September 2 – Dead Kennedys, Erasure, Rock HoF Museum


Influential San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys release debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (UK#33).

It includes their first, June ’79 single — written by vocalist Jello Biafra — California Uber Alles.   MP3  Single Kill the Poor makes UK#49.

Biafra’s … baiting his targets of conservatism, violence, overbearing authority, and capitalist greed with a viciously satirical sarcasm that keeps his unflinchingly political outlook from becoming too didactic. ▷AllMusic review▹
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The band will release 3 more studio albums and a live album before slamming and the violence of the scene leads it to break up in 1986. Biafra remains a touring spokesman for progressive ideas. (*)

 ( Website Early Years Live 


English synthpop duo Erasure (songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell) release debut single Who Needs Love Like That.

It takes 7 years to reach the UK top-10! Debut album Wonderland is released May 1, 1986. By 2009, 34 of their singles have made the UK top-40. 25 years after Wonderland, on Oct. 5, 2011, Erasure release new, 14th studio album Tomorrow’s World.

When I Start To  ▷at MeFi▹  ( Website


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

The RRHF Foundation was created on Apr. 20, 1983. The first induction took place at NYC’s posh Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Jan. 23, 1986.

2011 performer inductees included the original Alice Cooper band (site), Neil Diamond (site), Dr. John (“Mac” Rebennack) (site), Darlene Love (site) and Tom Waits (site).

▷Rock Hall’s Songs that Shaped Rock’n’Roll▹ (app available)
 ( Rock Hall site

See also: List of inductees