21 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in 1986, Bedtime for Democracy was the last official album from political punk-rock pioneers Dead Kennedys (though the compilation-style Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death) would hit stores the following year). Disillusioned with the state of the music scene and the growing presence of both fashion-first wannabes and violent knuckleheads, the DKs would soon disband; the members went their separate ways before engaging in a drawn-out legal fight over royalties, credit, and ownership of the band name. On this set, Dead Kennedys sound off about heady issues like South African apartheid ("A Commercial"), Reaganism ("Rambozo the Clown"), the commercialization of punk ("Anarchy for Sale"), and covert wars overseas ("Potshot Heard 'Round the World"). One gets the sense that Dead Kennedys knew this would be their last gasp—the album tellingly starts with a cover of "Take This Job and Shove It"—but it's still a solid release from one of the most important bands of the '80s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in 1986, Bedtime for Democracy was the last official album from political punk-rock pioneers Dead Kennedys (though the compilation-style Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death) would hit stores the following year). Disillusioned with the state of the music scene and the growing presence of both fashion-first wannabes and violent knuckleheads, the DKs would soon disband; the members went their separate ways before engaging in a drawn-out legal fight over royalties, credit, and ownership of the band name. On this set, Dead Kennedys sound off about heady issues like South African apartheid ("A Commercial"), Reaganism ("Rambozo the Clown"), the commercialization of punk ("Anarchy for Sale"), and covert wars overseas ("Potshot Heard 'Round the World"). One gets the sense that Dead Kennedys knew this would be their last gasp—the album tellingly starts with a cover of "Take This Job and Shove It"—but it's still a solid release from one of the most important bands of the '80s.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
37 Ratings
37 Ratings
HaleyBee ,

CLASSIC

Just bought this album at Newbury comics last weekend, a well spent 10 dollars if I do say so myself. I Spy, Lie Detector, and Dear Abby are my personal favorites. If you like 80's punk at all you must buy this album. It'll improve your life.

Maddog94 ,

Bedtime for Democracy rocks!

The majority of the songs on this album are ment to shock people into looking at the world around them and see how silly and just plain old stupid it all really is. It has the great punk vibe to it, the one that says "Shut up and listen."

Regardless it's fun to play around up-tight conservatives. :)

domesticatedAnimal ,

yea!

this is the best punk rock album ive ever heard,biafra is a machine,this album is all energy and passion.definately the best dk album,if your just getting into dk, get this album.

and personally i dont think biafra's paranoia is without good reason.if ya'll would pay attention to whats goin on around you,you'd see that the government aint around for you.

GET THIS ALbuM

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