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Band: Dead Kennedys

Postby Andrew L. on Sun Jul 18, 2004 12:20 am

Didn't come up in a Search, can it be?

Maybe I should do another poll on Jello's spoken word tours - that's crap, The Dead Kennedys were *not*.[/i]
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Postby Dylan on Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:33 am

Plastic Surgery Disasters - one of the finest punk records EVER.

In God We Trust, Inc. - seminal

Later Stuff - meh.

Great entertainers, terrible litigators.
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Postby congleton on Fri Jul 23, 2004 12:11 pm

the first time i heard plastic surgery disasters was a life changing experience for me.

everything before that was great as well but its true they certainly ran out of steam towards the end. all the singles they put out where great thou'
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Postby l_o_c on Fri Jul 23, 2004 10:53 pm

I like California Uber Alles and some of the earlier stuff; but the later stuff isn't very good.
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Postby Tom on Sat Jul 24, 2004 8:52 am

Except for East Bay Ray, crap.

Has anyone seen the Dead Kennedy's Live video where Jello is doing these weird "I'm a guy moving boxes around" pantamimes? It's one of the funniest things I saw the night I watched it.
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Postby Angry_Dragon on Tue Oct 26, 2004 3:51 pm

Yet another group I got into when I was 14 that helped to get me out of "bad" music.
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Postby geiginni on Tue Oct 26, 2004 4:59 pm

Dylan wrote:Plastic Surgery Disasters - one of the finest punk records EVER.

My thoughts exactly. This is still my favorite punk record ever. It stands as one of the few punk records I've heard that makes a musical statement that goes well beyond the "punk" musical idiom and volcabulary. It also reinforced and clarified much of how I saw the world when I was exposed to it at 14.

I was delighted to find out years later that Biafra's main musical influences on this record included "The Sacred Idol" by Les Baxter, which is a fantastic record in its own right - kind of a "Daphnis et Chloe", but set in Aztecs vs. Spaniard times instead of Greek antiquity, with a touch of Stravinsky to give it edge.

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Postby John W. on Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:35 pm

Not crap for 'Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables' -- never heard 'Plastic Surgery Distasters'
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Postby the Classical on Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:40 pm

whoever said w/r/t to the DKs Singles:Not Crap Albums:Crap, was dead on
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Postby Major Major on Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:09 pm

MTV - get off the air, Holiday in Cambodia...Nazi Punks Fuck Off...all excellent along with many others. Sure, Jello is an asshole but that's part of his charm.

Jock-O-Rama was especially relevant when I was in a football/lacrosse obsessed high school in the late 80s.

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Postby Brett Eugene Ralph on Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:23 pm

I never really could get behind Jello's Count Chocula vocal style.
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Postby Ranxerox on Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:01 pm

The Dead Kennedys were great. After PSD their output almost uniformly sucked, but two great LPs, a very solid EP, and a handful of great singles is more than enough.

Also, they were, along with Black Flag, Minor Threat, etc., instrumental in putting in place the DIY ethic that, more than the music, changed the world of entertainment/art.
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Postby hench on Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:22 pm

i will always heart this band, even if i know it's not in my best interests.

not crap the way a first serious girlfriend is not crap.
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Postby BeanMaestroFresh on Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:03 pm

Not Crap.

This is one of the first "punk" bands that I ever got into. I'll agree with everyone else and vouch for Plastic Surgery Disasters' greatness.
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Postby Chapter Two on Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:26 am

Changed everything for me. After the Dead Kennedys came into my life, it wasn't enough just to be pissed off, it was necessary to act on the causes (not just by forming another band).

I shall go against the grain of this thread and say no, the later stuff is not crap.

Frankenchrist, last three songs:

MTV Get Off The Air
At My Job
The Stars and Stripes of Corruption

Excellent stuff.

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Postby Gramsci on Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:33 am

Life changing. Brilliant. In fact probably the reason I have a degree in Politics instead of Architecture... which I'm about to fix.
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Postby ironyengine on Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:35 pm

I have realized, after many years, that I cannot stand the sound of Jello Biafra's voice. I can't stand his spoken word, I can't stand the stuff he did with the Melvins, but I still like the Dead Kennedys lots. This is as strong an endorsement as I can give to this band, that they make Jello's voice tolerable.

Salut, DK! You also have a pretty rad logo!
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Postby horsewhip on Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:13 pm

Whatever. Side One of Frankenchrist is fucking awesome.
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Postby muzorewi's daughter on Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:53 pm

not crap, obviously.
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Postby mattw on Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:55 pm

Both Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables and Plastic Surgery Disasters are tremendous. They're mind-blowing now, can't imagine hearing them back in the day.

There is only one version of "Viva Las Vegas" that I'll ever need to hear.
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