TWICE THEY CRACKED THE SINGLES CHARTS

Yup.

I didn’t quite believe my eyes either when I picked up that Dead Kennedys had twice managed to get into UK singles charts, with the second occasion likely getting their name mentioned on the television during a Top of the Pops rundown, albeit I doubt the name of the song was read out!

First up, Kill The Poor enjoyed a three-week run debuting at #52 at the beginning of November 1980, climbing to #49 before falling to #62 and then dropping out of the Top 75.

mp3 : Dead Kennedys – Kill The Poor
mp3 : Dead Kennedys – Insight

Six months later, in May 1981, the follow-up single was released:-

mp3 : Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk To Fuck
mp3 : Dead Kennedys – The Prey

Too Drunk To Fuck entered the charts at #65, eventually climbing to #36 during a six-week stay. Not too shabby for a song that was banned from all radio play and likewise by a number of stores that sold records. It was seemingly the first song with the word fuck in its title to reach the Top 40 in the UK.

Heady times indeed.

JC

4 thoughts on “TWICE THEY CRACKED THE SINGLES CHARTS

  1. The DJs/presenters who considered themselves (cos no-one else would) ‘edgy’ called it “To Drunk to” but most ignored the title compeletely.

    I must have heard Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables album more often than practically any other as it was the only tape on our coach on a footballing tour of Germany in the early 80s. It got to the point where the owner of said tape marched down bus, ripped tape out of player and flung it up the coach. That may have marked the 100th play in a row…

  2. I couldn’t believe it when the DK’s arrived in 1980. The name, the cover images, the song titles (“Stealing People’s Mail”,”Let’s Lynch the Landlord”, “Holiday in Cambodia”) were all shockingly antisocial, in bad taste and politically wrong.
    I fucking loved them.

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    On Fri, Jul 26, 2019, 10:31 THE NEW VINYL VILLAIN wrote:

    > JC posted: ” Yup. I didn’t quite believe my eyes either when I picked up > that Dead Kennedys had twice managed to get into UK singles charts, with > the second occasion likely getting their name mentioned on the television > during a Top of the Pops rundown, albeit ” >

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