Me Convenience or Give Me Death, aside from being
an obscenely long album title, is actually a collection
of singles and rarities from the DKs' nearly decade-long
career. While casual fans will immediately recognize
the songs "California Uber Alles" and "Holiday
in Cambodia" from Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
and maybe "Police Truck" from one of the Tony
Hawk videogames, all of the other tracks on here are
obscure and never found their way to many peoples' ears.
This alone justifies the purchase of this album, and
that's not taking into account the fact that these are
some of the best DK songs ever.
album gets things started with the excellent "Police
Truck" and the single "California Uber Alles,"
and then things really heat up with "Insight,"
a song about the ubiquitous weird kid in the back of
the classroom. "Life Sentence" and "A
Child and His Lawnmower" are absolutely brutal,
and then the band launches into a cover of the Clash's
"I Fought the Law and I Won". "Pull My
Strings," a hilarious critcism of superficial rockstars,
starts off the set of live songs on the album. Jello
keeps the audience of a Portland show entertained with
the hilarious "Night of the Living Rednecks"
story while Ray repairs his guitar, and the album closes
with a pounding version of "Buzzbomb" from
Plastic Surgery Disasters, as sung by a little
old lady from Pasadena.
Me... is a top notch, albeit posthumous, release
from one of America's greatest punk bands. Jello's hilarious
political commentary and live banter coupled with the
music of D.H. Peligro, Klaus Flouride, and East Bay
Ray should not be missed. Hardcore fans and first-time
listeners alike should definitely look into a copy.