Which means new Kennedys material will be on soon.
Following a court's ruling on December 22nd that affirmed a jury's decision
against former lead singer Jello Biafra, more albums and videos are now in the
offing from Dead Kennedys.
New material could be out as early as Spring 2001. According to the band's
former guitarist, East Bay Ray, several labels have already been in contact with
the band's partnership, Decay Music, about releasing digitally remastered
albums, previously unreleased live albums, and home videos. Dead Kennedys
catalogue previously had been controlled by Biafra's Alternative Tentacles
"We have all been involved in music since Dead Kennedys disbanded, as
musicians and producers," said drummer D.H. Peligro. "This was never
about the money. This was about principle, about being fair with the guys you're
with in a band."
Dead Kennedys will continue as a democracy and a partnership. Ray said
Biafra will be invited to vote on all pertinent partnership issues as usual.
Biafra also continues to share in the band's royalties, in fact receiving a
higher percentage because of his lyric writing.
East Bay Ray said the Dead Kennedys are likely to allow the release of
digitally remastered editions of the band's albums, never before released live
albums and home video packages culled from more than 60 hours of taped
performances. Said D.H., "There's a whole generation of kids who are into
the band, but never saw us live. It's about laying it down for the people."