22 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up the success of their brilliant debut Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, the Dead Kennedys returned with the excellent EP In God We Trust, Inc. and full-length Plastic Surgery Disasters in 1981 and '82 respectively. This reissue set combines the two and finds the Dead Kennedys doing exactly what they do best; railing against the chaos of the world via an assortment of rollicking tracks that are simultaneously thought-provoking, hilarious, and terrifying. Jello Biafa's warbling vocal menace takes aim against Middle Americans in gas-guzzling recreational vehicles ("Winnebago Warrior"), uptight guys who get crazy once a year ("Halloween"), the alarming growth of the Christian Right ("Moral Majority"), and, returning to one of his favorite targets, then-Governor Jerry Brown on the epic "Moon Over Marin." As always, the rest of the group impresses with their unflappable musicianship, incorporating wild stylistic change-ups and never settling for generic punk rock cliches.  

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up the success of their brilliant debut Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, the Dead Kennedys returned with the excellent EP In God We Trust, Inc. and full-length Plastic Surgery Disasters in 1981 and '82 respectively. This reissue set combines the two and finds the Dead Kennedys doing exactly what they do best; railing against the chaos of the world via an assortment of rollicking tracks that are simultaneously thought-provoking, hilarious, and terrifying. Jello Biafa's warbling vocal menace takes aim against Middle Americans in gas-guzzling recreational vehicles ("Winnebago Warrior"), uptight guys who get crazy once a year ("Halloween"), the alarming growth of the Christian Right ("Moral Majority"), and, returning to one of his favorite targets, then-Governor Jerry Brown on the epic "Moon Over Marin." As always, the rest of the group impresses with their unflappable musicianship, incorporating wild stylistic change-ups and never settling for generic punk rock cliches.  

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