on 20 April 2004
This record, like all the official DK albums, was a total revelation forme. If you're anything like me (a fan of alternative punk / rock, livingin a total mainstream jock town full of frat townie idiots) you will lovethis album, take it home and treat it as your bible.
Although the album does sag a little in the middle ('A Growing Boy' and'Chicken Farm' one after another tend to drag on) everything else aboutthis record is flawless.
The opener 'Soup Is Good Food' couples one of their most striking andquirky riffs ever with lyrics as witty and sharp as anything you're likelyto ever hear, and the chorus is just a killer. 'Hellnation' has astrangely metal sound to it, but this doesn't affect the honesty of thesong. 'This Could Be Anywhere', 'Jock-O-Rama', and 'Goons Of Hazzard' keepup the high standard and the superb jock-bashing message.
The standout tracks though, are 'MTV - Get Off The Air' (the title says itall, pop is soooooo dull) and the superb closer 'Stars And Stripes OfCorruption' which has bitingly brilliant lyrics, and rocks like a demontoo. A superb record that just gets better with repeated listens.
on 22 February 2002
From the razor-sharp 'Pit and the Pendulem' riff that ushers in 'Soup is Good Food' to the last drum-roll on 'Stars and Stripes of Corruption', no other DKs album set out their stall quite as well as Frankenchrist.
The songs themes are as relevant today as they were when the album was written - refugees, vigilantes, rednecks, political-corruption and MTV to name a few! Jello Biafra is also one of the few commentators who can provide practical solutions in his lyrics without them sounding like a rant, mainly through the large dollops of humour dropped onto the farce that is western political and social double-standards. I challenge any first time listener not to laugh out loud at 'Macho-Rama' or 'MTV-Get Off The Air!' whose lyrics are beutifully humoured by the 'Punk-Monkees' musicianship.
For anyone who likes 'rock' music, this is one of its cornerstones.
Ignore at your peril!
on 10 February 2009
Frankenchrist is my favourite DK's album. This album is 'punk'!
Soup Is Good Food; This Could Be Anywhere;Goons of Hazzard;Stars and Stripes of Corruption; are just some of the most amazing songs they ever did. The guitar playing on this album is delay-heavy, fierce and atmospheric(and quite beautiful). The bass and drums is driving, punctuated, and loud in the mix (a must!) and jello's wit and attitude really make the whole thing something special.(The synths etc are great too). The songs are longer here but they are brillant, so great! This is a progressive punk album full of progressive themes yet its still fun!
on 3 May 2004
Frankenchrist is Dead Kennedys third album (not including the EP "In God we trust Inc.").
It is a great album, but I would reccomend Dead Kennedys first two albums over it. If you are considering buying this album, stop and get "Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables" and "Plastic surgery disasters" then this one.
You won't regret it. Dead Kennedys are the best punk band ever.
on 1 June 2001
Dead Kennedys obvioulsy tried something different here. They mostly break away from the mould of 3 minute thrash songs like on 'Fresh Fruit'
Shame really, some of the longer ones are good but some of it can go on. But MTV get off the air is a classic. It sums up why commercial music TV should be burnt like Joan of Arc in BP land! Even though it's 15 years old the rules still apply.
It works because history not only repeats itself, but it just continues without a chance to repeat.