YMMV / Dead Kennedys

  • Anvilicious: Some listeners would like Biafra and crew better if they didn't punch you in the face with their messages. For other listeners this falls into Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Archive Panic: Not applicable to the band itself, who only have a handful of releases even if you don't consider the post-Jello ones to fall under Fanon Discontinuity, but if you want to combine their work with Jello Biafra's post-Kennedys career this trope definitely becomes applicable, even if you just stick to the music albums where he's in a starring role. If you want to collect his spoken word albums and his guest appearances too, God help you.
  • Awesome Music: Basically, everything the band released before Ronald Reagan left office. Particular highlights include "California Über Alles", which has become so iconic that it's been rewritten dozens of times by various artists (its remake, "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now", also counts); "Holiday in Cambodia"; "Police Truck"; "Stars and Stripes of Corruption"; "Moral Majority", an utterly scathing (and thoroughly deserved) attack on the Moral Guardians of the time; "Life Sentence"; "Lie Detector"; "Chickenshit Conformist"; "Riot"; "Terminal Preppie"; "Moon Over Marin"; "MTV - Get Off the Air"; "Soup Is Good Food"; "Kill the Poor"; "Let's Lynch the Landlord"; and "Nazi Punks Fuck Off", which almost singlehandedly turned Nazi punk into a Discredited Trope. There are many, many others, though.
  • Broken Base: Between those who take Biafra's side and those who are behind the rest of the band.
  • Chorus-Only Song - "I Like Short Songs". Justified, since it's literally not long enough to contain anything but a chorus.
  • Ear Worm: As biting as their material is, it wouldn't have made the impact it did if it weren't so damn catchy.
  • Epic Riff: Several, most notably "Holiday in Cambodia" and "California Über Alles".
  • Face of the Band - Jello Biafra.
  • Fanon Discontinuity - No Dead Kennedys without Jello Biafra. It just can't be!
  • Genius Bonus: See the Shout-Out section on the main page.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight - considering the direction the subject in question is going to, you'd be more and more rooting for their song "MTV - Get off the Air".
    • Also, now that Jerry Brown is Governor of California again, "California Über Alles" is actually relevant for the first time in 30 years.
      • Ironically, Biafra has since disavowed the song, saying he's come around to appreciate Brown as a better politician than most.
  • Misaimed Fandom - There were quite a few neo-Nazi fans who didn't realize "Kill The Poor" was supposed to be a sarcastic song. "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" was the direct result and was their way of telling the neo-Nazis and boneheads to get the fuck out of their shows. This succeeded not only at this goal but in making Nazi punk as a whole basically a Discredited Trope.
    • There have been more than a few people through the years who thought "Too Drunk to Fuck" was supposed to be serious.
  • Narm: "Religious Vomit," Yes, it was supposed to be taken seriously. Ironically, 6025, who wrote it, later became a fundamentalist Christian.
  • Painful Rhyme: "I am Emperor Ronald Reagan/Born again with fascist cravings" (from "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now", The Remake of "California Über Alles").
    • Justified Trope: You try finding a good rhyme with "Reagan". (Protip: All the genuine rhymes are other names, which would fall under Painful Rhyme for different reasons; the only prominent person even involved in politics at the time was Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, who would be pretty irrelevant to a song criticising the United States president. Other rhymes include "Megan", "Kagan", and "Fagen", as in Donald). Jello would use rhymes a lot less frequently in some of his later songs, perhaps seeking to avoid this trope.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Every singer who isn't Jello Biafra.
  • Signature Song - "Holiday in Cambodia" or "California Über Alles".

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