Slave New World
"Slave New World" is Sepultura's fifth official single, the final of three to be taken from the album Chaos A. D. released in 1994. The lyrics were co-written by Evan Seinfeld from Sepultura's Roadrunner label-mates Biohazard. Like most of the band's singles, the song is one of the band's best-known songs and remains a concert staple to this day. A music video was filmed for the single which features the band playing on what appears to be a volcano, intercut with footage of severe human conditioning, including branding people with barcodes; this video can be found on the VHS Third World Chaos, released on DVD as part of Chaos DVD. The title of the song is a wordplay of Aldous Huxley's 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World; the song appears in live form on the band's releases Under a Pale Grey Sky and Live in São Paulo. It appeared as a live B-side to the "Ratamahatta" single; this same recording was included on the Blood-Rooted compilation. The artwork for the single shows the wrist branded with a barcode.
The reverse depicts a barcode, rippled to look like a flag. The single artwork stays with the imagery of the music video; the single was released in several forms. There exist 2 CD versions: one three-track maxi-single and a two-track single, the track details of which are listed below; the maxi-single was released in a foldout card digipak case which had two disc trays: one for the CD which came with it, another to insert the second single into. The second single came in a card slip with the same artwork as the normal CD, but was more reminiscent of a promotional CD; the vinyl version of the single was a single sided etched 10" limited edition orange 45 RPM record, which came in a transparent sleeve so it could be seen. The band's official discography gives the incorrect track listing for this single. CD1: "Slave New World" * "Crucificados Pelo Sistema" "Drug Me" "Orgasmatron" CD2: "Slave New World" * "Desperate Cry" "Slave New World" is the only song to appear on both versions of the single.
Many of these B-sides have appeared on previous singles. "Drug Me" and "Orgasmatron" were used for Third World Posse. "Desperate Cry" appeared with "Orgasmatron" on Under Siege. The only track making its first appearance is "Crucificados Pelo Sistema". Although the single did not chart in the US, it did peak at number 46 in the British Singles Chart. Max Cavalera - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar Igor Cavalera - Drums Andreas Kisser - Lead Guitar Paulo Jr. - Bass Produced by Andy Wallace and Sepultura Recorded and engineered by Andy Wallace Mixed by Andy Wallace Assistant Engineer: Simon Dawson This song was covered by the American band Trivium as a bonus track for Deluxe Editions of In Waves, by Eyes of the Dead on their EP "Lets Play Drink the Beer!!" In April 2016, grandmother-fronted Canadian grindcore band, released a cover version of Slave New World for a video and 7" single. In response, Sepultura posted it on their social media feeds, calling their version "inspiring". PolyHex.com - search engine for charting Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Kairos is the twelfth studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura. It was released on June 2011 by independent German record label Nuclear Blast Records; this is the band's first release on the label, marking their first album not released on SPV/Steamhammer since 2001's Nation. On July 6, 2010, it was announced that Sepultura were signed with Nuclear Blast Records, would release their first album for the label in 2011. By the end of 2010, the band had begun writing new material and entered the studio to begin recording their twelfth album with producer Roy Z. Recording sessions for Kairos took place from December 2010 to March 2011 at Trama Studios in São Paulo, the same studio where its 2009 predecessor A-Lex was recorded. On March 1, 2011, it was announced that Sepultura had completed recording their album, tentatively due in May 2011. Days after the album was finished, Sepultura announced on March 4, 2011 that the album would be called Kairos and would be released around that late spring or early summer.
Kairos was Sepultura's last album recorded with drummer Jean Dolabella, as he left the band five months after its release. Speaking of how the band came up with the Kairos title, Andreas Kisser said: The whole theme of the album is the concept of the time, the title reflects that — it's like one concept of time, not chronological, from one to two. Everyone's life is written by choices — you have many'kairos' moments, like if you go point A B C, you are driven by your choices or your guidance, and that's the kind of time we talked about -- not about getting old or going back. According to the guitarist, the concept had to do with Sepultura's 26-year-old history and the changes inside and outside the band. "It's a collection of ` kairos'. It's being inspired by our own biography, but on what Sepultura is today," he added. Kairos was well received by music fans. Kairos sold over 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release and topped the CMJ Loud Rock chart for three weeks; the album charted in Germany and Switzerland.
The band toured Europe, U. S. A, Canada and Brazil for the Kairos World Tour; the song "Mask" is a downloadable content in the 2012 video game Twisted Metal. All tracks written by Sepultura except; the deluxe edition comes with a bonus DVD. Over its 50:16 running length, the film shows the band in the rehearsal room running through the songs together, in the studio recording the album, it contains interviews with all the band members, producer and mixer Roy Z. Derrick Green – vocals Andreas Kisser – guitar Paulo Jr. – bass guitar Jean Dolabella – drums, percussion Les Tambours du Bronx – Percussion on "Structure Violence" Roy Z – Producer, Mixer Maor Appelbaum – Mastering Engineer Paulo Chagas – Assistant Ronaldo Frige – Assistant Jon Mattox – Sound Design, Treatments
Jonathan Howsmon Davis known as JD, JDevil, or J Devil, is an American singer and musician. He is best known as the lead frontman of the nu metal band Korn. Jonathan Howsmon Davis was born in Bakersfield, California, on January 18, 1971, the son of Holly Marie Chavez and Ricky Duane "Rick" Davis, his parents married on February 27, 1970. He is of English, German and Welsh descent, he has a sister, Alyssa Marie Davis, a half-brother, Mark Chavez, a half-sister, Amanda Chavez, by his mother. His father was a keyboardist for Buck Owens and Frank Zappa, while his mother was a professional actress and dancer, his parents divorced when he was three years old and he was raised by his father and former stepmother in Bakersfield. Davis suffered severe bouts of asthma as a child, survived a near-fatal asthma attack when he was five years old, he spoke of having a horrible relationship with his former stepmother. He said she used to torture him. Davis' father divorced her, he says the song. Davis has said that his earliest musical inspiration as a child was the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar, his favorite musical group was Duran Duran.
He graduated from Highland High School in 1989, worked at Toys R Us shortly after. He attended the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science for a period of time, he was persistently harassed in Highland High School for wearing eyeliner, long clothes, listening to new wave music. He was called homophobic names; the Korn song "Faget" was inspired by Davis' experience of being bullied. Davis' "HIV" tattoo on his upper left arm was inspired by his experience of being bullied, he says teachers were mean to him and sent him to the counselor for wearing eyeliner. Davis has a cameo in Queen of the Damned as a ticket scalper. Davis plays a minor role as a crack dealer, in the film Seeing Other People. Davis has a role as a store clerk in the independent film The Still Life, he has been featured in many other bands' music videos, sometimes with Korn and sometimes solo. He has appeared with Korn in the Limp Bizkit music videos for "Break Stuff" and "Faith". In 2009, Davis collaborated with Infected Mushroom, a psychedelic trance and electronic music group, appearing in the music video for their track "Smashing the Opponent", as well as with dubstep artist Datsik on "Evilution."Davis and the rest of Korn appeared in a 2005 episode of the comedy-drama television series Monk, titled "Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic".
Davis and Korn voiced themselves in season 3 of South Park in the episode "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery", which features them as characters inspired by the cartoon Scooby-Doo, driving a van similar to the Mystery Machine and trying to solve a mystery about pirate ghosts. He voiced Succulentus in an episode of OK K. O.! Let's Be Heroes titled "Know Your Mom"; the character was based on a parody of Nu-Metal in general. Jonathan Davis first began working on a solo album in 2007, forming the group Jonathan Davis and the SFA. Although he released two live albums with the group, no studio albums were completed and the band disbanded in 2014 after the death of guitarist Shane Gibson. However, in December 2017 Davis began announcing solo tour dates and festival appearances, in January 2018 released his first solo single, What It Is. On May 25, he released Black Labyrinth on Sumerian Records. Solo band membersJonathan Davis - vocals Chris Nix - guitar Brian Allen - upright bass Sven Martin - keyboards Ray Luzier - drums Emilio "Zef" China - violin, rhythm guitar, backing vocals JDevil is the EDM alter-ego of Jonathan Davis.
He has been DJing since 1987. He began working for Pacific West Sound and spun at high school dances and parties on the weekends in Bakersfield, he used to spin New York freestyle, Miami bass, old school hip hop and industrial. In 2009, he began to DJ again and he introduced JDevil to the world in 2011 at Infected Mushroom appearances and as an opening act on Korn's Path of Totality Tour. Jonathan felt a need to use a unique name while making music; as he states in an interview, he has combined initials, and'evil' into'JDevil'. He has nicknamed his late wife, Devil, a part of JDevil moniker. Jonathan says JDevil represents "indulgence and doing whatever you want to do and not ignoring your instincts, as long as you don't hurt anybody." JDevil's EDM style combines elements of dubstep, jungle and bass, four-on-the-floor, metal. JDevil was one of the opening acts for Korn on their The Path of Totality Tour from November 2011 - July 2012 in North America and Europe. While on a short break from touring with Korn in July 2012, JDevil had a short four-day club tour which consisted of The Junkyard in Nashua, New Hampshire, Pufferbellies Entertainment Complex in Hyannis, Lizard Lounge in Dallas and The Garden in El Paso, Texas.
In July 2012, JDevil had signed on to perform at select Identity Festival dates throughout North America. He only performed at two shows, Comcast Center in Mansfield and Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. In August 2012, it was announced that JDevil would open for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson on their Twins of Evil Tour at select dates in North America. However, before the tour began, JDevil had to drop out of the tour due to exhaustion. JDevil's stage presence is one that thrives on chaos and disor
Michael Allan Patton is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and film composer, best known as the lead vocalist of the alternative metal band Faith No More. Patton is the founder and lead singer of Mr. Bungle, has played with Tomahawk, Fantômas, Dead Cross, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Peeping Tom. Known for his eclectic influences and experimental projects, Patton has earned critical praise for his diverse array of vocal techniques. VVN Music found Patton possesses the widest vocal range of any known singer in popular music, with a range of six octaves, he has worked as a producer or co-producer with artists such as John Zorn, Melvins, Melt-Banana, Kool Keith. He co-founded Ipecac Recordings with Greg Werckman in 1999, has run the label since. Patton's vast number of musical endeavours and constant touring have led to him being identified as a "workaholic". Patton was born and raised in Eureka, where he formed Mr. Bungle, with Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, in 1985.
During the late'80s Mr Bungle released a number of recordings on cassette only: The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, Goddammit I Love America, Bowel of Chiley and OU818, featuring tracks that would be included on their first Warner Bros. Records release. According to Steffan Chirazi's 1993 book The Real Story, Patton first met Faith No More during 1986. In the book, Patton was quoted as saying: Patton was approached to join Faith No More after they heard Mr. Bungle's demo tapes in 1988; this forced him to quit his studies at Humboldt State University. In January 1989, he replaced Chuck Mosley as lead singer of the group. Mosley subsequently formed the bands Cement and VUA, had several special "one-off" performances at shows with Faith No More and Patton before his death in 2017. Faith No More's The Real Thing was released in 1989; the album reached the top ten on the US charts, thanks to MTV's heavy rotation of the "Epic" music video. Faith No More released three more studio albums before disbanding in 1998.
In several interviews, Patton cited the declining quality of the band's work as a contributing factor to the split. However, on February 24, 2009, after months of speculation and rumors, "Faith No More" announced they would be reforming with a line-up identical to the Album of the Year era, embarking on a reunion tour called The Second Coming Tour. To coincide with the band's reunion tour, Rhino released the sixth Faith No More compilation, The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection in the UK on June 8; the same line-up released a new album called Sol Invictus in 2015. When interviewed about his lyrical content with Faith No More, Patton responded, "I think that too many people think too much about my lyrics. I am more a person. I just choose the words because of the rhythm, not because of the meaning". During his time in Faith No More, Patton continued to work with Mr. Bungle, his success in mainstream rock and metal helped secure Mr. Bungle a record deal with Warner Bros; the band released a self-titled album in 1991, the experimental Disco Volante in 1995.
Their final album, was released in 1999. The band ceased being active following the 1999–2000 tour in support of the California record, although their disbandment was only confirmed in November 2004. Patton explained to Rolling Stone "I'm at a point now where I crave healthy musical environments, where there is a genuine exchange of ideas without repressed envy or resentment, where people in the band want to be there regardless of what public accolades may come their way. Mr. Bungle was not one of those places."Patton's other projects included two solo albums on the Composer Series of John Zorn's Tzadik label. He is a member of Hemophiliac, in which he performs vocal effects along with John Zorn on saxophone and Ikue Mori on laptop electronics; this group is billed as "improvisational music from the outer reaches of madness". He has guested on Painkiller and Naked City recordings, he has appeared on other Tzadik releases with Zorn and others, notably as part of the "Moonchild Trio" alongside Joey Baron and Trevor Dunn, named after Zorn's album on which the trio first appeared, Moonchild: Songs Without Words.
In 1998, Patton formed the metal supergroup Fantômas with Buzz Osborne, Trevor Dunn, Dave Lombardo. They have released four studio albums. In 1999, Patton met former The Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison at a Mr. Bungle concert in Nashville, the two subsequently formed the band Tomahawk. Tomahawk's straightforward rock sound has been compared to Album of the Year/King for a Day era Faith No More. In 2001, he contributed vocals to Chino Moreno's group Team Sleep and released the album Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By with the group Lovage, a collaborative project consisting of Patton, Dan the Automator, Jennifer Charles, Kid Koala; the next year, Patton performed vocals for Dillinger Escape Plan's 2002 EP, Irony Is a Dead Scene. In 2004, Patton worked with the beat boxer Rahzel on the album Medúlla; that same year, Patton released the album Romances with Kaada and contributed vocals to the album White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School. In 2005, Patton collaborated with hip-hop DJ trio and turntablists The X-Ecutioners to release the album General Patton vs.
The X-Ecutioners. In February 2006, Mike Patton performed an oper
Alternative metal is a rock music fusion genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not associated with metal. Alternative metal bands are characterized by downtuned, mid-paced guitar riffs, a mixture of accessible melodic vocals and harsh vocals and sometimes unconventional sounds within other heavy metal styles; the term has been in use since the 1980s. Other genres considered part of the alternative metal movement included rap metal and funk metal, both of which influenced another prominent subgenre, nu metal. Nu metal expands the alternative metal sound, combining its vocal stylings and downtuned riffs with elements of other genres, such as hip hop, thrash metal, hardcore punk and industrial metal; the genre is considered a fusion between alternative rock and heavy metal, although Allmusic states "alt-metal is a far-reaching term, used to describe everyone from Hammerlock to Neurosis to Ministry to Limp Bizkit". They remarked that alternative metal was "a style united by its nonconformist sensibility rather than any classifiable sound."One of the main characteristics of alternative metal and its subgenres are downtuned, mid-paced "chug"-like guitar riffs.
However, funk metal bands use a more conventional riffing style influenced by 1980s thrash metal. Alternative metal features clean and melodic vocals, influenced by those of alternative rock, in contrast to other heavy metal subgenres. Bands incorporated vocal styles that alternated between clean singing and screaming. Examples include alternative metal bands associated with the nu metal movement, such as Korn and Deftones, who have been described as having "bipolar vocals". Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times wrote in 1990 "Just as rock has an alternative, wing-bands like the Replacements and Dinosaur Jr.-so does metal. Alternative metal is alternative music that rocks, and alternative metal these days can reach 10 times the audience of other alternative rock. Jane's Addiction plays an intense brand of'70s-influenced arty metal. In fact, the arty meanderings of Sab and the Zep themselves would be considered alternative metal." Houston Press has described the genre as being a "compromise for people for whom Nirvana was not heavy enough but Metallica was too heavy."The first wave of alternative metal bands emerged from many backgrounds, including hardcore punk, noise rock, Seattle's grunge scene, stoner rock, sludge metal, gothic metal and industrial.
These bands never formed a distinct scene. Jane's Addiction borrowed from art rock and progressive rock, Quicksand blended post-hardcore and Living Colour injected funk into their sound, for example, while Primus were influenced by progressive rock, thrash metal and funk and Faith No More mixed progressive rock, R&B, funk and hip hop. Fudge Tunnel's style of alternative metal included influences from both sludge noise rock; the origins of the genre can be traced back to funk rock music of the early to mid-1980s, when alternative bands like Fishbone, Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers started mixing heavy metal with funk, creating the alternative metal subgenre funk metal. Other early bands in the genre came from hardcore punk backgrounds. Bands such as Faith No More, Jane's Addiction and Soundgarden are recognized as some of the earliest alternative metal acts, with all three of these bands emerging around the same time, setting the template for the genre by mixing heavy metal music with a variety of different genres in the mid to late 1980s.
During the 1980s, alternative metal appealed to alternative rock fans, since all 1980s alt-metal bands had their roots in the American independent rock scene. The emergence of grunge as a popular style of rock music in the early 1990s helped make alternative metal more acceptable to a mainstream audience, with alternative metal soon becoming the most popular metal style of the 1990s. Several bands associated with the genre denied their status as metal bands. Helmet drummer John Stanier said "We fell into the whole metal thing by accident, we always hated it when people mentioned metal in conjunction with us." Saby Reyes-Kulkarni of Pitchfork Media stated "bands like Faith No More, Primus, the Rollins Band, dozens more were marketed as quasi-metal acts. This was only possible in a climate where record labels and college radio DJs understood that the metal audience could embrace new, albeit arty variations on the form." The alternative music festival Lollapalooza conceived by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, helped bands associated with the movement such as Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails and Alice in Chains gain exposure.
The progressive rock-influenced band Tool became a leading band in the alternative metal genre with the release of their 1993 debut album Undertow. Spin stated in August 1998 that "It was Helmet that spawned the idea of alternative metal with the punk crutch of 1992's Meantime bands such as Rage Against the Machine took the concept a crucial step further, integrating hip hop to connect with skate
Andreas Rudolf Kisser is a Brazilian musician and producer. He is most known for being the lead guitarist for the metal band Sepultura, he has been featured on every Sepultura release since Schizophrenia. Additionally, Kisser has been involved in other bands such as the rock supergroup Hail!, Sexoturica and, more De La Tierra. Kisser was born in São Bernardo do Campo, a municipality in São Paulo to a Slovene mother, from Maribor, a German father, his father was a mechanical engineer who worked for Mercedes-Benz Brazil and his mother was a teacher and amateur artist. At an early age, Kisser showed an interest in music, he was 10 when he started to listen to his parents' records of The Beatles, Roberto Carlos and Tonico & Tinoco. He received his first acoustic guitar from his grandmother and won a second guitar at a game of Bingo. In his early adolescence, Kisser started to play acoustic guitar first learning basic chords from the Brazilian popular music repertoire and on classical pieces. A friend introduced Kisser to hard rock with bands like Queen and Kiss which had a great influence on him.
In 1983, he went to see Kiss live in São Paulo and his father took him to Rock In Rio in 1985 to see AC/DC. Kisser got his first electric guitar, a Giannini-Supersonic, an overdrive pedal. In a May 2018 interview with teenyrockers.com, Kisser noted that his first guitar was purchased for him by his mother. Some of his major influences consisted of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, Jeff Hanneman and Randy Rhoads. Kisser started performing in 1984 in a three-piece band called Esfinge, which he formed with school friends and where he played guitar and sang; the band played covers of heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Two years the band renamed itself Pestilence and, in 1987, recorded a demo called Slaves of Pain; the songs on the demo were afterwards reused by Sepultura in their albums Schizophrenia and Beneath the Remains. Pestilence was, short-lived and split up. In 1987, Kisser met the members of Sepultura and went to see the band play live while he was on a vacation trip to Belo Horizonte.
On the day of the concert he joined the band as an improvised roadie for vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera. He jammed with the members during the intermissions. Following the departure of original lead guitarist Jairo Guedes, Kisser auditioned for the position of lead guitarist; the same year he performed with the band for the first time in Caruaru and recorded the album Schizophrenia. His involvement in Sepultura helped shape the band's evolving sound. Max Cavalera said of him: "... he brought new ideas and influences into Sepultura. The result was Schizophrenia." On Schizophrenia and Beneath the Remains, Kisser co-wrote the lyrics with Max whereas the whole band wrote the music in tandem. For Arise and thereafter Kisser began to write songs of his own. Kisser has occasionally provided backing vocals both live and on the records, he fronted the band in 1996, at the Castle Donington Monsters of Rock festival, when Max Cavalera was forced to absent himself in order to attend the funeral of his stepson Dana Wells.
Kisser is a member of the metal tribute band Hail!. That band's rotating cast of members include Tim "Ripper" Owens, Paul Bostaph, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Jimmy DeGrasso, Phil Demmel and Roy Mayorga. Hail! Was formed in the late 2008 by Ellefson and music manager Mark Abbattista; the band's original lineup, which consisted of DeGrasso, Ellefson and Owens, started a series of concerts in 2009 in Chile. The band toured Europe and played an exclusive concert in Lebanon. In 2010, Hail! went on a second European tour and played a number of US shows with the following line-up: Andreas Kisser, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Paul Bostaph and James LoMenzo. In December 2012, Kisser formed the Latin American supergroup De La Tierra with Alex González of Maná, Andrés Giménez of A. N. I. M. A. L. and Sr. Flavio of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs; the band first released a teaser and a number of behind-the-scene footages of the recording before releasing their debut single "Maldita Historia" in 2013. Kisser worked on three Brazilian movie soundtracks.
For No Coração dos Deuses, a 1999 drama film, he worked on the score with Igor Cavalera and Mike Patton. The soundtrack was recorded at the Estudio ION in São Paulo in June 1998 and produced by André Moraes. In 2001 Kisser worked alongside Tony Bellotto, Eduardo de Queirós, Charles Gavin on the score of the award-winning crime film Bellini and the Sphynx. Kisser collaborated again on the Devil. In August 2009, Kisser released his solo debut album entitled Hubris I & II; when not active with Sepultura Kisser experimented musical ideas and recorded demo material, some of, gestating for 15 years prior to the album's release. In 2007, he uploaded a few short videos of the recording process through his YouTube account, it took Kisser 6 years to complete the album during which he handled a great part of the production duties himself. In the months following the release Kisser played a few shows in Brazil to promote the album and took part in a music video shoot for the song "Em Busca Do Ouro"; the album was nominated at the 2010 Latin Grammys in the "Best Brazilian Rock Album" category.
Kisser worked on various musical projects. Between 1995 and 1996 Kisser recorded a number of demo tracks with Jason Newsted and Tom Hunting under different monikers. For the first project the trio recorded three demo tracks under the name Sexoturica
Dead Kennedys are an American punk rock band that formed in San Francisco, California, in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom. Dead Kennedys' lyrics were political in nature, satirizing establishment political figures and authority in general, as well as popular culture and the punk movement itself. During their initial incarnation between 1978 and 1986, they attracted considerable controversy for their provocative lyrics and artwork. Several stores refused provoking debate about censorship in rock music; this culminated in an obscenity trial between 1986, which resulted in a hung jury. The group released a total of four studio albums and one EP before disbanding in 1986. Following the band's dissolution, Biafra continued to collaborate and record with other artists including D. O. A. NoMeansNo and his own bands Lard and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, as well as releasing several spoken word performances. In 2000, Biafra lost an acrimonious legal case initiated by his former Dead Kennedys band mates over songwriting credits and unpaid royalties.
In 2001, the band reformed without Biafra. Dead Kennedys formed in June 1978 in San Francisco, when East Bay Ray advertised for bandmates in the newspaper The Recycler, after seeing a ska-punk show at Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco; the original band lineup consisted of Jello Biafra on vocals, East Bay Ray on guitar, Klaus Flouride on bass, 6025 on rhythm guitar and Ted on drums and percussion. This lineup recorded their first demos, their first live show was on July 1978 at Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, California. They were the opening act on a bill. Dead Kennedys played numerous shows at local venues afterwards. Due to the provocative name of the band, they sometimes played under pseudonyms, including "The DK's", "The Sharks", "The Creamsicles" and "The Pink Twinkies"; the band's real name generated controversy. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen wrote in November 1978, "Just when you think tastelessness has reached its nadir, along comes a punk rock group called'The Dead Kennedys', which will play at Mabuhay Gardens on Nov. 22, the 15th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination."
Despite mounting protests, the owner of Mabuhay declared, "I can't cancel them NOW—there's a contract. Not the kind of contract some people have in mind." However, despite popular belief, the name was not meant to insult the Kennedy family, but according to Biafra, "to bring attention to the end of the American Dream".6025 left the band in March 1979 under somewhat unclear circumstances considered to be musical differences. In June, the band released their first single, "California Über Alles", on Biafra and East Bay Ray's independent label, Alternative Tentacles; the band followed with a poorly attended East Coast tour, being a new and unknown band at the time, without a full album release. In early 1980, they recorded and released the single "Holiday in Cambodia". In June, the band recorded their debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, released in September of that year on the UK label Cherry Red; the album reached number 33 on the UK Albums Chart. Since its initial release, it has been re-released by several other labels, including IRS, Alternative Tentacles, Cleopatra.
The newest reissue-- the special 25th anniversary edition-- features the original artwork and a bonus 55-minute DVD documenting the making of the album as well as the band's early years. On March 25, 1980, Dead Kennedys were invited to perform at the Bay Area Music Awards in an effort to give the event some "new wave credibility", in the words of the organizers; the day of the performance was spent practicing the song they were asked to play, the underground hit "California Über Alles". The band became the talking point of the ceremony when after about 15 seconds into the song, Biafra stopped the band—in a manner reminiscent of Elvis Costello's Saturday Night Live appearance—and said, "Hold it! We've got ta prove. We're not a punk rock band, we're a new wave band." The band, all wearing white shirts with a big, black S painted on the front, pulled black ties from around the backs of their necks to form a dollar sign started playing a new song titled "Pull My Strings", a barbed, satirical attack on the ethics of the mainstream music industry, which contained the lyrics, "Is my cock big enough, is my brain small enough, for you to make me a star?".
The song referenced The Knack's song "My Sharona". "Pull My Strings" was never recorded for a studio release, though the performance at the Bay Area Music Awards, the only time the song was performed, was released on the band's compilation album Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death. In January 1981, Ted announced that he wanted to leave to pursue a career in architecture and would help look for a replacement, he played his last concert in February 1981. His replacement was D. H. Peligro. Around the same time, East Bay Ray had tried to pressure the rest of the band to sign to the major record label Polydor Records. Polydor decided not to sign the band after they learned that Dead Kennedys' next single was to be entitl