Dead Kennedy's third album, “Frakenchrist,” sees the band experiment with their sound by slowing things down and incorporating droning guitars and spaghetti western-inspired style. The band was influenced by mostly prog rock and psychedelic music of the ‘70s while maintaining their clever and political lyricism. The band’s most controversial release was due to the inclusion of a poster insert called “XX Landscape,” aka “Penis Landscape,” which landed the band and their label in a prolonged legal battle, almost killing both entities. Even the Shiners pictured on the cover sued the band for using their likeness. Despite all the controversy, the album has aged well for its unique fusion and droning guitars, making it still sound one-of-a-kind to this day.
Although not always mentioned, the Dead Kennedys (DK) are one of the great punk bands to emerge from the genre's earliest days. Hailing from San Francisco, DK was one of the best hardcore bands on the West Coast, influencing the genre musically with their surf and rockabilly sensibilities and politically with their charged, often ruthless lyricism. Lead vocalist Jello Biafra’s iconic voice and antics also helped make the band one of the most influential punk bands. From running for mayor to a protracted legal battle with Al Gore’s wife, Biafra was an activist who inspired punks to do more than whine and complain in glorified social clubs.