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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Artist: Dead Kennedys

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Label: Manifesto Records
Album: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
# Song Title   Time
1)    Kill the Poor
2)    Forward to Death
3)    When Ya Get Drafted
4)    Let's Lynch the Landlord
5)    Drug Me
6)    Your Emotions
7)    Chemical Warfare
8)    California šber Alles
9)    I Kill Children
10)    Stealing People's Mail
11)    Funland at the Beach
12)    Ill in the Head
13)    Holiday in Cambodia
14)    Viva Las Vegas

Performer Notes
  • Dead Kennedys: Jello Biafra (vocals); East Bay Ray (guitar); Klaus Flouride (bass); Ted (drums).
  • Additional personnel: 6025 (guitar); Paul Roessler, Ninotchka (keyboards).
  • Recorded at Moibus Music, San Francisco, California.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Dead Kennedys: Jello Biafra (vocals); East Bay Ray (guitar); Klaus Flouride (bass guitar); Ted (drums).
  • Additional personnel: 6025 (guitar); Paul Roessler, Ninotchka (keyboards).
  • A hyper-speed blast of ultra-polemical, left-wing hardcore punk, and bitingly funny sarcasm, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables stands as the Dead Kennedys' signature statement. As one of the first hardcore albums, it was a galvanizing influence on the musical and attitudinal development of the genre, also helping to kickstart the fertile California scene. The record's tactics are not subtle in the least; Jello Biafra's odd warble and spat-out lyrics leave no doubt as to what he thinks, baiting his targets of conservatism, violence, overbearing authority, and capitalist greed with a viciously satirical sarcasm that keeps his unflinchingly political outlook from becoming too didactic. The thin production dilutes some of the music's power, but the ragged speed-blur still packs a wallop, and the hooks cribbed from surf and rockabilly give it a gonzo edge. The songwriting isn't consistent all the way through the album, but classics like "Kill the Poor," "Let's Lynch the Landlord," "Chemical Warfare," "California šber Alles," and "Holiday In Cambodia" helped define the hardcore genre and, thus, must be heard. ~ Steve Huey

Professional Reviews
Spin (5/01, p.112) - Ranked #46 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records" - "...FRESH FRUIT scans like an old anarchist newspaper. But 'Kill the Poor' sounds perfect for Dick Cheney's America."

Q (5/02 SE, p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 - Included in Q's "100 Best Punk Albums" - "One of the most fiery, politically explosive diatribes you are ever likely to hear..."

Uncut (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Dead Kennedys could echo both the weirdness of Beefheart and the sort of spectral pop that came off Spector's production line. Still fresh. No rot."

Uncut (2/03, p.91) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Dead Kennedys were surely the most influential proponents of late-'70s US punk..."

Alternative Press (11/00, p.144) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Political-Revolution Albums" - "...Biafra takes on the monied classes and the government, and the songs become almost too intricate for punk. Massively influential."

Magnet (p.90) - "Dead Kennedys brought a horror-show vibe to punk that remains more unsettling than the Misfits' comic-book core and battier than My Chemical Romance's make-up."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[O]ne of the finest slabs of rant 'n' roll ever made."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he shrill, nervy majesty of FRUIT remains unblemished."

Mojo (Publisher) (3/03, p.76) - Ranked #9 in Mojo's "Top 50 Punk Albums" - "Singer Jello Biafra's vitriolic, merciless verbal lambasting set to a musical backdrop of fervid punk..."

Producer:Norm; East Bay Ray
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:13 April, 2010

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Mark on
The original hardcore punk album, still as relevant and orginal as the day it was released. Jello Biafra's distinctive vocals snarl and slur through a swag of songs that paint a picture of all of the things about the world that were crap then and are still crappy now. The music is fast and heavy but often pleasantly melodic at the same time. "Holiday In Cambodia" is the album's highlight.
Richard on
Great punk. Shrill, but infectious. Snarling and agressive, but more in content that tone. So, elements of pop to change it up a little. A great start with Kill the Poor and great end with Holiday in Cambodia.

The middle of the album may not be as strong, but does have Drug Me and When Ya Get Drafted.

All in all, this is very good. If you like punk, you pretty much need this album. Even if you don't, you may enjoy it from the angle of a very fast pop rock specimen.
josh on
Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables is my all time favourite dead kennedys cd. With songs like Holiday in Cambodia, where Jello tells us of the harsh realities of the crooked country, and stealing peoples mail, a fast paced comedic song. This music is really original.

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