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Album Review

The very concept of a "greatest hits" collection from San Francisco punk legends the Dead Kennedys' fits right in with the group's penchant for establishment parody, but the irony is that Manifesto's 12-track Milking the Sacred Cow is the perfect primer for young punks in training and a satisfying shot of politically charged jet fuel for longtime fans. Classic cuts like "California Uber Alles," "Holiday in Cambodia," and "Too Drunk to F**k" were the gateway drug for a lot of people just finding their way into the scene, especially those who were looking for an American version of the Sex Pistols — Jello Biafra proved that he could match Johnny Rotten sneer for sneer — but live versions of "Soup Is Good Food" and "Jock-O-Rama," as electrifying as they are, keep this collection just shy of perfection. That said, it still provides a satisfying crack in the jaw, even if it's missing fan favorites like "Terminal Preppie," "Trust Your Mechanic," and "Chemical Warfare." Honor students should pick up Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Frankenchrist, and Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death, but those looking for a quick fix or a cheat will find no better teat to affix their snarl to than this.

Customer Reviews

Don't Buy This

The rest of the band got a halfwit judge to hand the entire back catalogue to them, and Biafra has no say, artistic or financial, in his own work. He didn't want "Holiday In cambodia" used in a Levis commercial, and they wanted the money.

The message is in the album title.......

Well done Gabriel, as the man says DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM!

do not buy!!!!!

real dead kennedys fans should have these songs anyway!!! if you dont have them buy the original albums you dont have to milk the sacred cow!!!

Biography

Formed: 1978 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Punk

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Dead Kennedys merged revolutionary politics with hardcore punk music and, in the process, became one of the defining hardcore bands. Often, they were more notable for their politics than their music, but that was part of their impact. The Kennedys were more inspired by British punk and the fiery, revolutionary-implied politics of the Sex Pistols than the artier tendencies of New York punk rockers. Under the direction of lead vocalist Jello Biafra, the Dead Kennedys became the most political and...
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