Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
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Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death

January 1, 1987

Song Title
Police Truck
Too Drunk to Fuck
California Uber Alles
The Man with the Dogs
Life Sentence
A Child and His Lawnmower
Holiday In Cambodia
I Fought the Law
Saturday Night Holocaust
Pull My Strings
Short Songs
Straight A's
Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round
The Prey
Night of the Living Rednecks
Buzzbomb From Pasadena

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1987
  • Label: Manifesto Records
  • Copyright: (c) 1987 Decay Music
  • Total Length: 51:21
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  • ASIN: B000QZV9B8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,384 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not the Dead Kennedys' Greatest Hits... August 30, 2003
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... but there are hit's nonetheless. Don't be discouraged after seeing many familiar titles in the track listing. Any "hits" from other albums that appear on this album have been rerecorded for this album. This album is more like a collection of b-sides and rerecordings that are not available on any other album. It doesn't have the continuity of a regular album, but it is still very good.
Of course I'm not going to review every song one-by-one like some people do, but I will tell you about a few highlights. Police Truck is awesome and great musically, I Fought the Law is awesome too and in this version the law doesn't win, Kinky Sex is a prophetic spoken word/noise track about the US and UK teaming up to start a war and it's hilarious, Night of the Living Rednecks is a very funny story about Jello being chased down by some dumb rich rednecks, and finally Buzzbomb from Pasadena is musically the same as the original Buzzbomb, but this time it's about an old lady and sung in an old lady's voice for a humorous and creepy feel.
This is one of the best three DK albums, so just go ahead and buy it. Also, it has 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 Tenticles 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. Alternative Tentacles don't have all the DK albums available, so if they don't carry it just go ahead and buy one from anywhere like here.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that changed my life... January 2, 2010
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This album is ground zero for me. Prior to hearing this album, I was a weak, impressionable teenager who concerned himself with what everyone else around him was talking about: girls, and fitting in. I listened to whatever was on the small handful of radio stations I could get in my small eastern-Washington town, and accepted it as 'good' music. While so many in my generation claim Nirvana as their band, for me it was the opening riff of Police Truck that made me ditch hair bands. The music was raw and energetic and the lyrics spoke of things that I related too inside, and couldn't possibly be further from all the sex, drugs, and rock n' roll as a lifestyle songs that were considered 'heavy metal' by the radio. This album made me realize that I wasn't weird because I wasn't getting laid as often as Motley Crue and Poison claimed they were in their songs. It made me realize that it better to feel like an outsider and maintain a sense of self than to fit in and be something that I'm not. Since then, I have gone back into all of the Kennedy's material, and the entire punk genre, and continue to live my life by the philosophy I have developed from it. While I've learned many things in my 34 years, and have evolved considerably from the 16 year old kid I was back then, this album was the milestone that made everything I am today possible, and I am thankful for it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation. September 8, 2005
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Before i go any further (and I made this mistake myself), "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death" is more of a Dead Kennedys rarities compilation than a career retrospective. Mind you, this isn't a bad thing, quite a bit of this material is essential-- A and B sides from early singles, some LP sides, and some live tracks all make for quite good listening, and the material is awfully good.

And since most people looking at compilations are thinking "introduction", I'll talk a bit to the band. Formed in the late '70s when vocalist Jello Biafra and bassist Klaus Flouride answered a magazine ad from guitarist East Bay Ray (eventually a drummer named Ted, later replaced by D.H. Peligro would round out the band), the band quickly fused British punk sounds with a political attack, their first single "California Uber Alles" being hte best example of this. Included on this set, the piece is a direct attack on then-California governer Jerry Brown. The band maintained a career of punk music laced with sarcasm, wit and quite a bit of groove and brilliant guitar playing. The band's career pretty much fell apart due to a decency law suit over the artwork of their last album, but by that point they'd laid down their legacy.

So this compilation is probably a reasonable introduction-- several essential pieces, "California Uber Alles", "Police Truck", the legendary titled "Too Drunk to F***", "Life Sentence", are all present, and show off the band's most well known side-- agressive, witty, and propulsive. But also of note is the band's ability to be almost minimalist as on the black "The Prey" and stunningly sarcastic and political, as in "Holiday in Cambodia" and "Kinky Sex (Makes the World Go 'Round)".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Wayward Tracks Given a Good Home January 20, 2007
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I remember having many of these songs on seven inches and twelve inch EPs (45 RPMs instead of 33 RPMs, fewer songs, usually extended versions, remixes or singles deemed worthy of the extra work and effort) before this first came out. This has everything, plus various items not released on LPs (or taken off, like Police Truck).

Probably the key releases to me are Police Truck, Too Drunk to F***, Life Sentance, A Child and His Lawnmower, Saturday Night Holocaust, Pull My $tring$, Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round, The Prey and Night of The Living Rednecks (more a signal of what he would become than as an actual tune). But the rest of the tracks are good to excellent also.

A necessary release for any DK fan, and worthy for those learning about the band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
After their first and second albums this is clearly the top three albums you need to have in your DK collection.
Published 15 days ago by Jorge Castillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic DK
Good starter album for DK. Has some of their more recognizable songs. Too many skits/spoken word parts for my taste. Otherwise, it would get a five.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Rekon
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I always liked this cd. If you have not heard it... your missing out. If you dont like it? well, you are probably not much of a fan of punk rock!
Published 7 months ago by SamHain
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
It works like a charm. I've had no problems with it. Well worth the buy. Looking for more vinyl records.
Published 10 months ago by M. rodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't get into this
I liked 'Mixed Fruit and Rotting Vegetables' but this one is hard for me to follow. It's just too far out there...for me.
Published 15 months ago by Peter Ostman
5.0 out of 5 stars Jello Biafra America's Most Dangerous Frontman
Here are the DK's again in a series of singles and B-sides which highlight their ferocity as a hard rocking band to hit you and run like a small guerrilla unit using lyrics, bass,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joe Fretless
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DK album
If you need to buy only one Dead Kennedy's album this would be the one you want. All the pure raw power it has makes this an instant classic.
Published 16 months ago by Jim H
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk but great music.
More than angry kids making a noise, real good musical composition. American punk beats UK punk. Blah blah blah blah blah
Published 18 months ago by Drillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Kennedys - A Great Introduction!
This was my first Dead Kennedys record and a I thought it was fantastic. The first half of the album is a bit stronger than the second half, but overall it was a great... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Shawn
I like many songs from this nice collection from the legendary DEAD KENNEDYS....if you like the punk from DK, you will like GIVE ME CONVENIENCE OR GIVE ME DEATH...
Published 22 months ago by Rio Fluzão
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