Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (Cover Artwork)

Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesFresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (1980)
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Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables is a top quality two thumbs up type album. I think this has to be Dead Kennedys best album by far. Most, if not all of the Dead Kennedy fans I know, they have to agree that this is their best work. The way Jello Biafra makes his lyrics so unique. How he can mix a .
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Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables is a top quality two thumbs up type album. I think this has to be Dead Kennedys best album by far. Most, if not all of the Dead Kennedy fans I know, they have to agree that this is their best work. The way Jello Biafra makes his lyrics so unique. How he can mix a serious issue to comdey and how he can sing these songs he amazingly writes. East Bay Ray's trebelled out guitar. Two of Dead Kennedys BEST are on this album, California Uber Alles and Holiday In Cambodia. And a personal one i like is I Kill Children. This c.d. also includes topics and issues other people can relate to. This is one of those c.d.s that are amazingly sang and written. It only happens every once in a while with certain bands, and dead kennedys hit the spot with this one. Ranked up with only a few bands that are just as good. Such as The Clash and their self titled. Two amazing peices of work are the clash self tiled and this one by dead kennedys. Only certian bands could pull a c.d. as good as this off, and Dead Kennedys did.

As I said earlier, this c.d. has songs and lyrics many different people can relate to and enjoy. Whether it's religious, age, family, friends, life, landlards, the way your life is being lives, money issues, family issues, work issues ect. You can only expect so much out of a band with one c.d. and Jello packed it all in this one and made just about perfect. lacking in not much at all.

We all know that some bands points of views and perspectives upon their own band and songs wouldn't be about today without some of the classic songs on this album. A lot of bands ow Dead Kennedys credit. They or you might not even realize it, but without some of dead kennedys song, some bands might now be around today, and if they were they might have a different look on the world / songs.

I think Jellos childhood inspired this album and his lyrics in a lot of ways. In ways of discrimination, hardlife ect. I think that he wrote this amazingly. Certain people can relate to this album more than others. In more ways than others aswell.

Jello's intelligence and points of views / opinions amaze me. I enjoy listen to what he has to say and taking it into my prespective. I hope you could do and understand the same one time. That's probably why i enjoy his spoken word. And if you have never listened to that. I suggest you do aswell.

People say Give me Convienience or Give Me Death is the best Dead Kennedys CD. I beg to differ. But at that, that's still one fucking awesome c.d. I think that if you never heard anything by Dead Kennedys or want to get into them, start off with this one. I mean.. this is the c.d. that started it all for them.

Overall the lyrics, vocals, and just about everything on this c.d. is amazing. If you don't have it i suggest you get it. One of the best punk records ever.


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pipyface23 (November 21, 2010)

this and the clash's debut are the two greatest punk rock albums i have ever heard. i am glad that the guy who wrote this can understand how amazing The Clash's first is. Definitely better than London Calling in my opinion.

danny_crizack_666 (April 19, 2007)

First of all, yea the clash was a decent band i spose, untill tehy signed to CBS, thats like Leftover crack signing on to Capital records... Ha! Ha!
But yeah THE DEAD KENNEDYS were, (key word, "were") a verry good punk band, till they all fucked Jello Over, Greed gets everyone, but jello rised above and started doing other great things. I respect Jello still, all the rest of them....fuck them. Wanabe republicans i think jello called them... yeah yeah yeah. Heres some great Jello Quotes for whats been going on for the last like.....25
years or so.

"All of these reissues were not authorized by me, I do not endorse them, the live album was put out without my permission, and I've not seen a dime at this point, either. "

"Don't hate the media, become the media."

"For every prohibition you create you also create an underground."

"I got involved because I wanted to help inspire more people to get off their butts and register and vote - not just in this election, but in every other election from now on, you know?"

"If you love god, Burn a church"

"I mean, even Peligro who didn't even play on all the albums was getting over $30,000 a year, free money. "

"I went through a big Alice Cooper phase, which was probably a major influence on my writing style later, especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters."

"Let me start by saying, I'm utterly disgusted with the former members of the Dead Kennedys. "

"Punk is not dead. Punk will only die when corporations can exploit and mass produce it. "

"Respecting other people's cultures is well and good, but I draw the line at where some branches of Islam, what they do to women. It's indefensible. "

"So basically the understanding on these so-called reissues is that they were done behind my back, without my permission, and the band informed me that I would no longer be paid on them at all. "

"The last true punk band to get a major label contract was The Dickies. "

"They've gone to great length to disguise the fact that I'm not in the band, even sending out a photo to promoters with my picture in it which then winds up in some of the ads on the flyers. "

"This is my home. Home is where the disease is. As long as I stay in America, I'll never run out of subjects for songs. "
"Well, I've had pieces of music in my head since I was a small child, some of which wound up as Dead Kennedys' songs. "

"Well, once you get involved with bloodsport litigation, you can not only get drunk on your own greed but start to believe your own lies."

"What I'm getting at is, you know, if we really want to get serious about helping all the people living in the street and getting people jobs, we could just hire half the people in the country to spy on the other half. "

"When I wrote Plastic Surgery Disasters, the main stuff I was listening to was Bauhaus, Les Baxture and The Groundhogs."

"When there's people on the other side of the room trying to wipe out your life and things are stacked against you, you can get nervous. "

"You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course. "

"What they're not doing is marketing the Dead Kennedys in the spirit of what the band stood for. "

"What they're not doing is marketing the Dead Kennedys in the spirit of what the band stood for. "

Anonymous (June 12, 2006)

score is for the stupid punk elitists on this site. even if this cd sucked, youd give it 5 stars.
thank god this is damn great music so it doesnt matter.

snakeg (February 9, 2006)

this albumn is real deal punk at it's political best. jello did not give a fuck for all those "cool guys" of the world who wanted to crack jokes at someone else's expense. hardcore to the bone. i was weened on the tit of the dead kennedys, this albumn rocked my adolescent years and still fuckin' rocks me this day. what happened jello, did you start taking psyche meds and become like henery rollins? your voice rang true then, and you shaped punk. it's a lifestyle thing the music was just a killer byproduct. jello was punk as hell and the dead kennedys "fresh fruit for rotting vegetables" is the best punk albumn of my life. rock on!!!!!!!

Anonymous (April 20, 2003)

"Beats the shit out of the Clash as far as I'm concerned."

...If all you listen to is punk, that is. I love this album, but the Clash tower over the Dead Kennedys.

Anonymous (July 14, 2002)

The best social/political satire since Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal."
The only problem with this album is that songs that sound the same are lumped together. Like "I Kill Children" "Stealing People's Mail" and "Funland At The Beach."
Funny shit though, set to some cool surfy Ramones hybrid.

Anonymous (March 24, 2002)

i think it's kind of sad when Aubin's review of this record, which is possibly the best review on this site (and been here a lot longer), has gotten less hits than this crappy review that's been here for only a short while. bleh.

Anonymous (February 19, 2002)

nice job reviewer, way to put 2 ideas into 5 paragraphs.

Anonymous (February 17, 2002)

Amazing album, their finest work and one of the greatest albums to come from punk. Beats the shit out of the Clash as far as I'm concerned.


Anonymous (February 14, 2002)

Excuse me Mr. Producer, but this album was recorded in 1980, by a DIY punk band. I think the production sounds very punk, and doesn't keep it from being a great album. At least it sounds better than Bedtime For Democracy does. By the way, what is a review like that doing on a page like this?

Anonymous (February 11, 2002)

the production on this album is horrible. that's the one thing that keeps it from being a great album.

Anonymous (February 11, 2002)

"Certain people can relate to this album more than others. In more ways than others aswell."

*laughing* Was this written for school?

BTW - This record is amazing. Obviously. If only all of the half-wit Pennywise and Saves the Day kids heard this record.

Anonymous (February 10, 2002)

Jello pudding would whip gelatin jello's ass!!

Anonymous (February 9, 2002)

Brilliant album. Question for reviewer: is English your first language?

Anonymous (February 9, 2002)

FFFRV isn't their best (in my opinion), but it's still awesome. I'd give the "BEST" title to Plastic Surgery Disaster/In God We Trust, Inc. (Yes, I know they weren't originally released together, but they are now so :P)

sickboi (February 8, 2002)

Who would win in a fight between regular Jello (gelatine) and Jello pudding?

ChrisGorman (February 6, 2002)

I wouldn't call Biafra an ass. He is a good guy, and a really cool speaker. He is just jaded. Its easy to sit here and judge him, but if we were in his shoes, would we act any better?

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

good album, abominable review. This person must not understand the concept of reviewing a record instead of going off on ridiculous tangents.

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

"Jello's intelligence and points of views/opinions amaze me." Too bad "Jello's intelligence" didn't rub off. Besides, Jello's an ass.

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

god, i'm glad I wasn't the only person who noticed...

they'll let anyone post reviews, won't they?


ChrisGorman (February 4, 2002)

eek, I could barely read that! But yes, great album. California Uber Alles is such a cool song.

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

This review told me nothing,other than the person who wrote it (cough,cough).
needs to have mommy spellcheck it next time.Good album though.

evildeadalive (February 4, 2002)

This is their best and one of the best albums ever. One comment though, probably the best review on this site was already written on this album. Not that I mind more than one review, but this review was sometimes almost unreadable. I don't expect spelling or grammar to be perfect, but couldn't people at least check over their reviews before submitting them? Check out Aubins review of this record. You won't be dissappointed.

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