This was released as a single from the first Dead Kennedys album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
. Lead singer Jello Biafra set up his own label, Alternative Tentacles, to release their material, which gave them total creative freedom. Biafra used that freedom to insert posters of high-end penis art into their 1985 album Frankenchrist
, which triggered a lawsuit
at a time when decency in music was a hot topic. The US government, Biafra's biggest foe, raided his apartment and charged him with distributing harmful material to minors. Remarkably, five jurors ruled him guilty, but the other seven ruled in his favor so the judge declared a mistrial. The band couldn't withstand the strain of the trail and parted ways around the time of the verdict in 1987. They reactivated under acrimonious circumstances in 2001 after Biafra's bandmates sued him over unpaid royalties and were awarded use of the name. They found a new lead singer, Brandon Cruz, and hit the road without Biafra.