I actually seriously entertained the possibility that maybe Jello Biafra had been cheating the rest of the Dead Kennedys, and that maybe they were suing as a last-ditch attempt to get their fair share.
It turns out that not only have they erased his name from the cover artwork on the new CD releases, they’ve also decided to go on a “Dead Kennedys Reunion Tour”—to which he is, of course, not invited.
There’s a reason why Jello Biafra has had a successful solo career after the breakup of the Dead Kennedys, whereas East Bay Ray hasn’t. I don’t think it has anything to do with shady business practices. Dead Kennedys without Jello Biafra is like Talking Heads without David Byrne, or ELO without Jeff Lynne, or Ultravox without John Foxx, or maybe Genesis without Peter Gabriel…
I sent $5 to the Alternative Tentacles legal defense fund.