One doubts we’ll see another band like The Dead Kennedys any time soon. In their prime, under the charge of vocalist Jello Biafra, they raged against the proverbial machine and ultimately got their hands slapped by the federal government in the form of obscenity charges. Fast, loud and cantankerous from the start, they eventually became more experimental and nuanced in both their sound and politic expression. In the early eighties there may not have been a better punk band in the world, and then it all came crashing down. In their case it wasn’t because of drugs and booze, but rather due to the pressures of federal indictments and infighting.
The band formed in June 1978 in San Francisco. Originally the band consisted of... Read More