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Editors’ Notes

As the guitarist for the legendary punk band, Dead Kennedys, East Bay Ray ensured that the band was never a novelty band. His thoughtful, incisive playing that often evoked rockabilly and surf music helped balance the group’s shock-rock tactics. Ray flipped the entire guitar-player handbook upside down, often playing his chords up high on the neck and then soloing way down low. With singer Skip McSkipster of the Winona Ryders leading the charge, Ray brings together an album of material that’s far tamer than the DK’s anarchic spirit, but which still brings plenty of aggression. Ray shines on “It’s Broken,” the surf-abilly of “The Last Time You Failed,” and a playful cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s hit “16 Tons.” There’s even heartfelt country-influenced rock for “The Heart Is Something.” Other tunes like “You’re Such a Fake,” “I’m a User” and “Raising the Stakes” bring a classic punk sound back into the hands of a much treasured, and often overlooked, guitarist.

Customer Reviews

Not bad!

While its certainly not as good as a Dead Kennedys record being that Jello Biafra will never record music with East Bay Ray again (unfortunately), East Bay Ray finds himself new life with this new band. A few songs certainly will remind you of the vibe the Dead Kennedys gave with their music (See tracks Its Broken and Raising the Stakes) the other songs sound really good and have the sound you would expect from East Bay Ray.While Ron "skip" mcskipster is certainly no Jello, he is a very talented singer on his own right and his lyrical perspective, while sometimes political, is very different from past East Bay Ray releases. If your a fan of Dead Kennedys music, theres no reason why you wouldnt like this record. If your a jello purist and you are close minded to listening to a CD that doesnt feature Jellos vocals, you probably want to skip this one.

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