The Dead Kennedys’ most recent album to date, Bedtime for Democracy, was released in 1986 on Alternative Tentacles, and back in 2010, they debuted what appeared to be a new song. We’ll keep you posted as more details on new music from the Kennedys come to light.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 6:03 PM (PST) by milhouse
The crowd at Queen Mary’s had began to fill up in anticipation of Naked Raygun‘s stellar performance, and was starting to look like a proper music festival once the Boston veterans Street Dogs took to the stage. The band literally comes with an entourage, and their fan base reaches far and wide into a diverse collection of genres and generations. Perhaps it was to beat traffic, perhaps it was for other reasons, but after Street Dogs, the somewhat-still-full crowd began to thin a little for Dead Kennedys, fronted by vocalist Ron ‘Skip’ Greer.
You’ve heard it before, and I’ll say it again, but Street Dogs are one of those bands that I have to manage shooting and dancing. I love being able to photograph some of my favorite bands, however sometimes I wish could quit the gear and thrash like I once did (which I ultimately did for the last part of “Fighter” and beyond). The band performed favorites like “Tobe’s Got a Drinkin’ Problem”, “Punk Rock and Roll”, “Back To The World”, “In Defense of Dorchester”, and so many more. The guys even played one of my favorite Darkbuster songs “Skinhead”, which was incredible. Beer was spilling and fists were flying as Mike called out for a circle pit and fans obliged with all their might.
Dead Kennedys were headliners for the Hi-Fi Rock Fest, and fans had bore the sun and heat, the $2 bottles of water, and all the fried food you could ever want all for this moment. With East Bay Ray and Klaus Flouride (aka Geoffrey Lyall) still driving the strings, and D.H. Peligro still on percussion, the band sounded quite like the Dead Kennedys we all know and love. It’s just weird when there’s a divorce, ya know? I understand Leftover Crack decided to drop off this bill due to conflicts with playing with a ‘Dead Kennedys’ sans Biafra, but in all honesty, they missed out. The crowd hadn’t used up all their energy dancing to the Boston greats and were still begging for more, however after 11 hours of shooting and just as many bands, I retired to the white couches to enjoy the rest of set which lasted just over an hour. You can have a look at a video of the entire set here.
Have a look at photos from Street Dogs’ and Dead Kennedys’ sets below.
Big thanks to head honcho Dave Buck, and fellow promoters Darron Hemann and Derik O’Brien, and everyone else who made the day a great success and lots of fun!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 10:13 PM (PST) by Johnny X
In Long Beach, CA on Saturday, September 26th punk-hardcore legends the Dead Kennedys will headline Hi-Fi Rockfest supported by, Street Dogs, Naked Raygun, The Sonics, Richie Ramone, Luicidal, Dirty Filthy Mugs Year Of The Dragon, Downtown Brown and The Two Tens.
If you want a pair of free tickets just fill out the form below and we just might hook you up!
Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8:18 AM (PST) by Bobby Pickles
Anybody familiar with the punk scene knows that sarcastic and crass humor is simply a part of the culture and one of the results of this cultural attribute is an overabundance of offensive band names. We’ve seen provocative double entendres ever since punk’s inception in the UK; Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols, just to name a couple (legend has it that Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren, noticed the term “sexe pistil” at the Chelsea Flower Show).
While words such as “cock” are nothing more than a term for “mate” or “friend” in England, in the U.S.A., the Queen’s Engrish takes on a slightly different meaning. Take Cock Sparrer, for instance. In London Cockney its a term of familiarity amongst friends, from “Cock Sparrow”. In good ole ‘Murikan it might be considered a sword game that doesn’t sound particularly entertaining.
Forgoing any individual warrior names, such as Chicago “Rock Legend”, Blag Dahlia (born Paul Cafaro), which is a mash-up of the slavic name (blag) meaning “sweet, pleasant, blessed” and a reference to The Black Dahlia Murder, and disqualifying any punk bands not from the states – here’s my alphabetical list of the 10 most “distasteful” American punk rock band names.
Check it out below and argue your own choices in the comments.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 9:13 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Hi-Fi Music Productions has announced the line-up of their 1st annual Hi-Fi Rockfest which will take place at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. Punk/American Hardcore legends the Dead Kennedys will headline the festival, along with festival favorites: Naked Raygun, Street Dogs, Leftover Crack, Richie Ramone, Luicidal, True Rivals, Dirty Filthy Mugs and Downtown Brown.
Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased here.
Note: There are a small number of VIP passes available offering full access to the Hi-Fi VIP area featuring a private bar, shaded area with tables and chairs near the stage, private air-conditioned restrooms and unlimited “Baller” status. Those tickets are only $55 and will go fast so I advise you grab a pair asap.
Hi-Fi Rockfest is an all ages, all day celebration of great music, gourmet food, flowing booze and punk themed distractions. Rainbow Lagoon Park borders the Pacific Ocean, which will serve as a backdrop to all of the festivities. The festival is being produced by D.O’B Sound Studios owner and veteran drummer/producer, Derik O’Brien, DC-Jam Records owner Darron Hemann, and Dying Scene head honcho Dave Buck. Pooling their collective experience and imagination, Derek, Darron and Dave are throwing a party to celebrate the end of summer featuring 9 ripping bands that will satisfy loud music fans of all generations.
The festival will mark the first of many years to come. For further information, please visit the festivals website.
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:18 AM (PST) by The Grace of Laura Jane
California punk veterans Dead Kennedys have announced a string of UK and EU headline tour dates for June 2015. They are returning after only playing a handful of shows there in 2014. This time they will be hitting Europe hard with ten shows throughout the month of June.
Check out the dates and locations below.
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM (PST) by Midwest Punk
For some reason unbeknownst to me, or maybe anyone, someone decided to host a one-off show, “6 Rounds Of Punk,” featuring some of punk’s biggest names, for really cheap… and in Iowa. The show featured Misfits, Dead Kennedys, The Vandals, Strung Out, Guttermouth, and Total Chaos.
Let me just start by saying, even after living in the upper Midwest for 30 years, not only had I never thought of Council Bluffs, Iowa as a place for punk rock shows, I had never even bothered to go there. So I was definitely surprised/bewildered when I heard about this show, and figured it was worth the drive.
I’m going to spare you from listening to me ramble on about the minor details of the show, and just get right to the good stuff: check out the full photo gallery below. (My apologies to Total Chaos; we got to the show in plenty of time, but were stuck at the box office forever waiting for them to find our passes, so we missed out on most of their set, including the allowable photo-taking portion.)
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 6:35 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Southern California hardcore punk band Death By Stereo have announced that Skull Skates Recordings will release the band’s brand new single “Neverending” on vinyl in April. They are also streaming a cover of the Dead Kennedys classic “Too Drunk to Fuck”, which will serve as a B-side of the “Neverending” single and can be streamed below.
It is not known if “Neverending” will appear on Death By Stereo’s upcoming seventh full-length studio album, which will be their first since 2012’s Black Sheep of the American Dream. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the band’s new record come to light.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:01 PM (PST) by jaystone
Pretty rad news for fans of early-1990s hardcore. According to a few recent posts on Burger Records’ Instagram page, the label is scheduled to put out a 20th anniversary cassette tape reissue of DFL’s classic album “Proud To Be” in 2015! No specific information about the release is in the works yet, though the announcement also brings with it the teaser of a potential vinyl reissue as well. Stay tuned!
“Proud To Be” was released in 1995 on Epitaph Records, and was produced by Adam Horovitz and Mario C. of legendary Beastie Boys fame. DFL are slated to play a couple SoCal shows alongside Dead Kennedys next week. Check out the specific details below.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Organizers have announced the the lineup for next year’s Six Rounds of Punk festival, which will take place on January 10, 2015 at The Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bands that will play there include the Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, The Vandals, Strung Out, The Dickies and Guttermouth.
Tickets go on sale November 21st via Ticketmaster. More details on the festival are available here.
The Dead Kennedys last released Bedtime for Democracy in 1986 on Alternative Tentacles, and debuted what appeared to be a new song four years ago. The Misfits have been working on a new album, which will be their first since 2011’s The Devil’s Rain. The Vandals and Guttermouth have been working on new material as well, and Strung Out are expected to release their long-awaited new album Transmission Alpha Delta next year on Fat Wreck Chords. The Dickies have not released any new material since 2001’s All This and Puppet Stew.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM (PST) by The Torchbearer
On the punk end of the spectrum, the lineup includes Dead Kennedys, NOFX, Rise Against, Iron Reagan, DRI, The Exploited, OFF!, Code Orange, and more. This in addition to the metal, classic rock, and nu-metal groups announced including Scorpions, Motorhead, Anthrax, Meshuggah, and uh…Limp Bizkit.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
You can check out the dates and locations below.
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Dead Kennedys are hitting the road this June with NYC 80’s punk trailblazers – Reagan Youth, Burning Streets (Sailors Grave Records) and Downtown Brown (DC Jam Records) on select dates. Dead Kennedys are also confirmed for this years Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, QC.
You can find the confirmed dates and venues below.
Dead Kennedys recently released a new 7-inch box set. Dubbed the Original Singles Collection. It contains seven long-out-of-print 7-inches originally released between 1979 and 1982, preserved in “original sleeves, in heavy jackets” and housed in a box. The songs have been remastered from the original tapes for this release.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM (PST) by jaystone
Manifesto Records has announced plans to release Dead Kennedys‘ first seven singles on 7-inch vinyl.
The label, which was also behind the 2001 re-release of the entire DK catalog, states that “all seven singles are in the original sleeves, in heavy jackets. Also includes new 12-page liner notes and interviews with the band, and the recordings have been re-mastered from the original tapes.” You can check out the tracklisting for each of the seven singles (originally released between 1979-1982) below.
The “Original Singles Collection” is reportedly due out April 15th. Pre-orders are available through Amazon here.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:11 PM (PST) by jaystone
As followers of the legendary band are no doubt aware, Ray ran into some medical issues last year. Specifically, he had been left unable to play guitar after developing carpal tunnel syndrome in his wrist and De Quervain syndrome in his thumb. An operation performed last month will hopefully alleviate both problems and allow Ray to pick up the guitar again in the future…but it also cost a lot of money.
To help defray the medical bills associated with the operation, Ray has launched an Indiegogo campaign. Contributors to the campaign will be eligible for a series of cool perks, including new music from Ray, autographed albums, merch, and future meet-and-greets. Click here to check it out.
Get well soon, Ray!