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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Dead Kennedys

1980

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Album Summary

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut studio album by the American punk rock band Dead Kennedys. It was first released on September 2, 1980, through Cherry Red Records in the United Kingdom, and later issued by Jello Biafra's own Alternative Tentacles label in the United States. It is the only Dead Kennedys album to feature drummer Bruce Slesinger and guitarist Carlos Cadona.

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3.21

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4422

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  • Punk
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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

I think what makes the Dead Kennedys one of my favorite punk bands is multifaceted, but a major point of that is that it's not just angry-three-chords. There's elements of surf rock and even some early horror stuff on this record. East Bay Ray is a fantastic guitarist and second to maybe only Joe Strummer. Jello Biafria's lyrics, sarcastic-yet-serious delivery really seals the deal as well. Favorite tracks: "California Uber Alles", "Kill the Poor", "Holiday In Cambodia", "Let's Lynch the Landlord"

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

Thoroughly enjoyable and nicely varied for a punk album. I didn't feel like I was listening to the same slurred song for thirty-five minutes like I often do with bad punk. There's also just a lot of great songs on here. 'Kill the Poor,' 'California Uber Alles,' 'Holiday in Cambodia,' I could go on. This was a great introduction to the Dead Kennedys!

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

This album inspired me to become a poli sci major. When I was 14 I made a choker made from an old white crew neck t-shirt collar on which I sharpied the words "economy is looking bad, time to start a war." It went well with my homemade iron-on "jail to the thief" anti-Bush patch.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Classic British punk

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Dead Kennedys honed the hardcore punk sound unlike any other band at the time. While other big bands like Black Flag, Bad Brains, and Minor Threat got really good at playing loud and fast, Dead Kennedys did that while also wielding razor-sharp lyrics to give hardcore a pointedly political edge to it's attitude. Let's Lynch the Landlord, California über alles, and Chemical Warfare are not just for moshing in the pit! Stylistically, the boys pull from a few other sources for inspiration. Surf punk, notably used by the B-52's, gives Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables plenty of personality. This is combined with vocalist Jello Biafra, whose iconic voice and energy gives Dead Kennedys a lot of prominence. Further setting themselves apart from the other hardcore punks bands at the time, Dead Kennedys utilize varied songwriting to keep things fresh. Holiday in Cambodia, for example, uses dynamic changes in the intro and breakdown to great effect. When it comes to the simple high-energy riffs though, they still know how to bring the house down. East Bay Ray's noisy guitar and Ted's tight drums deliver killer punk sounds in spades. I would be remiss not to mention Klaus Flouride on bass, who expertly keeps up with the band while holding down a perfectly solid bass groove. This is obviously hardcore punk perfection. What more could you want from a band who calls out snide college leftists who think they know how great state communism is? Pol. Pot.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Song called "Let's Lynch the Landlord" = instant 5 stars Song called "I Kill Children = instant 5 stars 14 tracks but the whole album is barely 30 minutes? = instant 5 stars.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

NAZI PUNKS FUUUUUUUUUUUCK OOOOOFF

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Sat Mar 12 2022
2

Not really my thing, I didn’t find it entertaining and most songs weren’t good

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Nothing like a trip back to my punk high school days, love dead Kennedys, a great album

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Great, with a couple of benchmark punk tracks and the others all very very good.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

one of the best punk albums ever..brilliant!

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Fri May 20 2022
5

I cannot overstate how much of a vibe this album is. Doesn't matter that it was made over 40 years ago.

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Wed May 25 2022
5

Love this, though took a while to get used to JB voice again.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

A pure classic hardcore punk album with intelligent and deeply sarcastic lyrics mixed with surf guitar and elastic band vocals. Lots of punks weren't expecting that. Best Tracks: Kill The Poor; Holiday In Cambodia; Viva Las Vegas

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

Still love this album after all these years.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

It's going to be five stars if you don't want to read the rest. Basically, when I was about 10 I heard about the Sex Pistols and they sounded like the most exciting thing ever. They were okay but a bit ploddy and the singer seemed like a Wally. This, with its breakneck pace, vicious humour and sheer anarchic fun, is the band I wanted the Pistols to be.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Если Холидей то ?

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Great album, huge part of my personal punk renaissance of 2020-2022

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

I really liked this, I like his voice. Loved viva Las Vegas.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

First one I knew already. What a fucking opener! Plays with the variety of punk songwriting in its time... but spooky! It's cool how California Über Alles pulls no punches on a liberal politician. And that it got to express the sold out promise of California hippies and the dark potentials hidden behind a freedom loving, spiritual image before the Lukewarm Red Jalapenos beat that premise to death. ...Pol Pot!

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Amazing American punk band. Their influence on the West Coast and punk scene in general are huge. This album influenced my own music tastes and Jello Biafra is a legend. A solid banger after banger.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

4.6 - Awesome. Jello Biafra’s voice roils with sardonic fury painting demented cartoons with characters lifted from a nightmare. Here’s an album that redeems punk rock for me. Highlights: “Kill the Poor”, “Drug Me.”

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Smashing

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Masterpiece of hardcore punk rock. Sharp lyrics and vocals, over a music that's no less sharp. The best of both worlds, really. The biting sense of satire is everywhere, from "Kill The Poor" to that absurd "Viva Las Vegas" cover closing the album. And the instrumentation is often smart and inventive, with many infectious guitar-and-bass lines that are both angular and highly melodic, thus going beyond what the usual small fry in the genre can deliver. "Holiday In Cambodia" and "California Über Alles" are instant classics, and if their subject matters deal with news events from another era, their impact hasn't aged a day. Maybe because the times have only gotten worse. The Dead Kennedys had Pol Pot and Jerry Brown. Now we have Kim Jung-un and Donald Trump. One can't help wishing more folks had listened to Jello Biafra's politically charged vitriol at the time. But if general audiences listened to good songwriters instead of crooked politicians, maybe the world would be slightly less hellish as a result. On a sidenote, I also highly recommend the *Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death" compilation. It has the single versions of the two last songs I've just mentioned here, and the sound and performance in those different recordings is superior to the album versions. Besides, this compilation also harbors other pivotal singles such as "Too Drunk To Fuck", along with incredible live documents showing how insane that band was onstage. If you're a fan of *Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables*, you can't go wrong with this one, really... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 811 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 103 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 46 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 41

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Quality punk album

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Love this album. best version of 'Viva las Vegas' out there!

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Oh, to be a outrageous and overcompensating teenager again. The fun and the fury of the album will never get old for me

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

This albums raw as hell

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

This is an album I've cooled on since my teenage years, but upon relisten and reflection, it's still a perfect punk album. I don't turn to this album the way that I did when I was 18, and I'm never going to return to it like I did then ever again, but I can't help but acknowledge its greatness. I might not want to eat cheesecake every day, but I can still acknowledge that it's delicious.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Man, I really enjoyed that. The Kennedys are a bit more political than their contemporaries but always manage to avoid getting bogged down by preaching. It's an absolute romp of a record. Loved it so much I played it through twice. Which is easy enough since it's only 36 minutes long. 15 songs, 36 minutes. Love that vibe. Each song comes in hard, sticks around just long enough to make a point, and then we're moved on to the next one. No wasted time, no bloated verses, no pointless vamps. Just pure, distilled rock. So good.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Excellent

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

A debut that is fast and hard with a lot of humor and bite. What more could you ask for out of hardcore punk?

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Probably the most creative and out-there hardcore punk debut, and it is so fucking tasty.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Hell of an album, hell of a band. So sad what became of this bunch, when they had nothing to do than fight against each other because of some money for royalties.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Went with the recent reissue and gotta say the slickened production is much more revelatory than off-putting.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

Fucking 5

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

Amazing album. All great tracks and theres always room for jello. 5/5

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

5 Fuck yeah, love the Dead Kennedys. As probably one of the most politically charged groups of all-time (up there with Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy), I've always felt that this band (along with the mentioned) "got it". Going into my review, I was actually prepared to give a 4 or 4.5 because, while I really enjoy the album, there are a handful of songs I don't return to as much. After giving this a re-listen now, I'm left wondering what the hell I was doing sleeping on them before. All killer, no filler front to back - an absolute punk essential (though Frankenchrist is also an amazing album imo). They say that the older you get, the more disillusioned you become with the punk mindset, and a developing exposure to the larger political stratosphere leads to a more complex and comprehensive mindset. I say - Dead Kennedys were right all along. RIP D.H. Peligro Favorite songs: Obviously Holiday in Cambodia and California Über Alles are bangers, but you can't go wrong with anything here. Let's Lynch the Landlord is probably the most underrated.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

5 One of my absolute favorite albums and my gateway into hardcore punk. I love the speed and cynicism that drenched this album. The bass is off the hook here, along with the drums. There was recently a new mix of this by Chris Lord-Alge and people hate it. Anyway we wouldn’t have so many awesome punk groups if it wasn’t for this album. Favorites: Kill the Poor, When Ya Get Drafted, Let’s Lynch the Landlord, Drug Me, Your Emotions, Chemical Warfare, California Über Alles, Holiday in Cambodia

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Really great punk album that sounds extremely British, so it's a bit of a surprise to know they're an American band. Super energetic and never a dull moment. I love this album honestly.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Fantastic classic punk.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Fuck yes

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

BRUH just yesterday i was wondering when i was going to get this album this is probably the greatest hardcore punk album i have ever heard, i even listened to it full five times

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Enjoyable but I agree that Jello Biafra’s vocal delivery leaves something to be desired. Still, highly amusing.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

I've listened to this a couple of times before a few years and it never really hit me properly but I really enjoyed it this time round It's just incredibly frenetic and unapologetic punk, with some really bizarre lead guitar lines and inspired vocal delivieries that make it stick out from the more by-the-numbers punk bands

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

I loved DKs as a teenager, so great to find that their music definitely holds up. I love Jello Biafra's warbling voice, which is filled with equal parts scornful disdain and childish humour. Also love East Bay Ray's trademark surf-style guitar which is so characteristic of the DK sound. Some of the songs the puerile silliness gets too much, but this still blows must punk albums out of the water. 4.5*

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Thu May 05 2022
4

It sounds a little bit dated, but still one of the best punk records of all time!

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Sun May 08 2022
4

još uvijek imam u bilježnici maloj koju mi je Lucija kupila da si zapisujem iza Becka šta je sve bilo jer se inače ne sjećam baš kristalno jasno, jutro sutradan. al se ipak sjećam kad su mi jedna grupica ljudi pisali u tu bilježnicu albume koje trebam poslušati, inače pankeri su i to društvo znate. ovaj album je odmah bio prvi za preslušavanje, prošlo je 4-5 godina sigurno, a ja se nisam udostojio poslušati u cijelosti album ili bar ono sjetit se to preslušat, i evo ga, došlo je vrijeme. /// razumijem da, veoma važan album na punk sceni, energetski potkrepljen, sirov, buntovan, anarhija brate! Pogotovo je sjeo sinoć nakon živciranja.

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Sun May 22 2022
4

Once you get past the wobbly voice, there's plenty to like here. Best track: Holiday in Cambodia

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Thu May 26 2022
4

I find myself quite conflicted. "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" is political, fast, and urgent, with much brilliant pointed commentary and erudite references. It is also satirical almost to a fault, and trying to parse the attempted wit from the caricature that is Jello Biafra may be futile. The spirit behind the album is passionate and infectious and quite commendable, but listen too closely and it may fall apart a bit. Biafra is apparently not an anarchist, though you could understandably mistake him for one on some tracks. It's the overboard satire that seems designed to push all of the buttons that leads to confusion. But not an actual anarchist, which is good, because while an interesting thought experiment, anarchy is idiotic. "California Uber Alles" was the most notable shark-jumper for me. Comparing Jerry Brown to Nazis is a bit much. And here I thought comparing anyone slightly more fascist than yourself to actual Nazis was more of a 21st century thing. And through no fault of this 1980-released album, today may have been the wrong day to listen to "I Kill Children," regardless of the intended meaning and effect of the song. There is a lot to like here, though, and Dead Kennedys' influence cannot be mistaken. Political punk this angry rose to the surface again in the 1990s with Rage Against the Machine and System of a Down, the latter of which I definitely hear developing out of DK's surf-rock spaz. I think both of those bands do it better though, toning down the satire a little in exchange for more bite.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Ooh some punk! The album opens with the song kill the poor the start of the song is rather anthemic but after a short bit of time it forms into a rather good punk song. Then is forward to death a fast paced minute long rocker it does good for its time limit but not great. Exactly the same with when ya get drafted. Lets lynch the landlord is a banger though a proper punk tune screaming, poor production just great amazing energy! Drug me like tracks 2-3 is a ball of pure energy but somehow I just prefer this. Your emotions on the other hand is just a good piece of energy nothing too special but works. Chemical warfare ends side one it’s one of the longer, better ones yeah just great really especially when it slows an odd highlight. Starting off side two is California über lines it has a great build up at the start this is one of the longer and slower songs but it’s still brilliant for a punk band. I kill children starts off quite cool with the spoken bit, the song eventually turns into a punky affair filled with lots of pauses and silence for effect. Stealing peoples mail is another one of those just great energy but little song kinda things still good though. Funland at the beach goes for a similar thing but it has some brilliant guitar work in comparison to the other short energetic ones. Ill in the head is alright probably my least favourite I mean it’s alright but the guitar breaks don’t work for how frequently they occur. Now for the penultimate track and the albums longest ( by far) holiday in Cambodia the intro to this is odd and unnecessary but after it forms this amazing track great guitars especially yeah the best song! The album closes with an Elvis cover in the form of viva las vegas it’s only really a song that I know through the chorus but it’s actually a decent rendition better than I thought they would do. One of the better punk albums but not my favourite the typical rule here is the longer the song the better.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
4

Good, very Sex Pistols, completely unsurprisingly.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

This is one of my favorite punk albums ever. it's got cracking tunes that barrel along at a breakneck pace, without becoming repetitive. The songs are smart and funny, and Jello Biafra presents them with force and charisma. It is serious, but never self-serious. Following Holiday in Cambodia (an all-time classic) with a cover of Viva Las Vegas is the perfect encapsulation of what is great about this record. There's always room for Jello.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

If you were angry and disaffected in the 1980s, the Dead Kennedys were your band. There is a singular anger and urgency to this music that's startling the first time you hear it. It's noisy, snotty, hectic, and full of attitude. But there's more. There's point of view and and a sharp satirical edge. The comparisons to the Sex Pistols are apt, except DK are smarter, more musically sophisticated, more politically minded, and not at all concerned with their own image. Their lyrics are far more caustic and outlandish. But sometimes they're also incredibly incisive. "Kill the Poor" is basically "A Modest Proposal" for the nuclear age. 40 years on, some of the politics feels almost quaint (like, who would write a song about Jerry Brown now?), but some of it is still timely in today's political climate. Jello Biafra's vocal is perfect for this kind of music - authoritative, pissed off, occasionally snide and/or bemused. This isn't for everyone, but it's a really important album in the development of American punk and hardcore, and it's never boring. High 3, bumped to 4. Fave Songs: California über alles, Funland at the Beach, Viva Las Vegas, Holiday in Cambodia, Stealing People's Mail, When Ya Get Drafted

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

La punk serait elle en train de devenir seduisante? Les Dead Kennedys nous font nous poser la question quelques albums après leurs camarades des Hives. Les cannettes de bières et les coliers à piques semblent en effet avoir été abandonné par la cause punk. Affaire à suivre.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Good punk album, reminds me of Sex Pistols a bit

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Intense, interesting, lots of attitude and character.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

geggjað

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Their surf-rock influence really stands out here.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Now I’m not a fan of punk but this is something I can actually get behind. While it’s angry and still kind of ugly it does have a sense of fun that I’ve not heard from other first wave punk bands. The original pressing doesn’t out stay it’s welcome and I was even pleased to heard Police Truck on the extended version (as the whole thing did make me want to listen to Tony Hawk songs)

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Lekker! De stem van Biafra is zo herkenbaar, ik word daar altijd vrolijk van.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Classic punk rock! Proudly own a copy of this.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Kill the Poor - 9/10 Forward to Death - 7/10 When Ya Get Drafted - 10/10 Let's Lynch the Landlord - 10/10 Drug Me - 10/10 Your Emotions - 9/10 Chemical Warfare - 10/10 California Uber Alles - 8/10 I Kill Children - 5/10 Stealing People's Mail - 7/10 Funland at the Beach - 6/10 Ill in the Head - 7/10 Holiday in Cambodia - 6/10 Viva Las Vegas - 9/10

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Side A: American punk was inevitable, and its characteristic elements are nice to hear even if the genre tends toward one note. The B side blows all that away. The Kennedys get weird, timeless (California), and manage to pack the second half of a brief record with impressive musical working.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

This is punk rock. Well informed and insightful lyrics, fast paced and driving sound, middle finger to the establishment. I think I have to go overthrow a government now.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

how they make music if dead

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Ganska bra!!!!

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Bangers with little to no downtime inbetween. This albums reminds of something that I’ve noticed while listening to quite a few classic punk records, that being the music’s suprising sophistication in comparison to it’s stereotype of being simple

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Baaaaangers man stor fyra!

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

this feels like a bunch of teenagers with strong political opinions coming together and writing beserk but powerful songs

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Reminds me of playing Tony Hawks on the ps1 and I love it for that

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Mérite définitivement une place dans les 1001. Un des meilleurs albums de early punk qui existe

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Buen disco. Punkcito clásico de San Francisco. Para días manija. Energético.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Sounds like very early punk, some cool sounds here but just a lot of noise. V political though up the boys.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

I'm glad that this album fell right after The Clash. I know they weren't released that far apart from each other, but I feel like the Dead Kennedys successfully picked up the torch from 70's-era punk and passed it on to the Green Days and Nirvanas of the 90s. I feel like this album represents a little bit of a fork in the road too. Like, if you make it just a little more radio friendly, it's 90's alt-rock - a little louder and it's 90s metal. For that reason, it gets a small bump in my rating.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

punk 3 or 4 maybe? not my fave but a fast listen and +1 for being badasses.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Good punking I

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Great record

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

09/19/2022 Happy birthday, ficat!! :)) Don’t even have to finish this album to know I’m giving it four stars. DK are one of my favorite punk bands. Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death was always in my rotation, but this one will definitely be a part of it now too. The versions of California and Cambodia are way better on this album. This kinda music just gives me so much energy and also makes me want to punch a nazi. Love it, love it. — Only 10am atm, got a long week ahead of me. Still have some lingering anxiety from the past few days, but I’m gonna use that as motivation to be well and take care. Will probably write in my journal and update here soon. Today has been rough and really long. I’ll be happy to get home. Gonna crochet or get in the shower to try and feel better. Sit with the pain a bit instead of trying to drown it out.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

I'm not a hardcore guy but this album has just enough melody to keep me returning to it and lots of classic songs...Kill the Poor, Holiday in Cambodia, Let's Lynch the Landlord it's a landmark allbum of the genre. 4 stars

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

From band name on down, Dead Kennedys thrive on confrontation. How apt is it that their battleground would be 1980s California, the once home of a former acting couple that governed the state and who would soon be President and First Lady. Not only them, but targets would include authority figures of all kind and all corners would be fought in the way only the band would fight. Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables indeed. Favorites: Kill the Poor, Let's Lynch the Landlord, Drug Me, Your Emotions, Chemical Warfare, California Uber Alles, I Kill Children, Holiday in Cambodia, Kill the Poor (single version).

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Oh, that voice was really...something haha. Anyway, I love how unapologetic this record is. What I found interesting was that my enjoyment of the song greatly depended on how I felt about the opening guitar hooks. While I didn't feel strongly about many individual songs (either way), I would put this album on as an overall atmosphere/vibe. 3.5ish but closer to 4.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Really good punk. Not quite sex pistols level.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Cool!

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Didn't expect much—I'm pleasantly surprised. The crazy 'Chemical Warfare' and also the odd-timed 'Ill In The Head' push the band into prog-punk territory. I'm all for it.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Ca demenage t c’est du tres bon punk, j’ai adore. 4.85

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

I knew only a few Dead Kennedys songs before I listened to this album, all of which are on here, but I enjoyed what I had heard. I wasn't sure what expect of this album, given that punk is kind of hit-or-miss with me, but I thought it was good. The album has a nice energy to it. The songs manage to differentiate themselves from one another. I also like this singer's voice quite a bit. This a very solid punk album. My favourite song was California Uber Alles.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

Pleasantly surprised for the strawberries on this record

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

I have a soft spot for the DKs. One of the first punk bands I kind of got into. Jello Biafra is kind of an enigma to me as well...really hard to tell in his lyrics if he is just being ironic or laudatory in any way. 4/5

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

Uber Alles.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Very good, very unique, I enjoyed it

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

Hearing Dead Kennedys for the first time as a pre-teen Skate kid is one thing. Revisiting in middle-age is another. This band was my template for punk for some time to come—more than than the Ramones or the Sex Pistols. This wasn't the record I first heard (that was Frankenchrist) but it was a fast-follow. Some classic tracks here that have undeniable potency still. But it also lacks a depth I would soon crave in my music back then and still do to this day. In that way, I find this record lacking.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
3

3/5 did not make it.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Me gusta, me gusta, sí, ese aroma a lo que Duff McKagan aportó a GN'R, esa cosa cruda y cagarse de risa, total ya está todo mal. Sí, aguante.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Liked it! Don't recall ever listening to much from this group.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Another US act I've been meaning to check out, that got thrown at me this week. Good hard rocking punk.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

DKs were massive when I was at school. I was only ever a casual listener. This was sure no holiday in Vietnam.

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Better than I expected. I mostly avoid US punk.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Context is everything. Holiday in Cambodia and California, Kill the Poor and Über Alles are classic. But, if listening to this album for the first time and knowing nothing about Jello Biafra or the time of this album, I'd hate it. Eric Speichert had acquired the infamous Frankenchrist 12" (the album after FFfRV) with original fold-out insert and brought it to school. He was avid vinyl collector and super proud of that album. For me, my fourteen-year-old self was super-excited (pun intended) to see the penis / vagina insert (pun intended). But super-let-down when he showed it to everyone... LAAAME... "This is why everyone was pissed off...? There's no context... you can't even see anything..." Looking back on this, Biafra was the perfect loudmouth, antagonizer punk rock advocate for free speech. He (and ICE-T) helped build resistance against Tipper Gore's drive to censor musicians and scale back first amendment rights. But today, that's all forgotten, glossed over. We all understand and expect those rights. The 'free speech vs. censorship' fight no longer exists. That fight has evolved into who can out free speech each other? Who can be the most nasty, vile, personal, incendiary and provocative. Oh, and bonus points are scored if it inflicts in anxiety, mental anguish, or suicide. The genie is out of the box and looking back at some of Biafra's sarcasm, double-talk and weasely antics in today's world, It's hard not to discard him for being a troll who likes to hear himself instigate and watch shit burn. It's even harder to look back at your once punk rock icons like Biafra (and even Excene Cervenka) and think to yourself, "I know they weren't perfect, but is it possible they could've been terrible people all along...?" As for the music on this album, it's loud, obtrusive, maniacal and chaotic. Great for what it was and in the context for which it existed... but time moves on, and and this album hasn't time traveled well.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Classic punk album, I was surprised by how many songs I recognized (and liked). The rest of the album doesn't really hold up to the hits in my opinion, and I don't see myself really putting this on a lot.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

My attitude about political or activist music has been going downhill a long time... It’s hard to feel like it really affects anything, and it all ends up on Google Play advancing the cause of neoliberal capitalism... still, this did dare to be more objectionable than most, and rocks pretty hard throughout. Biafra makes some weird singing choices but you can’t deny it’s distinct.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

3/5 Herd this for the first time just last week, now here it is on this list. One of the best of the genre that I've heard. Chemical Warfare, California Uber Alles, I Kill Children, Holiday in Cambodia, and Even Viva Las Vegas...all songs I enjoyed!

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

Cet album a eu le mérite d'attiser ma curiosité étant données les récentes découvertes de mon camarade d'écoute eltrapeze au sujet de l'implication de Jim Morrison dans la mort de JFK. Affaire à suivre.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
3

Not a fan of punk music but quite enjoyed this. Holiday in Cambodia and Let's Lynch The Landlord are really fun. The vocalist is pretty enjoyable too.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

I remember this band, and I had heard a few of these tracks before. It was a good reminder for me that this album was recorded and released as long ago as it was. I didn't hear much punk or anything close to it until the mid- and late-80s, so my memory sometimes conflates my first hearing something with the time of an album's release, so I had always associated this band with late 80s. I actually like knowing those things because, for me at least, understanding the social, political, and cultural context in which an album was created and released adds a lot to the experience. Thinking of American culture and politics in the late 70s, and especially San Francisco's -- where Jello Biafra ran for mayor in '79 -- and the assassination of Harvey Milk, etc., the energy and frenetic style of this album feels spot on. This group performs so well. Weird, wild, and fun (as well as funny at times), but doesn't go so far off the rails that it all denigrates to my ears into abstract cacophony, which can happen sometimes for me when listening to punk/thrash and similar styles. Good stuff here.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
3

El punk era esto. Aquí hay inspiración de más de una banda. Temazos como "Kill the poor" o "California Uber Alles". Esto si hay que escucharlo al menos una vez.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
3

Old punk still isn't great. California Uber Allies is the only memorable song for a reason

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

I respected this, but didn't like it. I could tell why it's on the list.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
3

4/14, 29%

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

No los había escuchado nunca, pero este viaje me ha hecho reflexionar que en realidad conozco muy poco del punk. Este disco es una buena entrada .

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Tue Aug 23 2022
3

First half of the album the vocals stayed at the forefront of the audio, distracting from the instrumentals. They could've used more vocal layering to add more texture to the audio. The second half of the album the sound of the vocals and instrumentals was balanced and provided more vocal layering. A lot of extremely varying tempo and generally a lot faster than the first half of the album. Overall the album has very chaotic energy and lyrics. Mainly upbeat and drum heavy as you would expect from most rock music. 'Outrageous' lyrics that were controversial for the time it was produced. Hard to understand lyrics - fun to listen to and sing along to.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

This has got a lot of energy, but the quality is pretty inconsistent.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

There was some interesting suff that I had never heard before. Great punk.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Very good punk album. Short & gets the messages across LOUD AND CLEAR. Fav song: Chemical Warfare

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

In het begin voelde ik hem echt maar echt niet. Maar vanaf song 3 ofzo begon het me wel te bekoren. Tof voor één keer te horen.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
3

A better and less superficial version of The Sex Pistols. Ferocious music and politically charged lyrics (although they're mostly undecipherable without the lyric sheet). Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: Kill The Poor Date listened: 05/09/22

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

i mean, it was aight?

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Hardcore punk is near the top of my list of least favourite genres, but of that mob, Dead Kennedys are the only group who I can name a song from. The choruses and song titles stay in your head, California über alles, Kill the Poor and Holiday in Cambodia, for example. Not to mention Soup is Good Food, from another album. Dead Kennedys were America's Sex Pistols with more satirical and hilarious lyrics.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

The name Dead Kennedys was a good name to choose since I knew the name of the band in the early 80s even though they got zero airplay in Sudbury circa 1980. The lead singer's choice of surname was also good since I know that Biafra was the name of a country in Africa. My friend's parents would try to guilt him into eating overcooked broccoli by informing him that "children are starving in Biafra". Mix that overcooked broccoli with some Jello and you can't help but think of this band. Decades later a neighbour lent me a Dead Kennedys' record since I had a turntable and he didn't. I moved from the neighbourhood, still have the loaned record and have never played it. I don't know why I never played it - well, now I know. I have no idea why, but I'm giving this a 3.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

I was never cool enough to be a hardcore punk but this has 2 classics and lots of great tracks.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
3

Hef aldrei almennilega hlustað á Dead Kennedys, en hllustaði nokkrum sinnum á spoken-word plötu Jello Biafra, I blow minds for a living, í gamla daga. Þetta er ekki beinlínis minni tebolli, en vissulega hresst og alls ekki leiðinlegt. En ég þarf þetta helst í smáskömmtum.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

La versió del punk nordamericà més propera a l'europea. Aquí, però, el nihilisme anglés no té cabuda, i les lletres intel.ligents de Jello Biafra són una part tan o més important que la música que les encercla. Dos temes de primer nivell, 'Holidays in Cambodia' i 'California Über Alles' i la resta tot un push d'actitud i d'agressivitat per una década -la de Reagan i Thatcher- que tot just començava... però que ja apuntava maneres

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

beetje te veel

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

yup, it's shock-punk!

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Interesting

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Oh yeah. time for a holiday. tough no nonsense lyrics.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

has a unique sound but besides that it just fits into the punk category and it doesnt feel extra special to me

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

A few really great songs. Not enough of them. Anyone else seeing this comment? :P

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

I like the political messaging but not a big fan of 80's Punk

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

I don't hate this although it sounds a lot like the same song over and over (and over). I do love Holiday in Cambodia, though. Probably one bonus star just for that song...

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

So, that's the thing about shock rock. It's trying to satirically shake people loose from their complacency long enough to get them thinking. Problem is the other, more likely, reaction is for a knee jerk reaction because they think it's literal. Offended and now further entrenched, they remain complacent and bolsters in smug judgement. But yeah, this is punk through and through!

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Tue Nov 22 2022
3

is this allowed?

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Tue Nov 22 2022
3

Pretty wacky. Exactly what you expect from DK.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

This might be easily the best punk album I have ever listened to. Surprised how much I actually liked it despite it not being my go-to genre. Starts and ends with absolute bangers, overall amusing and full of life.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Great lyrics

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Liked this quite a bit actually, but it's definitely not something I'd want to put on whenever. 3.5 rounded down.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

I mean this is fine, not particularly a fan of Dead Kennedys or their style of early punk but can appreciate it. 5/10.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
2

Political energetic punk, reminiscent of Sex Pistols, but not quite as tuneful. Not my taste.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Dont like this type of music, really.

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Mon May 16 2022
2

Some good some not so good

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Thu May 26 2022
2

One of my college roommates loved these guys. He was my inroad into hardcore punk. I did not not like it. The first time I listened to this album (this time) I was enjoying some of it. Nostalgia had something to do with it, but I’ve also come to like proto punk and other punk adjacent genres. There is some good guitar stuff throughout. The energy comes shooting out of the speakers. The lyrical social commentary is anti-establishment, pro-down-trodden, and anarchical. The poor get fucked over and corporations control everything. Not much has changed. Upon second listen (this time), my feelings are similar to those from college. My biggest issue is how Jello Biafra uses his voice, his affectations. It’s thoroughly annoying. The way he sings makes it difficult to understand the lyrics. Maybe that’s part of the point, but I had to look them up. To end on a positive note, I do like Holiday in Cambodia.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
2

I get that it's an important album but fuck me Jello Biafra is insufferable.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
2

2.5 / 5. Not bad for a first listen. I can definitely get into this one. need to hear it more though.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

Fine.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
2

Although I love their politics I found them a little too one note.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
2

Too heavy for me - appreciate the talent but I’m not into this sun-genre

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Low-variation punk. Not horrible, but does nothing for me. 2/5

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Thu Jul 28 2022
2

Lekker rauw, maar toch iets te punk en noisy.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
2

It is a punk rock album. The lyrics are really eccentric. It was kinda of meh overall but that is all punk rock albums. It was relatively short, but there were 14 songs. I will not be revisiting the album.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

Engelse punkrock. Leuke melodie'tjes, maar beetje vervelende zangstem. Wel geinig, niet heel geweldig. **

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Mon Aug 08 2022
2

Not for me.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
2

I only kinda dig it

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

low brow political, i'm sure they had impact at one point

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

not a fan

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

ja nou, soms leuk soms niet maar ik ga het niet nog eens opzetten

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Sat Sep 03 2022
2

What do these boys have against the poor and landlords anyway?

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Not much of a fan

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Mon Sep 12 2022
2

Well these guys can certainly play fast. Lots of energy here and this is much more listenable than say the Sex Pistols. Jello Biafra’s warbling vibrato singing and their political lyrics that try to shock seem very quaint and cliched today though. Not my jam but I’ll give a nod since they can actually play.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Un peu dur de se mettre dans l'ambiance mais une fois qu'on l'est c'est sympa, un peu trop criant à mon goût.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Can't really vibe with these guys. California Uber Alles.. great song tho.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
2

Loud and aggressive and interesting ideas on how terrible the world is but personally a little too much.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
2

4/10 some good moments, but.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
2

Of its time. Still a good noise but not a keeper

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Fri Oct 07 2022
2

I can see why somebody might like. I can disagree with people

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Sat Oct 08 2022
2

Decent punk album, it doesn’t really hit my taste and the songs aren’t long enough for me to enjoy

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

old metal was wild lmao

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

Rowdy and lyrics centering on social issues. Fast-paced punk. Standout is "Kill the Poor"

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Mon Nov 14 2022
2

Meh

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Mon Nov 14 2022
2

I might need to listen to this album a bit more before it grows on me. Felt a little formulaic from my perspective.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
2

Meh. Screaming.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
2

Never been my thing.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
2

Punk sesentero. No me ha llamado la antención.

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Fri May 27 2022
1

Ulgh, another Punk Album with hardly any musical variation within the album and between other punk albums. Viva las vegas was the only fun song to listen too, but that's a cover..

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Sat May 28 2022
1

Icky

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Sun Jun 05 2022
1

holiday in cambodia is the best song on this album and it still sucks

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Thu Jul 28 2022
1

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, wat akelig.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
1

Nope, not for me.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
1

Too close to noise for my liking.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
1

The songs were tuneless and all sounded the same.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
1

Too hard and fast

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Fri Sep 02 2022
1

gross

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Tue Sep 20 2022
1

Terrible

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Thu Sep 29 2022
1

Just not interested - was never my lane

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Fri Oct 07 2022
1

I hate this, everything about it.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
1

Nope. Nope nope nope. Noooope. I listened to about half a minute of 5 tracks. That's more than enough Dead Kennedys to last me a lifetime. Clearly a very representative album - but for my #1 most disliked style of music.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
1

Sex Pistols from Wish.Com

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Mon Nov 07 2022
1

Hated every second of this. Forgot it was real at one point and thought it was Matt Stone and Trey Parker titting about

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Fri Nov 25 2022
1

Nope.

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