The Dead Kennedys was mostly all about frontman Jello Biafra
(aka Eric Boucher
). Other members include cofounders (with Biafra) Klaus Fluoride
and East Bay Ray
; original drummer Ted and replacement drummer D.H. Peligro
, and short-term guitarist 6025
. My personal favorite cover art was the collage art by Winston Smith
on Give Me Convenience...
The poster included with Frankenchrist
that attracted the hysteria leading to the band's dissolution, was H.R. Giger
's Landscape #20
(also called Penis Landscape)
Dead Kennedys recordings are still readily available; for a while their distribution was shaky, but these days even Wal-Mart can safely cash in on the 80s nostalgia factor. This is ancient history for some of you, I know, Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown mean as little to you as Nixon and Lyndon Johnson did to me. It was clever, and even important, dissent in its time. For the serious collector (or hungry pirate), then, here's the DK discography:
In 1988, In God We Trust, Inc.
and Plastic Surgery Disasters
were released on one CD. Rhino
keeps the 1991 "Dead Kennedys Live
" concert video in distribution.