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Dead Kennedys
From left to right: Klaus Fluoride, Jello Biafra,D.H. Peligro and East Bay Ray
From left to right: Klaus Fluoride, Jello Biafra,
D.H. Peligro and East Bay Ray
Background information
Also known as The Sharks,
The Creamsicles,
The Pink Twinkies,
DK Kennedys,
DK
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genre(s) Punk rock
Anarcho-punk
Hardcore punk
Thrashcore
Skate punk (later)
Years active 19781986
2001 — present
Label(s) Cherry Red
IRS Records
Alternative Tentacles
Manifesto/Decay
Associated acts Jello Biafra (solo career)
Peligro
Skrapyard
The Jungle Studs
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Website DeadKennedys.com
Members
Ron "Skip" Greer
East Bay Ray
Klaus Flouride
Dave Scheff
Former members
Jello Biafra
Brandon Cruz
6025
Ted
Jeff Penalty
D. H. Peligro

Dead Kennedys is a punk band from San Francisco, California. During the 1980s, the band gained a large underground following in the international punk music scene. Their music mixed the more experimental elements of English 1970s punk with the raw energy of the 1980s American hardcore punk scene. Dead Kennedys' songs mix the deliberately shocking lyrics of punk with a humorous, acerbic, satirical, and sarcastic left-wing commentary on current social and political issues. Many of the band's songs criticize the right-wing ideologies of the religious right and the Ronald Reagan administration. Picture of the Dead Kennedys, taken wrrg. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... 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Raymond Pepperell, better known as East Bay Ray, is the lead guitarist for the well known West Coast punk band Dead Kennedys. ... Geoffrey Lyall, better known as Klaus Flouride, was best known as the bassist for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys from the groups inception in June 1978 until the bands breakup in December 1986, although he also produced four solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s. ... Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958) is more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra. ... Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California) was a child actor and is a musician. ... Bruce Slesinger, better known by his stage name Ted, was the second drummer for the Dead Kennedys, from July 1978 to February 1981. ... Famous punk-rocker. ... D.H. Peligro (b. ... 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In the late 1980s, the band was embroiled in an obscenity trial in the US over the 1985 Frankenchrist album, which included a poster with art that depicted penises (Penis Landscape by H. R. Giger). The band was charged criminally with distribution of harmful matter to minors, but the trial ended with a hung jury. The band officially disbanded in 1986. From 1998-2004, the band was embroiled in an acrimonious lawsuit over royalties and rights to the band's music. In 2001, the band re-formed and began touring with a new vocalist over the objections of former lead singer Jello Biafra, who, after losing the lawsuit and being found liable for fraud, filed two appeals that he later lost. In 2008, the band picked up their first ever UK gold sales awards in 15 years. Frankenchrist was the third album released by the Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. ... The Frankenchrist poster Penis Landscape, or Work 219: Landscape XX is a painting by H. R. Giger ,also known as Matt Rich. ... Birth machine Hans Ruedi Giger (IPA: ) (born at Chur, Grisons canton, February 5, 1940) is an Academy Award-winning Swiss painter, sculptor, and set designer best known for his design work on the film Alien. ... Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958) is more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra. ...

Contents

History

Late 1970s: Formation of the band

The Dead Kennedys formed in June 1978, after guitarist East Bay Ray (Raymond Pepperell) advertised for bandmates after seeing a punk show at the Mabuhay Gardens. The original DK lineup consisted of Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher) on vocals, East Bay Ray (Raymond Pepperell) on guitar, Klaus Fluoride (Geoffrey Lyall) on bass, and 6025 (Carlos Cadona) on drums. This lineup recorded their first demos. In early July, the band wanted a more experienced drummer, so they recruited Ted (Bruce Slesinger). Drummer 6025 left the band, but he was invited back as second guitarist. Their first show was on July 19, 1978, at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, California. Raymond Pepperell, better known as East Bay Ray, is the lead guitarist for the well known West Coast punk band Dead Kennedys. ... The Mabuhay Gardens (aka The Fab Mab) was a San Francisco nightclub located at 443 Broadway, on the Broadway strip of North Beach, an area best known for its strip clubs. ... Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958) is more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra. ... Klaus Fluoride was the bassist for the San Francisco punk band the Dead Kennedys. ... Carlos Cadona, better known by his stage name 6025, was the first drummer (from June to July 1978) and later second guitarist (from July 1978 to March 1979) for the American hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys. ... The 1978 Demos were the first demos by the Dead Kennedys. ... Bruce Slesinger, better known by his stage name Ted, was the second drummer for the Dead Kennedys, from July 1978 to February 1981. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Dead Kennedys played numerous shows at local venues afterwards. Due to the band's provocative name, they sometimes played under pseudonyms, including "The Sharks", "The Creamsicles" and "The Pink Twinkies". The name, despite popular belief, was not meant to insult the assassinated Kennedy brothers, but to quote Biafra, "to bring attention to the end of the American Dream".[1] 6025 left the band in March of 1979. In June of 1979, the band released their first single, "California Über Alles", on the Alternative Tentacles label. They followed with a well received East Coast tour. For other uses, see Alias. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... California Ãœber Alles was the first single by the Dead Kennedys. ... Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ...


1980s

Disruption of music awards show

For more details on this topic, see Pull My Strings.
Dead Kennedys at the Bay Area Music Awards
Dead Kennedys at the Bay Area Music Awards

On March 25, 1980, the DKs were invited to perform at the Bay Area Music Awards in front of music industry bigwigs to give the event some "New Wave credibility", in the words of the organizers. The day of the show was spent practicing the song they were asked to play, the underground hit, "California Über Alles". In typically subversive, perverse style, the band became the talking point of the ceremony when after about 15 seconds into the song, Biafra said, "Hold it! We've gotta prove that we're adults now. We're not a punk rock band, we're a new wave band." Pull My Strings was a song by the Dead Kennedys, written by DK lead singer Jello Biafra and drummer Ted specifically for the 1980 Bay Area Music Awards. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 84th day of the year (85th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Subversion is an overturning or uprooting. ... The New Wave was a movement in American, Australian and British popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, growing out of the New York City musical scene centered around the club CBGB. The term itself is a source of much confusion. ...


The band, who all wore white shirts with a big, black S painted on the front, pulled black ties from around the backs of their necks to form a dollar sign, then started playing a new song "Pull My Strings", a barbed, satirical attack on the ethics of the mainstream music industry, which contained the lyrics, "Is my cock big enough, is my brain small enough, for you to make me a star?". The song also referenced The Knack's biggest New Wave hit, "My Sharona". The song was never recorded in the studio but this performance, the first and only time the song was ever performed, was released on the posthumous compilation album Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death. 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... This article is about the band. ... My Sharona is a 1979 song which was the debut single by and international hit for The Knack. ... Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death is an album by the Dead Kennedys. ...


Release of "Holiday in Cambodia" and Fresh Fruit

During the spring of 1980, they recorded and released "Holiday in Cambodia". In the fall, the band released their debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. It reached #33 in the UK Albums Chart. In January of 1981, Ted announced that he wanted to leave to pursue a career in architecture and would help look for a replacement. He played his last concert in February. His replacement was D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley). This article is about the single by Dead Kennedys. ... Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut album by the Dead Kennedys, released initially on Cherry Red Records in the UK in 1980 and eventually through Faulty Products in the US (later by the DKs own Alternative Tentacles label). ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... D.H. Peligro D.H. Peligro (b. ...


Around the same time, East Bay Ray had tried to pressure the rest of the band to sign a major label deal with Polydor Records; Biafra claims he was prepared to quit the group if the rest of the band wanted to sign the deal,[2] though Ray asserts that he recommended against signing with Polydor. Polydor balked after they learned that the Kennedys were planning their next single to be "Too Drunk to Fuck". 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover: The Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk To Fuck Too Drunk To Fuck was the second Dead Kennedys single to enter the UK chart, reaching No. ...


In May, the band released the single "Too Drunk to Fuck". The song caused much controversy in the UK as BBC feared the single would reach the Top 30; this would require a mention of the song on Top of the Pops. However, this never came to be as the single peaked at #31. It is also likely that had "Too Drunk to Fuck" hit the top 30, it would have been banned from playing, in the fashion of The Exploited.[citation needed] Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... The Exploited is a punk rock band from the second wave of UK punk, formed in late 1979 or early 1980. ...


In God We Trust, Inc., Plastic Surgery Disasters and Alternative Tentacles Records

With Peligro's propulsive drums behind the band, 1981's In God We Trust, Inc. EP saw them moving toward full on hardcore/thrash. In addition to the EP's controversial artwork depicting a gold Christ figure on a cross of dollar bills, the lyrics contained Biafra's most biting social and political commentary yet, and songs such as "Moral Majority", "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" and "We've Got A Bigger Problem Now" put the DKs on the map as the leaders of a social movement (which would not see fruition until "alternative" music gained mainstream acceptance a decade later with grunge), while "Dog Bite", a cover version of Rawhide and various joke introductions showed a much more whimsical side. The following year (1982) they released a full album, Plastic Surgery Disasters (the album's cover features a withered starving African child's hand being held and dwarfed by a white man's hand). In God We Trust, Inc. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Nazi Punks Fuck Off! (B-side Moral Majority) is a single by punk band Dead Kennedys that was released in November of 1981. ... California Ãœber Alles was the first single by the Dead Kennedys, a Californian punk rock band. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Rawhide is a Western song written by Ned Washington (lyrics) and composed by Dimitri Tiomkin in 1958. ... Plastic Surgery Disasters is the second album released by the Dead Kennedys. ...


The band's music had evolved much in a short time, moving away from hardcore formulas toward a more innovative jazz-informed style, featuring musicianship and dynamics far beyond other bands in the genre. By now the group had become a de-facto political force, pitting itself against rising elements of American social and political life such as the religious right, Ronald Reagan and the idle rich. The band continued touring all over the United States, as well as Europe and Australia, and gained a large underground following. While they continued to play live shows during 1983 and 1984, they took a break from releasing new records to concentrate on the Alternative Tentacles record label, which would become synonymous with DIY alternative culture, independent from and in contrast to the commercialized sterile cultural landscape the world had become since the "cultural revolution" of the '60s faded into the yuppie '80s. The band continued to write and perform new material during this time, which would appear on their next album (some of these early performances can be seen in the Live at DMPO's on Broadway video, originally released by Dirk Dirksen and later reissued on Rhino). Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ... Live at DMPOs on Broadway is a VHS/DVD of the Dead Kennedys performance at the old San Francisco avant-garde theater, DMPOs on Broadway. ... Dirk Dirksen (August 25, 1937 – November 20, 2006) was a music promoter and emcee of the San Francisco punk rock clubs, Mabuhay Gardens and On Broadway in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ...


1985-1986: Frankenchrist and criminal obscenity prosecution

The release of the album Frankenchrist in 1985 showed the band had grown beyond their hardcore roots in terms of musical proficiency and lyrical maturity. While there were still a number of loud/fast songs, much of the music was more "'60s" than "punk" (promo posters advertised the album as "putting the pain back in psychedelic music"), featuring an eclectic mix of instruments including trumpets and synthesizers. (Around this time Klaus Flouride released the similarly experimental solo EP Cha Cha Cha With Mr. Flouride.) Lyrically, the band continued their trademark social commentary, with songs such as MTV Get Off The Air and Jock-o-rama poking fun at mainstream America. But while in some ways an artistic peak, the album would be the beginning of prolonged legal trouble for the band, when its artwork caused a furor with the newly formed Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). In December 1985 a teenage girl purchased the album at the Wherehouse Records store in Los Angeles County.[3] The girl's mother wrote letters of complaint to the California Attorney General and to Los Angeles prosecutors.[3] Frankenchrist was the third album released by the Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. ... Geoffrey Lyall, better known as Klaus Flouride, was best known as the bassist for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys from the groups inception in June 1978 until the bands breakup in December 1986, although he also produced four solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s. ... The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was a committee formed in 1985 by the wives of several congressmen. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... The California Attorney General is the State Attorney General of the government of the state of California in the USA. The officers duty is to ensure that the laws of the state are uniformly and adequately enforced (California Constitution, Article V, Section 13. ... In countries adopting the common law adversarial system or the civil law inquisitorial system, the prosecutor is the chief legal representative of the prosecution. ...


In 1986 members of the band Dead Kennedys, along with other parties involved in the distribution of Frankenchrist, were charged criminally with distribution of harmful matter to minors. The store where the girl actually purchased the album was never named in the lawsuit.[3] The criminal charges focused on an illustration by H.R. Giger, titled "Work 219: Landscape XX" (also known as Penis Landscape). Included as a poster with the album, Penis Landscape depicts nine copulating penises.[4] Birth machine Hans Ruedi Giger (pronounced: GEE-ger) (born at Chur, Grisons canton, February 5, 1940) is a Swiss painter best known for his design work on the film Alien. ... The Frankenchrist poster Penis Landscape, or Work 219: Landscape XX is a painting by H. R. Giger ,also known as Matt Rich. ...


Members of the band and others were each charged with violating the California Penal Code,[5], which carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in county jail and a base fine of up to $2,000. Biafra says that during this time government agents invaded and searched his home. The prosecution tried to present the poster to the jury in isolation for consideration as obscene material, but Judge Susan Isacoff ruled that the poster must be considered along with the music and lyrics.[6] The charges against three of the original defendants, Ruth Schwartz (owner of Mordam Records), Steve Boudreau (a distributor involved in supplying Frankenchrist to the Los Angeles Wherehouse store), and Salvatore Alberti (owner of the factory where the record was pressed), were dismissed for lack of evidence.[3] Mordam Records was an independent punk record label founded in 1983 by Ruth Schwartz (co-founder of Maximum RocknRoll). ...


In August 1987 the criminal trial was submitted to the jury with the two remaining defendants: Jello Biafra and Michael Bonanno (former Alternative Tentacles label manager).[3] In August 1987, the criminal trial ended with a hung jury. The split on the jury was 7 to 5 in favor of acquittal for all of the defendants. District Attorneys Michael Guarino and Ira Riener made a motion for a retrial which was denied by Judge Isacoff, Superior Court Judge for the County of Los Angeles.[7] The album, however, was banned from many record stores nationwide. A defendant or defender is any party who is required to answer the complaint of a plaintiff or pursuer in a civil lawsuit before a court, or any party who has been formally charged or accused of violating a criminal statute. ... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... In law, and more specifically, in the Anglo-American common law legal tradition, a superior court is a court of general jurisdiction over all, or major, civil and criminal cases. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


The court case would later be brought up again after the breakup of the band, when Jello Biafra met with Tipper Gore on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson Gore (born August 19, 1948), known as Tipper Gore, is the wife of former Vice President Al Gore and was the Second Lady of the United States from 1993 until 2001. ... Oprah Winfrey during her car giveaway to the entire audience. ...


1986: Bedtime for Democracy, Break up of band

In addition to the obscenity lawsuit and being ignored by the mainstream media (MTV and most radio stations gave such groups scant notice, not to mention airplay), the band became increasingly disillusioned with the "underground" as well. The hardcore scene, which had been a haven for free-thinking intellectuals and downtrodden nonconformists, was increasingly attracting thuglike cretins who came to punk concerts only looking to slam dance and fight to violent music. In earlier years the band had criticized neo-Nazi skinheads for trying to ruin the punk scene, but just as big a problem was the increasing popularity of thrash metal and stereotypical macho "post 1982 hardcore" which brought the group (and their genre) an audience that had little to do with the ideas/ideals they stood for. So in January of 1986, frustrated and alienated from their own scene, the DKs decided to break up to pursue other interests and played their last concert on February 21. The band continued to work on songs, with Biafra penning songs such as "Chickenshit Conformist" and "Anarchy For Sale", which articulated their feelings about the "dumbing down" of punk rock. is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Chickenshit Conformist is a song by the Dead Kennedys on their Bedtime for Democracy album. ...


During the summer they recorded these songs for their final album, Bedtime for Democracy, which was released in November. The artwork, depicting a defaced Statue of Liberty overrun with Nazis, media, opportunists, Klan members, corrupt government officials, and religious zombies, echoed the idea that the punk scene was no longer a safe haven for "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". The album contains a number of fast/short songs interspersed with jazz ("D.M.S.O."), spoken word ("A Commercial") and psychedelia ("Cesspools of Eden"). The lyrical focus is more introspective and earnest ("Where Do Ya Draw The Line?""), with an anti-war, anti-violence ("Rambozo The Clown") bent, moving away from the violent imagery of their early records, while remaining as subversive as ever ("I Spy", "D.M.S.O."). In December, the band announced their split. Biafra went on to speak about his political beliefs on numerous television shows and he released a number of spoken-word albums. Ray, Fluoride, and Peligro also went on to solo careers. Bedtime for Democracy is the fourth and final album released by the Dead Kennedys. ... For other monuments to freedom, see Monument of Liberty. ... Spoken word is a form of literary art or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung. ...


1990s: Legal conflicts

Lawsuits over royalty payments

In the late 1990s, former band members discovered problems with the amount of payments which each band member had received from their record label Alternative Tentacles. Former band members claimed that Jello Biafra had conspired to pay less royalty rates to the band members. Although both sides agreed that the failure to pay these royalties was an accounting mistake, they were upset that Biafra failed to inform the band of the mistake after he and his co-workers discovered it. Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ...


Biafra claims that their lawyers had told him only to correspond through lawyers and not directly with the band, as the conflict over payment had apparently arisen before the accounting mistake was discovered. Both sides claim they attempted to resolve the matter without legal action, but the ultimately complicated legal dispute (involving royalties, publishing rights, and a number of other issues) soon led to the courts, where Biafra was found liable for the royalties and guilty of fraud and malice, and was ordered to pay damages of nearly $200,000, including $20,000 in punitive damages, to the band members. Malice is a legal term referring to a partys intention to do injury to another party. ...


Malice was defined for the jury as "conduct which is intended to cause injury or despicable conduct which is carried with a willful and conscious disregard for the rights of others."[8]. Biafra's appeal was denied; he had to pay the outstanding royalties and punitive damages,[9] and was forced to hand over the rights to the majority of Dead Kennedys' back catalogue to the Decay Music partnership.


The jury and judges also noted, in their words, that Biafra “lacked credibility” on the songwriting issue and found from evidence presented by both sides that the songwriting credits were due to the entire band, using a clause in the band's written partnership giving a small share of every Dead Kennedys song royalty directly to the band partnership.[10].


Biafra had received sole songwriting credit for most Dead Kennedys songs on all released albums for the last 20 years or so without complaints from the band, though a minority of songs had given credit to certain group members or the entire band as a whole, indicating a system designed to reflect the primary composers rather than a regimented system like the Jagger/Richards partnership; today, most Kennedys reissues list the songwriters as "Biafra, Dead Kennedys", indicating Biafra's lyrical contributions -- which the band doesn't dispute, or else simply as "Dead Kennedys"). Ray, Fluoride and Peligro found new distribution through another label, Manifesto Records. Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is a English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer, producer and founding member of The Rolling Stones. ... Manifesto Records is a dance subsidiary of Mercury Records. ...


This dispute was hotly contested by all concerned who felt passionately for their cause, and the case caused minor waves within punk circles. Biafra claims that guitarist East Bay Ray had long expressed displeasure with Alternative Tentacles and with the amount of money he received from them, thus the original incentive for the discovery of the back payments. It was found out that Alternative Tentacles was paying Dead Kennedys less per CD than all the other bands, including Biafra himself, and not informing his other bandmates, which was the fraud. Biafra accused the band of wanting to license the famous Dead Kennedys song "Holiday in Cambodia" for use in a Levi's jeans commercial, which the band denied. Raymond Pepperell, better known as East Bay Ray, is the lead guitarist for the well known West Coast punk band Dead Kennedys. ... This article is about the single by Dead Kennedys. ... Levis is a brand of riveted denim jeans manufactured by Levi Strauss & Co. ...


Biafra apparently pushed this issue in court, although there was no hard evidence and the jurors were apparently unconcerned with corporate use of independently produced political music. Biafra would later complain that the jury was not sympathetic toward underground music and punk culture. The song never appeared in a Levi's commercial, although in interviews Biafra described the situation surrounding the commercial in detail and was able to give specifics about the advertisement, including the name of the advertising agency that had created the commercial's script.


Biafra's former bandmates maintain that they sued because of Jello Biafra's deliberate withholding of money, though when pressed they have acknowledged that the payment was an accounting mistake, but insist that Biafra was wrong in failing to inform the band directly. Details about this issue remain scarce. The band also maintains that the Levi's story was completely fictitious and invented by Biafra to discredit them. Ultimately, these issues have led to a souring of relationships with the erstwhile bandmates, who still have not resolved their personal differences as of 2008.


Disputes over new commercial activities

Matters were stirred up even further when the three bandmates invited Jello Biafra to "bury the hatchet" in the form of a band reunion. Jello Biafra felt it was unprofessional because no one contacted him directly. In addition, Biafra was disdainful of the reunion, and having long expressed his disdain for nostalgia and rock reunion/oldies tours in particular, argued that the whole affair was motivated by greed.


Several DVDs, re-issues, and live albums have been released since the departure of Biafra most recently on Manifesto Records. According to Biafra, the live albums are "cash-ins" on the Dead Kennedys' name and his music. Biafra also accused the releases of the new live material of having poor sound quality. Furthermore he has stated he is not receiving any royalties from the sale of any Manifesto Records releases. Consequently, he has discouraged fans from buying any Dead Kennedy reissues. The other band members denied Biafra's accusations regarding the live releases, and have defended the mixes as an effort of hard work. Biafra dismissed the new group as "the world's greediest karaoke band." Nevertheless, in 2003, Klaus Flouride, bassist for the band, had this to say of performances without the band's former frontman: "There hasn't been a show yet that people didn't really like."[11] Geoffrey Lyall, better known as Klaus Flouride, was best known as the bassist for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys from the groups inception in June 1978 until the bands breakup in December 1986, although he also produced four solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s. ...


Biafra further criticized them for advertising shows using his own image taken from the original '80s incarnation of the band, which he labeled as false advertising. He recently attacked the reformed Dead Kennedys in a song called "Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)", which appears on his second collaboration with experimental metal band The Melvins, Sieg Howdy!. Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything) is a song by Jello Biafra and The Melvins. ... The Melvins are an American rock band/ metal band that usually perform as a trio. ... Sieg Howdy! is the second album by Jello Biafra and The Melvins. ...


Biafra told an audience at a speaking gig in Trenton, New Jersey, that the remaining Dead Kennedys have licensed their single "Too Drunk to Fuck" to be used in a rape scene in a Robert Rodriguez movie. The reference is to a lounge cover of the song, recorded by the band Nouvelle Vague, played during a scene in the Planet Terror segment of Grindhouse, although no rape takes place, and in fact the would-be rapist is killed by the would-be victim. The scene in Planet Terror has would-be rapist, "Rapist #1" (Quentin Tarantino) order one-legged stripper "Cherry Darlin" (Rose McGowan) to get up off the floor and dance. At this point Tarantino hits play on a cassette recorder and Nouvelle Vague's cover of "Too Drunk To Fuck" plays. For the American composer born 1946, see Robert Xavier Rodriguez. ... Nouvelle Vague (French for new wave AND (Portuguese for bossa nova) is a bossa nova group initiated by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. ... Planet Terror is a 2007 film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, about a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud with a military unit. ... Grindhouse is a 2007 anthology film co-written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. ...


Reforming of new band line-up

The reformed Dead Kennedys followed their court victory by announcing a number of tour dates, releasing reissues of all Dead Kennedys albums (except Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, to which they did not have the rights until 2005), releasing several new archival concert DVDs, and licensing several songs to The Manchurian Candidate remake and the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game. East Bay Ray claims he received a fax from Alternative Tentacles purporting Biafra approved the licensing for the game,[12] which Biafra denies happening. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut album by the Dead Kennedys, released initially on Cherry Red Records in the UK in 1980 and eventually through Faulty Products in the US (later by the DKs own Alternative Tentacles label). ... The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 U.S. American film based on the 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon, and a reimagining of the previous 1962 film. ... Tony Hawks Pro Skater (1999) is a skateboarding video game for PlayStation, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, and N-Gage featuring professional skater Tony Hawk and the first in a series of such games. ... Raymond Pepperell, better known as East Bay Ray, is the lead guitarist for the well known West Coast punk band Dead Kennedys. ...


The band claims on their website that they still pay close attention to an anti-corporate ideology, despite performing on September 5, 2003 at a festival in Turkey that was sponsored by Coca-Cola, noting that they have since pulled out of a show in Los Angeles when they found that it was being sponsored by Coors.[13] However, Biafra claims the above mentioned licensing deals prove otherwise. Some have found difficulty reconciling this claim when Biafra also licensed to major corporations, approving with the other band members use of Dead Kennedys’ songs in major studio film releases such as Neighbors, Freddy Got Fingered, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.[14]. is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... The Coors Brewing Company is a regional division of the world’s fifth-largest brewery companies, the Molson Coors Brewing Company. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompsons 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. ...


In 2001, Ray, Peligro, and Fluoride chose former child star Brandon Cruz to replace Biafra's role as vocalist. The band played under name "DK Kennedys" for a few concerts, but have since gone back to "Dead Kennedys" permanently. They have played across the continental United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Russia. Brandon Cruz left the band in May of 2003 and was replaced by Jeff Penalty. The band has released two live albums of archival performances on Manifesto Records: Mutiny on the Bay, the recorded version of their last show with Biafra in 1986, and Live at the Deaf Club, a recording of a 1979 performance at the Deaf Club in San Francisco which was greeted with more enthusiasm. Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California) was a child actor and is a musician. ... Famous punk-rocker. ... Mutiny on the Bay is a live album by the Dead Kennedys. ... Live at the Deaf Club is a live album released by Dead Kennedys in 2004. ...


On October 9, 2007, a best-of album entitled Milking the Sacred Cow was released. It includes two previously unreleased live versions of "Soup Is Good Food" and "Jock-O-Rama", originally found on Frankenchrist. is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Milking the Sacred Cow is a Best Of album released by the Dead Kennedys in October of 2007. ...


Jeff Penalty left the band in March, 2008 in what he describes as a "not amicable split." [15] He was replaced by former Wynona Riders singer Skip. D.H. also left the band for "taking some personal time off". He was replaced by Translator drummer Dave Scheff.[16] The Wynona Riders are a San Francisco East Bay Pop Punk band formed in 1989 by Eric Matson, Ron Murphy, and Ron Greer. ...


Recently, Klaus Flouride announced that he will be leaving the Dead Kennedys after their Spring 2008 tour. This was due to complications from his Angiodema. As of now, the Dead Kennedys haven't made any statements if they will find a replacement for Klaus, or break up again. [17]


"DK" logo

"DK" logo
"DK" logo

The original logo was created by Winston Smith. He later contributed artwork for the covers of In God We Trust, Inc., Plastic Surgery Disasters, Frankenchrist, Bedtime for Democracy, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death, the back cover of the "Kill the Poor" single and the Alternative Tentacles logo. When asked about the "DK" logo in an interview, Jello Biafra explained, "...I wanted to make sure it was something simple and easy to spray-paint so people would graffiti it all over the place, and then I showed it to Winston Smith. He played around with it, came back with a bunch of designs that had the circle and slightly 3-D looking letters and he had ones with different patterns behind it. I liked the one with bricks, but ultimately I thought simple red behind it was the boldest and the best."[18] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Winston Smith (born 1952) is an artist and anarchist who primarily uses the medium of collage. ... In God We Trust, Inc. ... Plastic Surgery Disasters is the second album released by the Dead Kennedys. ... Frankenchrist was the third album released by the Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. ... Bedtime for Democracy is the fourth and final album released by the Dead Kennedys. ... Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death is an album by the Dead Kennedys. ... Kill the Poor (B-side Insight) is a single by the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys released in October of 1980. ... Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ...

Lyrics

The Dead Kennedys are noted for the acerbity of their lyrics, which generally express a staunchly left-wing view of contemporary America. Unlike other leftist punk bands who use more direct sloganeering, the Kennedys' lyrics are often satirical and sarcastic, all the while retaining the deliberately shocking lyrics of punk. "Holiday in Cambodia" is a multi-layered satire targeting both the liberal elite and Cambodia's then-current Khmer Rouge regime (together with the US government who, at the time of recording, were tacitly supporting Pol Pot in his war against Vietnam). Songs such as "Kill the Poor", "California Über Alles" and "Police Truck" actually take the lyrical viewpoint of the band's hated right-wing (and liberal elitist) targets. This article is about the single by Dead Kennedys. ... Flag of Democratic Kampuchea The Khmer Rouge (Khmer: ) was the ruling political party of Cambodia—which it renamed the Democratic Kampuchea—from 1975 to 1979. ... Saloth Sar (May 19, 1925 – April 15, 1998), aliases Pol, Pouk, Hay, Grand-Uncle, First Brother, 87, Phem, 99, and best known as Pol Pot[1], was the leader of the communist movement called Khmer Rouge and the Prime Minister of Cambodia (officially renamed the Democratic Kampuchea during his rule... Kill the Poor (B-side Insight) is a single by the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys released in October of 1980. ... California Ãœber Alles was the first single by the Dead Kennedys. ... Police Truck is a song by the Dead Kennedys. ...


Samples

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Members

Current lineup

  • Ron "Skip" Greer – lead vocals (2008 - present)
  • East Bay Ray – guitar (1978 - 1986, 2001 - present)
  • Klaus Flouride – bass (1978 - 1986, 2001 - present)
  • Dave Scheff – drums, percussion (2008 - present)

Former members Raymond Pepperell, better known as East Bay Ray, is the lead guitarist for the well known West Coast punk band Dead Kennedys. ... Geoffrey Lyall, better known as Klaus Flouride, was best known as the bassist for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys from the groups inception in June 1978 until the bands breakup in December 1986, although he also produced four solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s. ...

  • 6025 – drums, percussion (1978), guitar (1978 - 1979)
  • Ted – drums, percussion (1978 - 1981)
  • Jello Biafra – lead vocals (1978 - 1986)
  • Brandon Cruz – lead vocals (2001 - 2003)
  • D. H. Peligro – drums, percussion (1981 - 1986, 2001 - 2008)
  • Jeff Penalty – lead vocals (2003 - 2008)

Carlos Cadona, better known by his stage name 6025, was the first drummer (from June to July 1978) and later second guitarist (from July 1978 to March 1979) for the American hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys. ... TED Transducer Electronic Data Sheet Teddy Theodore Edward Ted (airline) TED (conference) Torrent episode downloader Traffic Engineering Database, used for traffic engineering in MPLS networks Category: ... Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958) is more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra. ... Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California) was a child actor and is a musician. ... D.H. Peligro (b. ... Famous punk-rocker. ...

Discography

Main article: Dead Kennedys discography

Studio albums

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut album by the Dead Kennedys, released initially on Cherry Red Records in the UK in 1980 and eventually through Faulty Products in the US (later by the DKs own Alternative Tentacles label). ... In God We Trust, Inc. ... Plastic Surgery Disasters is the second album released by the Dead Kennedys. ... Frankenchrist was the third album released by the Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. ... Bedtime for Democracy is the fourth and final album released by the Dead Kennedys. ...

References

  1. ^ Pfeiffer.
  2. ^ Nardwuar the Human Serviette, December 2005 interview with Jello Biafra and The Melvins, as reproduced in Alternative Tentacles Batcast #15, April 25, 2006
  3. ^ a b c d e Wishnia, Steven. "Of Punk and Pornography: Rockin' With the First Amendment". The Nation. October 24, 1987.
  4. ^ Deflem, Matthieu "RAP, ROCK AND CENSORSHIP: Popular Culture and the Technologies of Justice" March 2001 revision of a paper presented originally to the Law and Society Association, Chicago, May 30-27 30, 1993]
  5. ^ California Penal Code at leginfo.ca.gov
  6. ^ Staff, "Judge Isacoff, Commissioner Duffey Slate July Retirements" Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Friday, May 28, 2004
  7. ^ Drozdowski, Ted. "Jello Biafra cuts to the politics of pop" Bullshit Detector ].
  8. ^ Music Industry News Network
  9. ^ Phillaw.com, Appeal Verdict, Dead Kennedys v. Jello Biafra
  10. ^ footnote 4, Appeal Verdict
  11. ^ "Interview with Dead Kennedys' Klaus Fluoride" by Mark Prindle, Citizine, September 1, 2003
  12. ^ Fax from Uli Elser, previous manager of Alternative Tentacles, May 5, 1999
  13. ^ "DKs Pull Out of “Waking the Dead” Show" DeadKennedys.com. October 6, 2005.
  14. ^ Dead Kennedys at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ Punknews.org [1] retrieved March 21, 2008.
  16. ^ Welcome To The Official Website For Dead Kennedys
  17. ^ klausflouride.com
  18. ^ Tremble Under Boom Lights: Interview with Jello Biafra

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External links

Raymond Pepperell, better known as East Bay Ray, is the lead guitarist for the well known West Coast punk band Dead Kennedys. ... Geoffrey Lyall, better known as Klaus Flouride, was best known as the bassist for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys from the groups inception in June 1978 until the bands breakup in December 1986, although he also produced four solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s. ... Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958) is more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra. ... Carlos Cadona, better known by his stage name 6025, was the first drummer (from June to July 1978) and later second guitarist (from July 1978 to March 1979) for the American hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys. ... Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California) was a child actor and is a musician. ... Bruce Slesinger, better known by his stage name Ted, was the second drummer for the Dead Kennedys, from July 1978 to February 1981. ... Famous punk-rocker. ... D.H. Peligro D.H. Peligro (b. ... Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut album by the Dead Kennedys, released initially on Cherry Red Records in the UK in 1980 and eventually through Faulty Products in the US (later by the DKs own Alternative Tentacles label). ... In God We Trust, Inc. ... Plastic Surgery Disasters is the second album released by the Dead Kennedys. ... Frankenchrist was the third album released by the Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. ... Bedtime for Democracy is the fourth and final album released by the Dead Kennedys. ... Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death is an album by the Dead Kennedys. ... Milking the Sacred Cow is a Best Of album released by the Dead Kennedys in October of 2007. ... A Skateboard Party is a live album by the Dead Kennedys and was released in August 1983 on Starving Missile Records in cooperation with Alternative Tentacles as a limited edition release. ... Mutiny on the Bay is a live album by the Dead Kennedys. ... Live at the Deaf Club is a live album released by Dead Kennedys in 2004. ... California Ãœber Alles was the first single by the Dead Kennedys. ... This article is about the single by Dead Kennedys. ... Kill the Poor (B-side Insight) is a single by the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys released in October of 1980. ... Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover: The Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk To Fuck Too Drunk To Fuck was the second Dead Kennedys single to enter the UK chart, reaching No. ... Nazi Punks Fuck Off! is a punk rock song by the Dead Kennedys. ... Halloween (B-side Saturday Night Holocaust) is a seventh and final single by the Dead Kennedys. ... Hardcore Punk is a subgenre of Punk Rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s. ... Manifesto Records is a dance subsidiary of Mercury Records. ... Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ... The Frankenchrist poster Penis Landscape, or Work 219: Landscape XX is a painting by H. R. Giger ,also known as Matt Rich. ...

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