Dead Kennedys

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This lineup recorded their first demos. Dead Kennedys played numerous shows at local venues afterwards. The band's real name generated controversy. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen wrote in November , "Just when you think tastelessness has reached its nadir , along comes a punk rock group called 'The Dead Kennedys', which will play at Mabuhay Gardens on Nov. Not, apparently, the kind of contract some people have in mind.

The band followed with a poorly attended East Coast tour, being a new and fairly unknown band at the time, without a full album release. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables —81 A live performance photo. In early , they recorded and released the single " Holiday in Cambodia ". In June, the band recorded their debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables , released in September of that year.

The album reached number 33 on the UK Albums Chart. On March 25, , Dead Kennedys were invited to perform at the Bay Area Music Awards in an effort to give the event some "new wave credibility", in the words of the organizers. The band became the talking point of the ceremony when after about 15 seconds into the song, Biafra stopped the band—in a manner reminiscent of Elvis Costello's Saturday Night Live appearance —and 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. The song also referenced The Knack 's song " My Sharona ". In January , 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.

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Around the same time, East Bay Ray had tried to pressure the rest of the band to sign to the major record label Polydor Records ; Biafra stated that he was prepared to leave the group if the rest of the band wanted to sign to the label, though East Bay Ray asserts that he recommended against signing with Polydor.

Polydor decided not to sign the band after they learned that Dead Kennedys' next single was to be entitled " Too Drunk to Fuck ". It was never played although it was called "'Too Drunk' by the Kennedys" by presenter Tony Blackburn. In God We Trust, Inc. 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!

In , they released their second studio 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, a picture that had won the World Press Photo award in , taken in Karamoja district in Uganda by Mike Wells.

The band's music had evolved considerably in a short time, moving away from hardcore formulae toward a more innovative jazz-informed style, featuring musicianship and dynamics far beyond other bands in the genre thus effectively removing the music from that 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 and , they took a break from releasing new records to concentrate on the Alternative Tentacles record label, which would become synonymous with DIY alternative culture.

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 DMPO's on Broadway video, originally released by Dirk Dirksen and later reissued on Rhino. Frankenchrist and obscenity trial —86 The release of the album Frankenchrist in showed the band had grown in musical proficiency and lyrical maturity. However, the controversy that erupted over H. Giger's " Penis Landscape ", included as an insert with the album, dwarfed the notoriety of its music.

The store where the teen actually purchased the album was never named in the lawsuit.

16 Nov Dead Kennedys then launched into Pull My Strings, a song written for the The Kennedys experiment with jazz and noir atmospherics – all.

Giger , titled "Work Landscape XX" also known as Penis Landscape. Included as a poster with the album, Penis Landscape depicts nine copulating penises and vaginas. 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.

Biafra was on the show with Tipper Gore as part of a panel discussion on the issues of "controversial music lyrics" and censorship. The hardcore scene, which had been a haven for free-thinking intellectuals and downtrodden nonconformists, was attracting a more violent audience that imposed an increasing level of brutality on other concertgoers and began to alienate many of the bands and individuals who had helped pioneer the movement in the early s. In January , frustrated and alienated from their own scene, Dead Kennedys decided to break up to pursue other interests and played their last concert on February 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.

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 neither America itself or the punk scene were safe havens any more for "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

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, Flouride, and Peligro also went on to solo careers. Know singer Brandon Cruz replacing Biafra on vocals. The band played under the name "DK Kennedys" for a few concerts, but later reverted to "Dead Kennedys" permanently.

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Brandon Cruz left the band in May and was replaced by Jeff Penalty. The band has released two live albums of archival performances on Manifesto Records: Mutiny on the Bay , compiled from various live shows including a recording from their last show with Biafra in , and Live at the Deaf Club , a recording of a performance at the Deaf Club in San Francisco which was greeted with more enthusiasm.

On October 9, , a best of album titled Milking the Sacred Cow was released. Jeff Penalty left the band in March in what he describes as a "not amicable split. He was replaced for a tour by Translator drummer Dave Scheff. They stated their plans to collaborate on new projects.

The band performed a gig in Santa Rosa, California in June , with Peligro returning to the drum kit. The lineup assembled for this tour contained East Bay Ray, Peligro, Greer, and bassist Greg Reeves replacing Flouride, who was taking "personal time off" from the band.

In and they toured again, including South America, where they had not played since In , East Bay Ray revealed that the band and Jello Biafra had been approached by the Punk-oriented music festival Riot Fest about a potential reunion. While Ray and the rest of the band expressed interest in the concept, Biafra refused.

Conflicts between members In the late s, former band members discovered problems with the payment of royalties they had received from Alternative Tentacles. Peligro claimed that Jello Biafra had conspired to pay lower royalty rates. Although both sides agreed that the failure to pay these royalties was an accounting mistake, the other members were upset that Biafra failed to inform them of the mistake after he and his co-workers discovered it and additionally claimed he intended to use the money against them.

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.

Biafra claims that 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.

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. Jello Biafra felt it was unprofessional because no one contacted him directly.

According to Biafra, the live albums are "cash-ins" on 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. 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 No. Jello, clearly disapproving of the situation, later wrote, "This is their lowest point since Levi's This goes against everything the Dead Kennedys stands for in spades The terrified woman later 'wins' by killing Tarantino, but that excuse does not rescue this at all.

I wrote every note of that song and this is not what it was meant for Some people will do anything for money. I can't help but think back to how prudish Klaus Flouride was when he objected to H. Giger's painting on the " Frankenchrist " sic poster, saying he couldn't bear to show it to his parents.

Dead Kennedys are an American punk rock band that formed in San Francisco, California, . The album contains a number of fast/short songs interspersed with jazz (

I'd sure love to be a fly on the wall when he tries to explain putting a song in a rape scene for money to his teenage daughter The deal was pushed through by a new business manager the other three hired. East Bay Ray claims he received a fax from Alternative Tentacles purporting Biafra approved the licensing for the game. 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.

For example, " Holiday in Cambodia " is a multi-layered satire targeting both yuppies and Cambodia's recently deposed Khmer Rouge regime.

Overview The album consists of songs or in some cases, different versions of songs that were not released on the band's studio albums.


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