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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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A Punk Masterpiece

If you like punk music then you will love this album but if you like country music I wouldn't recomend it.


I love all of Dead Kennedys albums, because there lyrics are so meaningful, but this is one of there best. Jello Biafra is the perfect voice for Dead kennedys. They will always be my favorite punk band. (PUNK IS THE ONLY GOOD GENRE)


This, in my opinion is their best album. Everyone of these songs are great. My personal favorites are Macho Insecurity, Take this job and shove it, anarchy for sale and rambozo the clown. All the songs also sound more crisp and better recorded. This is a deffinite get for DK fans or punk fans


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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