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DEAD KENNEDYS were one of the most popular and important American hardcore punk bands of the late '70s/early '80s. They formed in San Francisco in 1978 when EAST BAY RAY placed an ad in a music paper that vocalist JELLO BIAFRA responded to. They were soon joined by bassist KLAUS FLOURIDE, drummer TED and a second guitarist known to posterity simply as 6025. The latter departed in March 1979, while Ted was replaced at the very end of 1980 by D.H. PELIGRO.
After a brief rehearsal period, Dead Kennedys played their first gig at Mabuhay Gardens in July 1978. The "Fab Mab" was a Filipino restaurant in San Francisco's North Beach section that served as a home to punk bands for nearly ten years. It wasn't too long before the band gained a considerable following around San Francisco. Live, DKs were a combination of chaos and theatrics. Their sound could be described as a cross between the Sex Pistols and the Ventures.
17th September 2012
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello celebrated the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement over the weekend...
10th April 2012
The American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry is being sued by his former band mates, who claim that they are owed...
6th July 2011
A European beer ad featuring a cover of the Dead Kennedys' punk anthem Too Drunk To F**K has been recalled...
29th March 2011
Dave Grohl has never felt guilty about his success. The Foo Fighters frontman started off as a punk rock drummer...
8th August 2008
DEAD KENNEDYS punk icon KLAUS FLOURIDE has quit the group due to medical issues. The rocker has announced he will...