My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut album by San Francisco Punk band Dead Kennedys. The album was recorded and released in 1980.
What I think: I can distinctly remember my first introduction to the Dead Kennedys was seeing their logo and name carved into a school desk. I was in my early teens at the time and still highly influenced by my Catholic upbringing, that name an logo scared the crap out of me. It’s funny then that just a year or two I would be so influenced by the San Francisco and East Bay bands that picked up their style and politics and ran with them. Unfortunately, I never went back and gave them the time they deserved to see what they had brought to the table.
I of course was already familiar with “California Uber Alles”, “Holiday in Cambodia” and their amazingly sarcastic cover of “Viva Los Vegas”, and the rest of the album holds up well. I really like the mix of sneering and hyper-political UK style punk with the Surf Rock or Pop Rock elements. It has a great effect of making such serious topics endlessly listenable. I believe my favorites on the album to be the opener “Kill the Poor”, “Stealing People’s Mail” and the aforementioned “California Uber Alles”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think this should be here, even though I never took to it, the album was such an influence on what I would listen to in my formative years.
Rating (Out of 5) 3.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (357/468)
Amount that are new to me: 76%