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and loved, the DK's first album
on 17 May 2016
I realize this review is about 30 years too late in some ways, but here goes. I have owned, and loved, the DK's first album, "Fresh fruit...", since it first came out; I bought it as a 15 year old punk and it opened my eyes to a style of 'punk' that was markedly different to the British bands of the time. It has always been a favourite album since then, one which has never left my turn table/cassette/cd player/mp3, etc. I saw the band play in Birmingham last June, minus 'Jello', but with a more than adequate replacement in 'Chip' and again realised how good, and important, this band were and still are. Not wanting to blur my own view of them and their 'legacy' I actively dissuaded myself from buying their "Plastic Surgery.." follow up for fear of hearing a side of them which would dent my view; I was so wrong to have ignored this album.
Not only is it probably better than "Fresh Fruit..", which should be as unlikely a statement to hear yourself sayas " I think it's going to be Leicester City's year to win the league", but songs such as 'Buzzbomb" and the superb "Moon over Marin" sit equally comfortably along favourites such as "California Uber Alles", "Holiday in Cambodia", etc. The real standout factor in this album is the standard's set by 'DH' and 'East Bay Ray' which drive the whole album to a level which at times seems unreal. This should have been more widely acclaimed than it was, but then living under the shadow of "Fresh Fruit.." must have been an almost impossible task at the time it was originally released. Just buy it and see what I mean.