Dead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band 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 released four studio albums and one EP before disbanding in 1986. Since the band's dissolution, vocalist Jello Biafra has continued to collaborate and record with other artists. In 2001, the band reformed without Biafra, who had been in an acrimonious legal dispute with the remaining members over royalties. Ignore the reformed band, the real band finished in the 80s. Essential listening; Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is easily one of the best albums produced from that 80s American punk scene. RIYL: Any political punk band that came after them takes a big influence from them, with their sardonic style. They were also a bit more progressive and experimental than often given credit for. The Frankenchrist album is a great example of a "progressive" punk record. Unlike some of their contemporaries, they were absolutely fantastic song-writers.