Debut Album ‘FRESH FRUIT FOR ROTTING VEGETABLES’ By Chainsaw Punks DEAD KENNEDYS Came Out 40 Years Ago Today

2 September 2020


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Band: Dead Kennedys (San Francisco)
Fronted by middle-finger punk Jello Biafra
Album: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables – debut LP
Artwork: The photo on the front cover, was taken during
the White Night Riots of May 21, 1979
Note: The only DK longplayer with drummer
Bruce Slesinger and guitarist Carlos Cadona.

Released: 2 September 1980 – 40 years ago today

AllMusic wrote: “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 ragged
speed-blur still packs a wallop, and the hooks cribbed from surf and rockabilly
give it a gonzo edge.”
. Score: 5/5.

Singles: California Über Alles / Holiday in Cambodia / Kill the Poor

– CALIFORNIA ÜBER ALLES –

– HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA –

– KILL THE POOR –

Full album…

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TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables’ – Debut LP by DEAD KENNEDYS

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables’ by THE DEAD KENNEDYS
Debut LP – Released: 2 September 1980

ALL MUSIC 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.”

Score: 5/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Aaaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!

Album in full…

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DEAD KENNEDYS: Facebook – All Albums

UNITED STATES – JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) SAN FRANCISCO Photo of PUNKS and CONCERT POSTERS and DEAD KENNEDYS, Concert poster (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Plastic Surgery Disasters’ – DEAD KENNEDYS

Remarkable longplayers from the past

‘Plastic Surgery Disasters’
DEAD KENNEDYS

Released: Nov 1982
Second album

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Having proved themselves masters of the quick, vicious smash and bash, on their second full-length album the Kennedys continued in that vein while finding other effective ways to express their all-encompassing message of resistance and satire. Absolutely nobody is safe, whether it’s the more expected targets of conservative society, or those who claim to follow what the Kennedys and punk promised but only ended up acting like idiots. For the most part, though, it’s a well-deserved smackdown of all the jerks the early ’80s produced, set to some fantastic music. Unsurprisingly, Biafra is still at the center of it all.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s favorite track: MOON OVER MARIN

 

Album in full

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DEAD KENNEDYS: Website –  Facebook – Discography