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  • Artist Disillusionment: The band went through a big one after the Hardcore Punk scene began to get increasingly violent and cliqueish, and it served as a factor in their decision to break up. Several of the songs from Bedtime for Democracy ("Do the Slag", "Anarchy for Sale", "Chickenshit Conformist") address this.
    • "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" was written in response to how neo-nazis started to attend their shows following their first album, seeming not realizing the satirical nature of songs like Kill the Poor.
  • Old Shame: Jello wrote the lyrics of "I Kill Children" when he was 15, and has since been embarrassed by their bad quality.
  • The Other Darrin: Brandon Cruz, Jeff Penalty, Ron Greer, Skip, etc.
  • The Pete Best : Bruce Slesinger [a.k.a. "Ted"] on drums and Carlos Cadona [a.k.a. "6025"] on rhythm guitar. While 6025 was with the band for about eight months, he wrote seven songs with the band, five of which appeared on proper albums. Also, despite not being an official member by that time, he did play rhythm guitar on the studio version of "Ill In The Head". The lineup that included both Ted and 6025 can be heard on Live at the Deaf Club, a 2004 release of a 1979 live performance.
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  • Throw It In!: "Night of the Living Rednecks" is a live recording, starting with the end of "Chemical Warfare". Jello announces "Ray's guitar broke!", then Flouride and Peligro improvise some bebop to cover for Ray fixing his guitar strings.


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