Album: Bedtime For Democracy
Band: Dead Kennedys
Genre: Hardcore Punk, Post Punk
The Dead Kennedys final studio album (before the glorious compilation Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death) is a hidden gem in DK's discography. No, it doesn't have the amazing influence of Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, and it is nothing amazingly groundbreaking, but that's nothing bad. This album is different from the previous 3 Dead Kennedys albums, but in a good way. It has a more fast, hardcore sound similar to the In God We Trust Inc. ep. Some of these songs are faster than any hardcore band ever played, with near blastbeats and fast, noisy guitar riffs. This is probably one of the most humorous DK albums as well, especially the joke track "A Commercial" that makes fun of the then-popular MTV. When you hear Jello Biafra yell "Take this Job and Shove it!" when you press play, you know that you are going to hear an awesome album. Some of the lyrics even crack fun at the hardcore and punk scene itself, with the (probably for the first time in their career) non satirical "Chickenshit Conformist" and (the even more relevant nowadays) "Anarchy for Sale". I love the length of this album as well, as there are a total of 21 songs. Though most songs on this album are around 1 minute and 30 seconds, some tracks clock in at 5 minutes. The album has bursts of about 4 or 5 blazing hardcore songs, and then breaks it up with a slower, more melodic song. However, that doesn't mean that the faster songs aren't sort of melodic either. In "Take This Job and Shove it", there is a small melody in the chorus. The album artwork could be a tad better, because it isn't as drawing in as the statement on the album cover to Plastic Surgery Disasters, but if you look close at it, there is a lot of satirical humor. This album is proof that you should never judge a book by it's cover. Overall, this is definitely not a DK album to overlook just because it isn't a fan favorite. I personally believe that I have stumbled over a hidden gem in the punk world by one of the most popular punk bands in the punk community, and I would highly recommend it.
Strongest tracks: All of them!