History Music / DeadKennedys

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"'''
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").
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