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The Story Remains The Same Are you believing the morning papers War is coming back in style Theres generals here advisors there and Russians nibbling everywhere the chessboards filling up with red we make more profits when we blow off their heads Economy is looking bad lets start another war When ya get drafted Fan the fires of racist hatred we want total war When ya get drafted Drooling fingers panic buttons playing with missiles like theyre toys theres easy money easy jobs especially when you build the bombs that blow big cities off the map just guess who profits when we build em back up Biafra When ya get Drafted This lyric from the Dead Kennedys song When ya get Drafted is an example of what this groundbreaking punk band stands for politically The bands aggressive music and powerful lyrics shows them to be more than The Foul Mouthed Yobs punk rockers used to be described as Miller 330 When ya get Drafted is merely one example of the political messages that fill not only their music but every aspect of their public persona Dead Kennedys are the most significant politically charged punk rock band due to the bands use of sarcasm and cynicism their employment of shock as a method of persuasion and lead singer Jello Biafras politically active career Dead Kennedys effectively use humor and cynicism as a method of persuasion in their music They mock and laugh at those in power in order to appeal to their predominantly youth audiences It has been proven that Ironic wisecracks will enhance persuasion by serving as a distraction from counterarguments Lyttle In the case of politics this effect is extremely important because a distraction from counterarguments is essential Lyttle For example the song Kill the Poor employs humor in both its title and its lyrics The sun beams down on a brand new day no more welfare tax to pay unsightly slums gone
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