Dead Kennedys (American punk rock band)

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Dead Kennedys are an American punk rock band that formed in San Francisco, California, in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.

Dead Kennedys' lyrics were usually political in nature, satirizing establishment political figures (liberal and conservative) and authority in general, as well as popular culture and even the punk movement itself. During their initial incarnation between 1978 and 1986, they attracted considerable controversy for their provocative lyrics and artwork. Several stores refused to stock their recordings, provoking debate about censorship in rock music; in the mid 1980s, vocalist and primary lyricist Jello Biafra became an active campaigner against the Parents Music Resource Center. This culminated in an obscenity trial between 1985 and 1986, which resulted in a hung jury.

The group released a total of four studio albums and one EP before disbanding in 1986. Following the band's dissolution, Biafra continued to collaborate and record with other artists including D.O.A., NoMeansNo and his own bands Lard and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, as well as releasing several spoken word performances.

In 2000 (upheld on appeal in 2003), Jello Biafra lost an acrimonious legal case initiated by his former Dead Kennedys band mates over songwriting credits and unpaid royalties. In 2001, the band reformed without Biafra; various singers have since been recruited for vocal duties.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables 4.5 16
1982 Plastic Surgery Disasters 5 5
1985 Frankenchrist 4 8
1986 Bedtime for Democracy 4 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death 4.25 8
1988 Plastic Surgery Disasters / In God We Trust, Inc. 4 7
2007 Milking the Sacred Cow 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 DMPO's on Broadway 1
2001 Mutiny on the Bay 1 1
2004 Live at the Deaf Club 2
1982: Germany 1
Skateboard Party '82 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 California über alles 5 3
1980 Holiday in Cambodia 5 7
1980 Kill the Poor 3
1981 Too Drunk to Fuck 5 6
1981 Nazi Punks Fuck Off 2
1982 Bleed for Me 5 2
1982 Halloween 2

Single + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2014 Original Singles Collection 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 In God We Trust, Inc. 4

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