Dead Kennedys
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables


5.0
classic

Review

by Parallels/sonicspeed500/sonic2/wes/leslie/Reverse Perpendicu USER (28 Reviews)
April 19th, 2010 | 124 replies | 31,616 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: God told me to skin you alive

12 of 13 thought this review was well written

Endlessly satirical, memorable, quotable, and most importantly drinkable is the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys. Their combination of wise sarcasm and Jello Biafra's sharp voice rips through their contemporaries like a flaming sword, and brings along apathy in its highest wildness. Expect upbeat and politically charged songs of enjoyable fury with a classic scratchy punk mastering, but also an extreme rebellion that is perfect for partying. Grab your baseball bats, hard liquor, and start driving down 2nd street knocking over mailboxes with your friends, because Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables is the perfect soundtrack from a band known for it's wild melodies.

Starting from the first vivacious percussional slams to "Kill the Poor", the guitar riffs are to driven to the bone as the album opens its doors to strained confrontation. The presence of rebellion is spread thick across every sense of the album from here. Although it can come across as bitter to some, it was exactly what the Dead Kennedy’s wanted to get across: the brashness of their compositions and the "don't give a fuck" attitude. In-between the words and rousing guitars, mordant themes flavor the album with a great deal to enjoy for almost any listener. Apathy and urgent visceral lyrics mold the songs "Forward to Death" and "When Ya Get Drafted". Haunting guitar lines and argumentative approaches grab the listener by the balls to show exactly whats going on. Dead Kennedy's aren't afraid to speak their mind, and the band turns out to be quite effective in reaching their point. Politics charge the background, and in other areas, songs like "Let’s Lynch The Landlord" are pure rebel entertainment and good entertainment too. All of their songs speak louder than what you would expect from a punk band, they burrow in your skin and have a true effect, and can even make you contemplate your own ideals.

"Drug Me" acts as an ominous piece, soon twirling into another mix beguiling teenage indulgence. The baffled and complex lyrics continue through "Your Emotions" and the album touches raunchy politics with the pouncing attacks of "Chemical Warfare". Nearly every song off the album is an instant classic, catchy, memorable and unique in each way. Every band member has something to show and it sticks like super glue. "California Uber Alles" is a perfect example, the island-influenced guitar along with the barreled, spat-out vocals are contagious and capture that eerie feeling in your gut. The lyrics are just the same, invoking a straight sense of distraught and ominous wonder. The Dead Kennedys touch topics from totalitarianism to drafts and weapons of mass destruction. Other rebel themes, "Stealing Peoples Mail" and "Let’s Lynch the Landlord" are just pure balls to the wall fun for the listener, and "Holiday in Cambodia" is a true and unique punk classic. With its random bursts of off-key guitar, "Holiday in Cambodia" whisks forward with a wonderful guitar melody. The chorus is inimitable and timeless, and Jello Biafra’s vocals command to be laminated in the punk hall of fame. From the final eerie chords of 'Holiday,' the album bursts into "Viva las Vegas", a great finale with ostentatious instrumentation as the guitar and singer give a clever tease of 50’s rock to create Elvis-punk and a song of snide fun. With its cerebral yet anarchic image, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables proves to be a concrete masterpiece of American punk. Every song is just as extreme and entertaining as the next, and it makes for a perfect album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Parallels
April 19th 2010



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

surprised no one had done a review on this album.

Piglet
April 19th 2010



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah needed review.

Captain North
April 19th 2010



6784 Comments


what the hell, who negged

Counterfeit
April 19th 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I remember there was a review, and then it got taken down or something..

SeaAnemone
April 19th 2010



20002 Comments


how did this NOT have a review before?! outrageous I say.

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

Urinetrouble
April 19th 2010



5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album kicks assssssssssssssssssss

qwe3
April 21st 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best album ever? mayb

Disconnected
May 23rd 2010



485 Comments


This is one of the only punk albums I've actually been able to get into.

shindip
May 23rd 2010



3536 Comments


Punk is usually quite easy to get into

Brylawski
May 23rd 2010



709 Comments


Except for people that don't enjoy punk

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2010



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really need to get this, excellent album.

shindip
May 23rd 2010



3536 Comments


short, fairly simple songs with catchy choruses are pretty easy to get into imo.

Brylawski
May 23rd 2010



709 Comments


@someguest

no this is closer to traditional, basic punk, stuff like In God We Trust, Inc. is hardcore

Brylawski
May 23rd 2010



709 Comments


It's ok, everybody is wrong sometimes

BOBONICKMAD
June 1st 2010



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They took the SexPistol's use of extremist politics,shock and irony to a new level.Very talented band.

Bleekill
June 1st 2010



832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

2drunk2fuk

punkrockaddicted
June 27th 2010



36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is legendary

Counterfeit
September 30th 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I totes got someone to use Let's Lynch The Landlord as a a slogan for some patriot thing in history.
fuk ya

couldwinarabbit
January 10th 2011



6996 Comments


I want to go back in time and slap 15 year old me for not liking this enough.

Defeater
January 31st 2011



5782 Comments


go back in time and kill yourself before you discovered radiohead



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