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Dead Kennedys – In God We Trust, Inc.: The Lost Tapes


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Program: B



The Dead Kennedys are one of the only great Punk Bands from the authentic, early Punk era that never sold out.  For their classic album In God We Trust, Inc., they have recovered, restored, and added video that was actually made of the sessions in this DVD, appropriately dubbed The Lost Tapes.  Though the entire DVD with extras runs 33 minutes, 25:43 of this from the original sessions, this is a key work of the Punk genre.  The songs, which always go out of their way to say something and be thought-provoking, are as follows:


1)     Hyperactive Child

2)     Nazi Punks F@*# Off

3)     Kepone Factory

4)     Dog Bite

5)     Religious Vomit

6)     We’ve Got A Bigger Problem Now

7)     The Theme From “Rawhide”

8)     Moral Majority aka Immoral Minority


The alternate versions are of the songs from concerts run the time period 1979 – 1986 and show why Jello Biafra is one of the most important figures in the movement, but this is a band (even with a member change) of capable musicians and this new unearthing of their work is more proof.


The full frame analog video comes from 1981 and 2003, both clean, you can tell which is from which.  The 1981 footage is in better shape than expected.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 AC-3 mix comes from the original masters, which are lucky to exits at all.  There is some mixed bass here, but it is too bad with the room on this DVD that DTS sound was not an option.  A brief supplement explanation of the DVD tells us that album was mixed from second-generation material and that this is the debut of the original tapes that were on defective magnetic stock.  This is a problem all the major labels are battling now; it’s just that The Kennedys had to deal with a tape that went bad on the spot.  They kept it instead of tossing it and it has been saved.  Under the circumstances, this sounds good.  We can only hope they will put this on a new magnetic safety master, as well as in the higher formats of DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD or is that not Punk enough?  All in all, this is a very interesting and important piece of history everyone should see at least once.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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