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Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death

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Police Truck
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Too Drunk to Fuck
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California Uber Alles
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The Man with the Dogs
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Insight
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Life Sentence
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A Child and His Lawnmower
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Holiday In Cambodia
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I Fought the Law
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Saturday Night Holocaust
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Pull My Strings
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Short Songs
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Straight A's
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Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round
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The Prey
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Night of the Living Rednecks
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Buzzbomb From Pasadena
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 51:22

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All The Stuff Not On The Albums

Godozo

From single versions to B-Sides to one-offs and Bonus Flexi-releases, this collection is the stuff we all pretty much worked at collecting before it came out. There's not one lame cut on this. (And in case you're wondering, Jello's getting paid. Buy the downloads.)

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Dumb Punks...

DBCSKINHEAD83

Regardless of politics or who wrote what songs or who's making money off of me downloading these albums or hell... even if every time I hit the download button on a DK song a baby seal is clubbed to death while a nazi butt rapes it's mom... I'd still download all these songs 10 times! Every DK album was a classic. Very original, funny, and a perfect example of musical genius. It's even good enough for me to look away from their retarded political stances!!! Yay DK! Boo retard 16 year old "political punks"!

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Review anyone?

mikaellewis

Errrr....I thought this section was for REVIEWS! Or maybe I'm just crazy?

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calm down!

brittanica

yes, a lot of the money from the sale of the re-released dk stuff goes to the same people who are attempting to drive dk's legacy into the dirt, but look at the songwriting credits. jello wrote, i'd say, at least 90% of the entire catalog, including all the popular songs. whether the band likes it or not, jello gets a cut, a pretty big one at that. so, don't feel bad for buying this. buy it, don't go out to see the undead kennedys, and support alternative tenticles. your conscience will survive.

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Boo hoo, poor Jello

NickNayme

If you want to support Biafra, there's plenty of good Alternative Tentacles stuff on eMusic. I recommend Lard. If you just want the music, download away and be glad it's available at all.

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DO NOT PURCHASE ANY MANIFESTO DK ALBUMS/TRACKS!!!

Eurogirl

Jello Biafra is the heart & soul of the Dead Kennedys. Buying ANYTHING from Manifesto records is blasphemy and is a direct insult to Jello and Alternative Tentacles. SUPPORT JELLO....BOYCOTT MANIFESTO.

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Do not download

rustypipes

Jello was the creative force behind this band. The "New" Dead Kennedys are no better than some dipshit from American Idol doing a DK's song. Yes, Leech Bay Ray and Greed Flouride did play on these songs but Jello wrote them. Downloading this just puts money in the pockets of a glorified cover band.

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Great stuff

PyranhaMan86

Great music, loved every track. Look for it tho elsewhere first that's not under this label so you don't give money to any sellouts.

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One problem

Chomskyite

Look at the label. This has nothing to do with Jello. This is to line the pockets of the Undead Kennedys. If you want to hear Jello, go get some spoken word from Alternative Tentacles or go buy the CDs via "recycled" music stores. You won't catch me downloading any DKs stuff from this label.

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A bastard.

Pikg

Jello is a bastard. I've seen the DKs many times. One time so close that Jello's crotch was literally in my face for 45 minutes. There was no place else to go because there were probably 2000 kids packed into a 300 person venue. I was crushed frimly into place --- front and center. Also I grew up near Boulder, Colorado where Jello grew up. The bastard always wiped out Trade-A-Tape's FREE bin before anyone else had a chance. Yes, he's a bastard. He's also a an artist and the conscience of America. My favorite song on this album is "Life Sentence".

They Say All Music Guide

Hounded by political enemies and reaching their personal breaking point, the Kennedys bowed with a retrospective of some of their fiercest, finest moments. If one needs a starting point for the band’s fierce, funny assault on any level of complacency imaginable, Give Me Convenience is indeed as convenient as it gets. Focusing for the most part on non-album cuts or various rarities, it appeals to hardcore Dead Kennedys fans as well as neophytes. The collection includes some of the band’s earliest greats, like the legendary rant “Too Drunk to Fuck,” as withering a depiction of getting trashed and stupid as any. While the definitive “California Über Alles” and “Holiday in Cambodia” make the cut from the first album, there are also plenty of more obscure and unknown goodies. The second half features live tracks like the hilarious “Pull My Strings,” which vivisects typical rock star pomposity (knowingly quoting the Knack’s “My Sharona”) before shifting into an even nuttier chorus. Another screamingly funny number is the improv “Night of the Living Rednecks,” done “while Ray was changing strings” at an Oregon date in 1979. After threatening to play the theme from the Dinah Shore show, the remaining three members light into something resembling a beat/’50s hep groove, only with Biafra recalling a tale of idiots encountered during a previous visit to Portland. Meanwhile, there’s a version of “I Fought the Law,” which easily trumps the Clash’s version, helped by a lyric change or two along the way. Messy, nutty, and fun, Convenience is a treat and a half. – Ned Raggett

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