History Music / DeadKennedys

17th Sep '17 1:06:07 PM nombretomado
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* KillThePoor (Once the original name for NeutronBomb, [[TropeTransplant has since come to be defined as]] ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin)

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* KillThePoor (Once the original name for NeutronBomb, [[TropeTransplant [[Administrivia/TropeTransplant has since come to be defined as]] ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin)
14th Sep '17 12:49:56 PM NWolfman
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* FirstWorldProblems: "Holiday In Cambodia" may be one of the earliest songs to criticize this phenomena, as it's directly about privileged white kids who equate working hard at college is the same as slavery.

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* FirstWorldProblems: "Holiday In Cambodia" may be one of the earliest songs to criticize this phenomena, as it's directly about privileged white kids who equate working hard at college is the same as with slavery.
14th Sep '17 12:49:30 PM NWolfman
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* FirstWorldProblems: "Holiday In Cambodia" may be one of the earliest songs to criticize this phenomena, as it's directly about privileged white kids who equate working hard at college is the same as slavery.
20th Feb '17 1:18:43 AM bt8257
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Their first single, "California Über Alles," was released in June 1979 on their Alternative Tentacles label. It was the song that [[ImageSong established]] their hallmarks: Ray's psycho surf punk riffs, Biafra's biting, sarcastic lyrics (parodying UsefulNotes/{{California}} governor UsefulNotes/JerryBrown as a hippie fascist), and a rejection of the StrictlyFormula loud fast short structure of hardcore punk. During their tour in support, they were invited to perform at the Bay Area Music Awards on 25 March 1980. In typical subversive fashion, the band started "California Über Alles" but stopped quickly and instead played the scathing "Pull My Strings," an attack on the music industry's practices.

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Their first single, "California Über Alles," was released in June 1979 on their Alternative Tentacles label. It was the song that [[ImageSong established]] their hallmarks: Ray's psycho surf punk riffs, Biafra's biting, sarcastic sarcastically biting lyrics (parodying UsefulNotes/{{California}} governor UsefulNotes/JerryBrown as a hippie fascist), fascist hippie), and a rejection of the StrictlyFormula loud fast short structure of hardcore punk. During their tour in support, they were invited to perform at the Bay Area Music Awards on 25 March 1980. In typical subversive fashion, the band started "California Über Alles" but stopped quickly and instead played the scathing "Pull My Strings," Strings", an attack on the music industry's practices.
17th Feb '17 12:42:29 PM CassandraLeo
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* UncommonTime: Part of the chorus of "M.T.V. - Get Off the Air" is in 5/4. Because of the shouted nature of the chorus and the underlying percussion, the effect of this section is roughly the musical equivalent of a boot to the head.

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* UncommonTime: Part of the chorus of "M.T.V. - Get Off the Air" is in 5/4. Because of the shouted nature of the chorus and the underlying percussion, the effect of this section is roughly the musical equivalent of a boot to the head. "Moon over Marin" also uses this trope; two beats are cut out of a bar from the first half of the verses and added after a bar from the second half, which creates a rather disorienting effect for the listener (additionally, in the intro to the song, there's an instrumental deployment of the first half of the verse with its missing two beats before Jello starts singing). This probably isn't a complete list.
8th Feb '17 2:54:35 PM CassandraLeo
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** "Too Drunk to Fuck" has one to Creator/DavidLynch, with the line "You bawl like the baby in ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}!''

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** "Too Drunk to Fuck" has one to Creator/DavidLynch, with the line "You bawl like the baby in ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}!''''Film/{{Eraserhead}}!''"



* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: They covered the {{Trope Namer|s}}.

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* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: They covered the {{Trope Namer|s}}.TropeNamer.
8th Feb '17 2:52:17 PM CassandraLeo
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In the late 1990's, the band members got caught up in a complicated royalty dispute, and led to a 1998 fraud trial which stripped Music/JelloBiafra of his rights to the back catalogue and gave them to the other members instead (he lost two further appeals and was forced to pay damages). This burned the bridges between Biafra and Ray, Flouride and Peligro thoroughly, worsened by the others inviting Biafra to reunite the Dead Kennedys, which he refused on moral principles. Dead Kennedys albums were reissued on Manifesto Records and tour dates were announced after the court victory, with [[TheOtherDarrin Brandon Cruz]] replacing Music/JelloBiafra. (Cruz, a FormerChildStar, turned out to be the first in a series of {{Replacement Scrappy}}s -- the new DK's have had ''five'' lead singers so far.) This incarnation has been severely criticized for [[MoneyDearBoy betraying Dead Kennedys' anti corporate ideals]] and touring without their most important member. Lately, the group's official site has reported that both Flouride and Peligro are leaving due to health issues, leaving Ray the sole original member.

Music/JelloBiafra went on to become a spoken word performer and political activist, sometimes also collaborating with other bands like (Music/{{Sepultura}} and ''Lard.'')

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In the late 1990's, the band members got caught up in a complicated royalty dispute, and led to a 1998 fraud trial which stripped Music/JelloBiafra of his rights to the back catalogue and gave them to the other members instead (he lost two further appeals and was forced to pay damages). This burned the bridges between Biafra and Ray, Flouride and Peligro thoroughly, worsened by the others inviting Biafra to reunite the Dead Kennedys, which he refused on moral principles. Dead Kennedys albums were reissued on Manifesto Records and tour dates were announced after the court victory, with [[TheOtherDarrin Brandon Cruz]] replacing Music/JelloBiafra. (Cruz, a FormerChildStar, turned out to be the first in a series of {{Replacement Scrappy}}s -- the new DK's have had ''five'' lead singers so far.) This incarnation has been severely criticized for [[MoneyDearBoy betraying Dead Kennedys' anti corporate anti-corporate ideals]] and touring without their most important member. Lately, the group's official site has reported that both Flouride and Peligro are leaving due to health issues, leaving Ray the sole original member.

Music/JelloBiafra went on to become a spoken word performer and political activist, sometimes also collaborating with other bands like (Music/{{Sepultura}} Music/{{Sepultura}} and ''Lard.'')Lard.
19th Jan '17 7:07:29 PM igordebraga
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** "I Kill Children" opens with Jello saying "God told me to skin you alive", [[https://images.genius.com/a29bfd69f2cd7d99be2822d5ac00c6cd.904x519x1.jpg a quote from]] [[https://pt.scribd.com/document/77345042/Chick-Tract-Why-No-Revival-1970 a]] ComicBook/{{Chick Tract}}s. (in turn, that got a shout out itself once Dead Kennedys' art director Winston Smith used said phrase for the collage on the cover of Music/GreenDay's ''Music/{{Insomniac}}'')



* SpokenWordInMusic: The intro and outro to ''Plastic Surgery Disasters,'' "M.T.V. - Get Off the Air," "A Commercial," "Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round," and "Night of the Living Rednecks." Also, see LyricalColdOpen above.

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* SpokenWordInMusic: The intro and outro to ''Plastic Surgery Disasters,'' "M.T.V. - Get Off the Air," "A Commercial," "I Kill Children," "Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round," and "Night of the Living Rednecks." Also, see LyricalColdOpen above.
20th Sep '16 3:32:10 PM Fluid
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* CompassionateCritic: Jello Biafra fiercely lambasts social problems in a lot of their songs, but he frequently expresses the belief that people can do better than that.
16th Jul '16 7:57:01 PM JamesAustin
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''Pull my strings and I'll go far!"''\\
--'''"Pull My Strings"'''

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''Pull my strings and I'll go far!"''\\
--'''"Pull
far!"''
-->--'''"Pull
My Strings"'''
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