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Dead Kennedys: Mutiny on the BayMutiny on the Bay (2000)
Decay Music

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Most of the publicity around this album, the first "official" live Dead Kennedy's release, has concerned itself with the controversy around it's release, ranging from Jello getting screwed by his ex-band mates and releasing this without any input from him, and yet charging him from for the artwork e.
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Most of the publicity around this album, the first "official" live Dead Kennedy's release, has concerned itself with the controversy around it's release, ranging from Jello getting screwed by his ex-band mates and releasing this without any input from him, and yet charging him from for the artwork etc., to the other band members getting song writing credits for his songs, even going as far as crediting D.H. Peligro for songs written before he joined the band. Perhaps a true supporter of Jello would've boycotted this album. Perhaps by buying it I'm betraying my integrity as a Jello fan, but when I saw it for the first time in store, I was too much of a DK fan to resist. So Jello, please forgive me.

Getting past the criticisms of the circumstances around the release of this album, comes the most important part; the music. Being Dead Kennedy's, it is, of course, very good. Not brilliant, and certainly not without fault, but none the less, excellent.

In terms of sound quality, it is certainly above the average bootleg. The mastering process is mostly handled well, with the instruments sounding better than ever before. However, the same cannot be said for the vocals. Once again, Jello has been screwed by his ex-band mates here, as the vocals have been "mixed" (I hesitate to use this term in reference to a live recording) appallingly. Where they are heard properly, they are amazing, but for a lot of the album, his vocals, which always were the main draw of the Dead Kennedy’s are "mixed" incredibly low, and as other bootlegs show, this is not just the sound of DK live, it is almost certainly done spitefully/maliciously by East Bay Ray et al.

Ignoring these criticisms, the music is brilliant. Almost all the best Dead Kennedy's tracks are present (apart from Let's lynch the landlord, Stars and Stripes of Corruption and Nazi Punks fuck off). Sounding even more topical than a DK studio release (a LOT of specific Reagan references), a lot of the tracks are interspersed with near-spoken word from Jello, with light musical accompaniment. Following on with the topical theme, many of the songs lyrics have been slightly altered to better suit the time they were played (for example, in Kill the poor, Neutron bomb is replaced with Satellite bomb, and a reference to the Challenger shuttle is added, while the included version of California Uber Alles is the We've got a bigger problem version from the In god we trust EP).

Although these topical references and slightly slower spoken sections could have easily killed the album, given the Dead Kennedy's, they really make it, and make sure this album doesn't just sound like a standard "greatest hits live" album consisting of what sounds like a less well recorded version of studio tracks. The album really does "feel" like a live album. However, the use of 4 separate shows (all along the theme of being from the San Francisco area) allows diversity to be added, and shows how the band developed over time.

The track selection is mostly pretty predictable (especially the fact that the one single that Alternative Tentacles still has the rights to, Nazi Punks fuck off being left off) in places, including the famous tracks- Police Truck, Too Drunk to Fuck, Holiday in Cambodia and California Uber Alles. However, these are nicely mixed in with excellent and lesser known tracks such as Moon over Marin and the final track, a brilliant version of Riot. Certainly, there is not a poor track here.

The full track listing, for those who like to know these things, is, in order:

Introduction
Police Truck
Kill the Poor
Holiday in Cambodia
Moon over Marin
California Uber Alles
MTV – Get off the air
Too Drunk to Fuck
Goons of Hazard
This could be anywhere
Forward to death
I am the owl
Hellnation
Riot

To sum up (perhaps I should have just done this instead of this entire rant :)), this is a very good album, but, even ignoring the controversy around it, is not essential. If you’re new to the Dead Kennedy’s, go with their debut, Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables before this. However, if you’re a big Dead Kennedy’s fan, and can avoid the guilt at supporting this product done against the wishes of Jello, then it is certainly worth buying (or stealing / burning :)). And if you do, make up for it by donating to the Alternative Tentacles legal defence fund. Oh, and incidentally, the release date given was for the original European release. The US release date is expected to be September 2001.

 

 
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sean021122 (March 1, 2012)

Why oh why oh why oh why oh why would anyone want to call themselves 'jello'? And who doe't have the time or room for jello to eat anyway :P? There is no argument, justeat your vegetables (and cans of spinach) and you will grow up to be a healthy, happy, strong, weetle person who loves jello, the dk's, and can beat the popeye video game blindfolded ;)

Anonymous (January 21, 2006)

"Both sides of the Jello vs DK thing are wrong. Jello screwed the rest of the band out of money so he could get the full rights to DK albums. He didn't try to correct his error, so the rest of the band took him to court"

BULLSHIT. You obviously don't know the case. There was a CLERICAL error which was CORRECTED. This is FACT, even the band admitted that they had been given the money. THe only reason the whole bloody mess happenned was because Jello refused to let those greedy bastards use HIS songs for commercial gain. It started long before the clerical error or even the bullshit with the Levi's commercial, East Bay Ray had it in for Jello since Jello avoided a major label contract back in the 80s.

If there ever was any question as to the bands motives for stealling JB's songs, just look at what has come of them since. All they've done is try to cash in on punk nostalgia with their "reformed" group, even going as far to deciet promoters using pictures of the DKs with Biafra in the group. Shitty re-releases, live albums, and my personal favorite... COMMERCIALS. Anybody seen the new Tony Hawk Proskater 4 videogame commercial?

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

"even going as far as crediting D.H. Peligro for songs written before he joined the band"

Uhh they only credit D.H. Peligro in the booklet for writing the lyrics to one song "Hellnation" which he did write while he was a member of the band. Fucking idiot reviewers.

Anonymous (July 6, 2002)

Both sides of the Jello vs DK thing are wrong. Jello screwed the rest of the band out of money so he could get the full rights to DK albums. He didn't try to correct his error, so the rest of the band took him to court. On the other hand, the rest of them compromised the band's integrity and went on tour and released this album. They ruined the DK's principles by doing this, so I'm not supporting any side.
The sound on the album is good, nice and clear. I wish they would have added some rarer tracks on to this, making it an essential DK release, instead of just the hits. Adding songs like "Dreadlocks of the Suburbs" or some of their earliest work would have made this album better. Tehy do have some Frankenchrist stuff which is a plus. This isn't a very interesting album to listen to. East Bay Ray does real sloppy jobs on a lot of the songs, "Police Truck" in particular. A lot of Jello's onstage banter is cut, which sucks because he did some weird stuff between songs.All in all, this isn't a very entertaining release. If possible try to locate A Skateboard Party bootleg. It's an excellant bootleg that was recorded in 1982 and songs that appear on both Mutiny and Skateboard Party are superior on Skateboard Party, even if the production isn't quite as clear as Mutiny.

Anonymous (January 27, 2002)

Why would anyone want to see Jello Biafra's old back up band on their own tour. Jello is what made the DKs a memorable band, not that hack Ray. Im gonna get this cd the same way Id get any cd under the Decay label. Time to go stealing.

Anonymous (August 20, 2001)

Your review kicked ass.Instead of buying this CD burn it or download it and buy some alternative tentacles stuff to support Jello!!

Anonymous (August 20, 2001)

Good reveiw, too bad such bullshit has to destroy the leadacy of a great band. I think i'm going to try and get my girlfriend to buy it for me, at least then i can tell myself i didnt betray(?) my punk ideals and ethics.

Anonymous (August 20, 2001)

Kickarse review, I agree with your first paragraph entirely, I found myself very reluctant to pay full price for the LP given the legal (bullshit) situation.

I also would second the notion that, for every true DK fan who pays for the album to also contribute to the Alternative Tentacles defense fund, also, this bullshit about DK's playing live without Jello and expecting fans to lap it up, brings a tear to my eye.

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