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Black Flag - 100% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Circle Jerks - 93% 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

Bad Brains - 74% 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

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Adolescents - 71% 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

Minor Threat - 68% 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

Descendents - 57% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Los Angeles, California, USA punk band, formed in 1978, whose first stage of development was as a three-piece. Frank Navetta (vocals/guitar), Tony Lombardo (vocals/bass) and Bill Stevenson (drums) played power pop along the lines of the Buzzcocks. It was this line-up that recorded the debut ‘Ride The Wild’ single, and they collaborated with singer Cecilia for some six Read more

Subhumans - 57% 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 Germs - 53% 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

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

Sex Pistols - 49% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Documentaries Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This incandescent UK punk band came together under the aegis of entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren during the summer of 1975. Periodically known as the Swankers, with lead vocalist Wally Nightingale, they soon metamorphosed into the Sex Pistols with a line-up comprising: Steve Jones (Stephen Phillip Jones, 3 September 1955, Shepherd’s Bush, London, England; guitar), Paul Cook Read more

The Adicts - 49% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Adicts can be singled out from the host of other UK punk hopefuls of the early 80s largely due to their image. The adoption of black bowler hats and face make-up showed more than a passing resemblance to the unruly characters in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film A Clockwork Orange, and reflected the Adicts’ brand of boot-boy, new wave music. The band was origin Read more

D.O.A. - 46% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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The Exploited - 44% 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

Discharge - 43% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Many fans would argue that UK band Discharge were the most influential punk band after the Sex Pistols. Certainly, their caustic wall of sound (a million miles away from anything Phil Spector could ever have envisaged when he invented the term) has inspired both punk and metal bands throughout the UK and USA. Discharge was formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. In Keeping with Read more

Reagan Youth - 43% match to Dead Kennedys

Genres: Pop / Rock
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