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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 MANIFESTO DK

Five stars for the music, -5 stars for the people trying to rip off Jello.

Woah, a greatest hits. And not even a very good one.

This went out with absolutely no promotion, and I'm pretty sure not too many people know right now that the DK's have come out with a greatest hits. Although all the songs here are great, this is a poorly-chosen selection of the Kennedys' best songs. California Uber Alles and Holiday In Cambodia are presented here in the inferior single versions instead of the Fresh Fruit versions, there is nothing from Bedtime For Democracy, and they have much better songs that could've been on there instead of Halloween. And as a whole, it is just too short and not a proper intro to the Dead Kennedys' music.

This is total bull!

If ya want to get into DK get Plastic Surgery Disasters. DK has sold out now. They got 2 songs in guitar hero(remade w/ new singer) and now they're makin' "greatest hits" cds! Even song they ever wrote was their greatest hit! Don't buy into the new DK! Those dumb punk kids will buy anything! ps. if they had negative stars I would award this album with them. and oh yeah...DK is one of my fav bands...don't start tellin' me not to dis 'em. I love DK but I know a sellout when I see one.

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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