Take, for example, his work on "Police Truck," which is a song about abusive cops who engage in a fun-filled evening of beating up on drunks and brutally raping a prostitute. Easy Bay Ray keeps the song galloping and chugging along, and even tosses in a few notes from the "Batman" theme and a lick that sounds like an English cop car. East Bay Ray was all about creating an atmosphere that focused the listener's attention on what the song of the moment meant.
In the above example, the "Batman" and "police car" licks help drive the point home that "Police Truck" is supposed to present Dead Kennedys - Live At The Deaf Club picture of how cops who have unchecked power behave in a terror-filled police state.
Impressive, too, is East Bay Ray's sheer finger speed on the fretboard. The song "Buzzbomb" comes to mind as a good example of this. In that one, East Bay Ray plays at a pace that is best described as caffeine-induced, and it's rather hard to figure out just what the hell he's playing in the rhythm part because it goes by so fast. And, in the middle of all that, he manages to toss in a Dead Kennedys - Live At The Deaf Club but busy solo.
Another good example of a song in which East Bay Ray creates a dense atmosphere is "Riot," which is about, naturally, a riot breaking out on the city streets.
The song Come Rain Or Come Shine - James Ray - James Ray slowly to represent the building of the riot, speeds Dead Kennedys - Live At The Deaf Club to a break-neck pace during the description of the riot, and then slows to nothing when describing events after the riot has ended.
East Bay Ray hangs through all the phases of the song, yet lends a bunch of trembling, almost cartoonish notes that suggest the whole thing will end in disaster. That, of course, is the whole point of the song. Perhaps most important is the fact that East Bay Ray strayed from Paolo Tosti: Marechiare - Various - Gouden Stemmen van de Eeuw maxim that was, seemingly, adopted by a lot of punks at the time - all you need are three chords and the truth.
The Dead Kennedys were typically angry about this, that and the other, and they weren't afraid to tell people why. East Bay Ray helped focus the listeners attention to those songs, and that's important if bands like the Dead Kennedys are going to be taken seriously at all.
For example, how can you take a band seriously if it sounds like a million other groups full of goons without much talent beating on instruments? A lot of punk bands wound up breezing through simple chords because they had neither the ability or song-writing skill to do anything but play fast, loud music.
East Bay Ray, as I've mentioned, managed to add a lot to the atmosphere of songs, and it didn't matter one whit whether he was playing Jeremiah Blues (Part 1) - Sting - The Soul Cages or lead parts - they were both well-constructed and showed an impressive amount of skill and familiarity with the guitar.
That's really incredible Dead Kennedys - Live At The Deaf Club one considers that Dead Kennedys songs were horribly fast - it's hard to be too expressionistic when you're Dead Kennedys - Live At The Deaf Club about as fast as you can manage, but East Bay Ray was able to find the time to create some truly memorable guitar Dead Kennedys - Live At The Deaf Club.
Instead of just banging on a guitar and popping out a few dull, repetitive riffs, East Bay Ray managed to create some truly memorable stuff. And, better yet, he could do all that while using nasty sounding distortion and playing loud enough to get the attention of the listener. Now, I know that East Bay Ray probably isn't held in very high regard by members of the "Clapton is God" set, but he's yet another one of those guitarists who convinced me to pick up a guitar and learn how to play the thing.
Judging from the influence of the Dead Kennedys on the hardcore punk scene and on guitarists and bands today, I'd say I'm not alone in my respect for East Bay Ray's work. Peligro and Klaus Flouride. The original soundboard tapes Dead Kennedys - Live At The Deaf Club been digitally remastered but manage to retain a fair degree of their original energy and grunge.
Perhaps some of the spontaneity is lost in this digital translation, but the quality of these performances shines through nonetheless and there is plenty of feedback and stage noise present for the purist.
The first-ever authorized live album by the Dead Kennedys--following decades of bootlegs--is a DKs fan dream come true, This Side Of The Blue - Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender it contains absolutely scorching live versions of 14 of their best and most notorious songs.
Whether live or in the studio, the DKs were always real players, easily some of the most accomplished musicians in American punk.
Despite their band name, amped-up surf beats, and lefty-politico posturing, Dead Kennedys really weren't much of a punk band, as this retrospective reveals - musically, they were too much in control, inclined to prog rock tempo changes, overly cerebral, and too clean. Which isn't to say that DKs were not abrasive.
They were, but in a manner more prissified than their Los Angeles or London counterparts and without the irony and humor of their New York contemporaries. But what they Into The Unknown - Cloudscape - New Era in subtlety, they made up for by being tightly arranged, topical, and novel, which explains their massive popularity 20 years ago.
That said, a few points must be made. Peligro is the best drummer ever to back a new-wave ensemble, with drummer Ted, who is featured on most of the DVD's tracks, a close second. This is a nit-picking, I know, but a band that prides itself on its smarts should know better.
The best segment of the DVD is a brief look at Biafra's run for mayor: he was absolutely hilarious and ingenious, in contrast to the show-off persona that semi sang those underground 'hits. California Uber Alles  Ill in the Head  Straight A's  Short Songs  Holiday in Cambodia  Police Truck  Back in Rhodesia. Man With the Dogs. Ill in the Head. Straight A's. Short Songs.
Holiday in Cambodia. UK : Gold . UK: Gold . UK: Silver . UK: Silver . Reviews Review Policy. Flag as inappropriate. See more. Black Flag. It is a "best-of" compilation released after Black Flag's breakup in Golden Shower of Hits.
Circle Jerks. It was the band's last album to feature the band's original rhythm section of bassist Roger Rogerson and drummer Lucky Lehrer. Lehrer was fired from the group in the middle of recording the album, and John Ingram was hired to finish the recording.
After their departures, the band's music took a different direction on their next studio album, Wonderful. First Demo Tape. Minor Threat. First Demo Tape is an archival release of recordings by the American hardcore punk band Minor Threat.
It was released on CD Dead Kennedys - Live At The Deaf Club 7-inch vinyl in through Dischord Records.
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