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(Pitchfork)   Most of the Dead Kennedys announce a 2022 remix of "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables". So far, no response from Jello Biafra, but there's sure to be one   (pitchfork.com) divider line
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2022-07-06 5:10:43 PM  
A re-issue? Yeah, Jello won't be coming back for that.
I admire the man's integrity, but damn, it'd be great to see DK fully back together.
But yeah, mostly for a nostalgia kick, so f*ck that.
 
2022-07-06 5:11:08 PM  
Hmm. I have no idea on how they could improve on the music. East Bay Ray was the *perfect* guitarist for them, Klaus was superb on bass , and Peligro was always solid.
Yes , I know - not the same without Jello , but I am only talking about the instrumental part.
I wont get into how I feel about the whole childish feud.
I think I will give it a listen first before I buy it.
 
2022-07-06 5:14:03 PM  
Approves. I bought the album a few months before moving from NorCal to the U.P. of Michigan. The locals were not amused when I would play it at a party in college.
 
2022-07-06 5:15:21 PM  
swahnhennessy:

Why revisit what you wrote in your 20s?
 
2022-07-06 5:16:36 PM  
I'll buy a re-issue/re-master of this when Alt Tentacles releases one. Until then ... nope.
 
2022-07-06 5:22:02 PM  

kmgenesis23: I'll buy a re-issue/re-master of this when Alt Tentacles releases one. Until then ... nope.


Alt Tentacles no longer has the rights to any DK stuff because they were screwing everyone except Jello out of royalties, and Jello knew and didn't say anything. For years. So, fu*k AT and Jello.
 
2022-07-06 5:24:50 PM  
Fresh Fruit is a great album but I still think Plastic Surgery Disasters is better.
 
2022-07-06 5:39:12 PM  

swahnhennessy: A re-issue? Yeah, Jello won't be coming back for that.
I admire the man's integrity, but damn, it'd be great to see DK fully back together.
But yeah, mostly for a nostalgia kick, so f*ck that.


Integrity?? That guy is a whore who knowingly screwed his bandmates. He should be thrown down the stairwell.
 
2022-07-06 5:39:57 PM  

Tyrosine: kmgenesis23: I'll buy a re-issue/re-master of this when Alt Tentacles releases one. Until then ... nope.

Alt Tentacles no longer has the rights to any DK stuff because they were screwing everyone except Jello out of royalties, and Jello knew and didn't say anything. For years. So, fu*k AT and Jello.


Funny because that's not what happened and AT still sells DK albums.
 
2022-07-06 5:43:04 PM  
I love Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables. Back when I worked at a record store in the late 90s - early 00s, it was what I used as a gateway album for all the kids buying Blink-182, Sum 41, and Green Day etc. "You like punk? Check this out..."

The remix of Chemical Warfare in tfa was great, and I've got serious respect for Chris Lord-Alge as an engineer. Wouldn't mind having a fresh mix of Kill the Poor to play at full volume to terrorize the neighbors.
 
2022-07-06 5:45:46 PM  

kmgenesis23: Tyrosine: kmgenesis23: I'll buy a re-issue/re-master of this when Alt Tentacles releases one. Until then ... nope.

Alt Tentacles no longer has the rights to any DK stuff because they were screwing everyone except Jello out of royalties, and Jello knew and didn't say anything. For years. So, fu*k AT and Jello.

Funny because that's not what happened and AT still sells DK albums.


Alternative Tentacles hasn't owned the rights to the DK catalog in decades.
 
2022-07-06 5:57:53 PM  

Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: I love Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables. Back when I worked at a record store in the late 90s - early 00s, it was what I used as a gateway album for all the kids buying Blink-182, Sum 41, and Green Day etc. "You like punk? Check this out..."

The remix of Chemical Warfare in tfa was great, and I've got serious respect for Chris Lord-Alge as an engineer. Wouldn't mind having a fresh mix of Kill the Poor to play at full volume to terrorize the neighbors.


Doing God's work, man
 
2022-07-06 6:00:44 PM  
Coming soon...

Dead Kennedys - featuring Adam Lambert.
 
2022-07-06 6:13:30 PM  
Here's Chemical Warfare (2022 Remix) - the first song that was remixed, and had everyone else decide to do the rest of the rekkid.
Chemical Warfare (2020 Remix)
Youtube mwDJf7aa9dI

Not too bad. Nothing but separated and clearer a bit better than the original.
 
2022-07-06 6:32:54 PM  

kmgenesis23: Funny because that's not what happened and AT still sells DK albums


Well, two juries disagree with you. Here's a link to the second verdict, since it upheld the original: https://web.archive.org/web/20120227000532/http://www.phillaw.com/casepdfs/Dead%20Kennedys%20Superior%20Court.pdf

Here's an article from "Punk Rock News" on A.T. losing the rights to distribute Fresh Fruit: https://www.punknews.org/article/2323/alternative-tentacles-loses-fresh-fruit

Here's an article from Rolling Stone on the appeal: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/dead-kennedys-beat-jello-80252/

Here's a Blabbermouth article on the whole affair that seems to sum it up fairly well: https://blabbermouth.net/news/jello-biafra-gets-shot-down-by-dead-kennedys

Here's a screen cap from the iTunes Dead Kennedys page. Please note the bottom left where is says "1980 Decay Records" and not Alternative Tentacles. That seems strange because my vinyl copy of Fresh Fruit was released by Alternative Tentacles, I believe as "virus 1":

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Here's a screen cap from the Alternative Tentacles web site after searching for "Dead Kennedys". Note the complete lack of any DK music other than the 7" single of Nazi Punks. Also note how it says "the last remaining single on A.T. from punk rock juggernauts DEAD KENNEDYS" :


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The bottom line is that A.T. underpaid all band members. While this was certainly an accounting error, Jello was aware if it for some time and didn't inform the other band members, which seems kind of malicious.
 
2022-07-06 6:51:14 PM  
He was asked about it a couple years ago and did not approve https://www.punknews.org/article/73527/interviews-the-big-talk-with-jello-biafra-part-five

An excerpt:
"...guess you're aware of, or you posted or reviewed some remix of "Chemical Warfare" that just came out. I'm like, "what the f*ck is up with this?!" I've heard it. I don't even think it's a remix. If it is, and if its with a super big budget Hollywood producer that does movie scores and Batman and all these other blockbusters, how could any of them put their name on this? It sounds like, somebody, to my ears, in my opinion, it sounds like somebody recorded the song off the original pressing, badly mastered version of Fresh Fruit in England where Cherry Red rushed it through and it was mastered at the wrong speed at the wrong settings, so it's slightly fast and there's no bottom end and sounds like it's on helium."
 
2022-07-06 6:55:04 PM  
Never got into their first album.

"In God We Trust, Inc" and "Plastic Surgery Disasters" are both way more brutal and hilarious at the same time.
 
2022-07-06 6:59:07 PM  

Corn_Fed: swahnhennessy: A re-issue? Yeah, Jello won't be coming back for that.
I admire the man's integrity, but damn, it'd be great to see DK fully back together.
But yeah, mostly for a nostalgia kick, so f*ck that.

Integrity?? That guy is a whore who knowingly screwed his bandmates. He should be thrown down the stairwell.


That's not really how it went down.
And I'm not someone to defend Jello. The guy can be a dick. But that whole lawsuit is rife with bullsh*t.
 
2022-07-06 7:02:32 PM  
Hmm, it's low-fi, but it doesn't make people's ears bleed. What can we do about that?

I'm against album remixes in general, but I'd be all in favor of the Fratellis undoing the mess Tom's brother Chris made on Here We Stand.
 
2022-07-06 7:11:32 PM  
Eeee-ficiency and progress is ours once-a more...

/it's the perfect earworm
 
2022-07-06 7:13:35 PM  
David Ellefson, ex-Megadeth, providing commentary? I hope it's not via Zoom.
 
2022-07-06 7:29:57 PM  
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2022-07-06 7:39:59 PM  

Cinedelic: Coming soon...

Dead Kennedys - featuring Adam Lambert.


That would put a whole new spin on the monologue Jello had when "Ray's guitar broke" .
 
2022-07-06 7:42:55 PM  
There's a lot of things people don't approve of , here , so NSFW
Dead Kennedys - Night of the Living Rednecks
Youtube 2tDT0PDjOLs
 
2022-07-06 7:47:34 PM  
You're slipping, Fark
Actor Wil Wheaton sings The Dead Kennedy's hit POLICE TRUCK w/ Punk Rock Karaoke.
Youtube 0AK-sHrCyUY
 
2022-07-06 8:11:00 PM  

Exile On Beale Street: You're slipping, Fark[YouTube video: Actor Wil Wheaton sings The Dead Kennedy'shiat POLICE TRUCK w/ Punk Rock Karaoke.]


Did U submit as new topic w. Wheaton tag?  😒
 
2022-07-06 8:47:56 PM  
When I was in college in the 90s, Jello came to campus to give a spoken word rant/lecture railing against The Establishment, etc. It was ok, nothing exceptional, but a fun time for me and my friends.

After the talk we all went to the divest bar we knew and entered through the back door off the alley. As all my friends filed past unawares, I recognized Jello sitting there, wearing the same clothes in which we had just seen him; I believe he had a beer and some food. So, I went up and shook his hand, said good talk, blah, blah, blah, and went on my way.

He was calm and polite and it was a nice experience.
 
2022-07-06 8:57:41 PM  
I liked this DK's cover by Robert Fripp and his wife.
He still shreds and she is still hot so buzz off

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2022-07-06 9:33:44 PM  
I gave up on the remaining Dead Kennedys (excluding Jello) when they remade "MTV Get Off the Air" as "MP3 Get Off The Air"

Pretty clear where their priorities lie now.
 
2022-07-06 9:58:54 PM  
Snapper Carr:

It's where their priorities always were.

They just couldn't fall back on other talents to make a living.
 
2022-07-06 10:24:45 PM  

CFitzsimmons: When I was in college in the 90s, Jello came to campus to give a spoken word rant/lecture railing against The Establishment, etc. It was ok, nothing exceptional, but a fun time for me and my friends.

After the talk we all went to the divest bar we knew and entered through the back door off the alley. As all my friends filed past unawares, I recognized Jello sitting there, wearing the same clothes in which we had just seen him; I believe he had a beer and some food. So, I went up and shook his hand, said good talk, blah, blah, blah, and went on my way.

He was calm and polite and it was a nice experience.


I've flagged Jello down in NYC a couple times to say 'hey good talk or show'

At a H.O.P.E. I asked him to autograph this rarity I picked up a  TV Bleeker Bob's while it was actually on the shelf.

He refused so not really super into self parody. He did autograph Frankenchrist after confirming it was AT issued and I told him I had original Giger poster.  one of two autographs I've ever asked for

Never saw a full on DK show. Though have seen the DK sans Jello, the Jelvins (Melvins plus Jello) playing DK songs and Guantanamo School of Medicine several times.

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2022-07-06 10:27:44 PM  
40+ year-old punk music?
it has been a very long time since this was relevant to my interests.
 
2022-07-06 10:29:23 PM  

Serious Post on Serious Thread: CFitzsimmons: When I was in college in the 90s, Jello came to campus to give a spoken word rant/lecture railing against The Establishment, etc. It was ok, nothing exceptional, but a fun time for me and my friends.

After the talk we all went to the divest bar we knew and entered through the back door off the alley. As all my friends filed past unawares, I recognized Jello sitting there, wearing the same clothes in which we had just seen him; I believe he had a beer and some food. So, I went up and shook his hand, said good talk, blah, blah, blah, and went on my way.

He was calm and polite and it was a nice experience.

I've flagged Jello down in NYC a couple times to say 'hey good talk or show'

At a H.O.P.E. I asked him to autograph this rarity I picked up a  TV Bleeker Bob's while it was actually on the shelf.

He refused so not really super into self parody. He did autograph Frankenchrist after confirming it was AT issued and I told him I had original Giger poster.  one of two autographs I've ever asked for

Never saw a full on DK show. Though have seen the DK sans Jello, the Jelvins (Melvins plus Jello) playing DK songs and Guantanamo School of Medicine several times.

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'a TV' wtf autocorrect. Just 'at'
 
2022-07-06 10:36:08 PM  

Truthman: 40+ year-old punk music?
it has been a very long time since this was relevant to my interests.


Sure. Music has an expiration date. And nothing made before the last 5 minutes is relevant to anyone. No contemporary artist has listened to previous artists.
 
2022-07-06 11:10:04 PM  
I guess in this case there isn't room for Jello.

Seriously, though, I'm glad they're remixing it, the original mix was terrible and those songs (and performances) deserve better.
 
2022-07-07 12:42:14 AM  
Eh, Al Jourgenson already confirmed there's going to be a new Lard CD, so sticking with that instead.

Lard - Pure Chewing Satisfaction (Album, 1997)
Youtube 999qiuIHVfQ
 
2022-07-07 1:07:14 AM  
Added bonus:

MINISTRY - "Sabotage Is Sex" feat. Jello Biafra (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
Youtube EXg8MOqbZNI
 
2022-07-07 1:12:37 AM  
So I'm sitting in a joint on Haight one night,
having dinner with a friend.
Shishiato peppers, booze, light fare, distracted conversation.
And there's this fella across from us wearing a shiny black shirt with a flaming microphone embroidered on the back.
What kind of douche bag thinks that he can wear a flaming microph-
then he turned his head.
Oh shiat. It's Jello. Yeah he's probably one of the few people on the planet who's earned the right to wear a flaming microphone western shirt.

Been in a mosh pit with him a few times.

Long time ago.

Decent fella as far as I know.
 
2022-07-07 1:58:07 AM  
I like their music but... their paranoid conspiracy theory Schtick as parody grates with me.

I mean as much as anyone who throws crazy theories out there and then hides behind "it's just satire"

Actually some of their music, particularly fresh fruit and plastic surgery is brilliant.
 
2022-07-07 2:07:17 AM  
For example... and I know Jello is not anti vax for covid, but the song government flu has so many parallels with what the crazy covid crowd have said about covid being made up to get everyone to take the vaccine.

Great song. Great album.
 
2022-07-07 6:21:16 AM  

nigeman: I like their music but... their paranoid conspiracy theory Schtick as parody grates with me.

I mean as much as anyone who throws crazy theories out there and then hides behind "it's just satire"

Actually some of their music, particularly fresh fruit and plastic surgery is brilliant.


Was always (and remain) a metal fan, but a HS friend introduced me to DK's through Plastic Surgery Disastersand its never left rotation. Klaus's bass-playing is TERRIFYING and the lyrics straddle the line of parody, societal disgust and... beauty? For my money, Moon Over Marin is one of the most beautiful, hard-hitting songs ever written.

Just finished DH's book... holy HELL, what a farked up life. Seems like he's come out the other side finally.
 
2022-07-07 6:25:20 AM  

darch: nigeman: I like their music but... their paranoid conspiracy theory Schtick as parody grates with me.

I mean as much as anyone who throws crazy theories out there and then hides behind "it's just satire"

Actually some of their music, particularly fresh fruit and plastic surgery is brilliant.

Was always (and remain) a metal fan, but a HS friend introduced me to DK's through Plastic Surgery Disastersand its never left rotation. Klaus's bass-playing is TERRIFYING and the lyrics straddle the line of parody, societal disgust and... beauty? For my money, Moon Over Marin is one of the most beautiful, hard-hitting songs ever written.

Just finished DH's book... holy HELL, what a farked up life. Seems like he's come out the other side finally.


Agreed. Moon over Marin is the best.

And you have to be mega messed up to be taking too many drugs for the red hot chilli peppers in the 80's
 
2022-07-07 6:29:23 AM  

nigeman: darch: nigeman: I like their music but... their paranoid conspiracy theory Schtick as parody grates with me.

I mean as much as anyone who throws crazy theories out there and then hides behind "it's just satire"

Actually some of their music, particularly fresh fruit and plastic surgery is brilliant.

Was always (and remain) a metal fan, but a HS friend introduced me to DK's through Plastic Surgery Disastersand its never left rotation. Klaus's bass-playing is TERRIFYING and the lyrics straddle the line of parody, societal disgust and... beauty? For my money, Moon Over Marin is one of the most beautiful, hard-hitting songs ever written.

Just finished DH's book... holy HELL, what a farked up life. Seems like he's come out the other side finally.

Agreed. Moon over Marin is the best.

And you have to be mega messed up to be taking too many drugs for the red hot chilli peppers in the 80's


That tidbit was shocking. Well, that and the skin abscesses.
 
2022-07-07 7:55:11 AM  
Couldn't get in to them, I assume because of Jello's voice.
 
2022-07-07 9:16:09 AM  

kling_klang_bed: Eh, Al Jourgenson already confirmed there's going to be a new Lard CD, so sticking with that instead.

[YouTube video: Lard - Pure Chewing Satisfaction (Album, 1997)]


LARD is tied with Mojo Nixon as Best Jello team up. 
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2022-07-07 11:29:24 AM  

kmgenesis23: Tyrosine: kmgenesis23: I'll buy a re-issue/re-master of this when Alt Tentacles releases one. Until then ... nope.

Alt Tentacles no longer has the rights to any DK stuff because they were screwing everyone except Jello out of royalties, and Jello knew and didn't say anything. For years. So, fu*k AT and Jello.

Funny because that's not what happened and AT still sells DK albums.


You're spectacularly wrong. Alternative tentacles lost a lawsuit in like, 2000? When the band sued them and biafra for the rights to their songs over roughly a decade of unpaid royalties and it was later upheld and they were ordered to pay 200,000 to the band and give them the rights to the songs. If they're still selling dead Kennedys records someone should tell manifesto records because they're the current distribution rights holders.
 
2022-07-07 1:13:19 PM  
Remixes and reissues are always welcomed. Is it their new start?
 
2022-07-07 2:05:33 PM  

knbwhite: Couldn't get in to them, I assume because of Jello's voice.


Better give B-52s a pass as well, and don't even try to listen to Modest Mouse.
 
2022-07-07 5:11:15 PM  

Cinedelic: Coming soon...

Dead Kennedys - featuring Adam Lambert.


Dont you blaspheme like that.
 
2022-07-07 7:15:12 PM  
I think the Brandon Cruz on vocals era was probably a low point in the reformed band.

Who would have thought the Dead Kennedys would be brought down over money??

// Got to see them a bunch of times back in the 80s. For the Frankenchrist tour, Jello had a hand-vandalized Rambo shirt painted up as Bozo the clown for the Rambozo song. Also every song kicked ass, period.
// Oh well, more fine memories of youth smashed on the rocks.
 
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