritating, but even that
sometimes has the effect of heightening the song's atmosphere. What's wrong
with the album is the lyrics. Simply, Jello's at his worst here. He really
didn't put thought into some of these. "Halloween" has fantastic music - a
brilliant hardcore smasher with a great rhythmic bounce - but those lyrics
are lame: "So it's Halloween / And you feel like dancin' / And you feel like
shinin' / And you feel like letting loose / Whatcha gonna be / Babe, you
better know / And you better plan / Better plan all day / Better plan all
week / Better plan all month / Better plan all year" - oh wow, like, deep,
Jello. That so to-tal-ly slaughters uptight people, you know, just gets me
wet with envy...those lyrics suck worse than Paris Hilton with her two front
teeth knocked out. Concluding a song with "Why don't you take your social
regulations and shove 'em up your ass" was better left to a song by a
standard hardcore band, which the Dead Kennedys never, ever were. They were
better than this lyrically on almost all of their other albums. "Buzzbomb"
suffers from the same problem as "Halloween," and "Trust Your Mechanic"
doesn't even make sense - blame your *mechanic* for the problems besetting
you? This is just idiotic. Also, they're not even funny anymore, which they
always were in the past - the biggest attempt at humor on the entire album
is "Winnebago Warrior," which I've already trashed enough.
Fortunately, the music is so unceasingly terrific as to make most of these
problems significantly less bothersome. Jello's delivery is at it's most
venomous, Ray's guitar playing is inspirational, evil, and totally
distinctive, Klaus's bass is almost always extremely and brilliantly
melodic, and Peligro's drumming is heavy as hell while still allowing the
music to shine through (as opposed to parts of "In God We Trust, Inc."). The
riffs are almost always fantastically memorable, and when Biafra's lyrics
are really on form, the songs are crushingly powerful. "Riot," "I Am The
Owl," "Dead End," "Moon Over Marin," "Well Paid Scientist," "Government
Flu," "Terminal Preppie" (which is hilarious) - all just brilliant, and
"Forest Fire" is notably bilious and gonzoid even within this band's
discography. But overall, the paranoia and the lyrical blunders don't always
make this the best Dead Kennedys album for me.
*In response to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Gerwyn Evans)*
This is the best Dead Kennedys album ever, full stop. Name me a bad song
"Winnebago Warrior" sucks shit. Everything else is great though, and
this is the best DK's album because the guitar playing is more
interesting than on Fresh Fruit, and Jello makes a clearer (and more
vivid) album lyrically as well. Frankenchrist I used to think was best,
but this one never stops being creative, each song different from the
last, unlike Fresh Fruit, and the song writing is more sucessful than on
Spend the 4th of July With The Dead Kennedys - Bootleg 1982.
One of the worst sounding bootlegs I've ever heard. There is this godawful
tape hiss covering the entire CD, making every great song scrape at your
brain like a midget with a flying saucer. The songs are great though and
Jello Biafra shits out lots of funny political stage patter, including
beginning "Bleed For Me" with a synopsis of "Kinky Sex Makes The World Go
'Round"! But you haven't gotten that far. Keep reading. If I even mention
that song. I probably don't. Okay, stop reading immediately, if only
because of the POSSIBILITY that I may not have mentioned that song. We
cannot accept such a fate. The world will not have it. Not you, not me,
not Larry McGee. Spurt? Padiddle! Padiddly-doodly-doo! FWEE! Poop!
Who the hell does Martin Teller think he is, calling me
Live At The Olympic 8/84 - Bootleg 1984.
Another of the worst sounding bootlegs I've ever heard. Jesus, didn't
anybody sneak 24-track studios into musical clubs back in the '80s? This
one is about 18 minutes long and fades in and out and in and out like the
words of a boring minister as he puts himself to sleep with sodium
pentathol. The stage patter is great though, especially a short parody of
"Whole Lotta Love" called "Whole Lotta Bucks." Another great part comes
(reaches orgasm) at the end of "Nazi Punks Frig You" when some punk dumbo
keeps screaming "Fuck off!" into the mic and Jello grabs it back and chides
disgustedly, "Let go of the mic, boy - Jesus Christ!" I also really
like that part where East Bay Ray tries to play a bluesy thang and Jello goes,
"No, we're not gonna play 'La Grange'!" And how about that other part where
he says that hilarious thing? And near the end there when he goes
"doodly-doodly" and jams a screwdriver over and over into the bass player's
Awwww I laughed so hard at that, I nearly bit Sandra Day O'Connor's
clitoris clear off!
Say, while we're discussing clitorises -- now I don't
mean to be arguing with the writers of Seinfeld here, but isn't the
word pronounced "CLIT-eris"? I always thought "cli-TOR-is" was wrong.
What's your opinion on this important matter? Let me know so I can tell my
boss before she goes on maternity leave.
- Reader Comments
Clitoris is pronounced with the stress on the first sylable. It also doesn't end with "es".
I collect a lot of live bootleg shows, and there are two venues that
seem to have been fucking impossible to get a good sounding tape from:
the Hong Kong Café, and the Olympic Auditorium. Why the hell did all
the bands choose to play their cool unreleased songs at these two
venues so I have to listen to them fade in and out for the whole
recording? It's a big conspiracy, I tell you.
Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death -
Alternative Tentacles 1987.
Actually not released until after the band broke up,
this is a compilation of all the pre-Frankenchrist material that Jello
could find in the vaults - generic punk B-sides, fantastic early double-guitar
live tracks (including the :20 "I Like Short Songs"), early versions of
Fresh Fruit classics, jokes, spoken word experiments, lounge jazz,
musical parodies, plus some true classics like "Police Truck," "Too Drunk To
Fuck," and "Life Sentence" that had been hard to find for quite some
Seventeen songs await your punk rock ear on this baby, most of them extremely
entertaining. Plus, this one avoids the annoying DK practice of releasing
albums wherein, due to thoughtless production, certain songs have the tendency
to disappear into the wallpaper of that which surrounds them; featuring
production by SIX different people, Give Me Convenience ensures that
you'll be able to tell each song apart, even if the melodies don't vary all
that much. So if it's diversity you're lookin' for, pick this one up. It'll
give you a decent overview of all of the different sorts of music that this
talented combo was capable of creating. Funny cover, too. And it comes with
a wonderful little book! Actually, I think they all do! Buy DK LPs and
you'll get special treats!
- Reader Comments
- email@example.com (Bad Mutha Fucka)
The Dead Kennedys were the first punk band I ever heard. And
they are still my favourite today. I love everything by DK. My
sister just made me a tape one day and said "listen to this"
cos she wanted to get me into interesting sutff. So I did, and
it had some Dead Kennedys songs on it. I loved it! It was all
I listened to for a few months. Now I have all their records,
and I`d hafta say my favourite would be Give Me Convenience Or
Give Me Death...gotta love that surf guitar. The musik kicks
ass and the political views are rad. I am still looking for A
Skateboard Party...if you know if any mail order carries it,
please tell me. Anyway, I`d like to say this site rules.
Thanks. Oh! My friend was telling me about how when his dad
was in the Navy, and when the seamen (hehe) got a break,
they went to a DK show cos they saw a flyer. This guy`s dad
went right up near the PAs and it blew his eardrum out so he got
out of the Navy. They weren`t sposta be at the show, and he
said it was the loud guns on the ship. Cheers.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Lucas Moore)
Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death is certainly the best album but the
versions of "California Uber Alles" and
"Holiday In Cambodia" are crap. "Pull my Strings" is a hilarious attack on all
that new wave eighties shit. I totally agree with the Lyrics of "Kinky Sex
Makes The World Go Round." If you are looking for a relatively recent band,
try Aus Rotten.
- email@example.com (James M. Poli)
I saw a fifteen year old kid on the street wearing a DK jacket thumbing
his nose at the law. I thought: What an Idiot.
Give Me Convenience..... is the best album of the Punk genre.
Working in silicon valley, I'm constantly reminding people who bitch
about their jobs and bosses that they'd work harder with guns in their
backs for bowls of rice if they were in Cambodia.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (David Marote)
"Short Songs" is great & even shorter than most songs by the Minutemen.
(see your punk history textbooks.) Too bad Give Me Convenience... has
the cheap mix of "Holiday in Cambodia" & not the ballsy, guitar-heavy
version (towards the end of which Jello frantically chants "Pol Pot Pol Pot
Pol Pot Pol Pot" at extremely high speed) that set my musical gonads aflame
when I first heard it on KROQ (Los Angeles) in the fall of 1980.
- email@example.com (Ant)
I'm not really a punk or anything; I listen to
all sorts of shit. But I couldn't help liking
the DKs. A goth/indie nightclub I used to go to
was always playing "California..." and sometimes
"Cambodia". I made a mental note back then that
one day I'd buy a dead kens album, and this Give
Me Convenience Or Give Me Death is the one I've
eventually got 3 years on. Love it to bits. The
first ten songs are better than the last seven, but
they're all good.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason Hughes)
I am a 23 year old surfer from Durban (S.A.) and have been listening to the
DK's for 9 years now. They had a big influence on a lot of my friends'
surfing careers (breaking legs pogo-ing at parties), and I must just say
that Give me..... is definitely the best album they ever made.
Give Me Convenience isn't too bad. It has quite a few songs that I
never heard before. I like the production of this album. "Police Truck" is
the best song on the album. I absolutely love the lyrics, and the intro
sounds really cool.
What more is there to say? Yet another well thought out Dead Kennedys
I feel this album is for more of a fan who only has a low majority of
their other albums. I think it's just a best of album.
favourites on the album are-
"California Uber Alles" (even though their version on fresh fruit.. was
much faster better and pumped more raw punk energy)
"Holiday in Cambodia" (again better in the first album)
"Pull My strings" (a song which plain mocks all of their past stuff-
quite a cool song)
"Life sentence" (an excellent song- it was ahead of its time when it was
released because it now resembles any Pennywise or Offspring riff-
very,very cool song)
and......"The Night of the Living Rednecks" (what can i say?)
Long live jello, ray, ted, klaus and darren!
You ought to get this just for "Night of the Living Rednecks" if you
live in Oregon. It's one of the funniest stories I ever heard. DK and
Winston Smith are the greatest.
I AM ONLY 17 YEARS OLD AND I NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THE DEAD KENNEDYS
LIVE AND I THINK IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS ALBUM THAT I FEEL THAT THIS IS SUCH
A GREAT LOSS. I FIRST BOUGHT FRESH FRUIT FOR ROTTING VEGETABLES BECAUSE
THIS BOY AT MY SCHOOL HAD THEIR SHIRT AND IT LOOKED COOL. I LIKED THE
ALBUM, BUT IT WAS'NT ANYTHING SPECIAL. I THEN WAS THE RECORD STORE ONE DAY
AND COULD NOT FIND ANYTHING TO BUY AND THAT IS WHEN I CAME ACROSS GIVE ME
CONVENIENCE OR GIVE ME DEATH, SO I BOUGHT IT. I TOOK IT HOME AND DID'NT
LISTEN TO IT UNTIL ONE DAY WHEN I STAYED HOME SICK. LET'S JUST SAY THAT IT
HAS CHANGED MY LIFE AND MY LOOKOUT ON LIFE FOREVER AND IT HAS'NT COME OUT
OF MY CD PLAYER SINCE. I HAVE SINCE COLLECTED ALL THE DK ALBUMS AND OTHER
STUFF AND I STILL LISTEN TO GIVE ME CONVENIENCE... EVERY DAY. THE SONGS
ARE SO WELL WRITTEN LYRICALLY. MY FAVORITE SONGS ARE "PULL MY STRINGS"
BECAUSE OF IT'S GENERAL SARCASM AND "STRAIGHT A'S" JUST BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A
PROFOUND SONG. I AM A DEAD KENNEDYS FAN FOR LIFE AND I KNOW MY ONLY REGRET
IN LIFE WILL BE THAT I WAS'NT BORN 10 YEARS EARLIER
Unfortunately, only being 19 years old, I was unable to see the Dead
Kennedys live. But I respect and admire them.... Give Me Convenience or
Give Me Death is a remarkable album of their b-sides. Versions of
"Holiday in Cambodia" and "Calfornia Uber Alles" are sub par..... Although
not characteristic of DK, i like the song "Too Drunk To Fuck"... Not
because of the lyrics, but because of the great riff by East Bay
My favorites: "Too Drunk to Fuck", "I Fought the Law", "Pull My Strings",
"Night of the Living Rednecks", "Saturday Night Holocaust".
- email@example.com (Elliot Imes)
Another classic DK record. One of my favorites has to be "Pull My
Strings", if not just for the "Is my cock big enough, is my brain small
enough" part. Every song is great, and after listening to "Night of the
Living Rednecks" you will have a greater respect for Jello, if you
didn't already. Hoo hah. A 9.
Yes!!!! more Fresh Fruit songs! Too Drunk to fuck!!!! Police Truck!!!!
well lets say side A totally kicks ass, it has got a lot of unreleased old
songs that u should OWN if u like DK, side B isn't that good.
It has got live songs with crappy production and strange versions
of previously RELEASED songs. Still Id give it an 8.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ben Guevara)
Hell yeah man DK kicks so much ass . My favorite song on that CD is either
Too Drunk To Fuck or I Fought The Law And I Won. You kick ass
"Saturday Night Holocaust"--One of the creepiest Goddamned songs ever.
- email@example.com (Anthony Bozdogan)
Give me convenience..... not their best album but thats only cos they
were so fuckin good. POLICE TRUCK and STRAIGHT A's are easily the
best songs and still relevant today. But FRANKENCHRIST is better!
A fascinating little comp, definitely a 9. One of the band's best releases,
and for a band so consistently high-quality, that's saying something...
Police Truck, Too Drunk To Fuck, and Life Sentence are all fantastic - is
Life Sentence one with D.H. on it? The drumming style sounds different.
Saturday Night Holocaust and The Prey are terrifying, drawn out slices of
gross chordage, dire basslines, and Biafra gurgling like a lump of bile got
stuck in his throat. Night of the Living Rednecks is absolutely hilarious,
showing off Biafra's speaking skills (even though he may be arrogant, the
guy can tell a HELL of a story), with a great tossed off Flipper reference
at the fade out: "That story's true, just ask Bruce Lose..." I don't like
Buzzbomb from Pasadena all that much, although the title should make the
surf music influence on the DK's even more obvious than it already is
(anyone else remember Jan and Dean/Beach Boys' versions of "Little Old Lady
From Pasadena?"), the old woman's voice gets on my nerves, like the version
of "I Fought The Law." The version of "California Uber Alles" isn't good,
but it's okay. It is, though, way too slow.
One thing I really think kicks ass, however, is the version of "Holiday In
Cambodia." The old version felt like an uneasy joke. This version is
flat-out scary. Biafra's vocals are far superior (he sounded like a clown on
the old version; this time out, he sounds like he knows in just how little
time you'd splinter under pressure, and worse, he'd take pleasure in it -
it's eerily calm), and the production is also far better - even though I
miss the echo-noise intro, Klaus Flouride's bass intro here is just cruel,
East Bay Ray plays a better guitar solo, and Ted's drumming is much more
precise and intense. I just love this version. A lot of people don't, but I
do. Great compilation!
A Skateboard Party - ? 1984.
A well-recorded live bootleg. Since all the early DK
records sound as crappy as concert recordings anyway, the mix here isn't much
of a letdown. Truthfully, it's a pretty great little record. Jello's
"political" between-song banter is every bit as stupid as it is
well-intentioned ("How many of you squat? Or are you all rich and live with
your moms?"), and Ray does a supercool job with his delay pedal, adding
unexpected dark solo bits to "Police Truck" and "Holiday In Cambodia." My
only complaint is that they try to play the Fresh Fruit stuff at In
God We Trust speed, and it doesn't work. Speed doesn't necessarily equal
quality. See any late-period Ramones live recording for further proof.
Here's a little tip: If the guitarist can't keep up with the drummer, SLOW
- Reader Comments
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vasco Rodrigues)
I do not know why you have put Interview Disc and A Skateboard Party
in the DK's
discography since they're bootlegs. And shitty ones.
- email@example.com (Dennis Drobot)
For a bootleg this is a pretty good sounding album. The production is pretty
good, meaning this was taped professionally by either the band itself, or,
more likely, taped for a radio show in Britain. You can tell from the accents
in the crowd that this show took place in England, which doesn't surprise me
since DK first made their bones playing in England.
Having said that I have to say that this is one of the sloppiest piece of
shit performances ever committed to vinyl. The band itself is all over the
place. D.H. Peligro blows at least one song, East Bay Ray blows at least
three. You're absolutely right Mark about Biafra and crew playing Fresh
Fruit stuff at In God We Trust speed. It DOESN'T work. Ditto for some of
the Plastic Surgery Disasters songs. "Trust Your Mechanic" is a hopeless
mess, with Peligro being all over the place and only Biafra's vocals prevent
the listener from mistaking this song as some crude version of Grindcore.
"Chemical Warfare" is a disaster with the band playing straight through the
"slow part" at light speed, leaving the listener to think they've started a
new song. "Let's Lynch The Landlord" also comes off too fast. I've heard
slower and better performances of this song. The cruelest performance of all
is "Too Drunk To Fuck". They absolutely MURDERED the fuck out of that song.
Gone is catchy melody and grooving beat. The song gets stripped down and sped
up and sounds more like speed metal than anything else. I haven't heard a
worse performance by a great band since I saw Nuclear Assault destroy their
songs four years ago.
But it's not ALL bad though. DK puts out a faithful rendition of "Bleed For
Me" that is quite good. And there is some innovation to be found on tracks
like "Police Truck" and "Holiday In Cambodia", the latter having a very nice
extended solo by Ray that seems to feel right at home in the song.
Unfortunately the ending is mess.
Overall this album is really nothing better than a novelty. I guess there's a
reason why they call it a bootleg. It's not good enough to be released legit.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Eglinger)
Does anybody know where I can get a copy of this? I love DK.
- email@example.com (Rob Krohn)
Admittedly, the sound is really good for a bootleg, but man-o-man
band fucked up when they recorded this. As others mentioned,
played at light-speed resulting in a complete butchering of all but
handful of songs. The good: "Police Truck" - great extended guitar
Ray; "Bleed for Me" - more great guitar solos "Winnebago warrior" -
simply a great
song when played live.
The bad: "Trust your Mechanic" - Peligro
drumming at a million miles an hour and Ray is asked to do the
The horrible: "Kill the Poor" - simply one of the worst displays of
Despite this album's obvious shortcomings, it's still a lot of fun!
You'll chuckle at
every bum note and missed beat - all 350 of 'em!!
Regarding A Skateboard Party--
1) It was recorded somewhere in Germany, I think in Stuttgart.
2) I think that them playing the Fresh Fruit Stuff at
In God We Trust
speed kicked ass! "Holiday in Cambodia" and "Kill the Poor" are much more
effective at breakneck speed. Peligro obviously had a huge influence on
the band. Days away from seeing Jello live at NYU!
I personally have never heard the album, so I can't comment on the actual
sound quality of the recording, but I'd be counting my lucky stars to find
even half decent DK bootleg. But, when you say the songs were too fast,
pisses me off. I have the Dead Kennedy's Live video and every song they
is fast. "Police Truck" is the speed of "Religious Vomit", and even "Moral
Majority" is faster. IF the DK's played the songs at the exact same speeds
every show, people would get bored and just listen to the original
The DK's are full of surprizes.
- WEBERSS@mail.milwaukee.k12.wi.us (Matt Weber)
I'm the biggest DK fan, trust me, and if anyone can sell Skateboard
Party or the Interview disk, PLEASE CONTACT ME!!
Please post that I saw cd copies of A Skateboard Party on Ebay. They are from a seller in England. I got one and the sound quality is very good. Hope this helps.
Frankenchrist - Alternative Tentacles
Their one and only non-hardcore album. Ten songs in
about forty-five minutes. But it sure ain't pop music! Ray's all over his
echo pedal, creating really eerie melodies that wrap wondrously around
Klaus's basic bass riffs while Jello criticizes corporations, jocks, MTV, politicians, racists, rednecks, and
everybody else who's not quite as perfect as he is. But it's extremely
sinister - well, side one is. The first five songs are really dark and
twisted, reminiscent of "Holiday In Cambodia" and "Riot," but with more
interesting guitar "soundscapes." God, I love that word.
unfortunately, is more light-hearted and goofy. It's still good, though. I
mean, I wouldn't sit around and listen to the six-minute "Stars And Stripes Of
Corruption" every day for the rest of my life, but Ray's synthesizer-driven
"At My Job" is a hilarious and striking departure, "The Goons Of Hazzard" has
a totally groovin' bass line that makes me shake my poop-filled butt all
around (see- that's the thing about guys who ogle girls' butts - I always
wanna say, "You know, poop comes out of that thing!"), and "MTV Get Off
The Air," though kinda poorly-arranged, is still pretty damn funny. So there
you go. Side two doesn't lack much, and what it does lack is more than made
up for by the supersnazzy (here comes that word again!) psychorock on
side A. Psychorock, psychorock, my kingdom for a psychorock!
- Reader Comments
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vasco Rodrigues)
My favorite song on Frankenchrist is "This Could be Anywhere". Outstanding vocals, lyrics
- rojanko@pacbellnet (Rob Krohn)
I hated this album when it first came out. HATED IT! After playing
it once, it languished in the back of the closet for almost 3 years
before I gave it another chance (but I taped the poster to a Dairy
Queen drive-thru menu). Then, for some reason, I liked it. Can't
explain why. Maybe it sounded better in 1988 because music was at its
shittiest that year...remember Poison and Mr. Big?
This album sounds good production-wise; probably the only DK album
that isn't spoiled somehow by poor production. And in retrospect, you
have to give the band credit for changing their approach so much.
But not really fast or appealing enough to win over anyone who wasn't
already a fan. But since I am a huge fan, I'd give it a 9/10.
Frankenchrist is an extraordinary record -- a sound I've never found
anywhere else and the kind of lyrics that make you want to vote for the
guy...I mean, pissing on the capitol building while claiming a
greater patriotism than Archie-Bunker-types? Beautiful! Where do I
I really, really wish that the Kennedys were still around to do a 'bigger
problem now' sequel to "MTV Get Off The Air." The original
was done during the Martha Quinn phase of MTV. What do you think they
could do with 'Beach House MTV' or Jenny McCarthy? Oh, the
If you buy only one Kennedys record, make it this one in my opinion,
and then start a political party so I can join it. If only Ralph
Nader had these balls. While you're at it, buy some Velvets and
Stereolab records, too...
Frankenchrist is a great album because it sounds so different to
anything Dead Kennedys released previously. That's not to say that is the
only reason it's a great album. Yet again, they bring an album with potent
social commentary mixed in with some great music.
"This could be anywhere" sounds absolutely great. This song has
'Atmosphere', and then some.
"At my job" is the weirdest track on the album. It has a really spooky
'Nineteen Eighty Four' feel about it.
Another great Dead Kennedys album (was there one that wasn't?)
I think that Frankenchrist is a weird album. The songs are a bit
But i don't say that it's bad only that this album is the most different of
the other albums.
- email@example.com (Chris Schwarz)
Interestingly enough, Frankenchrist was the Dead Kennedys album I was
LEAST enthusiastic about acquiring.
I don't know why. Perhaps it's because I'm a hardcore afficianado and the
songs on Frankenchrist are
mid-tempo, or because this album was the least commented on by the readers of
this particular page.
Or maybe it was a combination of both. Whatever the reason, I finally
obtained Frankenchrist and
am happy to report that it's not as "mid-tempo" as I had originally feared.
Yes, some songs are
mid-tempo and slowed down ("Soup Is Good Food," "This Could Be Anywhere,"
"Goons of Hazzard"), but there
are definitely some speedy numbers here! ("Hellnation," "MTV Get Off The
"Stars and Stripes of Corruption") So, in the end, it all works out as the
slow songs are complemented
by the few fast ones sprinkled in between! The one thing I noticed about
Frankenchrist is that
the level of experimentation went up from Plastic Surgery Disasters (Ray's clarinet on "Terminal
Preppie," etc.) -- with a trumpet (!) in "MTV Get Off The Air" and a
synthesizer in "At My Job"!
Even though this album has slower songs than the other Dead Kennedys albums,
I don't think it's
fair to brand it as "slow" (and therefore boring) as there are a couple of
speedy songs on here
and the musical growth of the Dead Kennedys is quite evident. Overall, I
like this album a lot.
The worst thing you could do is shy away from this album, LIKE ME, because
of the terms "mid-tempo"
or "slow" ... it's really very good!
If 'Dead Kennedys' is the best band name ever (and it is) then
Frankenchrist is the best name to ever adorn an album (not to mention it
would've been the perfect name for Marilyn Manson). PSD was my favorite DK
album for a long time, but if I had to choose one or the other to bring
with me to the gulag, Frankenchrist would be the one. The mix and sound
quality are much better than previous DK allowing the listener more ways to
explore the music and talent these guys had. It's too bad this is the
album that, eventually, brought them down as a band. I'm just thankful
Alternative Tentacles managed to survive. Oh, and 'A Growing Boy Needs His
Lunch' is a great sing along song.
Frankenchrist is my favorite album. Although not as punk as other
recordings, it's awesome. The musical ability is shown here, that they
are not punks who can only do one thing. They can do hardcore, and more
musical punk...... I play guitar, and it's my favorite album, especially
for that. It's the only album that contains a song I absolutely hate:
"Chicken Farm".... I can't stand that song.... Favorites: "Soup Is Good
Food", "HellNation", "This Could Be Anywhere", "Jock-O-Rama", "Goons of
"MTV - Get off the Air", "At My Job", "Stars and Stripes of Corruption". Hold
on, I like most of the album....
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Elliot Imes)
Crazy stuff. "Jock-O-Rama" would be great to play at a jock party and
just watch what they do. They probably wouldn't be able to hear the
lyrics, and they'd be like: "No! Let's listen to this new Garth Brooks
CD that I got! It's so good! Boy I love country music!!!"
Stupid ignorant fucks.
Anyway, back to the album at hand. My other favorites would be
"Hellnation" (i can barely make out a guitar melody in that song,
though), "Soup Is Good Food" (perfect lyrics), "MTV Get Off The Air"
(wonderful intro), and "At My Job" (which is more creepier than
One last thing: I've seen the famous Frankenchrist picture that they got
thrown into court over. Unless you want to be seriously traumatized,
I'd advise you to not look at it. Ewwwwww.
- email@example.com (Ann Rant)
What's "poorly arranged" about "MTV Get Off The Air"? Jeez, that
trumpet is brilliant, it changes style about three times during the
course of the song, and it's soooo satirical. If only the rest of us
could do that...
Even more slowed down, and even more complicated songs. Except
for some kickass fast songs like MTV Get off the air and Hell Nation.
Again it starts with a kickass song, Soup is Good food, it rules.
This album is great to listen to when ur drunk. Id give it an 8.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Anthony Bozdogan)
The best DK album. SOUP IS GOOD FOOD genius, total genius. so its not fast and
furious, so what? it's still got Biafras lyrical genius all over it
I agree with Anthony. I think "Soup is Good" may be their most underrated
song. Also, this isn't just an "album," it's an "education."
- email@example.com (Brion Briggsh)
This album may be a bit slower, but in my opinion punk shouldn't be rated by
its speed. this album is pure punk the whole way through and what it lacks
in blistering speed is made up with a hell of a lot of content. songs like
soup is good food and (my favorite) this could be anywhere, are definately a
step up in musicianship for the band. The surf inspired echo guitars are
fabulous and the basslines are really good and complex (as a bass player i
can say that the bass on soup is good food is a lot more complex than it
sounds at first-I still don't know what he's doing exactly!) When I listen
to this album It reminds me of cheap B horror movies, (even though it sound
nothing like the misfits) the guitar just sounds sinister for some reason!
I personnaly like this more than fresh fruit.
Frankenchrist, oh Frankenchrist, thank you for the poster. It adorns
my wall, adhering to its face with the help of some well-placed booger
pasties. You have also provided me with some of my favorite DK songs.
"This Could Be Anywhere" - holy moly. I could listen to that song 5
times in a row if I but had the time. Dammit, I'll make the time.
Hang on a sec....
...And evidently Eric's going for a bit of a food theme here. "Soup is
Good Food", "A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch" and "Chicken Farm" are all
one side one! (not to mention that Eric goes by the hilarious
pseudonym "Jello" on this album - who saw that coming?). I always
liked "Jock-o-Rama" as a young lad, but it seems a wee bit corny to me
today, now that I'm a grown man with Frankenchrist posters pasted on my
wall with booger pasties. "Goons of Hazzard" - my second favorite tune
on the album - uses those chromatic Pink-Panther-like spy music changes
that go so well with Ray's guitar sound, and marries them to a great
Klaus bass line. One of the few DK songs where the lyrics don't even
really matter that much - the music carries the day.
"Stars and Stripes of Corruption" works better as a spoken word piece
(on "No More Cocoons") than as the rushed mess it is here, though.
Sounds kind of like an edited, friendlier version of Crass's "Yes Sir I
Will" - too many lyrics trying frantically to keep up with the music,
but failing. Failure! Bad! I AM YOUR CLOCK!
Jello's Revenge - Bootleg.
Another damn fine bootleg! This one has ten tracks
from a January 1979 show (which must have been before they recorded Fresh
Fruit because a lot of the lyrics are different!) and eleven songs from a
1985 show, all with decent sound and most of them played pretty well.
The early stuff is particularly neat, because you can tell that the band is still
learning the songs; this works in the collector's favor because you get to
original lyrics (like "When Ya Get Drafted," which, at this point in time,
had an entirely different title that I can't quite make out. Does anybody
else know what they're saying? Kinda sounds like "Rock 'n' Roll DJ," but I
don't think it is), but also sort of works against the interests
of recent DK converts because holy crap does Ray massacre "Holiday In
Cambodia" and "Chemical Warfare." Ugh. I mean, that guy has written some
amazing guitar melodies, but... umm.... he hadn't quite figured them out
yet when this tape was made. Harg. Alright. Oh! There's also a rare reggae rock
track on here called "Dreadlocks Of The Suburbs" that'll make you bounce around
and feel proud to own it because nobody else does.
As for the '85 stuff,
it's good too! The rest of the band has caught up to D.H., so only
"The Man With The Dogs" is the speedy cluttered mess that we heard on that
Skateboard Party record. I like those Dead Kennedys!
- Reader Comments
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Krohn)
This bootleg provides a good sampling of DK near the beginning and
end of their existence. The sound is typical bootleg (tinny), but
of the performances were tight. In fact, the band played *much*
during each of these shows than they did the night Skateboard
was recorded. The '1979' side, recorded in San Francisco some time
before the release of Fresh Fruit, features a very young Jello,
and Klaus. (6025 apparently left the band sometime before this was
recorded.) Different lyrics for many of the songs too! I didn't
"Holiday in Cambodia" was too bad, but "Ill in the Head" sure sounds
shit, mostly due to inept guitar playing. But we should cut Ray a
break. The band was young and suffered the loss one of their
guitarists. I also have no idea what is being said instead of
you get Drafted" (Maybe "Rock in Rhodesia...?" Rhodesia was still
a country in 1979?...) I love "Dreadlocks of the
Suburbs" -- a nice little reggae ditty poking fun at stoner
It should've been recorded in a studio.
The '1985' side, while
less of historical interest, serves up a good chunk of mostly
Frankenchrist and Bedtime for Democracy tuneage. The
of EB Ray sounds really wonderful in this particular version of
Good Food". Only "Man with the Dogs" played at warp 9 will remind
listeners of Skateboard Party. Jello's chastising the crowd to
go of the mike board, etc. is pretty funny too.
This might be a bit tough to find (and expensive too!). But
DK fans will find that it's worth the effort.
Never Been On MTV - Bootleg
Why do my legs ache? Do your legs ache? If so, why do our legs ache? If not, why do my legs ache? These are just two of the many questions facing our society today.
Here's a song I made up this morning while escorting Henry The Dog around a deserted basketball court in uptown Manhattan. It's not good at all, but I think it's a prime example of how my creative mind works, in case you ever want to map it on one of those brain picture thingies that scientists use.
Merry-Go-Round Steve was riding a merry-go-round
When along came Rollercoaster Bill, standing in line for a rollercoaster
Merry-Go-Round Steve continued riding his merry-go-round
And then went to the dentist's to look at his molar poster
Also, I hate to seem like a complaining wart during a time of national tragedy, but am I schizophrenic or is it totally fucked that "Weird Al" Yankovic never did a parody of Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield" entitled "Above Is A Cattlefield"?
Merry-Go-Round Steve and Rollercoaster Bill
Have differing opinions about climbing a hill
Merry-Go-Round Steve and Rollercoaster Bill
They don't get along and they always will
This Dead Kennedys botleeg is an audio copy of the popular DK live video "Live," filmed in 1985 at Dirk Dirksen's "I'm Closing My Club" show. I've watched the video about 5 billion times since age 16 and boy oh boy does Jello talk. Talk, talk, talk. "How many of you people think this country is a democracy?" Nobody answers, but he keeps going. Talkity talk talk. Between songs, during songs, after songs - talk talk talk. "I am your hope dope pusher! Shoot up with God!" "Is my leash tight enough? Now can I work at your office?" "What did I ever do to you!?" "This is a new one. Ahh, it's kind of along the lines of 'Too Drunk To Fuck.' It's about the people who think it's about everybody but themselves -- except when they're on parade!" "Say what you want about Dirk, but who else has been willing to put up with you and us for 7 or 8 years? No one else has lasted this long - anywhere." "The apartments are on fire! Nobody's doin' nothin' and the cops are just laughin'!" "So if you get a chance, throw a diarrhea-filled pie at Mondale." "This one goes out to Diane Fineswine, the dragon lady with no fuckin' heart." SHADDUPAYOUFACE!!! SHADDAFUKKUPAYOUFACE!!! SHADDAMUTHAFUKKINUPAYOUFACE!!! SHADDAMUTHAFUKKINKOKSUKKINUPAYOUFACE!!! SHADDAMUTHAFUKKINKOKSUKKINDOUCHELIKKINDROPKIKKINASSBITINDOGFIGHTINBUTTSCRATCHINEGGHATCHINUPAYOUFACE!!!
The disc features four In God We Trust, Inc.ers, three Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Deathers and Frankenchristers, two Plastic Surgery Disastersers and Bedtime For Democracyers, and not even a single Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetableser!!! Not even ONE!!!! Can your ass believe that shit? Christ, it's only like their BEST album!! Why not invite the Sex Pistols to play and then have them play nothing off of Never Mind The Bollocks?!? Why not invite The Clash to play and then have them not play anything off of Cut The Crap? What is this, a bowling alley???
Yeah, a bowling SHIT alley, maybe!!! Where people throw big balls of SHIT down a lane filled with SHIT, trying to knock over ten SHIT pins!!! That's my opinion! Don't wear it out!!!
If you're into the Dead Kennedys for Jello, this is definitely the bootleg you want (unless you own the video, which you SHOULD). He was feeling about as talkative as any human being could possibly feel, plus you can hear all the instruments really clearly -- at least until the (insufferably long and preachy) middle of set-closer "Bleed For Me," when the entire bottom end completely disappears for some reason. It's back in time for the first encore ("Nazi Punks Fuck Off," which Jello dedicates to "the baby blue boys in black" !?), but by then Klaus Flouride has dropped his bass on the ground and gotten it so out of tune it might as well be Alanis Morrisette. ZINGER!!! (if this were 1995)
But remember -- to buy or sell an unauthorized bootleg recording is illegal. AND WHO NEEDS A SICK BIRD?!?!??! (ill eagle) HAH??? WHO NEEDS A SICK BIRD!??!?! HA!HA!HA!HO!HEE!HA!HEEEEHAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!
It's also immoral. AND WHO NEEDS A BLOW JOB BY THE GUY WHO SANG "POP MUZIK"!?!??! (M oral) HAH!??!?! WHO NEEDS A BIRD JOB BY A POPSICLE!??!? HA!HA!HA! HO! HORTCH HORTCH !!!! HEEEEEEEEEEE HITLER!!!
Live & Alive - Bootleg
I was jonesin' for a bowl of JELLO the other day when suddenly I realized, "Hey! This tastes like a rotten horse's hoof!" So I washed my mouth out with FLOURIDE, took a few minutes to get my head on straight, and went to the EAST BAY, where I scared off a vicious gang of Mexicans with my cries of "PELIGRO!"
This is a special game! In the preceding paragraph, try to find the names of every Dead Kennedys member that you can. Don't continue on to the answers until you've looked nice, hard and juicy!
"...like a rotten horse's hoof..." - That's JOHNNY Rotten to you!
"...off a vicious gang of..." - SID Vicious anyone???
"...got my head on straight..." - Well if it isn't Dead Kennedys bassist Topper Headon! Hello Topper!
"I was jonesin' for a..." - And there they are, Steve Jones and Mick Jones, bringing a double heaping helping of hardcore action to the Dead Kennedys rock and roll machine!
Wasn't it a fun game we've all shared together? Hunting and searching? Sharing a warm beer and cold discovery? Now let's move on to a record review.
This bootleg is some lazy asshole's excuse for a ripoff. Rather than presenting a rare Dead Kennedys live performance or sharing a few rare studio demos, it simply collects recordings from PRE-EXISTING bootlegs (including A Skateboard Party, Never Been On MTV and others), removes Jello's banter, and strings 'em all together on one disc. Worse yet, half of the songs come in late or cut out early -- what is this, an African-American employee?!
NO! No it's NOT! Because African-American employees come in early and work as late as necessary to ensure that the work is done. God bless America.
Incidentally, I write 5/7ths of my reviews while on the clock at work. In fact, I'm "monitoring a press interview" right now! God bless America.
If you just really really want a Dead Kennedys live bootleg and this is the only one you can find, I guess you'd might as well grab it. At least with Jello's between-song banter gone, the fast songs sound really, REALLY great all strung together in a row. It's not until the second half that the songs suddenly start falling prey to weird, lazy edits (no intro to "MTV Get Off The Air"? Only the long boring INTRO to "Riot"? "Religious Vomit" starting during the third line?).
Features five tracks each from We Trust In God, Inky and I'd Like A Convenient Death, four each from Get Your Fresh Vegetables Here and Disastrous Surgical Plasticity, three from Christ! Frank'n'Beans Again? and one from Democracytime For Bed. Please note that these are not the names of bootlegs -- I have simply made hilarious jokes out of the names of every Dead Kennedys record. However, I do genuinely feel that any or all of my suggestions would make terrific album titles for any promising young emerging artist. For example, We Trust In God, Inky would be a fantastic name for a Christian rock opera based on the Pac-Man videogame. Likewise, Get Your Fresh Vegetables Here would be a near-perfect title for a recording of a guy shouting "Get your fresh vegetables here!" for 40 minutes. Either that or The Repetitive Grocer, but that's hardly a parody of a Dead Kennedys album title at all. Had they recorded an album entitled Gross Representations, that would be one thing. But they didn't. In fact, I'm pretty sure that nobody has. So that's ANOTHER great name for an album! Then you could record The Repetitive Grocer and people would get the reference. Until that time, however, I'd go with my original suggestion.
If I had to sum up this bootleg disc in one word, it would be "difficult". Luckily I don't have to, so I won't worry about it.
- Reader Comments
"I'd Like A Convenient Death" is probably the Great Lost Punk Album Title.
Thank you for supplying it to the world.
Bedtime For Democracy - Alternative Tentacles
Jello stuck this painting of a bunch of sexual organs
into the sleeve of Frankenchrist, and the next thing you know, they're
being hauled into court on charges of "distributing harmful matter to minors."
They beat the rap, but the group and label lost tons of money, and the whole
grueling episode was so successful in sucking away their sense of band unity,
they decided to break up. Jello, though, had a lot more to
say, which explains why 16 of these 21 songs are less then two and a half
minutes long. (If you've got 21 songs, but not enough money to put out a
double album, well, darn it, something's gotta give!) These songs are
extremely speedy, if not especially memorable. It will definitely take
you at least ten listens before you'll actually be able to recall how any of
them go, but by the time you've done that, you'll be so attached to them out
of familiarity, it won't matter that they all have pretty much the same
The mix is strong, the high-pitched surf guitar is blasting out
chords as fast as Ray can play them, and the whole experience is an awful lot
of fun, if'n you enjoy speedy rhythms. Plus, as an added bonus, the ones near
the end ("Where Do You Draw The Line," "Potshot Heard 'Round The World,"
"D.M.S.O.," and "Lie Detector") are incredibly catchy, and "Cesspools In Eden"
is spooky enough to have been on side one of Frankenchrist. So
that's something to hop up and down on one leg about.
Personally, I love this
album - it took a while, but I love it. The lyrics are smart, and it
really doesn't matter what melody you're playing if you're playing this fast -
it's gonna kick ass either way. But, alas, you'll find they are
catchy. Even inconsequential ditties like "Fleshdunce" and "Triumph Of The
Swill" still sound great bouncing around in your head after you've heard them
enough times to realize that they're actually two different songs. The only
lousy one, as far as I'm concerned, is, ironically enough, the longest.
"Chickenshit Conformist" has pleasant enough lyrics, but the dippy,
snail-paced melody just blows it all to hell. And it goes on for six damn
minutes!!!! If there weren't twenty other great songs to choose from, I'd be
really bitter about the existence of that particular pile of asinine swallow.
they broke up. Jello's put out rock albums with D.O.A., Nomeansno, Steel Pole
Bath Tub, Ministry, and Mojo Nixon, as well as four spoken word albums of
varying qualities (The first one, No More Cocoons, is the best. They
just go downhill from there.). Bassist Klaus Flouride has released an EP and
two albums full of interesting avant-garde-ish pop and electronic music,
guitarist East Bay Ray put out a boring funk metal EP with a band called
Skrapyard, and Rastafarian drummer D.H. Peligro was in the Jungle Studs before
creating a really lousy heavy metal band bearing his surname. If they've done
anything else, I haven't heard about it.
I miss the Dead
Kennedys. Even though I didn't get into them until about three years after
they broke up, they meant a lot to me during those rough high school years.
In fact, I'd go so far as to say that they made my sixteenth year on earth a
simply divine one.
Add your thoughts?
- Reader Comments
- email@example.com (Jett Janczak)
If you like DK you should try Propaghandi (if you already haven't). so
they're on fat wreck, they still belt out lyrics in vein of dk's
they're a great band, although i only have their new release, less talk,
more rock. the cd came with a foldout booklet which is mainly them
speaking about animal liberation and feminism type stuff.
i agree with your reviews...except, i kind of like "Chickenshit Conformist."
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vasco Rodrigues)
With the exception of "Lie Detector" (one my record's favorite) the last four
songs on here are the
DK's have ever recorded. They're no way "catchy".
Overall side A is better, even though I don't like "Fleshdunce" because of
About "Chickenshit Conformist":
Hey, I like that song!
The melody actually matches very well with the words: there are parts of
where the music is melodic and parts of "anger" and "protest" where the
music is fast paced.
You wrote "I miss the Dead Kennedys. Even though I didn't get into them until about three years
broke up, they meant a lot to me during those rough high school years. In
fact, I'd go so far as to say that they made my sixteenth year on earth a
simply divine one."
Except for the "three years after" (it was "one year after" for me), every
single word applies to me!
How I miss those days when I was 16 and sat down entire afternoons listening
over and over again to
a tape with In God We Trust, Inc. and Bedtime For Democracy
recorded on it!
When I read that passage it brought tears to my eyes. I suddenly realized
that it has been 9 years
since I first listened to DK's, and now I hardly get any new punk-rock that I
Dead Kennedys changed my life and I wouldn't be the person I am today and
wouldn't have done the
things I've done if I hadn't come across their records.
- East Bay Ray
A friend of mine who is on the net, Red, showed me your site. I just wanted
to send a note to thank you for the in-depth reviews of our records.
Here's some updated biographical information on myself. I have a new exciting
"heavy, sinister cabaret" band called Candyass (Skrapyard is no more). I play
guitar on a CD entitled Sidi Mansour by Cheika Rimitti (known as the
godmother of Rai music, an Algerian form of protest music) that also features
guitarist Robert Fripp and bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I
produced a CD for the Screaming Bloody Marys called Get In, Get Off, Get
Out on Doctor Dream Records. There is also a rare 7-inch single around that
I did entitled "Trouble in Town" that's kind of a spaghetti Western tribute.
Thanks for your interest in the Dead Kennedys.
The Dead Kennedys were the first punk rock show I ever went to in my life:
September 5, 1981, at the Florentine Gardens on Hollywood Blvd., next to a
giant porno theater. The opening bands were 45 Grave & T.S.O.L. It was a
week before I started my high school senior year, and for three days after
the show, I couldn't hear a thing. The whole experience affected me
profoundly, and helped shape the person I am now in many positive ways. The
Dead Kennedys' focused, intelligent anger has been a guide for me to this
day. Since then, I saw many more punk rock shows & 15 more Dead Kennedys
shows until their break up. They were definitely ahead of their time & could
teach wannabe's like Rage Against the Machine a whole lot of things. If
there is any group from punk's past who deserves a day in the sun, it is
them. They were a light of hope during a very dark time in America & deserve
- email@example.com (Alex)
I found your page and must say. great job. I thought people had
forgotten what a great band they were. I'm just adding a comment on how
sad hardcore music is today. In the early days, there was a message, it
had personality, integrity and style. Today's music is all about being a
whiny teenager full of agnst. Punk was about saying fuck you to
problems not whining about them. I wonder if the spirit can ever be
Re: "Chickenshit Conformist" - GREAT SONG. I saw nothing wrong with it.
I'm a 30 year old late comer to punk. In high school back in the early 80's
punk bored me. I was into the early 80's metal scene and AC/DC was GOD as far
as I was concerned. I didn't care for the "raw" style punk had versus the
more polished metal sound. That slowly changed as metal went glam (Bon Jovi,
Ratt, Twisted Sister, and a zillion more idiotic bands come to mind here). I
was forced to go more underground with speed metal and bands like Anthrax,
Testament, Metallica, early Megadeth, the metal version of Suicidal
Tendancies, and, later Sepultura. That's when I started coming full circle
and took another look at punk. For the past year DK has been in my obsession.
One by one I've been buying DK albums and they (plus LARD) have been hogging
my 5 disk CD player. These new so called punk bands, Nirvana, et al., can't
hold a candle to Dead Kennedys.
Any hard core DK fan should scrounge for the DK videos. I've found three so
far. The one "legit" one I've found was done back in 1984 at the last night
of Dirk Dirksen's (local underground promoter in San Francisco) famous On
Broadway nightclub. This is the one most easily available to the masses. The
production values are good. My only gripe with it is that it has been edited
in spots and certain DK faves like "Holiday In Cambodia" and "Too Drunk to
Fuck" are missing (they may have been edited out or DK didn't play them,
there's no way to tell).
There are two others that I've found. One is a two band (DOA being the other
band) video called The Best of Flipside Video #3 This also was done in 1984
but at the Olympic in Los Angeles. The video itself is heavily edited and the
DKs are only on for half an hour. There's a lot of redundancy between this
one and the On Broadway show, the major differences being the performances of
"Chemical Warfare" and "I Fought The Law". Major gripe: if they're going to
edit the show this much they could have cut Jello Biafra's six minute speech
prelude to "Moral Majority" while wearing a Ronald Reagan mask. I would have
preffered another song or two to that. This video may be hard to find. You
certainly won't find it in any of the major outlets. Check your local
underground/ indie outlet.
The third is the real prize. It's called Dead Kennedys Part One (I haven't
found Part 2 yet, if there is one). It's a local (San Francisco) production
done by someone who must have had close access to the band over the years.
It's a series of performances taken over the early years of the band and
mostly taped at local S.F. clubs. Most of the performances were done before
Fresh Fruit was released. Most of the songs on this video wound up on the
Convenience compiliation album. The highlights include actual video of the
second DK guitarist, 6025, a copy of a news report on Biafra's run for mayor,
and the opportunity for the viewer to watch Biafra evolve his performance
from traditional mike stand hugging (most visible on the video of "Kill The
Poor" though he does dive into the crowd and try to mosh around to a generally
surprised audience and boos can be faintly heard after he gets back on stage)
to the now familiar Biafra freak show. The video quality is oustanding
considering it was mostly done in 1979, the exception being a very early
appearance of the band on the UC Berkeley campus doing "Viva Las Vegas". Be
warned that 1/5 of the video was staged inside a record studio (I guess for
the band's own enjoyment and persumably during the recording sessions for In
God We Trust in 1981) and the performance seems a little fake to the viewer
knowing that there's no audience, though the sound is excellent and very
crisp for a live band. This is will be the hardest video to find if you don't
live in the San Francisco Bay Area. But it's worth the search.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Nicholson)
I am still sixteen, and have listened to DK since I was eleven. Kind
of weird, but I had a punk cousin who was really cool, and listened
too all that kind of stuff. Yes, sixteen is the best age. I started to
actually take notice of the records' lyrics this year, and I love
every single song they produced. If it weren't for Jello Biafra, I
would be as boring as every other fuckhead at my school (it is an
elitist private school) and wanting to pursue a business degree at
university. I just want to say thank you to every like minded punk
rocker in the world. One day we will finally beat the bastards.
This album could easily be renamed Bedtime For Dead Kennedys.
It was the
band's last album (excluding the compilation release Give Me Convenience
Give Me Death). It also marked a very distinct downturn in creativity for
the band. This album was released during the dark period of the Giger penis
landscape poster trial and it's obvious that it made an impact on the lack of
quality of this album.
The chief complaint I have with this record is the production. It sounds like
Frankenchrist 2. But whereas Frankenchrist worked because it
was a group
effort and because the songs were mostly slower and fit the production sound,
this record was almost completely written by Biafra and is mostly at In God
We Trust speed. And that's the problem. Songs this fast need power in the
sound. That's what made Plastic Surgery Disasters such a great record (in
my opinion it's the best they ever did). Disasters' sound was all up front
in your face and made the songs' impact much greater. This record's production
robs the fast songs of all their power.
East Bay Ray sounds like he's playing in another room. Most of the songs just
sit there, "Gone With My wind" and a few others being the exception. Of the
slower songs, "Do The slag" stands out and it was one of the few that Biafra
didn't write. Biafra has later said that he deliberately tried to burn
himself out with this record and it shows. The songs that do make much of an
impact are the ones that DK had already been playing live for several years;
"Do The Slag", "Hop With The Jet Set" (which sounded better live than on this
record), and "Take This Job And Shove It".
Of the newer songs, it's the slow songs that keep this album from being a
total waste of money. "D.M.S.O" is a wonderful song. And I like "Chickenshit
Conformist" though it does echo shades of "Trust Your Mechanic" in structure.
This is the weakest album DK made and if it would have signaled a downturn
for the band musically and creatively, I'm glad they called it quits when they
- email@example.com (Aditya Mane)
Nazi punks, the DKs might be gone but that doesn't mean u can come
back. SO KEEP THE FUCK AWAY. Btw Sex Pistols were not overrated (yes the
present sex pistols is complete shit) and they could have started a
revolution if they hadn't selfdestructed. Oh well, I'm waiting for
someone to take on SP's and DK's roles.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chef Jeff)
There is always room for J-E-L-L-O.
- email@example.com (Tom Kelly)
I have been listening to the dead kennedys for about 6 months and quite
frankly, THEY KICK BLOODY ASS!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (James W. McKown)
I remember laughing when I heard the first lyrics. " Take this job and shove it."
I had just been fired from my job at this restauraunt. So needless to
say, I grew fond of this album quickly. It was fast. Loud, and hella
funny. I wanted more DKs. I like all of their albums. But this one is
my favorite. Maybe because it's my first one. I think that "Chickenshit
Conformist" is a good song. Now I like fast music. But I can handle a
slow song. The only reason they have slow songs is so that Jello can
get his breath back. And the other band members can relax for a little.
Right? And another thing. What possessed Jello (Eric) to go country?????
- email@example.com (Ray Segler)
When you said that Dead Kennedys mean nothing to this generation, you were
wrong, because I hate Nine Inch Nails. I am 13 and I think Dead K. is 1 of
the best bands ever!!!!!
- firstname.lastname@example.org.EDU (Christopher Way)
Well, I suppose I'll begin by saying thanks for the great site, and
especially the thorough and pretty damn good album reviews. I was pretty
surprised to find a site that devoted so much time to what I feel to be
*the* seminal American punk band; the band that for me epitomizes the sort
of electric indignance and fury that the punk music aesthetic is about.
People can praise the Pistols to high heaven: for me, the Dead Kennedys
(and Clash) approach a more articulate, humorous and far-reaching social
criticism. Fresh Fruit was the first album I got--it was catchy
pitted against Jello's whine and the in-your-face sonic scream of the end
of "Chemical Warfare"; it was intelligent, scathing social criticism
compressed into short snarled stanzas (i think here of the feral noise at
the close of "Your Emotions"); it was paranoia, frustration, and
honest, justified anger. And most importantly, it was all a hell of a
good time. Fresh Fruit's the only album I own, but I think that
now I'm ready to
snatch up most of the rest of the DK oeuvre . . . I think that's a
pretty good testament to the good that can happen when a person like me
stumbles across a site like yours, and sees so much enthusiasm for a band
that deserves every bit of it.
- email@example.com (Rudi Sapach)
The comments on this page sound like the letters in teen pop idol
worshipping magazine. Reminds me of the shithouse wall in high school
that said "Anarchy Rules!"
I would just like to thank the DKs for covering "Take This Job And Shove It"
that song is constantly stuck in my head at work. As far as the albums go,
(I have heard them all except Frankenchrist), I would have to say
that I like
Fresh Fruit the best. (nothing to do with the fact it is THE seminal
hardcore record.) I just like it cause it was the first one and it happened
to be the first one I heard (although the first on I bought was Give Me
Convenience at Sam Goody [ha ha]) I think that Bedtime For Democracy
definitely my second fave as it is political as hell.
- Hopey77@aol.com (Mike)
It was very intruiging reading through the Dead Kennedys pages. I am 23 and
been 10 years now that I have been listening to their only six albums. I am
glad to see people 10 years younger than me enjoying the DKs rather than
Green Day or Rancid. Dead Kennedys were one of the REAL punk groups. My name
is Mike. I play bass in a punk band in Rhode Island called Violent Anal
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul Ceglia)
fuck what everybody else thinks the dead kennedys were the best punk band
around at the time the music had a damn good message basically the government
sucks anyway i am looking for the sheet music for all the albums. I have
the lyrics i jam with
some dudes and want to do some dkS and remember folks it is a life sentence. ceg
For people who dig the mix of humor, politics, and occasional extreme musical
weirdness found in Dead Kennedys recordings (as well as Jello's later
stuff--the DOA, NOMEANSNO, and MOJO NIXON collaborations are great...LARD is
good and powerful but a few of the songs on this album are lyrically weak
["Mate Spawn & Die" is one of the best"]...the TUMOR CIRCUS album I didn't
care for as much--kinda blah musically), I highly recommend semi-legendary
American politico-prank-cop-hatin'-punks the Crucifucks, who are similarly
influenced by psychedelia and also feature a vocally-acrobatic (if heliumy)
throat on frontman Doc Dart--same joyously-pissed-off let's fuck shit up
attitude as DKs. Also current punk-fusion bands like DOG FACED HERMANS
(recently broke up), who have two releases on Alternative Tentacles, and who
play a fusion of jazz, punk, and no-wave weirdness, with poetic-political
lyrics not unlike some of FUGAZI'S; and GOD IS MY CO-PILOT, an amazing NYC
jazz-punk-noise band with cool queercore lyrics and tons of the all-important
attitude---neither of these bands'll get reviewed in MAXIMUMROCKNROLL any
time soon cuz they're a bit too musically adventurous, but they have that
great DK spirit...
- rojanko@pacbellnet (Rob Krohn)
I didn't think this one was too bad. "Lie Detector" is the best song on
the album - it was written a couple years before the release of this
album, maybe that's why. "DMSO" and "Shrink" are also good songs. But
this album has the worst DK songs: "Fleshdunce" and "Rambozo." I also
thought all of the backing vocals throughout the album were annoying.
The whole album sounded exactly the opposite of Plastic Surgery
Disasters in terms of production. Too much bass and drums here. That
would've been OK with me but Klaus really took a vacation on this one
creativity-wise. Where were the extra fills that were present on
Frankenchrist and PSD?
Overall, this album had a "let's get it over with" feel to it. Rushed
and dispassionate, strange since anything Biafra is involved in is
usually very direct and in your face.
One other thing, and please don't flame me for this everybody, I wish
DK would record a couple of albums together. Or, at least re-record
some of their early work.
- email@example.com (Ashok Sharma)
Dead Kennedys Rule!!! I agree with the songs "Religious Vomit," "Moral
Majority," and DEFINITELY "NAZI PUNKS FUCK OFF"!!!!! RACISM SUX!!! NAZIS
SUCK!!!!! anywayz, DK RULE!!!!! I'm young, so i dunno much about 'em,
but they are one of the best bandz I've seen in my whole fucking
I got to say that Dead Kennedys are one of the best bands ever. When I
first started getting into music my only obsession was metal. I thought
punk was just a bunch of messy guitars with an overall weak sound. Now
that I have become a high priest for metal, I checked out punk one more
time. It fucking rules! DK have some of the best lyrics and sound in the
world! They were a band that really stood for something! I thought the
only bands were Metallica and Black Sabbath but I was wrong! DK are one of
my favorite bands and I've only been into them for a few months. Hardcore
metalheads and punks got to unite!!!!!!!!!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Frohike)
Hi! I wanted to tell you that your page is really excellent! I love the
Dead Kennedys! I am actually a fairly new fan of theirs. I am a huge
xfiles fan and I found out that Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) was very
similar to me as a teenager. I found that she listened to The Dead
Kennedys and I checked em out. And I was hooked imediately. I am
trying to get my hands on Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables right now,
should have it soon. I am also trying to get a hold of Circle Jerks
Cds, for she listened to them too. I wanted to say something else
too. Somewhere near the top of your page you said that the Dead
Kennedys mean nothing to a generation bent on Nirvana and Nine Inch
Nails. Now, I am part of that generation, I am 15. Personally I LOVE
the Dead Kennedys and other punk rock bands, like the Circle Jerks and
even a few Sex Pistols things, not really the sex pistols that much...
And I also hate Nine Inch Nails, but...I LOVE NIRVANA! They were an
amazing band and Kurt was a very VERY gifted song writer. His melodies
and lyrics are amazing! He was also a great "noise-making" guitarist. So,
don't think that Nirvana was a bad band. They were the new punk
rock for awhile, even if Kurt said punk was dead for all he knew. They
hi my name is $$$$. sorry cant give you my real name.im sitting here getting
a blow job from my girl friend while reading this DK interview and im thinking this
is the best
DK interview ive ever read and best blow job ive ever recieved
- email@example.com (Rice)
I'm 16 years old and I was raised on the Offspring/Green Day
version of 'punk' that lingers around so many MTVs and record
stores. I'm not saying the Offspring or Green Day suck, I'm
saying wow, they can't hold a candle to a band like DK.
I picked up FFFRV about 6 months ago and it completely changed
my feelings torwards music. Old Offspring has a *hint* of
political feelings but I now see that you can go all out!
Thinking about what you're listening to sure is more fun than
just letting it fall on your ears. Its like reading a great
essay and hearing awesome music at the same time.
One thing that I really like about DK is the art and stuff that
comes with their albums. I picked up FFFRV on cd so I had to
send away for the original poster (and it said to include money
for shipping, but I didn't include anything but a note saying
yeah just send me the poster please and they did! Thanks!)
What I wanna know is do the cd versions of albums like
Frankenchrist include the cool porno? And if it doesn't where
can I get it? And it would be cool if
someone could trun me on to some magazines or something that
have info about Jello's political career.
Thanks listeners of madd good music.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jay Henriksen)
The dead Kennedys is by far one of the best bands to ever exist.
Fronted by Jello, they made the best music up to date. Even though they
have been broken up for over ten years now, they are one of the most
influential bands out there. With East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, and
D.H. Peligro, the Dead Kennedys were not only musically talented, but
knew how to play a different kind of music that sounded better than the
rest. In my opinion, their best songs were, and still are, "Holiday in
Cambodia", "Kill the Poor", "Winnebago Warrior", and "One way ticket to
pluto". To Jello, and the rest of the band, I love your music and I hope
you someday get a reunion tour going, with a stop up here in Portland,
OR. 'Til then, I'll hear you every day. See ya.
Bedtime for Democracy does sound a bit rushed; however, it still
contains some really good social commentary. "Potshot" and "Chickenshit
Conformist" are really good songs, not so much for the music as for the
lyrics, and "Lie Detector" is probably my favourite Dead Kennedys song,
*because it is so damned true*. The music on that song is really good as
Dead Kennedys were an intelligent, thought provoking band. This is the sort
of band that is needed today more than ever.
Hi, I ran into your Dead Kennedys page earlier, & decided to drop you
little note. Great page. It's difficult to find music pages on the web that
are actually about the music (Most of them are more focused around
graphics, graphics, graphics), so yours was pretty fuckin' refreshing.
While I got into the DKs well past those punk glory years of Reagan & riots
outside every show (Fer Christs sake, I'm 17 years old), their music has
aged remarkably well for a political band. Even though "California Uber
Alles", say, doesen't apply much to 1997 USA, tunes like "Kill the Poor", "Nazi
Punks Fuck Off" & "Winnebago Warrior" still are as relevant as ever. However,
it does upset me that many younger "punks" seem to be turned off by the
Kennedys. I was hanging out recently with a 14 year old kid in liberty
spikes & bondage pants I found in my town. I gave him a ride to the record
store, where I recommended Plastic Surgery Disasters to him. However, he
complained that "their music doesen't sound punk enough" & promptly bought
records from the Exploited & (ugh ugh ugh) the Casualties instead. That
seems to be the attitude of many punks these days, forsaking the concepts
behind punk for a cheap fashion. Oh well, I'm rambling. Anyhow, good page,
- email@example.com (Brandin Brooks)
Hey I don't know who's gonna get this.... But whoever says anything
Negative about the Kennedy's Tell 'em to shut up! Tell them to stop
whining and and acting like siskel or ebert for god's sake! we're all
humans, what gives them the intelligence to fuck with what you wrote?
I think this page rocks! There aren't many Kennedy's pages, at least
this one kicks ass.
It's amazing to me.....stop caring, and sound better?? wow interesting
p.s. I understood what you meant about the "surf" when i got Frankenchrist
surf guitar riffs in harmonic minors, and other obscure scales, that's why
the solo's sound and, but still seem to fit ----right Ray?
before writing a comment i will give you some background into myself
and where i am coming from.
when i was nine years old i was introduced to a type of music that i
had never heard before. being only nine i was quite subjective and listened
attentively to not only the lively music, but the lyrics as well. the first
band of this musical 'genre' i had heard was the slow, yet slightly crazed
music of the dead milkmen. but as time progressed i had gotten ahold of not
only the sex pistols, but the dead kennedys. i remember being amazed at how
unique the dead kennedys sound was, so i put a lot of emphasis into
to it. as time progressed, i grew older and experimented with listening to
different types of music but eventually falling back into 'punk' rock and
the immortalized 'dead kennedys.'
i am not going to say that they changed my life, because when i had
begun listening to them my life had yet to begin. as my life progressed i
learned many different things. began to question all answers and even had
questions FOR questions. by the age of thirteen i had read many nietzsche
books (beyond good and evil, ecce homo, thus spoke zarathustra) and even
books by locke, rabelais, descartes, and many other philosophers. by the
age of fifteen i had studied a lot of government, sociology, psychology,
and anthropology. i was what every parent hated.
i was a walking, talking, pubescent dictionary of society. i had an
extreme hatred for the world and this country and i expressed this in the
way i dressed and the way i talked. i was not understood, i utilized a vast
vocabulary in hopes that i would be more understood, but this only added to
everyone's confusion. at age sixteen i had been kicked out of school,
out of my parent's home, and disavowed by everyone i held most dear. at
time i had studied music -- how to play different instruments, and even
how to compose well. i began to form bands. i have played with TiP, second
sedition, and some others alternating between a six string electric guitar
and a bass guitar, almost always borrowing equipment.
now, a little older, a little wiser, i have received my high school
diploma and am attended school studying computer science. i did not do this
for society but for myself. i find that with an education people tend to
listen to your adverse opinions without trying to kill you. i have found
a home for myself within a very politically active band known as Four
Slut and produce my own zine (i await myself) and have started my own
label. aside from this i create and pass out flyers at our state's capital
building and arrange shows.
as someone active in the 'underground' punk rock (i hate that term)
'community' i thought that i would leave a comment or two on your web page,
which i have found to be quite interesting.
the dead kennedys. you speak of them as if all of what they were about
was playing music and making people laugh. the lyrics of this band have to
be, without a doubt, intelligently written by mr. biafra. what i was hoping
when i connected to this page was an analization of their lyrics, but to
my disapointment all you seem to care for is their musical composition.
this type of music is about the reformative message, not the beauty of
music. you speak lowly of jello biafra's attempts at getting their messages
across and heard and sign them off as things to get the band in trouble.
playing on a flat bed truck in front of the republican party was a great
idea, and stunts such as this are what added to the greatness of this band.
they care more for individual rights and freedoms than many others, and
have the guts to play for those who hate their message. they say what many
think, but are too afraid not only of the reprocussions but of what society
will think if they make these thoughts public. the kennedys did not care
of the thoughts in the minds of those they hated, so they made their
accessable to everyone, not only those who are part of a specific 'scene'
or movement. have you ever heard the term "why preach to the converted?"
what it means, is if someone already thinks as you do, what does it
matter if you tell them your views? why have a controversal message if
can hear it that can abstractly analyze the meaning?
you stated that jello biafra slipped a picture of sexual organs into
the frankenchrist sleave. yet again you negated to mention vital facts, and
you have obviously not seen the picture. sure, there are ten erect penises
and ten vaginas as a part of the picture, but why don't you tell us the
meaning of the picture (which is so obvious by looking at it). another fact
behind this picture that you left out is who the artist was, sure, if it
just sexual organs that he drew on a piece of paper and put into the sleeve
it would be one thing. but when it is a political picture derived by one
of the best (and most controversal) abstract artists of the world it is
completely different. aside from this, they should have never been brought
on this issue. there WAS a warning on the label. the only person that
have been charged was the clerk in the music store who sold the painting to
a teenage girl without proof of age.
now on i will add some comments about some of the posted messages on
i do not consider myself to be a 'punk,' and being a 'punk' is not
something that can be spread like a televangelist's gospel. a band cannot
make you a 'punk' if you listen to it. you are a sum of your experiences,
and what you are subjected to does different things to your attitude,
your demeanor, and your overall person. THAT is what makes you 'punk.'
i have always believed that if someone claims to be 'punk' that is exactly
what they are NOT, simply because it is a collectivist term used for
classification. why classify yourself? why can you not be happy with who
are, a human being. THAT is the only true classification.
it seems that no one knows where punk even comes from anymore. unless
you have either forgotten or never knew to begin with i will let you know.
in 1954 there was a band called 'duftile' that was kicked out of
america. how could someone be kicked out of a free country you may ask?
they were offered a choice, jail or give up citizenship. they moved to
scandinavia and started a movement which grew, but died out in the late
but then, a similar type of music arose in england which had the moniker
'pub rock,' simply because it was a scene of music that was mainly played
in pubs (bars) and in warehouses. but, then came the sex pistols playing
same style music. they got large ammounts of media converage, especially
caroline coon. ms. coon considered the music to be very vile, so she named
'punk rock,' as an INSULT. this was an american term, and many did not know
its meanings in britain in the late 70s so it spread quickly and it became
a part of history, spread by ignorance. the true meaning of 'punk,' which
ms. coon knew was many things. the first of which being a male prostitute
prison. wow, what a name to be proud of. the second of which is someone who
is an uneducated youth. gee, ms. coon... thanks, you nazi bitch.
it's good there's still someone out there who remembers punk the way it
but you did one thing very wrong, you put down the Sex Pistols.
They were many times more controversial than DK because of their
actions, not just their lyrics.
Thay stood for all punk is, was, and can ever be. When the Dead Kennedys
get banned from their own country then they can be called
But still when it comes to music it's almost impossible to find better
music than Dead Kennedys!!!!!
And that's because they KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!
I just got into the Dead Kennedys about a year and a half ago, and have
since acquired all of their albums. As for Bedtime, I do like it. It has
a louder sound and the lyrics are pretty damn intelligent (as usual)...
My favorites: "The Great Wall", "Macho Insecurity", "I Spy", "Cesspools in
Eden", "Chickenshit Conformist" (one of my absolute favorites on the
album), "Where Do Ya Draw the Line"...
I've read many reviews that say that Jello is full of himself on this
album. I disagree. It seems as though they do what they do best....
i think you're judging the dead kennedys only because of their sound, the
dead kennedys are original, few bands are, and they were and will
always be the best, jello biafra is a perfect example of a man who cares
about the world situation and wants to do something about it, and that's
something you should admire....the fresh fruit... album is as good as
any other record they have released because all of their albums are
wow! that is cool as hell that ray sent you that mail. this is by far my
favorite section of your homepage, because it's like alot of in depth
by people that loved DK. Im 15, and most of today's music
wish i was around back in the early eighties to see all the great punk
(black flag, minor threat, bad brains, dk)...hell, what am i talking about,
feel that way ALL the time.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alfonso Covarrubias)
Hi: mi name is alfonso and i'm from Chile.i saw your page and i think
its great. i don't agree with all the comments, but the page is great.
I first listened the DK only two years ago!.i'm 17 yo and in Chile you
don't get many material. anyway the DK are my favorit band, i have all
the albums and a few bootlegs: Jello's revenge, Orange claw hammer
(?). The album i like most is bedtime for democracy.
I also listen to black flag, minor threat,crass, and other groups.
I wanted to say that the Dead kennedys are the best punk band, and
in here in chile their are mostly appreciate by punk scene.
I just read your intro paragraph for the dead kennedys and I must say i
resent the fact that you say "The Dead Kennedys mean nothing to a
generation weaned on Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails" and "These days no one
talks about them[DK]." I'm 15 years old and I am one of quite a few at
my school who know DK as the best punk band in history. They are talked
about quite often, by those who have just discovered them and are my
age, to those who grew up with the Dead Kennedys, to those who had
already passed their teenage years when the Dead Kennedys released Fresh
Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. You saying this reminds me of the many
who, when I complain about Boston's best punk venue going non-all-ages,
say "good, that'll keep you brats out" in a way to say our generation
can't appreciate bands such as Dead Kennedys, Hüsker Dü, Sex Pistols,
and all of the other 70's and 80's punk bands whose musics, lyrics, and
political views influenced many of our lives.
- email@example.com (Elliot Imes)
A couple of days ago, I was sitting in Spanish class wearing my DK
shirt, and this prep says, "Hmm. Dead Kennedys. What kind of music do
they play?" And I said, "Um, punk." So this kid says, "Oh. What's punk?"
And I just said, "Nevermind." It was pretty fun. I love the Dead
Kennedys, and even though I've only listened to them since March of '98,
they have had a great influence on my life and my way of thinking. I'm
not saying that I do whatever Jello tells me to do, but I just agree so
damn much with almost everything they say. Bad Religion, Rancid, and
Operation Ivy were my first punk bands, but DK really helped me decide
what path I was going to take in life. And I do wish that they would
reunite so I could see them, but I know that's never going to happen so
I may as well shut up about it.
Anyway, to Bedtime For Democracy. What's your problem with "Chickenshit
Conformist???" Have you actually read the lyrics? It's all about how the
music industry sucks now. And half of the song is hardcore. It's a damn
good song. And why are "Fleshdunce" and "Triumph of the Swill" quote
"inconsequential ditties?" They're both about actual issues.
I'm done complaining now. "Shrink" kicks ass, although the lyrics are
pretty pointless. I don't really have a problem with any of the songs on
here so it's a good'n. And although I'm not usually picky about the
production of an album, I do wish the guitar was louder. But who cares,
I'm only a harmless loser whose whole life revolves around music. Ehhh.
I'm gonna go lie down.
I've been lessening to dk since I was 12(only a year ago) I dont think i've
herd them do one bad song so what i'm sayin is THERE THE BEST BAND EVER TO
WALK THIS EARTH and THEY RULE all of there albums i liked even bedtime for
democracy there the greatest punk band cuz they wernt afraid to speak there
mind and they had awsome lryics there lyrics actually had true meaning unlike
rancid and other 90's bands
Oh no they're playing at 300bpm again. Yes this album sucks ass.
Every song sounds the same, well i can name ONE song thats cool
"Take this job and shove it" and well maybe "Chickenshit Comformist"
Don't buy this one!!!! get Fresh fruit in stead.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Caltabiano)
i think most people who swear they are "punk" need to listen to chickenshit
conformist. over and over again too. until all this empty-v bullshit style
gets washed away and they realize that dressing the part, or being able to
name a million obscure "old school" bands, isn't what punk is about. it's
about being you. you don't need fucked up hair and spikes to do that. and
you don't need to be some guru who has the biggest collection of 7 inches in
the neighborhood. it's not about music, it's about thought.
The kennedys are the best punk band in history,and it will be that way forever.
Thier amazing punk sound and the sharp political edge makes me fucking drool!
The kennedy's will never die!!!!!!!!!!!!
To Those of You Who Wish You Had Been Born Earlier:
You have the benefit of being able to purchase the entire catalog of
Dead Kennedy recordings without waiting for
each one to come out. Most importantly, you do not have
to experience the darkest period in American music firsthand.
Mainstream music during the 1980's was the
most horrible music EVER made! Consider yourself lucky
and keep blasting those DK records--er, CD's.
Power to the people.
This is the album that should have been a 5 song EP.
1. Take this Job and Shove it.
2. Gone with my Wind.
3. I Spy.
4. Hop with the Jet Set.
5. Cesspools In Eden.
I think this says a LOT about my (and Jello's) broad musical tastes, but I've
always wondered if Jello borrowed the idea for "Shrink" from "Get `Em Out by
Friday" by Genesis (the Peter Gabriel-led early 70's art rock group, not the
later Phil Collins-let incarnation)...
- bepd@TVSucks.net (Ben Dilday)
'music sceances aint real life, wont get rid of the bomb, wont eliminate rape and bring
down the banks, any kind of real change makes more time and effort then changing channels
on the tv set....chickenshit conformist like your parents.'
bedtime for democracy, fool,
this band taught me where nicarauga was on the map, and this album gave me sweet aural
love years before i grew up. reminescent of the doors in some sense and by the way, the
statue of liberty sniffing coke is pretty fucking bold.
Live In Germany - bootleg.
Sound is decent and it's neat to hear them play live versions of the Plastic
Surgery Disasters tunes (this was recorded in late '82). But there's
nothing terribly essential on here (no hilarious stage patter or anything).
If you see it, pick it up because you love the Dead Kennedys. But you're
probably fine without it if you have the studio albums.
Oh I forgot! They
do an awesome "Weird Al" Yankovic-like parody of the entire second
Bachman-Turner Overdrive LP! You gotta hear it! "Takin' Care of Jizz
Mess," indeed!!!! Bravo, maestro Ray and cohorts!
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Ever heard about the Fixtures ?
they`re an american band playing almost the same as the Dead Kennedys, and it sounds really good !
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Mutiny On The Bay - Manifesto 2001
Jello Biafra is angry at those Darned Kennedys. They took him to court and won the rights to nearly ALL of the band's albums (which they quickly reissued). Their first
NEW move as a "creative" unit was to release a live CD of material recorded at four shows in 82 and 86. And no matter what Jello tells you, it's a GREAT ALBUM!!!! Clear,
sniffygood sound throughout, excellent echoey guitar, Jello in good vocal delivery form (though most of his political rants are cut) and some unexpected numbers tossed in for
collectors like me ("Hellnation"! "This Could Be Anywhere"! "Moon Over Marin"! I don't even have any of these songs live on BOOTLEGS!). You can use it as as a
greatest hits if you want to, I guess -- it DOES have "California Over All," "Too Drunk To Have Sex With Somebody" and "Vacation In Kampuchea" -- but let me tell
you something KEY: they didn't include any Bedtime For President Reagan tracks. KEY! Actually now that I look at it, there aren't any And Justice For All,
Inc. songs on here either, unless you count "There's A Big Problem Here Now," which is actually played to the old "Cafilornia Uber Alice" music, so strike my earlier
mention of that.
They could have picked more INTERESTING live stuff to release, like on that bootleg I have where they start playing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta
Cash" or on that bootleg I have where Jello has to scream at the crowd to stop fighting and he gets all upset, or on that bootleg I have where they play the unreleased
"Dreadlocks Of The Suburbs" or on that bootleg I have where "When Ya Get Drafted" has its early lyrics ("Rock In Rhodesia"? Who knows).
So basically, they blew it.
They should release the unreleased stuff! The vault material! That way, DK fans will HAVE to buy it! "Remember Watergate"? "Watergate is legal
now! Because President Reagan said so! When he signed on the dotted line!"
Remember Rat Music For Rat People? Blatantly ripping off live recordings from
that LP is legal now! Because East Bay Ray said so! When he won on the dotted court case!
(Sorry about that -- a little "in" joke for "in" people. The rest of youse are
squares, daddy-o. Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! *holds up both thumbs*)
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Johnny Turd)
Marky Mark, I'll have you know that the original
title of "When Ya Get Drafted" was "Back In Rhodesia",
not "Rock In Rhodesia", "When Ya Get Pizza", or
"Crackin' Bo Peep-Ya". How do I know? East Bay Ray
told me so not but last night on the telly, 'e did!
What you should really try to get your hands on
bootleg-wise is the demo they recorded to get their
very first gig, which features the extremely rare
"Kidnap" ("Kidnap everyone in Italy/Kidnap Donnie and
On the one hand, this is live DK that is readliy available for a relatively average price. On the other, a lot of the bootlegs have better performances. That being said, you need this
just for "Kill The Poor." Ray fucks up about a gajillion times, and Jello makes a little addition to the first verse that I'm still laughing about despite hearing at a few dozen times by
now. I say it's a 7, just because there's so damn many great DK songs that any comprehensive "collection" (such as this one, kind of) would have to be at least two discs.
With all the crap that has invaded punk rock lately its hard to belive that there ever was a band as great as the Dead Kennedys. Now all punk is about is,
Do I have enough sweat bands on my arm? Does this rip in my pants look big enough? Hey mabye if I wear a tie with my teeshirt people will think Im a
punk rocker. Thank god for albums like Fresh Friut for Rotting Vegetables and Give me Convience or Give me Death. Long live Deak !
If anyone has more info on 6025 "crossing over" I would love to hear about it.
There's always room for Jello - the man speaks my language on every song.
The site is great, Dead Kennedys certainly don't get enough credit for their music, which is TRUE Punk music, not commercialized crap. The newer stuff I'm not into too much, as Jello just completes DK, the whole lawsuit is nonsense! Just keep this site up and running!
- email@example.com (Janelle Whitt)
Well,well,well it seems that the other members of the Dead Kennedys thought that they would have been relevant without Jello or the support of AT. I would have to add that the remasters are terrible.I would also point out that without AT no one would care about them at all. Selling one of your songs for a commercial would basically seal your fate as has beens.
Hey, dumbass!!! They didn't sell any of their songs for a commercial. And by the way, the remastered version of "give me convenience..." does sound a LOT better than the original. Hell, I'll have no hatred against Alternative Tentacles as long as they send me that Jello and the Melvins record I ordered. But really, whitt, have you actually heard any of the remasters?
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In God We Trust, Inc.-The Lost Tapes DVD - Decay Music/Music Video Distributors 2003
Another greatastic result of the Geoffrey Lyall et al./Eric Boucher lawsuit! Apparently, back in 1981 Dead Kennedys (or "The DKs," as the pompous on-disc commentator likes to call them) went into a studio to record a hardcore EP called In God We Trust, Inc.. But wait! There's more! Somebody invited in a guy with a video camera. Hold the television! More! The audio tapes of the session turned out to be faulty, forcing the Dead Kennedys to go back into the studio and re-record the EP a few months later. So all of this material was lost forever, and we can only imagine what it might have sounded like. Good night everybody! Sleep well and don't eat any Band-aids!
What the fuck?! There's even MORE! This DVD features video and and and audio of those very same ORIGINAL sessions, unheard until this very day! (5:25, August 5th, 1962)! Not only that, but the DVD people folks went through years of old live footage to uncover uproarious footage of every single IGWT,I. track. That's the setup - you could have found out all that information just by reading the box. But now's your opportunity to hear it from me a 14-years-and-counting Dead Kennedys fan: what is the reality? Could this DVD possibly live up to its promise? In a word: !
The filmmakers pulled only the most entertaining footage from what was likely hours of boring takes of the same material. You get to see the band in the studio, chit-chatting, goofing around and messing up their parts. D.H. has just joined the band and has short normal black person hair instead of those religious dreadlocks he later grew to imitate the Bad Brains. Jello takes his shirt off early on, inviting fans to look at his enjoyable bare chest of anarchy. And it's just cool to finally get a behind-the-scenes look of this great punk band when they were young and hungry, long before the bloated overblown progressive rock of Bedtime For Democracy.
But wait! I locked my tie in your car door! The live material might be even better. Whomever put this thing together TOTALLY had the meticulous fan in mind. So instead of generic concert footage, we get things like (a) an early version of "Kepone Factory" back when it was called "Kepone Kids" and had a white drummer, (b) an uproarious version of "Moral Majority" from late in the band's career, featuring Jello dressed up as a shriner with glasses, suit and hat, (c) an early version of "We've Got A Bigger Problem Now" set to the high-speed music of "California Uber Alles" (rather than lounged up like the EP version), (d) "Dog Bite" prefaced by Jello's mocking comment, "If you came here tonight for deep political commentary, this song's for you," and (e) a classic run-through of "Religious Vomit" in which Jello's mic goes dead for about ten seconds and two verses are lost to all eternity (including an eclipse)!
Basically, In Knobs We Trust, Incubator-The Lost Pate is a gotta-buy for any Dead Kennedys fan. Even if you have to STEAL it, make sure to go back to the store later to pay for it. Because without rules, what kind of society are we? A bad society indeed. This is the true message of the Dead Kennedys.
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i must certainly say i appreciated the august 5th bit. IT'S ALL IN THE
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Live At The Deaf Club - Manifesto 2004
East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride and D.H. Peligro gathering together to murder Jello Biafra was the greatest thing to happen to Dead Kennedys fans since Jello put out that kickass "Die For Soil, Fucker" single during the Gulf Conflict Of Assholes. This Deaf Club thing is -- my GOD!!! Do you REALIZE WHAT THIS IS!?!?!? You know "Straight A's" and "I Like Short Songs" from Give Me Convenience? This is THAT CONCERT!!! The entire thing! With original drummer Ted and second guitarist 6025 and early versions of DK classics and rare covers and great sound quality and Jello being young and excited and Germs jokes and WHY THE FUCK HAD THEY NOT RELEASED THIS GREAT GODDAMNED ALBUM UNTIL NOW????????????.............................................
My heart stopped from the goodness.
Luckily I don't need a heart -- I'm an aluminum man!
So let's talk about the coolness of Deaf With A Golf Club. First of all, the Dead Kennedys are known as a four-piece. This CD, however, was recorded by a FIVE-piece. So in addition to Ray's twangy echoey shiny lead parts, you get this weird frizzy frumpy slightly out-of-tune rhythm guitar scraggling along with him -- adding odd aharmonic countermelodies to "Forward To Death" and the early version of "When Ya Get Drafted" back when it was called "Back In Rhodesia" (strangely, Jello introduces the track by saying, "This is a song about where you're gonna go when you get drafted!"). Plus, this was recorded in March 1979 -- before the band had even written a full set of material. "Kill The Poor" bounces along on a dancey normal 4/4 beat (as opposed to the non-rolling rhythm used in the official version), "Ill In The Head" and "Police Truck" lope along a little more sluggishly than they would by the time Fresh Fruit was recorded, "Holiday In Cambodia"'s lyrics aren't all there yet (though the frightening-as-a-ghost echoey guitar hook sure is) and most excitingly for long-time fanatics like Mark Prindle (course architect of Ridgeway Golf & Country Club in beautiful Neenah, Wisconsin) (Seriously! Look it up on Google! I'm "The Man," Wisconsin golf course-wise!), there are THREE RARE SONGS ON HERE! Only one is an original, but it's a remarkable one -- a 6025-written zombified new wave rock song similar to what Wall Of Voodoo would be doing a few years later. It's called "Gaslight," but you're immediately and eternally going to know it as "Dying With A Lampshade On" (as that single line runs through your head over and over again, followed by Ted and Klaus's slapstick bounce down the scales). And if you were unmoved by the Ted Kennedys' world-famous "Viva Las Vegas" and "Rawhide" covers, wait and see what happens to your elbow when you hear San Francisco's very own Ned Beatetys performing straight, gleeful covers of The Honeycombs' "Have I The Right" and The Beatles' "Back In The U.S.S.R."! OOOOOO! I saw your elbow do a happy leap!
One other thing that I find really interesting: Sometimes in life, an unexpected juxtaposition will lead one's brain to fully formulate a thought that has been waiting quietly in the recesses of the mind for many, many years. This very phenomenon happened to me the first time I heard this CD's final track: before performing "Viva Las Vegas" for former Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear, Jello introduces the tune with an unspeakably nerdy impression of Darby Crash. Having listened to and loved both the Germs and Dead Kennedys for 14 years apiece, I was somehow unprepared for the realization that I can't picture these two bands existing in the same musical universe. How could holier-than-thou intelligent funnyman Jello Biafra be part of the same social movement as drunken butt-ugly moron Darby Crash? How could "California Uber Alles" be played at the same concert as "Shut Down"? This can't happen. And it will never happen again -- not on my watch.
Say, that reminded me of an uproarious joke I just told you. Here it is again, in case you read backwards like a Chinaman: What did Colonel Jessup say when his dentist asked if he'd ordered the Code Red?
YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TOOTH!!!
(followed by "YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID!" but that's not as funny as the first thing he said, which was "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TOOTH!!!," a subtle reference to the fact that he was speaking to his dentist).
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- WSHutcheson@aol.com (Scott Hutcheson)
Surely a 10....Ive just seen the Karaoke Kennedys twice in Scotland and they were pretty good BUT this CD shows the real McCoy. THey were better BECAUSE they were slower,funnier and had not disappeared down the Hardcore Alley. The Fake DKs have realised this and play at the 79/80 speed.
Oh and its not PC but Ted was a pretty good drummer...Peligro is also good BUT no better
i have read everything everyone has to say on this page about dead kennedys and have listened to every recording i can purchase for the last 3 years since someone answered me with shock "you haven't heard any of the dead kennedys!!!?". i just got to say how i feel. A true band with the skills to re-teach the world of melody, lyrics that should be studied like shakespeare and enuff agro thrashin baaad ass sound to make me jump out of a plane without a parachute and punch the earth on impact!!!!!!!! they fuggin rule!
Absolutely essential. I just love the extra guitar harmonies that 6025
brought to the band - it adds a whole new dimension to songs like "Ill
in the Head" and "Holiday in Cambodia". Anybody know why he was called
6025 anyway? Who was this guy? Or was it a chick? Was he a robot?
Did he do anything else after leaving the DKs? And is it pronounced
"Six-Oh-Two-Five" or "Sixty-Twenty-Five"? Please help me solve this
And Jello just sounds great in these early days (not that he sounded
any worse later, just different). Real quivery high voice (done in an
even more exaggerated manner on "Have I the Right" which is hilarious).
Ray really nails the guitar parts too - sounds as good as the records!
And Klaus, well you know he's always reliable. Ted! That's some
fine drumming. People may acknowledge DH Peligro as a speedier
drummer, but Ted's got some flashy precision of his own, as this
One of my favorite bands of all time just got better!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete)
Ha!! This is crap!! There is nothing at all here that is worth the purchase. The only cool thing is the disco version of "Kill The Poor" which is actually REALLY good. This set was recorded before FFFRV was released and it shows. Every song pales in contrast to the later studio versions. And as for all the 'hype' about the unreleased song "Gaslight".... there was a reason it went unheard: because it fucking stinks!!! A strong chorus catch phrase does not make a good song. It sounds unfinished and chaotic. The cover songs at sets end are also pointless and boring... This cd sucks. 'First Mutiny On The Bay' (which was pretty atrocious... don't tell me those were the best versions of songs they could find for that turd, that's pathetic), then this... Come on Biafra-less Dead Kennedys... stop living in the past. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see these guys are only out for the bucks. This release would NOT make a fan out of the band. Why not a "new" live album with their newest replacement (i won't say scab) singer? Play all the old shitty, forgotten tunes you dropped, rock out your best karaoke versions of your 'greatest hits' and give us a real treat to hold in our hands. Better yet, instead of rehashing the past, why not put out a NEW album, with NEW songs. I triple dog dare ya!!! See if Biafra was really as unimportant to the fans and band as you seem to imply in interviews. If he was, why this crap rehash? The only good points about this are the very clean sound and Ted's killer drumming on "Ill In The Head". Oh and nice booklet of "new DK art".Not!! Pathetic... another half hearted attempt at cashing in on past laurels with no fucking clue. I admit it, you got me again you bastards!!! Forked out another dime on you snake oil salesman. And like true snake oil, the promises were in the packaging. Stay Away!!!
The Dead Kennedys are a great band. I think it's actually the only punk band I listen to. Plastic Surgery Disasters is my favorite record of all times! I totally agree with Mr. Prindle complains about the shitty sound quality, but well, I didn't write to talk about PSD anyways.
I just wanted to propose a little game to test people's knowledge about the DKs and their lyrics. Biafra's lyrics are very good (a lot of them at least) and it's a real shame that a lot of people don't pay attention and just mistake him for another dumb punk guy of the "I hate police! I hate school! I Hate my parents!" type.
I also noticed that a he does not use 'bad words' too often like some people might think someone in this kind of music genre would. In fact, I noticed there's only 8 songs in the whole DKs catalog that use the word FUCK. I think it was only 8, maybe I'm wrong, I cant remember very well now.
Can you people there on the other side of the monitor tell me which ones are those songs? There's also one WHOLE LP in which jello didn't use the word FUCK in any of his lyrics, do you know which one is that?
Allright then, The first four people to give the right answer will win...
4rth place: A Box Set with the whole authographed collection of Mark Prindle's homemade CDs, and a DVD with rare unreleased footage of Mark performing at his best friend birthday party! See Mark throwing his own poop at friends and relatives while they clap their hands and sing along!
3rd place: Visit Mark's house and tour the residence with 2 of your best friends. Eat at his table, lay on his couch, pet Henry the Dog, wear his bathrobe and sleep in his bed with his beautiful wife, Brenda "The Uncorrectable" Aske while Mark writes his rocking reviews! Take one of his Karate medals as a souvenir!
2nd place: A night out for you and your friends including limo, dinner for 9 people, drinks, invitations to the nightclub of your choice, and it's all on Mark Prindle, the man with the heart of gold!
1st place: Quit your job and be set for life with this golden opportunity! U$s 602 a week, directly from Mark Prindle's wallet to your bank account! Go straight into your bosses office and tell him what you REALLY think of him, because you know that Mark "the father of the oppressed" is taking care of you now!
All participants will also get a life-size replica of Mark Prindle's penis made of rubber for them to shove up their ass and have fun with friends and family! Send your answers now and be the life of the party!
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