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on 6 December 2001
The Dead Kennedys were America's finest and most controversial punk band and this was their last album. It's not their best (that would be "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables"), but it's still far superior to anything most bands manage in their careers. The hyperactive genius vocalist, Jello Biafra, who also wrote and and produced most of the L.P is on good form lyrically, with more idiosyncratic, satirical visions of dystopian futures and scathing criticisms and witticisms on consumerism and the music industry. As usual he manages to be fiercely political without getting preachy, and retains his venomous sense of humour. The music itself is paced at breakneck speed, as fast as anything they had recorded since their hardcore "In God We trust" EP. The best song has got to be "Chickens***t Conformist", a fierce indictment of the state of the punk rock scene itself.
Our complacent and retrogressive music scene is in dire need of righteous and charismatic bands like the Dead Kennedys now. This album is essential, as are all their others.
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on 6 December 2001
The Dead Kennedys were America's finest and most controversial punk band and this was their last album. It's not their best (that would be "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables"), but it's still far superior to anything most bands manage in their careers. The hyperactive genius vocalist, Jello Biafra, who also wrote and and produced most of the L.P is on good form lyrically, with more idiosyncratic, satirical visions of dystopian futures and scathing criticisms and witticisms on consumerism and the music industry. As usual he manages to be fiercely political without getting preachy, and retains his venomous sense of humour. The music itself is paced at breakneck speed, as fast as anything they had recorded since their hardcore "In God We trust" EP. The best song has got to be "Chickens***t Conformist", a fierce indictment of the state of the punk rock scene itself.
Our complacent and retrogressive music scene is in dire need of righteous and charismatic bands like the Dead Kennedys now. This album is essential, as are all their others.
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on 29 March 2013
This is a great album, for more reasons than the music alone. Lyrically, Biafra has rarely been better, and Winston Smith's cover illustration makes for one of the finest album covers of the eighties. Musically, many of the songs are a touch samey, but if you like your punk rock thrashy, it won't be a problem. Outstanding moments include a breakneck cover of Johnny Paycheck's Take This Job and Shove It, a delightful tongue in cheek monologue leading into Triumph of the Swill, Dear Abby - a letter from a struggling parent with a creative solution to Reagan's economic policies, and One Way Ticket to Pluto, which makes me grin every time I hear hear it. There's also time devoted to some much needed introspection about punk rock itself. The insert (I'm talking about the original vinyl release here) is nothing less than an education, and the whole product is a great, if not flawless, swansong from one of the finest bands ever known to punk rock, as well as a scathing indictment of life under Reagan. One thing that lets it down a little is Biafra's slightly tinny production, but it's not a huge niggle. So, as many have said, it's not the best DK's best album. But it's my favourite.
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