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Dead Kennedys
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Dead Kennedys, 2014
Background information
Also known as The Sharks
The Creamsicles
Pink Twinkies
The DK's
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Hardcore punk, punk rock
Years active 1978–1986, 2001-present
Labels Cherry Red, Faulty Products, Alternative Tentacles, Manifesto/Decay
Associated acts Against All Will, Jello Biafra (solo career), Peligro, Skrapyard, The Jungle Studs, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Lard, Melvins
Past members East Bay Ray
Klaus Flouride
D. H. Peligro
Ron "Skip" Greer
Jello Biafra
Brandon Cruz
Jeff Penalty
Dave Scheff
Greg Reeves
Steve "Boomstick" Wilson

Dead Kennedys were a hardcore punk band from San Francisco. The band was led by Jello Biafra. Other original members were Klaus Fluoride, D.H. Peligro, and East Bay Ray. The band played songs with strong political messages. During the 1980s, they had many fans in the punk rock music scene.

The Dead Kennedys formed in June 1978. In 1980, one of their songs called "California Über Alles" became popular in the punk music scene. In 1980, they recorded and released a song called "Holiday in Cambodia". That same year, they made their first album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. In the early 1980s, the band toured all over the United States, Europe, and Australia.

In July of 1987, the band broke up.

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