DKs - Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death

Give 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.

The 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.

Give 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.


Buy It

1. Police Truck
2. Too Drunk to Fuck
3. California Über Alles
4. Man With the Dogs
5. Insight
6. Life Sentence
7. Child and His Lawnmower
8. Holiday in Cambodia
9. I Fought the Law
10. Saturday Night Holocaust
11. Pull My Strings
12. Short Songs
13. Straight A's
14. Kinky Sex (Makes the World Go Around)
15. Prey
16. Night of the Living Rednecks
17. Buzzbomb from Pasadena

Written by: Tosh

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