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Bedtime for Democracy

Album: Bedtime for Democracy
# Song Title   Time
1)    Take This Job and Shove It
2)    Hop With the Jet Set
3)    Dear Abby
4)    Rambozo the Clown
5)    Fleshdunce
6)    Great Wall, The
7)    Shrink
8)    Triumph of the Swill
9)    Macho Insecurity
10)    I Spy
11)    Cesspools in Eden
12)    One-Way Ticket to Pluto
13)    Do the Slag
14)    Commercial, A
15)    Gone With My Wind
16)    Anarchy for Sale
17)    Chickenshit Conformist
18)    Where Do Ya Draw the Line
19)    Potshot Heard 'Round the World
20)    D.M.S.O.
21)    Lie Detector
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Performer Notes
  • The Dead Kennedys: Jello Biafra, Klaus Flouride, D.H. Peligro, East Bay Ray.
  • Additional personnel includes: Tim Jones (synthesizer); Jayed Scotti (timbales); Cal Andrew, Blaze (background vocals).
  • Recorded at City Sound and Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Although nobody knew it at the time, this was to be the Dead Kennedys' final official studio album; exhausted by the legal battle brought on by their previous album FRANKENCHRIST, they threw in the towel shortly after recording this one. Fortunately, they go out here in a blaze of angry glory.
  • BEDTIME FOR DEMOCRACY is arguably their most explicitly political album. It's full of furious, supersonic punk assaults on Reagan-era topics, including the Rambo movies ("Rambozo the Clown"), media brainwashing ("Fleshdunce"), fashionable politics ("Anarchy for Sale"), and even punk rock itself ("Chickenshit Conformist"). There's also a hilarious version--certainly the fastest ever recorded--of David Alan Coe's anthem of blue collar dissatisfaction, "Take This Job and Shove It."
Professional Reviews
Q (6/01, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...On release, these black comedies were considered alarmist..."

NME (Magazine) (3/17/01, p.31) - 6 out of 10 - "...Internal friction had comprismised the DK's 'espirit de corps'....Songs like 'Anarchy For Sale' and 'Chickens*** Conformist' chart the comodification of punk values..."
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