POLL Pot! It's a Dead Kennedys "Give Me Convenience..." poll!

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As well as a chance to make an extremely dubious pun, the Dead Kennedys haven't really been polled much. Since I got hold of "Give me Convenience or Give Me Death" recently, and since it's a pretty good approximation of a best-of, lets do it!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Holiday In Cambodia 15
Police Truck 10
California Uber Alles 8
Buzzbomb From Pasadena 4
Too Drunk To Fuck 4
Pull My Strings 2
Night of The Living Rednecks 2
Short Songs 1
Insight 1
Saturday Night Holocaust 1
Man With The Dogs 1
Life Sentence 1
Child And His Lawnmower 0
Straight A's 0
Kinky Sex Makes The World Go `Round 0
Prey 0
I Fought The Law 0


Neil S, Saturday, 24 July 2010 16:50 (ten years ago) link

Really really tempted to vote "Night of the Living Rednecks" here.

Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 24 July 2010 17:11 (ten years ago) link

Difficult to get beyond a choice between "California..." and "Holiday...", but the rest of the record is killer too, even (especially?) the live material.

Neil S, Saturday, 24 July 2010 17:15 (ten years ago) link

"Life Sentence" still has power for me.

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 16:17 (ten years ago) link

"Moon Over Marin" may actually be my favorite one in the end but it's not on here so...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 16:19 (ten years ago) link

I've had their I Fought The Law going round my head for the past couple of weeks, but it's hard to see past the twin giants of California Uber Alles and Holiday In Cambodia... Uughhh... California it is.

Officer Pupp, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 17:04 (ten years ago) link

man this is hard - might have to throw a vote to man with the dogs just to make sure it gets one. or pull my strings.

oh but then theres too drunk to fuck.

goddamnit

Poutine kissed boy "like a kitten" (jjjusten), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 17:06 (ten years ago) link

Holiday in Cambodia just slightly over the equally obvious California Uber Alles

Mister Jim, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 17:12 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, this ^, Holiday just takes it for me but this is a tough choice. Pull My Strings also in serious contention - they only ever played this once right? At an awards ceremony? Top album from start to finish, and Night of the Living Rednecks still amuses me after all these years. Ray's guitar broke...

Bill E, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:58 (ten years ago) link

Cambodia, boringly. It's just the perfect Biafra vocal performance.

Haunted Clocks For Sale (Dorianlynskey), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:59 (ten years ago) link

"Holiday in Cambodia". Unless I'm missing some context, "California Uber Alles" always seemed really self-defeating (if catchy), given Jello's politics.

Sundar, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 21:22 (ten years ago) link

There's a lot of context there, which he's discussed in various places. Basically, he hated the fatuous hippie capitalists who had overrun Boulder and he was convinced a demagogic politician was going to come along and exploit people, and Jerry Brown combined both obsessions. He quickly realised Brown was OK and that Reagan was the real problem, hence We've Got a Bigger Problem Now.

Haunted Clocks For Sale (Dorianlynskey), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 21:26 (ten years ago) link

In Jello's words:

"Well Jerry Brown did say that people were looking for a man on a white horse and keep in mind that I had just escaped from Boulder, Colorado where every other person was searching for a guru to tell them what to do. Any wacky cult or new age movement can find very fertile ground in Boulder and I was really scared by this and thought it was dishonest and evil and so I thought, oh my god after all this rebellion I expected more out of the 70s than people wandering in the mental darkness looking for someone with all he answers to tell them what to do. And one powerful poltician alone seemed to be able to tap into that and thus Jerry Brown is the focus of California Uber Alles but when Reagan stormed in and I realised what was at stake with the religious right claiming they owned the country and people more extreme even than the supporters of Richard Nixon, I realised that was a much bigger threat, thus California Uber Alles evolving into We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now. "

Haunted Clocks For Sale (Dorianlynskey), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 21:40 (ten years ago) link

Police Truck is one of the best ever DK songs. Insight is high on my list too.

Sure Holiday and California are great. But to me, those songs are great on Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables. I never spin them off this one.

Great record overall.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 21:40 (ten years ago) link

Really really tempted to vote "Night of the Living Rednecks" here.

I did. Wasn't really close.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 21:45 (ten years ago) link

Police Truck

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 21:46 (ten years ago) link

"Moon Over Marin" may actually be my favorite one in the end but it's not on here so...

This. Well, this and 'Religious Vomit'.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 21:49 (ten years ago) link

Single version of California Uber Alles >>>>> Fresh Fruit version. Holiday in Cambodia, not so much, might prefer the album version of that one.

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 08:57 (ten years ago) link

Really really tempted to vote "Night of the Living Rednecks" here.

― Sean Carruthers, Saturday, July 24, 2010 1:11 PM (4 days ago) Bookmark

still they got me like beezus (Pillbox), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:50 (ten years ago) link

b/c basically most major historical conflicts can be reduced to "jocks vs. nerds" imo

still they got me like beezus (Pillbox), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:26 (ten years ago) link

Pull my strings or Too Drunk.

o sh!t a ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ (ENBB), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:28 (ten years ago) link

Wait - def Pull my Strings.

o sh!t a ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ (ENBB), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:28 (ten years ago) link

Remember Jello saying he was actually voting for Jerry Brown for president when Brown was running.

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 16:20 (ten years ago) link

always wondered why "kill the poor" wasn't on this

then an image appeared: a pizza pie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 16:22 (ten years ago) link

I assumed it was the same version as on Fresh Fruit, whereas all the other songs were different versions or not on albums.

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 16:24 (ten years ago) link

So I THREW the rock!

kkvgz, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 16:25 (ten years ago) link

I voted in this poll last weekend: pretty sure it was for Insight, but I can't remember now.

kkvgz, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 16:26 (ten years ago) link

Still can't decide :-(

Any wacky cult or new age movement can find very fertile ground in Boulder

Interesting- and is it wrong that Hunter S Thompson sprang to mind here? Although he's probably cut from the same cloth as Jello Biafra actually...

Neil S, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 17:52 (ten years ago) link

i will occasionally enthusiastically shout out "Fred Myers!" at random

sarahel, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 21:19 (ten years ago) link

xp: Thompson was Aspen, I thought.

kkvgz, Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:10 (ten years ago) link

tough one, version of "california uber alles" is really great on this, "police truck" is so good though.

my LP of fresh fruit for rotting vegetables had "police truck" right in the middle of side 1 so I always think of it as being a part of the album, get weirded out when I hear the regular version

(e_3) (Edward III), Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:57 (ten years ago) link

xp correct, yes, my mistake.

Neil S, Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:38 (ten years ago) link

holiday in cambodia = the best DKs track, but not this version. i'm torn btween police truck, 2 drunk 2 fuk, california uber alles, NotLR, and (for some reason) pull my strings. california FTW, but voted 2 drunk anyway, out of underdog pride.

we're not a punk rock band, we're a NEW WAVE band...

...still wanking in the men's room!

a CRASBO is a "criminally related" ASBO (contenderizer), Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:46 (ten years ago) link

u bawl like the baby in eraserhead...

a CRASBO is a "criminally related" ASBO (contenderizer), Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:47 (ten years ago) link

though the baby in eraserhead doesn't really bawl ...

sarahel, Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:51 (ten years ago) link

ACCORDING TO JELLO tho...

i agree, it wheezes or somesuch. man that is a great movie. remind me not to have a offspring.

a CRASBO is a "criminally related" ASBO (contenderizer), Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:53 (ten years ago) link

life-sized hot wheels car for some dumb rich kid

sarahel, Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:54 (ten years ago) link

life-size hot wheels baby

a CRASBO is a "criminally related" ASBO (contenderizer), Thursday, 29 July 2010 09:03 (ten years ago) link

Is he the ultimate sarcastic rock front man? I think MES runs him close, but he's often too oblique.

Neil S, Thursday, 29 July 2010 09:48 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 29 July 2010 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Police Truck

― _▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, July 27, 2010 9:46 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark

^^^^ yep

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 29 July 2010 23:21 (ten years ago) link

The Dead Kennedys could groove for a punk rock band when they had it going. We used to have parties and mix in CDs over the stereo and their stuff always did well in those situations, better than most punk rock. I'm going to go with Police Truck as I freaked out dancing to it at a party and my friends from then on if they saw me dancing like that would call it the Police Truck dance.

earlnash, Friday, 30 July 2010 00:34 (ten years ago) link

"Insight" is a great, unheralded track. A camp counselor of mine suggested that the song is being sung by the tormented "kid in the back of the class" himself, basically spewing back the abuse he'd been taking every day. Made the song much more powerful.

mike a, Friday, 30 July 2010 04:39 (ten years ago) link

man this is harder than it looks

seems like "police truck" has a pretty good voting block so I'm tempted to throw a bone to one of these:

"life sentence" - love this song, really raging, and for once jello is speaking directly without his usual satirical playacting, if only he didn't answer the musical question "are you really you you you"

"saturday night holocaust" - I always dug how the dk's could get all twisted and scary and perverted and dissonant on stuff like this, "ill in the head", "I kill children"

hm

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 18:41 (ten years ago) link

None of the versions on here are as good as the Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables versions

coordinating shit is my man Wave Chillken (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 30 July 2010 18:46 (ten years ago) link

"too drunk to fuck" is kind of a perfect punk rock single

u bawl like the baby in eraserhead...

going to confess here that for the past 25 years I thought the line was "you ball like the baby in eraserhead" which is a pretty disgusting/disturbing image

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 18:51 (ten years ago) link

you mean the two songs that are on fresh fruit for rotting vegetables

xp

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 18:52 (ten years ago) link

lol E3 - trying to envision how that is physically possible

sarahel, Friday, 30 July 2010 18:53 (ten years ago) link

I know this is a common picture, but I just want to ask - which one of these guys is really annoying?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bd/Pullmystrings.jpg

kkvgz, Friday, 30 July 2010 18:56 (ten years ago) link

I like the version of california uber alles on give me convenience a lot, jello's vocal is not as good but east bay ray's gtr tone is awesomer and you can hear the echo of the room they're playing in, all kinds of mic bleed, gives it a sense of immediacy

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 18:58 (ten years ago) link

let's not go there

xp to sarahel

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 18:59 (ten years ago) link

I thought it was "ball" too tbh. I've never actually seen Eraserhead though so I never really knew what that meant.

Sundar, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:06 (ten years ago) link

for reference:

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/eraserhead6.jpg

sarahel, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:09 (ten years ago) link

so hott

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y176/edwardiii/eraserhead.jpg

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:10 (ten years ago) link

if y'know you like gauze

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:11 (ten years ago) link

i mean, maybe it could give a good blow job, i dunno ... but then you get to the line - "take out your fucking retainer put it in your purse"

sarahel, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:12 (ten years ago) link

it's a simile not an extended metaphor

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:17 (ten years ago) link

lol @ wikipedia entry for "too drunk to fuck"

The song also illustrates the dangers of drinking alcohol in excess.

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:18 (ten years ago) link

i know it's meant as a simile, but that doesn't mean that i can't imagine the eraserhead baby wearing a retainer with a purse by its bedside giving a drunk Jello Biafra a blow job

sarahel, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:20 (ten years ago) link

^new board description?

demons a. real (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:21 (ten years ago) link

dreams are free

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:21 (ten years ago) link

My heart belongs to "Police Truck"

Alex in NYC, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:44 (ten years ago) link

Was that song making reference to specific incidents at the time?

Sundar, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:55 (ten years ago) link

I'm actually surprised by how well many of these tunes hold up.

Sundar, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:58 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 30 July 2010 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Not a single vote for I Fought The Law?? Huh.

Officer Pupp, Saturday, 31 July 2010 15:22 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

Misheard Jello from Night of the Living Rednecks:

We'll play the theme from the Dinah Shore show.
Who wants to be Dinah Shore? Who's alter-ego is Dinah Shore?
Oh, it's Fiston Gillepso Quigley this time!

I just figured that Fiston Gillepso Quigley was some other tv personality I'd never heard of. Either that or a San Francisco political figure like Tibor Uskert.

peace, man, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 12:01 (one week ago) link

hahahah Dinah Shore and the Dinah Shore show definitely faded into oblivion. Like, you don't have that nostalgic rediscovery of Dinah Shore as with other old tv. I do think of this song a lot, but never because I see something reminiscing about Dinah Shore.

sarahell, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:11 (one week ago) link

usually the thing that brings to mind this song is either:

1. someone in Portland mentions something about Fred Myers, Burnside, or The Long Goodbye
2. I see a life-sized hot wheels car for some dumb rich kid IRL
3. some really stupid bureaucratic / judicial / law enforcement action that is essentially "they confiscated their club and my rock for further evidence"

sarahell, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:15 (one week ago) link

Same on item 2.

peace, man, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:29 (one week ago) link


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