Album Spotlight: Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (1980) - Dead Kennedys
The Dead Kennedys aren’t as commercial as The Sex Pistols, aren’t as radical as Crass, and aren’t as angry as Black Flag, but they have the oddity and dysfunctional energy of Jello Biafra to propel their message and music. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegtables is a fun album to listen to, with a driving bass, speedy drumming, distorted and delayed lead guitar, unexpected tone and tempo shifts, and the vibrant, humorous, biting satire of Biafra, who has no end to the energy he exudes and theatrics he puts on, especially in his live performances, which are reminiscent of The Dead Boys.
On another note, bassist Klaus Flouride has the coolest name in the entire world.
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