Reason #487 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Plastic Surgery Disasters/In God We Trust, Inc.
Let’s get this out of the way: Bar the Ramones The Dead Kennedys were America’s finest punk band. Better than Black Flag, better than X, better than everyone. Front man Biafra had the smarts and the anger, the band had the chops and, at the beginning at least, they had integrity. Also, and of paramount importance, the band used humor often to get their point across. The first album, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, was pretty great but here is where they hit their stride. Everyone is a target on PSD: Yuppies, auto mechanics, scientists, little old ladies, posers and, of course, the government. The music is still fast and furious, but not as chaotic as the debut. There are actual songs underneath the assault.
This CD version includes the EP that followed PSD and is entitled In God We Trust Inc., and it’s their homage to the hardcore scene. It’s about 10X faster than the songs on PSD and it works on its own most of the time. Religious Vomit, Nazi Punks F*&k Off, Hyperactive Child and Kepone Factory are all barely a minute in length (Hyperactive Child is only 37 seconds long), but Moral Majority and We’ve Got A BIgger Problem Now are DK classics and would have fit nicely on PSD or FFFRV.
The DK’s would end up in court bickering and suing each other over a bunch of stupid stuff. Not very punk rock, but oh well. Before they did, though, they released one solid punk rock classic.