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Black Flag - 100% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Circle Jerks - 88% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1980, this powerful hardcore band featured vocalist Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag) and guitarist Greg Hetson (ex-Redd Kross, later Bad Religion). Roger (Dowding) Rogerson (bass) and Lucky Lehrer (drums) completed the line-up featured on the quartet’s forceful debut album. Their second, Wild In The Streets, was initially issued on Po Read more

Minor Threat - 67% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the most influential US punk bands of the 80s, Minor Threat’s highly idealistic message, similar to that of Crass and the anarcho-punk bands of the UK, proved inspirational to a young audience disaffected with its political choices. Based in Washington, DC, the band was formed in 1980 from the ashes of local band, Teen Idles. The main spokesman Ian MacKaye (16 Ap Read more

Adolescents - 65% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The first line-up of the early 80s hardcore band the Adolescents, from Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA, comprised Frank Agnew (rhythm guitar), Rikk Agnew (lead guitar), Casey Royer (drums/vocals), Tony ‘Montana’ Brandenburg (vocals) and Steve ‘Soto’ Rodgers (bass/vocals). Brandenburg formed the band, enlisting the Agnews and Royer, who were all for Read more

D.O.A. - 65% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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Bad Brains - 61% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This black American hardcore punk and dub reggae outfit originated in 1978, when the band members were all playing together in an early fusion outfit. They moved from Washington, DC, to New York where they established a reputation as prime exponents, alongside the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, of the new ‘hardcore’ hybrid of punk, based on a barely credible speed of m Read more

The Germs - 57% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Los Angeles, California, USA-based punk band was formed in April 1977. The original members were Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm, 26 September 1958, USA, d. 7 December 1980, USA; vocals), Pat Smear (b. Georg Ruthenberg, 5 August 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Lorna Doom (bass) and Belinda Carlisle (b. Belinda Kerzcheski, 17 August 1958, Hollywood, California, Read more

Fear - 55% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the most entertaining and influential of the punk bands that emerged in the late 70s in Los Angeles, California, Fear consisted of Lee Ving (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Philo Cramer (guitar), Derf Scratch (bass) and Johnny Backbeat (drums). Formed in 1978, the band’s sarcastic, almost nihilistic, stance, captured on Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline Of Western Civ Read more

Reagan Youth - 54% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Agent Orange - 52% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Named after the chemical defoliant so chillingly used by the USA in the Vietnam War, Agent Orange were one of a number of bands formed in the highly active ‘So-Cal’ hardcore scene of Fullerton, Orange County, Los Angeles. The original line-up comprised Mike Palm (vocals, guitar), Steve ‘Soto’ Rodgers (bass) and Scott Miller (drums). However, Rodgers left ear Read more

G.B.H. - 51% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formerly known as Charged G.B.H. (truncating the name by the release of 1986’s Oh No It’s G.B.H. Again! EP), the band formed just as the initial impetus of the punk movement was petering out in 1980, counting the Exploited and Discharge among their peers. Comprising Cal (Colin Abrahall; vocals), Jock Blyth (guitar), Ross (bass) and Wilf (drums), they adopted a viol Read more

Misfits - 51% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Heavy Metal Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Spoken Word
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Subhumans - 51% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the most popular and entertaining of the 80s anarcho punk bands influenced by the cottage industry approach of Crass. The most significant departure from their brethren would be in the use of music that traced its heritage more to Led Zeppelin than the Damned. Lyrically, the Subhumans trod familiar territory (vegetarianism, human rights, anti-government sloganeering), th Read more

The Exploited - 50% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This abrasive and unruly Scottish punk quartet was formed in East Kilbride in 1980 by vocalist Wattie Buchan (Walter Buchan, 1960, Edinburgh, Scotland) and guitarist ‘Big John’ Duncan. Recruiting drummer Dru Stix (b. Drew Campbell) and bass player Gary McCormack, they signed to the Secret Records label the following year. Specializing in two-minute blasts of high-s Read more

Jello Biafra - 49% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Comedy Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eric Boucher, 17 June 1958, Denver, Colorado, USA. It took a little time for Biafra to launch his solo career after being emotionally and financially sapped by the demise of his former band, the Dead Kennedys. The drain was primarily due to the torturous legal process after the group were charged with ‘distributing harmful matter to minors’ over H.R. Giger’s p Read more


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