San Francisco: Alternative Tentacles. One Sheet. (21.5 x 28 cm.) Promotional Newsletter. Black, typewriter-style, photo-mechanically printed type on Halloween-Orange colored paper. Top corners with record label logo and contact information center with star border. Dead Kennedys logo bottom right. Thick, black border separates text from reproduced, now iconic image of the front cover of the "Frankenchrist" album. One center fold with short, closed tear to the right of fold. Some creasing to upper left and bottom right. Original owner's note in ballpoint pen on verso. Very Good, an unlikely survivor. Item #45
Co-founded by punk musicians, Jello Biafra (Eric Boucher) and East Bay Ray (Raymond Pepperell) in 1979, the independent record label, Alternative Tentacles, was both a platform for Biafra's band, The Dead Kennedys, and a pyre on which to set the establishment on fire. Soon after producing their own single, "California Über Alles", Alternative Tentacles showcased other bands on the label including D.O.A. and The Butthole Surfers. "Let Them Eat Jellybeans" (1981) pressed on the Alternative Tentacles label is widely considered the first punk and hardcore compilation album and features the debut single from hardcore punk Godfathers, "The Bad Brains". This newsletter enthusiastically promotes Klaus Flouride, D.O.A. (playing a gig with Motorhead!) and the False Prophets. Naturally, The Dead Kennedys new album at the time, "Frankenchrist", is the main attraction, with a tour schedule that begins in a place that the prescient Biafra must have sensed need a shot of Punk: Charlottesville, Virginia. Logo artwork by punk rock, collage artist, Winston Smith.