Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables was the debut album by San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys, originally released in 1980. As well as being their first, it their most critically acclaimed and best selling. It also happens to be an essential album to any self-respecting fan of punk rock. Among these classic tracks you’ll find California Uber Alles, Holiday In Cambodia and their version of Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas.
Vinyl LP £19.49 BRED640
Reissue 180g vinyl LP + poster reissue on Cherry Red inc. 2 x 7" reproduction sleeve prints.
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9/10 Jack 13th June 2015
On this their first album they succeeded more than they ever could have wished for. This was relevant, a wake up call indeed, and still relevant. The demons the Kennedys railed against in 1980 haven't changed much. Society is still messed up, the government is not to be trusted and American culture is sophisticated only in its ability to manipulate. Musically this is surf music on meth, as tough lyrically as it is musically busy, as indebted to the '60s SoCal surf scene a la Dick Dale as it is to bay area punk aesthetics.
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