|Origin||San Francisco, California,U.S.|
|Genre(s)||Hardcore punk,Punk rock,Anarcho punk, Post- punk|
|Label(s)||Cherry Red,Faulty Products|
|Associated Acts||Jello Biafra ( solo career), D.O.A|
Dead Kennedys were formed in June, 1978 in San Francisco, California, when Jello Biafra ( Eric Boucher ) responded to an add placed by guitarist East Bay Ray ( Raymond Peppernell ), after seeing a ska punk show at Mabuhay gardens in San Francisco. Their very first show was on July 19, 1978 at the Mabuhay gardens in San Francisco, California.
The original line up of the band was Jello Biafra on vocals, East Bay Ray on guitar, Klaus Flouride ( Geoffrey Lyall ) on bass, and drummer 6025 ( Carlos Cardona). Later that year the band wanted a more experienced drummer, 6025 left the band and the new drummer D. H. Peligro joined in. 6025 eventually did came back as a second guitarist and left again because of the indifference of the bands image and the music style.