Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables [Bonus Disc] (Limited) (2-CD)

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables [Bonus Disc]
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  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk

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Spin - 5/01, p.112
Ranked #46 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records" - "...FRESH FRUIT scans like an old anarchist newspaper. But 'Kill the Poor' sounds perfect for Dick Cheney's America."
Q - 5/02 SE, p.136
4 stars out of 5 - Included in Q's "100 Best Punk Albums" - "One of the most fiery, politically explosive diatribes you are ever likely to hear..."
Uncut - p.120
4 stars out of 5 - "Dead Kennedys could echo both the weirdness of Beefheart and the sort of spectral pop that came off Spector's production line. Still fresh. No rot."
Uncut - 2/03, p.91
5 stars out of 5 - "...Dead Kennedys were surely the most influential proponents of late-'70s US punk..."
Alternative Press - 11/00, p.144
Included in AP's "10 Essential Political-Revolution Albums" - "...Biafra takes on the monied classes and the government, and the songs become almost too intricate for punk. Massively influential."
Magnet - p.90
"Dead Kennedys brought a horror-show vibe to punk that remains more unsettling than the Misfits' comic-book core and battier than My Chemical Romance's make-up."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.52
"[O]ne of the finest slabs of rant 'n' roll ever made."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.114
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he shrill, nervy majesty of FRUIT remains unblemished."
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/03, p.76
Ranked #9 in Mojo's "Top 50 Punk Albums" - "Singer Jello Biafra's vitriolic, merciless verbal lambasting set to a musical backdrop of fervid punk..."


  • Buy for $0.991.Kill the Poor
  • Buy for $0.992.Forward to Death
  • Buy for $0.993.When Ya Get Drafted
  • Buy for $0.994.Let's Lynch the Landlord
  • Buy for $0.995.Drug Me
  • Buy for $0.996.Your Emotions
  • Buy for $0.997.Chemical Warfare
  • Buy for $0.998.California Uber Alles
  • Buy for $0.999.I Kill Children
  • Buy for $0.9910.Stealing People's Mail
  • Buy for $0.9911.Funland at the Beach
  • Buy for $0.9912.Ill in the Head
  • Buy for $0.9913.Holiday in Cambodia
  • Buy for $0.9914.Viva las Vegas
  • 15.Holiday in Cambodia
  • 16.Police Truck
  • 17.Kill the Poor
  • 18.In-Sight
  • 19.Too Drunk to Fuck
  • 20.Prey

Product Description:

Dead Kennedys: Jello Biafra (vocals); East Bay Ray (guitar); Klaus Flouride (bass); Ted (drums).
Additional personnel: 6025 (guitar); Paul Roessler, Ninotchka (keyboards).
Recorded at Moibus Music, San Francisco, California.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Repressing features bonus material, including bonus CD of three singles.
Personnel: Jello Biafra (vocals); East Bay Ray, 6025 (guitar); Paul Roessler, Ninotchka (keyboards); D.H. Peligro (drums).
Audio Mixer: East Bay Ray.
Recording information: Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA.
A hyper-speed blast of ultra-polemical, left-wing hardcore punk, and bitingly funny sarcasm, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables stands as the Dead Kennedys' signature statement. As one of the first hardcore albums, it was a galvanizing influence on the musical and attitudinal development of the genre, also helping to kickstart the fertile California scene. The record's tactics are not subtle in the least; Jello Biafra's odd warble and spat-out lyrics leave no doubt as to what he thinks, baiting his targets of conservatism, violence, overbearing authority, and capitalist greed with a viciously satirical sarcasm that keeps his unflinchingly political outlook from becoming too didactic. The thin production dilutes some of the music's power, but the ragged speed-blur still packs a wallop, and the hooks cribbed from surf and rockabilly give it a gonzo edge. The songwriting isn't consistent all the way through the album, but classics like "Kill the Poor," "Let's Lynch the Landlord," "Chemical Warfare," "California šber Alles," and "Holiday In Cambodia" helped define the hardcore genre and, thus, must be heard. ~ Steve Huey

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