6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Essential, and as clever as ever,
By A Customer
This review is from: Bedtime for Democracy (Audio CD)
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.