Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables review by Dead Kennedys

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  • Released: Sep 3, 1980
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.9 (22 votes)
Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Sound — 10
'Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables' is the classic debut album from legendary hardcore punks the Dead Kennedys. Before I start, any fans of Green Day and Blink 182 may as well stop reading. This is real punk, in your face, anti-establishment and packing enough power to topple buildings. Don't expect this music being played on Radio One any time soon. The sound quality isn't top notch, but hardcore punk isn't meant to sound studio polished. It is meant to sound raw like it was recorded on one take and this album sounds like that. If it was all electronic and polished, it wouldn't have the same effect.

Lyrics — 10
Jello Biafra, the Kennedys' vocalist and chief lyricist, pens some exception lyrics for this album. From left wing freedom (California Uber Alles) to ultra right wing (Kill The Poor), the lyrics never falter below five out of five. In all honesty, the lyrics are as good as, if not better than, the Clash's London Calling album, which has some of the best punk lyrics of all time.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall, if you're a fan of bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag and the Sex Pistols, you need to buy this album. All the songs are hardcore classics, the most impressive being 'Kill The Poor', 'Chemical Warfare' and 'Too Drunk To F--k' but the ultimate stand out song is 'Holiday In Cambodia', which ranks up there with the likes of 'Anarchy In The UK' and 'White Riot'. The album also has a decent bonus disc, which is a nice extra. Anyway, stop reading this article, go out to the shops and buy this album. Now.

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