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Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys: Give Me Convenience Or Give Me DeathGive Me Convenience Or Give Me Death (1987)
Alternative Tentacles Records

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Contributed by: munt0tronmunt0tron
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As we all know Dead Kennedys are the shit and this later release was one of the many releases which proved just how much ass they kicked. For me purchasing the album was a mission itself , having to travel 300kilometres and forking out $40 (NZ) to pay for it. But this was all for a worthy cause. .
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As we all know Dead Kennedys are the shit and this later release was one of the many releases which proved just how much ass they kicked. For me purchasing the album was a mission itself , having to travel 300kilometres and forking out $40 (NZ) to pay for it. But this was all for a worthy cause.

The album opens up with one of my personal dk favourites , Police Truck. A fun song which is attacking the police and some of the bullshit they could and would do.

Next up is Too Drunk to Fuck , another fun song with some catchy lyrics such as " You give me head , it makes it worse , Take out your fuckin retainer , put it in your purse " along with the lyrics comes the fast and raw gutair rifts that sets the song on fire.

Holiday in Cambodia plus California Uber Alles are dk at their very best. But i must say i would prefer the quicker version of California Uber Alles which was released on dk's first full release album ' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables '.

Moving on quickly now, my favourite song on this album which was previously unreleased would have to be ' Pull My Strings '. A live song which has some very true and classy lyrics about mainstream music and the bullshit that these bands produce/manufacture. Some of Jellos words are ' I'll make my music boring , I'll play my music slow , I ain't no artist im a business man no ideas of my own '. It was the lyrics like these which won my vote. Aside from the lyrics the music is relatively slow and has some nice bass lines.

Overall I would recommend this album to everyone and anyone. But with the album being so old i would expect everyone intelligent would have heard it by now. The Dead Kennedys are an excellent band and if you like old school political punk with a twist they are the band for you , its just a pity how the Dead Kennedys finished.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
GuyPaterson (August 28, 2009)

Jello might be a crazy A-hole, but this album rocks socks.

C-Men (June 29, 2008)

Simply amazing!

505Misfit (May 4, 2008)

Jello is SiMply the only true dead KeNNedy . . .. . This was the best album put out by them. . . . . . . . the rest are ummm . . . . . OKay??

QGJREVIVED (June 1, 2002)

Its just good to know that the band is still dead and that the current dead kennedys proved that jello WAS the band in a sense as he was the only member true to his word. If you dont have the alternative tentacles release of this then i fully reccomend d/ling it. Dont buy the new version.

fish (January 3, 2002)

damn.
i was going to comment on how much ass the dead kennedys kick, but there's already loads of such comments....

ah well... jello biafra is a god among men.

Towers (December 23, 2001)

No punk rock record collection is complete without this piece of plastic (or vinyl, which is best or else you will have to get a magnifying glass to look at the insert art in the CD booklet). The Dead Kennedys are one of the most influential west coast punk bands of all time, along with Black Flag and The Descendents. This album has many of their best and most important songs, plus a lot of weird stuff.

Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

"what can i say. this band went against everything they ever sayed in albums like this. its like listening to hitler talk about freedom."

This is a comment that no one could take seriously. Whoever wrote it must be a really funny guy/chick. Jello Biafra has been traveling across the country recently presenting speeches about the ny diasters and his beliefs!!
and these are some of the beliefs which he had and expressed while being the main man in The Dead Kennedys.

By the way this album is amazing and describing it in 2 words would be .... PURE GENUIS , Jello if your listening ??? you were an amazing influence to alot of punkbands and people... from listening dk, i have changed the way i think and i think thats amazing that an album can do that.
and Jello it would really be nice to see you again preforming the way use to :)

-Munt0tron

Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

"what can i say. this band went against everything they ever sayed in albums like this. its like listening to hitler talk about freedom."

Do you read the news or just the headlines? Jello NEVER went against what he sang about, in fact he went to court to fight like hell to avoid any corporate bullshit. He wrote the songs and he still has the same exact morals that he had 20 years ago. Just because the rest of the band are complete idiots don't pass judgement on the musical integrity of the Dead Kennedys.
DK has been and always will be Jello Biafra, and Jello rocks!

Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

what can i say. this band went against everything they ever sayed in albums like this. its like listening to hitler talk about freedom.

Anonymous (December 15, 2001)

this band is terrible

punky (December 14, 2001)

I quit listening to DK some 4 or 5 years ago.I still wear nazi punk fuck off t-shirt.This is a great album, much better than most of the stuff that is produced today.
And what the hell happened to my H2O gig review?

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

I'm really glad that i was able to complete my DK collection a couple years before all this bullshit went down. Great album, but i thought i'd shed a little light on the "pull my strings" performance. It was recorded live at a california music award show. When they arrived all the other bands were new wave and the producers said that they had to play "california uder allis" Jello &co. wore white dress shirts with a big S painted on them(a picture of them is in the insert) with black ties over thier shoulders. At the point when they quit playing uder allis they flipped the ties down so the it made a big $ sign, and then proceded to play "pull my strings". I think the show was broadcast over the radio, and mabey TV, but alot of people got offended by the song, espically "is my cock big enough" If you turn up the volume you can hear people laugh when they flip thier ties down.

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

do not be a label whore... buy the damned music from what ever source you can get it from

It's no secret Alternative Tentacle is going under soon

Once they are done would you rather people not have the album at all?

Jello may have gotten the raw deal, but that is really no one's concern but his own. To boycott this release post A.T. is just ridiculous.

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

only buy from alternative tentacles! if that little bat logo is not on the back do not buy that cd/cassette/album/whatever. instead, go on the internet, i'm sure it is not that hard to find. it really is a shame about what happen to this band but their music is amazing.

bret
oijoyboy@hotmail.com

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