Clip: Dead Kennedys live in 1979
- Speaking of legal battles, the DK squabble has produced a new release...
ONE OF THE OLDEST West Coast punk-concert recordings surfaces in Live at
the Deaf Club, a Dead Kennedys pressing available for the first time ever
on January 27. Manifesto issues the 14-track set taped in San Francisco on
March 3, 1979, which had been frozen during a prolonged legal battle
between vocalist Jello Biafra and his former bandmates.
A legendary document in its own right, Live at the Deaf Club predates any
previous Kennedys recording, including the politically defiant band?s first
single, "California über Alles." It also marks their final show with
short-lived second guitarist 6025 and features Beatles and Honeycombs
covers, plus a song never recorded in the studio. It captures the band
years before its first authorized live album, Mutiny on the Bay, did; those
performances were drawn from Bay Area gigs held in 1982 and ?86.
"This is the major item that was left in the vaults," founding guitarist
East Bay Ray tells ICE. "We originally intended for it to be put out, so
there are even some vocal overdubs here and there."
The CD consecrates the original five-piece Kennedys -- Biafra, Ray, bassist
Klaus Flouride, drummer Ted and 6025 -- a mere eight months after they
formed in San Francisco in July 1978. Though they had already accumulated a
significant local fan base by that point, this intimate gig welcomed a mere
200 people at the Deaf Club -- literally a clubhouse for handicapped
people, specially designed so vibrations could be felt through the floor.
The Germs and Sleeper were also on the bill, with The Germs being one of
the few other West Coast punk bands to release live material dating from
the late ?70s (Germicide: Live at the Whisky, 1977).
- The first live disc from the DKs that Manifesto did sounded really great...though I wasn't all that happy about the song choices. The album dragged in the second half. But it was worth it for Kill the Poor and an awesome version of Holiday in Cambodia (awesome because of East Bay Ray's searing white hot action fretburning <g> guitar licks.)
I do think putting vocal overdubs on a live Dead Kennedy's live record is pretty damn silly, though.
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