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California Uber Alles

California Uber Alles was the first single by the Dead Kennedys, a Californian punk rock band. The record was released in June of 1979 on lead singer Jello Biafra's label Alternative Tentacles.

The title is an allusion to the first stanza of the national anthem of Germany, "Das Lied der Deutschen", which begins with the words "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles". The word-for-word translation of this verse is "Germany above all", but is better understood to mean I place Germany first. (For historical reasons, this part of the anthem is rarely sung today.)

Part of the song's focus is on then-California Governor Jerry Brown.



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