I have waited for this one for a few months now, asking myself over and over again the question “how is it possible that a Punk Album can enter anyone’s Top 100 List of greatest albums, but then I remind myself that MY list is NOT a critical list of what makes an album great, but simply MY list of the Top 100 albums to listen front to back that I have listened to now for at LEAST two decades. When I apply this logic, this standard, Fresh Fruit For Rotten Vegetable is not only in my Top 100 List but easily enters my top 25?

God only knows how many times I have listened to this album, and the irony is that it has NEVER failed me, no matter the mood!

Sure, “Forward to Death” is my absolute favorite Punk song of all time, but I have NEVER skipped to it, I have always listened to the album in its entirety, never skipping a song, enjoying it all front to back. For the casual listener of Punk Music this album may not seem so drastic, but if you sprinkle on top of it the comprehension of lyrics and some basic knowledge of who Jerry Falwell was and what Jerry Brown’s and Regan’s Kalifornia was like… well… this is sheer Punkness and a brutal and scathing review of what West Koast Amerika was like at the time.

On this album we have all time classics Punk Classics like “Kill The Poor, Forward to Death, Let’s Lynch The Landlord, Chemical Warfare, California Uber Alles, I Kill Children and Holiday In Cambodia” while all the rest of the tracks fill in nicely and make for a wonderful transition, never interfering and throwing under the bus everything and everyone in the process.

I came across the Dead Kennedys through my older Brother who played in a Punk Rock band called the “Dead Bambies”, during a time when Reggae and Ska was dominant in my life and how this album crept in me is something that I still wonder today. I was never attracted by U.K. punk and found it fake, staged, like a bunch of posers trying hard to be different yet be the same as the group they would hang with. No, California Punk was completely different, more genuine, and besides their lyrics were brutal, solid, not like “God Save The Queen’s” which I found trite and juvenile.

I chose this album over other of the genres and I must admit that few came close such as Bad Brains’ 1982 self title debut album or Black Flag’s 1981 “Damaged” or X “Los Angeles” (which may end up here anyway!”

Bottom line, if you are to own 1 Punk album, this one is the one for you!