Album #458 – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Album #458

The Dead Kennedys are one of the most unique punk bands of the early 1980’s. Fronted by Jello Biafra, they took punk from America to new heights. Biafra’s singing is much like Johnny Rotten’s and like the Pistols, many of the issues addressed on this album are very political. At times, it is hard to hear Biafra over the music and his lyrics are indecipherable. But, many of the songs on this album are a form of protest. It seems like punk with a political bent did not arrive in the U.S. until the early 80’s. Many of the big American punk bands of the late 1970’s did not touch politics. This is probably because the punk acts of New York were signed before their counterparts in California. The album’s overall sound is muddy and loud but yet, most of the album’s tracks are short. This has to do with the rise in hardcore punk, which meant that the music was louder, faster and to the point. Highlights include: California Uber Alles and Holiday in Cambodia. Overall, I give Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 4 out of 5.

Next: Peter Gabriel III (AKA Melt) by Peter Gabriel

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