Frankenchrist

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All Music Guide - David Cleary
Released after a three-year studio hiatus, this album picks up right where Plastic Surgery Disasters left off. As always, the lyrics are among the most literate and angry in all of rock & roll. "Goons of Hazard" scores the culture of guns and the rednecks who love them, utilizing full-textured hard rock to set the verses. "Soup Is Good Food" lacerates the concept of disposable people in disposable jobs, pairing this idea with repeated guitar riff-based music that suggests a nightmare version of 1960s songs. "Jock-O-Rama" excoriates organized sports and macho attitudes; musically, the outer sections wed rockabilly and hardcore influences, sandwiching a slow middle ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Cleary
Released after a three-year studio hiatus, this album picks up right where Plastic Surgery Disasters left off. As always, the lyrics are among the most literate and angry in all of rock & roll. "Goons of Hazard" scores the culture of guns and the rednecks who love them, utilizing full-textured hard rock to set the verses. "Soup Is Good Food" lacerates the concept of disposable people in disposable jobs, pairing this idea with repeated guitar riff-based music that suggests a nightmare version of 1960s songs. "Jock-O-Rama" excoriates organized sports and macho attitudes; musically, the outer sections wed rockabilly and hardcore influences, sandwiching a slow middle section that spoofs martial numbers like Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets." "This Could Be Anywhere" has critical lyrics about racism and classicism set to music highly reminiscent of the Sex Pistols. "Hellnation" has garbled, wide-range, muckracking verses set to stun-speed punk that recalls numbers from In God We Trust Inc. The excellent "MTV -- Get Off the Air" lambastes the corporate influences on rock & roll; musically, the song exhibits a tripartite structure, using a vacuously poppy opening, a speed hardcore central section, and a mid-tempo rocking finale that prominently features trumpet a very brief coda reprise of hardcore ends the number. The finest selection on this album and perhaps in the whole Dead Kennedys' canon is the anthemic "Stars and Stripes of Corruption." This number also utilizes a three-part construct, consisting here of a hard-rocking midsection flanked by faster, punk-oriented material. The verses here are stunningly detailed, describing what the band believes is wrong with the United States and what the solutions should be. This wonderful and challenging album is very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Manifesto Records
  • UPC: 767004290225
  • Catalog Number: 42902
  • Sales rank: 26,523

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dead Kennedys Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jello Biafra Composer, Producer
Klaus Flouride Composer
John Cuniberti Engineer
East Bay Ray Composer
D.H. Peligro Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beat em up beat em up rah rah rah!

    Most recent DK album I bought (Give Me Convience and Mutiny on the Bay were the first two). All in all, kind of a weird album. Soup is Good Food is a timeless classic, with East Bay Ray's surf-guitar shining like diamonds. Jock-O-Rama is great for people like me and you who despise the jock lifestyle with a mock-cheerleader chant to boot. MTV Get Off The Air is another fun track. It goes a little down hill (in my opinion) after the opening Kid's Chorus and Jello as a video DJ. The live version on Mutiny on the Bay is better, with a lot more bass work by Klaus Flouride. Some tracks, like At My Job, are a little weak. Worth the bucks, though.

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