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virus050 DEAD KENNEDYS
Bedtime For Democracy
virus050 (1986) CD - out of print | Cassette - out of print | LP - out of print
Final full-length before the band's decision to call it quits. This is a blistering 21-song assault on the dark side of the American Dream. "I Spy," "Cesspools In Eden," "One Way Ticket To Pluto," "Chickenshit Conformist," and "Where Do You Draw The Line?" are but a few of the songs featured.

WE DO NOT ENDORSE, NOR WILL WE CARRY, ANY DK RELEASE ON DECAY MUSIC, PLASTICHEAD OR INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH RECORDS. FURTHERMORE, WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THEIR BOGUS LIVE ALBUM EITHER.



Sometimes it takes adversity to bring out the best in people; something akin to the "grace under pressure" Hemingway wrote about.
This album is anything but graceful. It is also the DKs at their best. Being assaulted on all sides by the forces of goon repressionism, the DKs have counterattacked in the only way possible a musical leap for the jugular.
The result is an album bristling with venom, wit and astounding energy. Make no doubt about it, this thing rages from start to finish. In fact, this 20-song (plus one hilarious MTV "commercial") attack barely leaves one with breathing space. No sooner does one thrasher end then you're knocked against the wall by another sonic punch.
Familiar subjects are tackled: right-wing inspired war hysteria ("Rambozo the clown"), racism ("The Great Wall'), and toxic waste poisoning ("Cesspools in Eden").
Biafra at his snarling best, directing much of his rage at the decrepit state of punk today with songs like "Anarchy for Sale", "Do the Slag", and "Chickenshit Conformist".
Thankfully, Jello hasn't lost his sense of humor amongst all the shit he's embroiled in. Just listen to the whining "Dear Abby", which details the heart-wrenching dilemma of a coroner trying to keep secret from his family the special ingredient in the tuna helper.
The biggest surprise is to learn that Jello doesn't claim to have all the answers. To wit: "Seems like the more I think I know-The more I find I don't-Every answer opens up so many questions." (from "Where Do Ya Draw the Line".)
The band is as tight as ever with Ray's voodoo/surf guitar, Fluoride's thumping bass and Peligro's skin-bashing providing the perfect sturm and drang for Biafra's words.
I don't know if this will prove to be the band's finale but I sure hope not. They're loud, fierce, snotty and brilliant.
In short, the best band going, bar none. We need them now more than ever.
- Brian Greenlee, B-Side - March 1986

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1. "Take This Job And Shove It" (1:24)
2. "Hop With The Jet Set" (2:06)
3. "Dear Abby" (1:09)
4. "Rambozo The Clown" (2:24)
5. "Fleshdunce" (1:29)
6. "The Great Wall" (1:32)
7. "Shrink" (1:44)
8. "Triumph Of The Swill" (2:16)
9. "Macho Insecurity" (1:29)
10. "I Spy" (2:29)
11. "Cesspools In Eden" (5:54)
12. "One-way Ticket To Pluto" (1:38)
13. "Do The Slag" (1:36)
14. "A Commercial" (1:32)
15. "Gone With My Wind" (1:42)
16. "Anarchy For Sale" (1:18)
17. "Chickenshit Conformist" (5:58)
18. "Where Do Ya Draw The Line" (2:38)
19. "Potshot Heard Round The World" (2:10)
20. "D.M.S.O." (2:09)
21. "Lie Detector" (3:41)



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