80s Dead Kennedys Riot Gear Punk Band t-shirt Small

Chest 17 in.

Length 25 in.

Content: Feels like cotton blend

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This amazing band tee is for one of Southern California's most beloved punk groups, the Dead Kennedys. The group was first formed in 1978, and their provocative lyrics and raw sound made them one of the definitive bands of the 1980s punk scene. The band only managed to release four studio albums before they disbanded in 1986, but they are remembered fondly for their popular songs which include "California Uber Allies", "Too Drunk to Fuck", "Holiday in Cambodia", and "Nazi Punks Fuck Off".

The Dead Kennedys' obscene and politically charged lyrics invoked debates about censorship in rock music. There were multiple stores that refused to stock the group's records, and lead singer Jello Biafra was known for being an avid campaigner against the censorship group the Parents Music Resource Center. It wasn't just their music that attracted controversy however.

The band landed in hot water when they chose to include an explicit painting by famous artist H.R. Giger in the packaging for their 1985 album Frankenchrist. The album featured an insert of Giger's "Work 219: Landscape XX", appropriately nicknamed the "Penis Landscape". The band was taken to court over the insert for violating the California Penal Code, but the trial eventually ended with a hung jury.

These sort of exploits were nothing new for the band, as the Dead Kennedys' had been stirring the pot since their inception. Just a few years before the Frankenchrist fiasco, they were asked to perform at the Bay Area Music Awards. The white collar executives that invited them wanted the band to give the event some "new wave credibility". They were supposed to perform "California Uber Allies", but they instead gave a surprise performance of a new song titled "Pull My Strings", which mocked the ethics of the mainstream music industry and took shots at the very people who had invited the band to perform.

Fits like a modern unisex adult small.


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