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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables [Bonus Disc]

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Dead Kennedys 31/0/2000

Review

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 Über Alles," and "Holiday In Cambodia" helped define the hardcore genre and, thus, must be heard. [This version of the album includes an additional CD of bonus material.] ~ Steve Huey
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Kill the Poor Dead Kennedys 3:3
  3. 2 Forward to Death Dead Kennedys 1:22
  4. 3 When Ya Get Drafted Dead Kennedys 1:22
  5. 4 Let's Lynch the Landlord Dead Kennedys 2:14
  6. 5 Drug Me Dead Kennedys 1:55
  7. 6 Your Emotions Dead Kennedys 1:19
  8. 7 Chemical Warfare Dead Kennedys 2:58
  9. 8 California Über Alles Dead Kennedys 3:1
  10. 9 I Kill Children Dead Kennedys 2:2
  11. 10 Stealing People's Mail Dead Kennedys 1:34
  12. 11 Funland at the Beach Dead Kennedys 1:50
  13. 12 Ill in the Head Dead Kennedys 2:46
  14. 13 Holiday in Cambodia Dead Kennedys 4:39
  15. 14 Viva Las Vegas [Cover] Dead Kennedys 2:34
  16. 1 Holiday in Cambodia [Single Version] Dead Kennedys 3:46
  17. 2 Police Truck Dead Kennedys 2:25
  18. 3 Kill the Poor [Single Remix] Dead Kennedys 3:3
  19. 4 In-Sight Dead Kennedys 1:40
  20. 5 Too Drunk to Fuck Dead Kennedys 2:41
  21. 6 The Prey Dead Kennedys 3:49

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