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God told me to skin you alive!,
This review is from: Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (Audio CD)
Oh lord! Finally got round to buying myself a record player and dug out my old vinyl. The christening record was this fine, fine album.
Ten years on since I bought it as an angry (skinny, white, middle class) youth, it still gets the blood pumping. Jello Biafra's cartoon radicalism, Easy Bay Ray's sick in the head surf guitar and a lightning-fast rhythm section crackles with energy. Attacking the political left ("California uber alles"), the political right ("Kill the Poor"), cosy middle class kids (like me!! guilty as charged!!) ("Holiday in Cambodia") and pretty much anyone who strays into his crosshairs, Jello Biafra pours forth bile and invective, but with enough wit and originality to carry you along with him, all driven at merciless speed by searing punk guitar and (don't say this too loud) belting melodies. And they're not above a bit wanton stupidity - witness the witless magnificence of Viva Las Vegas given a DK enema!
So, OK, not all the songs are classics, the production is, errm, rudimentary and perhaps Jello Biafra takes himself a touch too seriously (much more so on later albums where it gets a bit hard to take, as evidenced by the bonus tracks). But this is a blinder. Buy it, leap around your room, annoy your neighbours and regret that you will never have the balls to firebomb your office.