#956: 1979, Dead Kennedys, California Uber Alles

by George_East on November 14, 2014

The theme week (great debut singles) was going so well, and then Charlie East-West posted a Lib Dem fronted monstrosity.

So, getting things back on track, here is an absolutely nuclear debut – coming right at you out of San Francisco, full of anger, energy and with Jello Biafra veritably spitting contempt at the complacent liberal establishment under then (and now) governor of California, Jerry Brown.  One of the central and essential anthems of west coast hard core.

Biafra sketches out an Orwellian world of hippie fascism with the ‘suede denim secret police’ coming to get you, if you don’t conform.  As ever with the Dead Kennedys they really don’t pull any punches:

Come quietly to the camp

You’ll look nice as a draw string lamp’

Now this is what a great debut single sounds like.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ray_North November 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Oh. Yes.
(how come this hasn’t been on here before – you lot are rubbish)


Charlie_East_West November 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I await the Norman Baker cover version…


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