Alternative Tentacles


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Started by Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys in 1979, Alternative Tentacles is one of the longest-running independent record labels.
June 1979: Dead Kennedys release their first single “California Über Alles”.
Spring 1981: Alternative Tentacles re-launches with the Let Them Eat Jellybeans compilation, designed to introduce North American bands such as D.O.A., Black Flag, Flipper, Bad Brains, Half Japanese, and Voice Farm, among many others, to Europe and the world at large.
1987: Biafra releases first spoken word album No More Cocoons.

1988: Alternative Tentacles sprouts another generation of bands led by NoMeansNo, Alice Donut, The Beatnigs (with Michael Franti now of Spearhead), Tragic Mulatto, Victims Family, and Hungarian space-shamans Vagtazo Halottkemek (aka Galloping Coroners or VHK).
1994: Biafra releases a fourth spoken word album on Alternative Tentacles, Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police.
1996-97: In May 1997, Alternative Tentacles releases Lard’s second full-length album, Pure Chewing Satisfaction. Yet another crop of AT artists—including Dead And Gone, Logical Nonsense, Buzzkill, Man Is the Bastard, Facepuller, and The Fixtures—marks a return to the extreme and esoteric sides of . The side of the equation is bolstered by the addition of Thrall (ex-God Bullies), Ultra Bide, Pachinko, Zen Guerrilla, and the uniquely -influenced Czech group, Life After Life (ex-Plastic People of the Universe).

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  • mrbonzoorubber2

    What about Plainfield?

    February 2015
  • songfactslastfm

    "I just like the shock value. I've always been about the value of shock value." - Anyone who thinks that old age may have dulled former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra's rage and fury are in for a rude awakening when they give a listen to the latest release by his band the Guantanamo School of Medicine, White People and the Damage Done. Biafra talks about the "savage" new album, and his favorite songwriters who inspired it. The founder of Alternative Tentacles also tells us the stories behind such Dead Kennedys classics as "Holiday in Cambodia" and "California Über Alles," and explains why he does not plan on reuniting with his former bandmates any time soon:

    August 2013
  • iviscera

    check out the new Burning Image video for the song "GARGOYLES" from the Alternative Tentacles release "1983-1987"

    November 2010
  • afalange

    Jello playing in Brazil thanks god! (irony)

    October 2010
  • vicskatepunk


    July 2009
  • Sud1pt0

    Hey check the songs out at

    June 2009
  • Yamber

    fucking jello is amazing ho-ho-ho

    July 2008
  • SaftUndKraft

    One of the only labels to stay true to real music

    February 2008

    jello is fucking amazing

    February 2008
  • stev666


    February 2008
  • eternalcowboy2


    May 2007
  • Lojoho

    Once I ordered an officer friendly shirt off your site, but you knew what I really wanted was the standard bat logo tee. TY ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES

    March 2007
  • RobToTheMax


    April 2006
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