context is key to truly understanding a thing, and while the origins o' punk may be open to debate - u.s. vs. britian - where hardcore first gained ground is NOT...go team usa! and without doubt, one o' the forerunners o' the controversial new style (read: the complete and utter humiliation o' the rock-n-roll formula) was the immortal Dead Kennedys
beginning with winston smith's iconic artwork, which gleefully insults the 2 main pillars o' amerikana in one inspired visual; to the hyper-speed ballads o' political malfeasance laced with sublime humor, this e.p. is a GREAT summation o' the irreverence that was the mighty DK. in fact, albums like this helped pave the way for future xtreme musickal xpressions, and actually have more in common with modern grind bands than what hardcore later became popularly defined as
thankfully jello never mellowed, and 'the most annoying voice in rock' (whether defined by nasally tone or lyrical venom - or both) lives on to torment the terminally comfortable; however nothing he has done quite matched the inglorious heights o' 'in god we trust'. it is a singular alchemy o' the most subversive kind...and we are ALL the better for it !
p.s. 'fresh fruit for rotting vegetables' is also an essential album, particularly the 25th anniversary edition