Dead Kennedys, Frankenchrist

Jack Rabid

By Jack Rabid

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Grim humor and grinding chords reach their apex.

While not known for tightness, attack or overall sound, the DKs had a peculiar ability to set themselves off from the Xerox mentality of the hardcore they'd popularized on the fantastic Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, and reaching its apex on this fascinating album. Jello Biafra's black humor parodies and caffeinated clown personality gave way to the scary political condemnation of "This Could be Anywhere," "Stars and Stripes of Corruption" and the choleric "MTV Get Off the Air" (if only!) set to East Bay Ray's singular spy movie guitar. This was the last gasp of the (smaller scene) Nirvana of their decade.