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The song is about protesting against the Eastern totalitarianism , the political system in which the state has complete control over the population.
The lyrics of the Dead Kennedys contain much sarcasm and criticism of politics, and Holiday In Cambodia was no exception.
Holiday In Cambodia was initially a great success, but eventually grew into the most famous song of the band and it was an absolute punk classic . The song is consistently in the top 10 (usually even top 5) lists of the best punk songs of all time. The song had great influence on novice hardcore punk bands , which are also critical texts began to write.