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Album Review

Jello Biafra would never have released this. The result of a judge siding with the other three members in their lawsuit against singer/leader Biafra, this live LP and the reissues of their LPs via license is messy. On one hand, the matter was decided in open court, rightly or wrongly, and we certainly don't blame Manifesto for taking on the valuable catalog once it became legally East Bay Ray's, D.H. Peligro's, and Klaus Flouride's to barter. And it's not our place to tell the curious not to buy these rather fine records, either. It just feels hollow, somehow. Ray, Peligro, and Flouride don't know how lucky they were that Biafra kept control of the catalog from the onset, released it all on his own Alternative Tentacles, and kept it all in print. They've been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades, while pretty much every other musician in the other punk/hardcore bands were ripped off by shady, bankrupt indie labels. One feels sympathy with Biafra's side of a dispute over a minimal accounting error. And his refusal to exploit the catalog strikes me as fair enough. Secondly, it was Biafra's personality, knowledge, crazy antics, and most of all his astounding, singular lyrics that made the band so popular. Biafra's crack about his vocals coming in and out (due to the chaos of those old shows, he never worried much about staying on mic) is entirely valid. The LP sounds great otherwise. Culled from four different shows after Peligro joined in 1982, the sound is consistent, the set list inspired, the playing sharper than many of their New York shows, and the live photos are first-rate history. Call this the one good thing that came out of the bitter suit. (Sorry, Jello!)

Customer Reviews

Everyone's being a bit too rash

A couple things 1- very good album with strong performances of music that most people bashing it would actually like, despite feeling that Jello was somehow cheated. 2- Jello does indeed make money off this album, whether or not he cashes the checks is HIS problem, but he is entitled to royalties. It was determined that he is now 1/4 of all Dead Kennedys decisions if he wants to be, and he was outvoted and this album was made. 3- If I go to the iTunes store to read reviews, I like them to be based on the music and not personal feelings towards bandmembers. Whoever flames the other members of DK is just finding an excuse to put a low star number on this album. The songs are very strong, the new version of California Uber Alles is very funny and it is crazy that people would not buy this album b/c they feel Jello Biafra is not getting money, which is both untrue and kinda crazy in its own right. The man runs a record label and puts out albums about every year, he also goes on multiple speaking tours (two of which I've attended). He does not need the money, despite what he sometimes claims. Buy the album if you like DK, if you have a big problem with it, download it. The songs are simply far too strong to ignore and this album, if fairly judged, would be far more stars than people give it credit for.


You people are so rediculous. You talk about the guys in the band like you know them or something. you are so tardcore punk that you are quick to judge these people based on info spoon fed to you on websites written by some fan. And god knows that if you read it on the internet, it must be true. I thought the point was to enjoy the music, not worry about some baby's mama drama that is of no concern to you.


I WANTED IT.... I BOUGHT IT.... AND I LIKED IT.... I dont know the politics of who said what.. or who is getting paid and whos not. I notice all you guys have obviously heard this album... Itunes does not have a pirating system on here. So you guys all must have purchased it. considering that this is one of the most important bands of all time...and live recordings of them in their prime are hard to come by... I didnt see any harm in buying this and actually enjoying it. Its GREAT.


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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