DEAD KENNEDYS

Hardcore Punk • United States
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Dead Kennedys is an American hardcore punk band formed in San Fransisco in California. The band formed in 1978.

The Dead Kennedys are known to have been a huge part of the more hardcore side of punk in America during the early to mid eighties. During their popularity, they gained a huge underground fanbase among the punk rock community, as well as making a huge impact in the United Kingdom.

Although they were one of the forerunners of American hardcore bands, their music is extremely unique even in the way of hardcore and punk today. With genres like garage rock, psychedelic, and rockabilly, the Dead Kennedys were known for their exotic style. The lead singer, Jello Biafra, used 'biting lyrics' that tackled sociopolitical issues that were large in the 70's and 80's. Their lyrical composition usually had a distinct sense of satire and humor in a more morbid sense the more joking
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DEAD KENNEDYS Discography

DEAD KENNEDYS albums / top albums

DEAD KENNEDYS Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables album cover 4.58 | 7 ratings
Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Hardcore Punk 1980
DEAD KENNEDYS Plastic Surgery Disasters album cover 4.88 | 3 ratings
Plastic Surgery Disasters
Hardcore Punk 1982
DEAD KENNEDYS Frankenchrist album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Frankenchrist
Hardcore Punk 1985
DEAD KENNEDYS Bedtime For Democracy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bedtime For Democracy
Hardcore Punk 1986

DEAD KENNEDYS EPs & splits

DEAD KENNEDYS In God We Trust, Inc. album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
In God We Trust, Inc.
Hardcore Punk 1981

DEAD KENNEDYS live albums

DEAD KENNEDYS Mutiny On The Bay album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mutiny On The Bay
Hardcore Punk 2001
DEAD KENNEDYS Live At The Deaf Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Deaf Club
Hardcore Punk 2004
DEAD KENNEDYS The Early Years Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Early Years Live
Hardcore Punk 2004
DEAD KENNEDYS In God We Trust, Inc. - The Lost Tapes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In God We Trust, Inc. - The Lost Tapes
Hardcore Punk 2014
DEAD KENNEDYS DK 40 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
DK 40
Hardcore Punk 2019

DEAD KENNEDYS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DEAD KENNEDYS Wake The Dead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wake The Dead
Hardcore Punk 1981
DEAD KENNEDYS Iguana Studios Rehearsal Tape - San Francisco 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Iguana Studios Rehearsal Tape - San Francisco 1978
Hardcore Punk 2018

DEAD KENNEDYS re-issues & compilations

DEAD KENNEDYS Bleed For Me / Halloween album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bleed For Me / Halloween
Hardcore Punk 1982
DEAD KENNEDYS Plastic Surgery Disasters / In God We Trust, Inc. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plastic Surgery Disasters / In God We Trust, Inc.
Hardcore Punk 1985
DEAD KENNEDYS Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death album cover 4.46 | 3 ratings
Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death
Hardcore Punk 1987
DEAD KENNEDYS Milking The Sacred Cow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Milking The Sacred Cow
Hardcore Punk 2007
DEAD KENNEDYS Original Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Singles Collection
Hardcore Punk 2014

DEAD KENNEDYS singles (7)

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California Über Alles
Hardcore Punk 1979
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Holiday In Cambodia / Police Truck
Hardcore Punk 1980
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Kill The Poor
Hardcore Punk 1980
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Too Drunk To Fuck
Hardcore Punk 1981
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Nazi Punks Fuck Off!
Hardcore Punk 1981
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Bleed For Me
Hardcore Punk 1982
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Halloween
Hardcore Punk 1982

DEAD KENNEDYS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Live In San Francisco / DMPO's On Broadway
Hardcore Punk 1985
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The Best Of Flipside Video #3
Hardcore Punk 1994
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The Early Years: Live
Hardcore Punk 2001
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In God We Trust, Inc.: The Lost Tapes
Hardcore Punk 2003

DEAD KENNEDYS Reviews

DEAD KENNEDYS In God We Trust, Inc.

EP · 1981 · Hardcore Punk
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"In God We Trust, Inc." is an EP release by US, California based punk act Dead Kennedys. The EP was released through Alternative Tentacles in December 1981. It bridges the gap between the band´s debut and second full-length studio albums "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)" and "Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)". The 8 tracks off the 13:54 minutes long EP are included on reissue versions of "Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)". There´s been one lineup change since "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)" as original drummer Bruce Slesinger (stagename Ted) left Dead Kennedys in February 1981. He was replaced by D.H. Peligro, who plays on "In God We Trust, Inc.".

"In God We Trust, Inc." has an interesting recording history, as Dead Kennedys originally went to Subterranean Studios in June 1981 and recorded the material live in the studio in one day. Unfortunately the magnetic tapes were corrupted and therefore the band had to enter Mobius Music in August 1981 to re-record the material. It´s the latter sessions which ended up being released as "In God We Trust, Inc.".

Most tracks on the EP are short, fast-paced, and aggressive hardcore punk songs with politically charged lyrics. Lead vocalist Jello Biafra spits out his sarcastic venom with great passion and conviction and the instrumental part of the music is delivered with the right restless energy and anarchistic bite. "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" is probably the most well known track off "In God We Trust, Inc.", but tracks like "Religious Vomit" and "Moral Majority" are highly entertaining too. The most different track on the EP is "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now", which is basically a lounge jazz meets hardcore punk version of "California Über Alles" (from "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)"), with alternate lyrics. At 4:29 minutes it´s also by far the longest track on the EP.

The sound production is raw, chaotic, and organic sounding, and suits the equally raw material well. Despite the authentic raw nature of the tracks, it´s obvious that Dead Kennedys are a very well playing band, with a couple of more tricks up their sleeves than most other contemporary hardcore punk acts. The clever lyrics and their ability to incorporate stylistic elements from other musical genres are two of the features which set them apart. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

DEAD KENNEDYS Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death

Boxset / Compilation · 1987 · Hardcore Punk
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I've always felt that the Dead Kennedy's most creatively fruitful period ended around the time of Plastic Surgery Disasters, and I guess Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death is fairly convincing evidence of that. Of the seventeen tracks on this collection of non-album material, only *two* were recorded after 1982 - and one of them is a comedic re-do of Buzzbomb from Plastic Surgery Disasters. (The other one is an uninteresting cover of I Fought The Law). Not that I'm complaining at all - the other fifteen tracks are top-flight stuff, showing the full diversity of the band and featuring some neat spoken word bits from Jello. (Most impressive is Night of the Living Rednecks, an impromptu live performance necessitated by a guitar breaking mid-song.)

DEAD KENNEDYS In God We Trust, Inc.

EP · 1981 · Hardcore Punk
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Aside from We've Got a Bigger Problem Now, a do-over of California Uber Alles with a lounge jazz opening section, In God We Trust Inc. is dedicated to one thing and one thing alone: playing the fastest, rawest, most stripped-down hardcore punk the Dead Kennedys could muster. With Jello Biafra vomiting forth his lyrics at a frantic pace his social message can get lost unless you're a careful listener, though at its best - as on Nazi Punks Fuck Off - the message is quite unambiguous. Most recent CD versions of Plastic Surgery Disasters include this EP as bonus tracks, and are greatly enhanced for it.

DEAD KENNEDYS Plastic Surgery Disasters

Album · 1982 · Hardcore Punk
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Leading off with a side of lean, fast-paced, hyperkinetic material along the same lines as In God We Trust Inc. before devoting the second side to longer but no less frantic material - think Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables on steroids - Plastic Surgery Disasters is another essential album from the Dead Kennedys. Standout tracks include the relentlessly catchy Buzzbomb and Terminal Preppy, the epic narrative of Riot, and the wide-eyed screaming paranoia of Government Flu. The next two Kennedys studio albums would find themselves bogged down with a dulled wit and diminishing returns on the music side, so for me Plastic Surgery Disasters marks the end of the golden age of the Dead Kennedys.

DEAD KENNEDYS Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Album · 1980 · Hardcore Punk
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An audacious throwing down of the gauntlet to the rest of the punk scene, challenging one and all to even try and outdo this one, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables is a lightning-fast, viciously satirical and blindingly angry album notable both for Jello Biafra's razor-sharp wit (Kill the Poor is one of the few punk songs which you could describe as "Swiftian" with a straight face) and the band's exceptional technical ability. Check out, for instance, the spacey intro to Holiday In Cambodia, where the band briefly recapture the sound and sonic approach of early Pink Floyd before the start of the song bursts forth.

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