The Dead Kennedys: Jello Biafra, Klaus Flouride, D.H. Peligro, East Bay Ray.
Additional personnel includes: Tim Jones (synthesizer); Jayed Scotti (timbales); Cal Andrew, Blaze (background vocals).
Recorded at City Sound and Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Although nobody knew it at the time, this was to be the Dead Kennedys' final official studio album; exhausted by the legal battle brought on by their previous album FRANKENCHRIST, they threw in the towel shortly after recording this one. Fortunately, they go out here in a blaze of angry glory.
BEDTIME FOR DEMOCRACY is arguably their most explicitly political album. It's full of furious, supersonic punk assaults on Reagan-era topics, including the Rambo movies ("Rambozo the Clown"), media brainwashing ("Fleshdunce"), fashionable politics ("Anarchy for Sale"), and even punk rock itself ("Chickenshit Conformist"). There's also a hilarious version--certainly the fastest ever recorded--of David Alan Coe's anthem of blue collar dissatisfaction, "Take This Job and Shove It."
Q (6/01, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...On release, these black comedies were considered alarmist..."
NME (Magazine) (3/17/01, p.31) - 6 out of 10 - "...Internal friction had comprismised the DK's 'espirit de corps'....Songs like 'Anarchy For Sale' and 'Chickens*** Conformist' chart the comodification of punk values..."
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