Alternative Tentacles Records

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Alternative Tentacles Records was established in June of 1979 and is most likely the longest lasting (and still active) underground record labels around. Although it is perceived by many as a “punk” label, having released records by Dead Kennedys and others, it is actually best known for its impact on the world of underground culture.

In the early years the label gained international attention by introducing the world to artists such as : Dead Kennedys, Butthole Surfers, D.O.A., 7 Seconds, Winston Smith, NoMeansNo, Neurosis and Voice Farm. The label has continued to remain vital in its lengthy history by refusing to adhere to a formula for an easily identifiable ‘Alternative Tentacles Sound.’ Rather, the label has released many political spoken word releases; as well as releasing: Brazilian hardcore, bent pop, faux-country, and assorted rock & roll. Of late, the label is also known for its “Re-Issues Of Necessity Series”.

The label is also well known due to its outspoken provocateur owner, talent scout and recording artist, Jello Biafra. Many may recall his run for mayor of San Francisco in 1979 at the age of 21; as well as his trial for “distributing harmful matter” - which stemmed from including an H.R. Giger poster in a Dead Kennedy’s album; to his 2000 nomination as Green party candidate for President of the United States. Since the parting of Dead Kennedys, Jello has released many spoken word releases as well as collaborating with other musicians and bands such as DOA, Nomeansno, Mojo Nixon, and stand-alone projects like Tumor Circus (with Steelpole Bathtub)

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  • 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: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/jello_biafra/

    August 2013
  • UpAllNightBrain

    Some good shit from these guys.

    May 2010
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