The definitive accordion version of the first Dead Kennedys record plus other punk tunes by the pyrotechnically virtuosic accordio-vocalisticator DUCKMANDU!
"Over the top!" - Maximum Rock 'n Roll.
With backup vocals by Dead Kennedys Bassist Klaus Fluoride and accordionist/performer Jason Webley! Cover art by Winston Smith.
"Fresh Duck for Rotting Accordionists" is a solo accordion (with vocals) version of the first Dead Kennedys Album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables." Also on the CD are six additional punk tunes by the Minutemen, D.R.I., Black Flag, Duckmandu, DEVO, and one extra by Dead Kennedys.
"Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" by Dead Kennedys is truly one of the great albums in any genre. The level of musicianship is extraordinary. And although it is a "punk" album, it shows influence from surf, doo-wop, atonal music, and flamenco. However, the style of Dead Kennedys on this album has to be seen as a genre all its own.
Klaus Fluoride sings backup on five of the tracks on "Fresh Duck." Klaus is the bassist for the Dead Kennedys and is for the most part duplicating the vocals he sang on the original album!
Jason Webley sings backup on three of the tracks. Jason Webley is an incredible performer and accordionist with a world-wide cult following. His performances are not merely shows, they are more like revival meetings.
Winston Smith did the cover, a parody of his own Dead Kennedys cover from "In God We Trust Inc." A world-renowned collage artist, Winston Smith has done album covers for Green Day, George Carlin, did most of the Dead Kennedys covers and designed the famous DK logo. He has recently done two covers for the New Yorker magazine.
The 60+ voices in the Chemical Warfare Rocky Mountain Arsenal Memorial Choir of Death (track 8) include many friends and notables from the world of punk rock and underground performance. Dirk Dirksen (the godfather of punk rock) ran the San Francisco punk clubs Mabuhay Gardens and On Broadway for ten years. Greg Ginn was the guitarist for Black Flag and wrote Police Story (Track 17). Trey Spruance (AKA Scummy) was a guitarist for Faith No More and the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle. John Gluck is the director/conductor of the Punk Rock Orchestra of San Francisco. VÂ Vale is the founder and editor of RE/Search publications, who's books include such seminal volumes as "Modern Primitives," "Pranks" and "Incredibly Strange Music."
Note: Except for Tracks 13 and 19, there is no overdubbing of accordion parts.
Duckmandu: Aaron Seeman's onslaught of solo accordion and vocals has astounded audiences of all shapes and sizes. Maximum Rock 'n Roll, the premier punk magazine, pronounced him "over the top!" for his note-for-note renditions of the entire first Dead Kennedys album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. His repertoire also includes, but is not limited to, 70's rock, Broadway, klezmer, classical, country, Sousa marches, punk rock, and even a polka or two.
Rather than play hokey accordion versions of these songs, Duckman/Seeman seeks to demonstrate that accordion and vocals alone can evoke the spirit of the song, whether the hard driving rock of AC/DC, the wide vocal range and sonic landscape of Boston, or the supersonic speeds and driving force of Dead Kennedys.
The accordion received a triple blow to its image in American culture that by the 1960's had done serious damage. First, millions of American children were forced to play the unwieldy instrument against their wills. Second, Lawrence Welk's widely watched show focused only on the geekiest, corniest aspects of the instrument. Third, there was the rise of rock 'n roll and the electric guitar.
This is not to say that the Duckman renounces geekiness, far from it. But America and the world must be reminded what a powerful and versatile instrument the accordion can be.
"I never thought an accordion could mesmerize me, but it did."
- Tom Anderson, Web review
"...a virtuoso player"
- Will York, San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Duck did a vocal performance that was a warble for warble spot-on Jello."
- Henry Yu, Maximum Rock 'n Roll
"He used to be a classical pianist, then something went wrong..."
- Jason Webley, accordionist and performer
In addition to his accordionizationizing, Aaron Seeman is a founding member, arranger, and vocalist with San Francisco's Punk Rock Orchestra, which performs full scale orchestral versions of classic punk songs. He also plays accordion with the Romanian folk ensemble, Fishtank Ensemnle. He has recorded with Mr. Bungle and Estradasphere. He is the composer of a modern classical opera "Opium: Diary of a Cure." Additionally, he plays accordion with the Accordion/Shamisen duo, Shamalamacord; the raucous polka ensemble, Polkacide; and the klezmer group The Red Hot Chachkas.
He currently resides in Oakland, California.