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Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Dead KennedysAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Manifesto Records
  • ASIN: B000A2H2QI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Uber 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

Editorial Reviews

1980 debut album from San Francisco's most popular and powerful political punks. Filled to the brim with rage and thought provoking lyrics, plus some damn good songwriting and excellent production for a punk album from this time period. A damn classic! In

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's lynch the lawyers! February 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This edition of the DK's classic first album, inspired either by its 25th anniversery or the regrettable lawsuit that put it in the hands of the band members not named Jello Biafra, is at least a chance to re-evaluate it anew. The question of whether it stands the test of time is perhaps overshadowed by whether any punk should be anointed "classic" status in the first place. The whole point of punk was to get rid of those BS designations and just blast the kind of stuff offensive to parents, guardians of culture and even rock music fans. Heck, a few of the songs on the album could only be considered relevant to a specific period of time. "Holiday In Cambodia" was made all the more relevant by being released during Pol Pot's reign of terror. Does anybody even care about Jerry Brown anymore?

That said, "Fresh Fruit" holds up remarkably well. The pitch-black humor of songs like "I Kill Children" and "Funland At The Beach" upped the ante of punk's deliberate offensiveness in its time and reveals today's pseudo-punk whiners as the childish pablum-pushers they are. Even the more topical songs hold up on their own. The Wagnerian flourishes of "California Uber Alles" are practically begging for a Schwarzenegger-era rewrite, but you'll find yourself singing along regardless. Likewise, "Kill The Poor" makes more sense today if you substitute "Hurricane Katrina" for "Neutron Bomb," but the devilish glee with which Biafra delivers his satire sells it all over again. Say what you will about the antics of the other ex-Kennedys, but East Bay Ray's surf-inspired guitar and Klaus Fluouride's just plain inspired bass created a new vocabulary for punk that was miles ahead of contemporaries such as the Germs (and they were great in their own right).
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When this album was first released it got massive airplay on Los Angeles (Pasadena) radio station KROQ - and the world was never quite the same again. California Uber Alles, Holiday In Cambodia, and Viva Las Vegas filled the airwaves, making mincemeat of AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio stations. I studied the poster, gleaning the words to the songs, committing them to memory, and wondering when and where I could see this band!

The songs are incredibly fast, the lyrics show intelligence and political insight, and over a quarter century later still hold up well. Other bands were at the forefront of punk before the DKs, but none did it better. Listen to today's punk, then listen to this. Nothing comes close and nothing packs the whallop of these tunes. It's socially acceptable to be 50 and have a gray ponytail. The hippies of the 60's and 70's turned out to be the same greedy execs that they rallied against. But 50 year old punks are still cool and are NOT sellouts.

I love turning people on to this CD. The looks on their face are either Love It or Hate It. I don't care what age you are, music is supposed to move you, one way or the other. Most of today's music can't, even the indie stuff and all the self produced stuff. But this, my friends, is the elixir of angry punk music at it's finest. Try it - you'll LOVE it. Woooooooooo-Hoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I love DK. They are one of my favorite American punk bands. With their driving surf guitar music over would-be Green politico Jello Biafra's nagging vocals, they hit just the right notes. To appreciate this band, you need this album. One drawback of the band is their references are often dated ("Jane Fonda" and "Governor Jerry Brown", for example), but the tunes as a whole remain fantastic.
This band was political as hell, or at least Jello is. Some critics have slammed the musical ability of DK, but I've never had any complaints, myself. They get the job done, and they do it fast and furious - most of the tracks will make you want to slam dance in your living room. My favorite tracks are "Kill the Poor", "When Ya Get Drafted", "Let's Lynch the Landlord" (my absolute favorite), "Chemical Warfare", "California Über Alles", "Stealing People's Mail", and of course "Holiday in Cambodia", which sometimes makes me think of Bauhaus, in terms of the music. On top of everything else, you get a nifty mini-poster collage inside. I hope they still include that.
You can race through this album in no time at all; it's not even 33 minutes long. DK just dove in, got down to business, and moved on, in classic punk style.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best DK album August 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Dead Kennedys album I bought and it's the best. The others are good, namely Plastic Surgery Disasters, In God We Trust Inc., and Give me Convenience or Give me Death.
Every song on this album is good and I'm not just saying that. As I try to think of highlights I want to mention them all, but I'll just name a few. "Let's Lynch the Landlord" is an awesome song musically and lyrically and is later covered by Mr. Bungle. "California Uber Alles" is probably the most famous Dead Kennedy's Song other than "Holiday in Cambodia" which is also on this album. "Stealing People's Mail" is a feel good song about going through people's mail, and last but not least is an awesome version of Viva Las Vegas with a few lyrics changed. When I first heard this album I skipped to this song first and I knew that the DK's were something special.
To make a long story short, if you're interested in the DK's buy this album and buy it first. This album is a big part of punk history and many people have called the DK's the US answer to the Sex Pistols. These songs were originally recorded in '79 (the year I was born!) and it's really hard to believe that anything this cool could've existed that long ago! When I was a little kid I thought Metallica was the coolest thing around.
Why couldn't have someone told me about these guys sooner? Years ahead of it's time plain and simple.
It has also come to my attention that the ex-DK's have been suing Jello and releasing remastered versions of the albums, so if you can, try looking at the Alternative Tentacles website (Jello Biafra's label) for the album first ([...] Alternative Tentacles is the DK's original label with the original recordings and is ran by the DK's vocalist Jello.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album!!
I love DK and I love this album. Unfortunately I had this album, brand new, on vinyl stolen out of my car before I had a chance to break it in.
Published 9 hours ago by Sidney Tillson
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING CLASSIC MASTERPIECE!!!!!
This is really a classic MASTERPIECE....DEAD KENNEDYS debut is without any doubt one of the BEST HARDCORE albums EVER!!!!! All the songs are AMAZING!!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarcasm in music ~ How Dare They
The opening song "Kill The Poor is worth the price of this CD.
Don't be a moron, add this to your collection.
Published 3 months ago by Carlos Spicy Weiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't people still make music like this?
This is one of the greatest albums ever made. I love the biting cynicism in the lyrics. The surf-style guitar, cutting bass, and pounding drums. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christopher W. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album
This album has so many great songs that it's difficult to choose one song. I wasn't a fan of punk, but this album changed my mind plus it open doors for other punk bands in that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jorge Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars American Punk Parody
This is a classic album in the punk parody vein. It has a lot of good tunes that sarcastically comment on society and give a look inside the brain of the artist. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JahShaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
The first album i've owned of this genre, and I love it. Also it came with a big double sided poster which has a classic urban news print kind of look to it.
Published 10 months ago by Taelend
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is not as great an album as any of Foreigner or Styx album but it is still great. Beautiful!
Published 18 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars No one dishes out satire like a great punk band...
And no one did it better than the Dead Kennedys - period. This is the quintessential album from DK - a must have for anyone who appreciates classic Punk Rock.
Published 18 months ago by Dawn Renee Skaien
5.0 out of 5 stars Gawd a True Classic
Punk wasn't very cool or very great for very long. But this album represents everything it should be remembered for. Extremely intelligent lyrics and so apt for the time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gets Around
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