Dead Kennedys Announce ‘2022 Mix’ of ‘Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables’

July 7, 2022
Dead Kennedys Announce ‘2022 Mix’ of ‘Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables’

Photo via Dead Kennedys’ Official Instagram

Dead Kennedys have shared they will reissue their seminal 1980 debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, on Sept. 30 via Manifesto; the new rendition has been dubbed 2022 Mix

The latest edition of the beloved LP was remixed from the original multitrack tape format by the renowned mixing engineer, Chris Lord-Alge. The updated release also features essays written by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Pennywise’s Fletcher Dragge and more. In addition, Remix 2022 includes unseen imagery of the defining San Francisco punk group. 

Guitarist East Bay Ray offered a statement via press release, he shared: “When the label suggested we remix Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Klaus Fluoride and I were skeptical.” He concluded, “But we thought, ‘Why not? Let’s give it a try.’ And, wow, Grammy-winning maestro Chris Lord Alge was interested! It turns out he’s a big fan of the band. We tried one song, ‘Chemical Warefare.’ What Chris came back with was amazing. Everyone heard the difference, so we said, ‘All right, let’s go!’”

Lord-Alge added his thoughts on the project, “Revisiting Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables was an inside peek at a band packing so much excitement onto tape for every song. The style and playing has such drive and spirit.” He continued, “The big challenge for me was keeping it honest to its original sound and not letting it become modern but improving the separation and clarity. A major chapter of history for Dead Kennedys.”

Additionally, Grohl shared a memory about the influential nature of the band and the impact they had on him as a teen; he wrote, “I went to the DK’s Rock against Reagan show in Washington. The Dead Kennedys were playing, and were one of my favorite bands. There were police helicopters all over the place and buses filled with riot police. As a 13-year-old-kid, that was like my own little revolution.” 

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See the band’s announcement via Instagram below.