Editors’ Notes Released in 1986, Bedtime for Democracy was the last official album from political punk-rock pioneers Dead Kennedys (though the compilation-style Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death) would hit stores the following year). Disillusioned with the state of the music scene and the growing presence of both fashion-first wannabes and violent knuckleheads, the DKs would soon disband; the members went their separate ways before engaging in a drawn-out legal fight over royalties, credit, and ownership of the band name. On this set, Dead Kennedys sound off about heady issues like South African apartheid ("A Commercial"), Reaganism ("Rambozo the Clown"), the commercialization of punk ("Anarchy for Sale"), and covert wars overseas ("Potshot Heard 'Round the World"). One gets the sense that Dead Kennedys knew this would be their last gasp—the album tellingly starts with a cover of "Take This Job and Shove It"—but it's still a solid release from one of the most important bands of the '80s.

SONG
Take This Job and Shove It
1
1:25
 
Hop With the Jet Set
2
2:07
 
Dear Abby
3
1:09
 
Rambozo the Clown
4
2:25
 
Fleshdunce
5
1:29
 
The Great Wall
6
1:32
 
Shrink
7
1:44
 
Triumph of the Swill
8
2:17
 
Macho Insecurity
9
1:30
 
I Spy
10
2:30
 
Cesspools In Eden
11
5:56
 
One Way Ticket to Pluto
12
1:38
 
Do the Slag
13
1:37
 
A Commercial
14
1:33
 
Gone With My Mind
15
1:43
 
Anarchy for Sale
16
1:18
 
Chickenshit Conformist
17
5:59
 
Where Do Ya Draw the Line
18
2:39
 
Potshot Heard 'Round the World
19
2:10
 
D.M.S.O.
20
2:09
 
Lie Detector
21
3:45
 

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