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Bedtime for Democracy


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Performer Notes
  • 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."
Professional Reviews
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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