History Music / DeadKennedys

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
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-->--'''"Pull
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22nd May '16 1:10:33 PM MarkLungo
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* MusicIsPolitics: Several of their songs are directly about this trope, most notably "Pull My Strings," which they performed at a music industry awards show. "Pull My Strings" addresses the payola scandal (at the same time as a TakeThat to ''The Knack's'' "My Sharona") as well as the HotterAndSexier tendencies of the music industry and a number of other tropes related to record industry politics.

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* MusicIsPolitics: Several of their songs are directly about this trope, most notably "Pull My Strings," which they performed at a music industry awards show. "Pull My Strings" addresses the payola scandal (at the same time as a TakeThat to ''The Knack's'' The Knack's "My Sharona") as well as the HotterAndSexier tendencies of the music industry and a number of other tropes related to record industry politics.
22nd May '16 1:08:21 PM MarkLungo
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*** Some other Dead Kennedys songs, such as "Stars and Stripes of Corruption" and "Let's Lynch the Landlord" also contain comparisons to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Holocaust.

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*** Some other Dead Kennedys songs, such as "Saturday Night Holocaust", "Stars and Stripes of Corruption" and "Let's Lynch the Landlord" also contain comparisons to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Holocaust.UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust.
22nd May '16 12:04:34 PM CassandraLeo
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Their first single, "California Uber 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 Uber 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 Uber 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 Uber Über Alles" but stopped quickly and instead played the scathing "Pull My Strings," an attack on the music industry's practices.



* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: From "Calfornia Uber Alles:"

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* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: From "Calfornia Uber Über Alles:"



** The band invoked this trope with their first single, 1979's "California Uber Alles," which denounced the Golden State's then-Governor Jerry Brown and his hippie followers as "Zen fascists." The second half of the song fantasizes about Brown's regime killing "uncool" people with "organic poison gas." In [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/18/AR2010071802839_pf.html an interview]] during Brown's successful 2010 campaign to be re-elected as Governor, Biafra said that: "I realized early on that maybe I'd misfired and exaggerated."

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** The band invoked this trope with their first single, 1979's "California Uber Über Alles," which denounced the Golden State's then-Governor Jerry Brown and his hippie followers as "Zen fascists." The second half of the song fantasizes about Brown's regime killing "uncool" people with "organic poison gas." In [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/18/AR2010071802839_pf.html an interview]] during Brown's successful 2010 campaign to be re-elected as Governor, Biafra said that: "I realized early on that maybe I'd misfired and exaggerated."



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: "California Uber Alles" portrays UsefulNotes/JerryBrown as a hippie-fascist.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: "California Uber Über Alles" portrays UsefulNotes/JerryBrown as a hippie-fascist.hippie-fascist. As mentioned above, Biafra later admitted that Brown wasn't that bad.



* LocationSong: "California Uber Alles," a satirical punk song about the right wing policies of governor Jerry Brown. "Holiday In Cambodia," about the dictatorship there.

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* LocationSong: "California Uber Über Alles," a satirical punk song about the right wing right-wing policies of governor Jerry Brown. "Holiday In in Cambodia," about the dictatorship there.



* TitleOnlyChorus: "California Uber Alles," "Too Drunk to Fuck" (the first time, anyway), "Chemical Warfare," "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," "Drug Me," "[[Music/ElvisPresley Viva Las Vegas,]]" "Hellnation," "This Could Be Anywhere (This Could Be Everywhere)," "A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch," "M.T.V. - Get Off the Air," "Rambozo the Clown," "Triumph of the Swill," and so on. (Technically, two of the lines in "California Uber Alles" repeat the words of the title in a different order, but it still counts). "KillThePoor" comes close but just misses out due to a "tonight" at the end of each line, as do "Terminal Preppie" (which starts out with "I'm a") and "Bleed for Me" (which has a "C'mon").

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* TitleOnlyChorus: "California Uber Über Alles," "Too Drunk to Fuck" (the first time, anyway), "Chemical Warfare," "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," "Drug Me," "[[Music/ElvisPresley Viva Las Vegas,]]" "Hellnation," "This Could Be Anywhere (This Could Be Everywhere)," "A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch," "M.T.V. - Get Off the Air," "Rambozo the Clown," "Triumph of the Swill," and so on. (Technically, two of the lines in "California Uber Über Alles" repeat the words of the title in a different order, but it still counts). "KillThePoor" comes close but just misses out due to a "tonight" at the end of each line, as do "Terminal Preppie" (which starts out with "I'm a") and "Bleed for Me" (which has a "C'mon").
5th Mar '16 10:25:22 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: "California Uber Alles" portrays UsefulNotes/JerryBrown as a hippie-fascist.
18th Feb '16 4:18:37 AM aye_amber
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* MightyWhitey: "Hop With the Jet Set."

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* MightyWhitey: "Hop With with the Jet Set."



-->[[Music/{{Yes}} Rick Wakeman]], eat your heart out!

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-->[[Music/{{Yes}} Rick Wakeman]], Wakeman,]] eat your heart out!



* MusicIsPolitics: Several of their songs are directly about this trope, most notably "Pull My Strings," which they performed at a music industry awards show. "Pull My Strings" addresses the payola scandal (at the same time as a TakeThat to Music/TheKnack's "My Sharona") as well as the HotterAndSexier tendencies of the music industry and a number of other tropes related to record industry politics.

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* MusicIsPolitics: Several of their songs are directly about this trope, most notably "Pull My Strings," which they performed at a music industry awards show. "Pull My Strings" addresses the payola scandal (at the same time as a TakeThat to Music/TheKnack's ''The Knack's'' "My Sharona") as well as the HotterAndSexier tendencies of the music industry and a number of other tropes related to record industry politics.
18th Feb '16 4:15:01 AM aye_amber
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:: (In the remake, he's "''[[ContinuityNod still]]'' wanking in the men's room.")

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:: ** (In the remake, he's "''[[ContinuityNod still]]'' wanking in the men's room.")



::Ironically, 6025, who wrote the band's song "Religious Vomit", later became a religious fundamentalist himself.

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::Ironically, ** Ironically, 6025, who wrote the band's song "Religious Vomit", later became a religious fundamentalist himself.



:: (As an aside, it should perhaps be noted that drummer D.H. Peligro is African-American; though he didn't play on either the single or the album version of "Holiday in Cambodia," he did play on "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now." Additionally, this trope is generally played straight when either Jello or the Kennedys perform "Holiday in Cambodia" these days, as the lyrics are generally {{Bowdlerise}}d).

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:: ** (As an aside, it should perhaps be noted that drummer D.H. Peligro is African-American; though he didn't play on either the single or the album version of "Holiday in Cambodia," he did play on "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now." Additionally, this trope is generally played straight when either Jello or the Kennedys perform "Holiday in Cambodia" these days, as the lyrics are generally {{Bowdlerise}}d).
18th Feb '16 4:12:19 AM aye_amber
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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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Music/JelloBiafra went on to become a spoken word performer and political activist, sometimes also collaborating with other bands like (Music/{{Sepultura}} and ''Lard.'''')



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Most of the band's output sticks to cynically lambasting the problems of society, but they have some songs and lyrics that, despite the presentation, are more idealistic, landing them somewhere in the middle. "Stars and Stripes of Corruption," for instance, combines a long tirade against [[PatrioticFervor jingoism]], xenophobia, disastrous foreign policy, and "the blind Me Generation" with verses like: "We can start by not lying so much / And treating other people like dirt / It's easy not to base our lives / On how much we can scam" and "Look around, we're all people / Who needs countries anyway?"

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Most of the band's output sticks to cynically lambasting the problems of society, but they have some songs and lyrics that, despite the presentation, are more idealistic, landing them somewhere in the middle. "Stars and Stripes of Corruption," for instance, combines a long tirade against [[PatrioticFervor jingoism]], jingoism,]] xenophobia, disastrous foreign policy, and "the blind Me Generation" with verses like: "We can start by not lying so much / And treating other people like dirt / It's easy not to base our lives / On how much we can scam" and "Look around, we're all people / Who needs countries anyway?"
18th Feb '16 4:09:52 AM aye_amber
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The band were formed in 1978 with guitarist East Bay Ray (also known as "Ray Valium"), vocalist Music/JelloBiafra, bassist Klaus Flouride, and drummer 6025. 6025 switched to second guitar but left soon after, and Ted was recruited as drummer instead. [[note]] Their real names are, in the posted order, Raymond Pepperell, Eric Boucher, Geoffrey Lyall, Carlos Cadona, and Bruce Slesinger. [[/note]]

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The band were formed in 1978 with guitarist East Bay Ray (also known as "Ray Valium"), vocalist Music/JelloBiafra, bassist Klaus Flouride, and drummer 6025. 6025 switched to second guitar but left soon after, and Ted was recruited as drummer instead. [[note]] Their real names are, in the posted order, order: Raymond Pepperell, Eric Boucher, Geoffrey Lyall, Carlos Cadona, and Bruce Slesinger. [[/note]]



The same year, Music/JelloBiafra ran for Mayor of San Francisco on a campaign that mixed serious proposals (banning cars within city limits in response to severe pollution problems, allowing neighbourhoods to elect police officers, legalizing squatting in vacant buildings) with outlandish ones (forcing businessmen to wear clown suits, erecting statues of Dan White so the parks department could sell eggs and tomatoes for people to throw at them, hiring unemployed workers as panhandlers in wealthy neighbourhoods), and using the commercial slogan: "There's always room for Jello." He finished [[http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=130138 third with 3,79% of the votes.]] As he shared the ballot with a DragQueen candidate named Sister Boom Boom, the San Franciscan authorities responded by passing a law requiring all mayoral candidates in San Francisco to use their real names.

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The same year, Music/JelloBiafra ran for Mayor of San Francisco on a campaign that mixed serious proposals (banning cars within city limits in response to severe pollution problems, allowing neighbourhoods to elect police officers, legalizing squatting in vacant buildings) with outlandish ones (forcing businessmen to wear clown suits, erecting statues of Dan White so the parks department could sell eggs and tomatoes for people to throw at them, hiring unemployed workers as panhandlers in wealthy neighbourhoods), and using the commercial slogan: "There's always room for Jello." He finished [[http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=130138 third with 3,79% of the votes.]] As he shared the ballot with a DragQueen candidate named Sister ''Sister Boom Boom, Boom,'' the San Franciscan authorities responded by passing a law requiring all mayoral candidates in San Francisco to use their real names.



This evolution continued on 1985's ''Music/{{Frankenchrist}},'' which showcased more extended pieces, horns, and synthesizers. High points included the industrial "At My Job," the multipart "Stars and Stripes of Corruption," the organized sports parody "Jock-O-Rama," and the timely "M.T.V. - Get Off the Air." The band got in trouble for including Creator/HRGiger's "Penis Landscape" as a poster with the LP, and were charged with distributing harmful matter to minors. [[IncrediblyLamePun The case ended in a hung jury]] and was dismissed, but it was a PyrrhicVictory, as the cost of the trial drove the band and Alternative Tentacles to near bankruptcy despite donations and support from their fanbase and other PMRC persecuted musicians like Music/FrankZappa. Exhausted, the band broke up in 1986 after releasing their last album ''Bedtime for Democracy,'' a 48 minute final ''tour de force'' employing many musical styles and their expected thought provoking lyrics, which included several songs expressing disillusionment with the state of the punk scene ("Anarchy for Sale," "Chickenshit Conformist"). One compilation of early singles and lost tracks, ''Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death,'' was released in 1987, and the band members went their own way afterward.

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This evolution continued on 1985's ''Music/{{Frankenchrist}},'' which showcased more extended pieces, horns, and synthesizers. High points included the industrial "At My Job," the multipart multi part "Stars and Stripes of Corruption," the organized sports parody "Jock-O-Rama," and the timely "M.T.V. - Get Off the Air." The band got in trouble for including Creator/HRGiger's "Penis Landscape" as a poster with the LP, and were charged with distributing harmful matter to minors. [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} The case ended in a hung jury]] and was dismissed, but it was a PyrrhicVictory, as the cost of the trial drove the band and Alternative Tentacles to near bankruptcy despite donations and support from their fanbase and other PMRC persecuted musicians like Music/FrankZappa. Exhausted, the band broke up in 1986 after releasing their last album ''Bedtime for Democracy,'' a 48 minute final ''tour de force'' employing many musical styles and their expected thought provoking lyrics, which included several songs expressing disillusionment with the state of the punk scene ("Anarchy for Sale," "Chickenshit Conformist"). One compilation of early singles and lost tracks, tracks: ''Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death,'' was released in 1987, and the band members went their own way afterward.



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

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