July 11, 2014 – 6:29 pm

DH PELIGRO R.I.P. 1959 - 2022

DH Peligro, Dead Kennedys’ longtime drummer, has died. The band confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “Dead Kennedys’ drummer DH Peligro (Darren Henley) passed away in his Los Angeles home on October 28. Police on the scene stated that he died from trauma to the head caused by an accidental fall.” Peligro was 63 years old.

Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra wrote: “Even behind the drum kit, he had presence. All animal instinct, he never played anything quite the same way twice. He was a born showman.” He went on to recall his first encounter with Peligro, watching his band SSI play at defunct San Francisco venue the Deaf Club. Peligro, in Biafra’s eyes, “stole the show” with his performance that night. “A free spirited African American force of nature… with this shit eating grin, a bandana on his head, and two kick drums, singing his ass off,” Biafra recalled.

Flea took to Instagram, saying “The first time I saw you play with the DK’s in ‘81 you blew my mind. The power, the soul, the recklessness.” Superchunk’s Jon Wurster posted a video of a Dead Kennedys set in San Francisco from 1984 with the words “DH Peligro has left the building. One of the absolute greats.”

Peligro made his recorded debut with Dead Kennedys on the 1981 EP In God We Trust, Inc, which famously marked the band’s first of many references railing against President Ronald Reagan. The record also includes their iconic hit “Nazi Punks Fuck Off.” Peligro’s hardcore drumming style continued in a modified form on the band’s sophomore album, 1982’s Plastic Surgery Disasters, and on through their next string of records: 1985’s Frankenchrist, 1986’s Bedtime for Democracy, and the 1987 compilation album Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death.

Following Dead Kennedys break up in December 1986, Peligro briefly joined Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988. Peligro was also responsible for introducing Kiedis and Flea to then-teenager John Frusciante, who joined as their new guitarist shortly afterward.

Peligro was an early Black icon in the punk rock scene and was frequently outspoken about his experiences with racism while touring, including being denied entry into clubs his bands were scheduled to play. “Music would take me to places I wouldn’t normally go, and it’s fine while you were onstage, but when you got off, they’d get drunk and call you all kinds of names,” he told LA Weekly.

“You go down South, you go across the Midwest, then people were thinking that it was music for white people, or I was the janitor or security or something. You got to experience the racism firsthand, because everybody wasn’t as open-minded as they were in San Francisco. It’s a bit more open and accepted today, but there’s still pockets of people who want to use punk rock to create hate music. That angers me to no end.” -,

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A Skateboard Party [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Alabamahalle, Munich, Germany; December 8, 1982. (December 13?) This has also been listed as Stuttgart, September 13, 1982. Very good soundboard. Vinyl rip. Might be some “static” inherent in the source.

Has time really changed? This was then…

Now it is 1984
Knock-knock at your front door
It’s the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece

- California Uber Alles (1979)

Or, as stinky1 says, just change a couple of words and the place will be recognizable today:

Well you’ll work harder
With a gun in your back
For a bowl of rice a day
Slave for soldiers
Till you starve
Then your head is skewered on a stake

What you need, my son

Is a holiday in Cambodia
Where people dress in black
A holiday in Cambodia
Where you’ll kiss ass or crack

- Holiday In Cambodia (1980)

Thanks to stinky1 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

stinky1 noted:

I had this on tape, and lost it, or the last song cut out, and I wanted to get it again. Scored the original blue cover vinyl on Ebay! Great album. Favorite track is Holiday In Cambodia. Today it would be called Holiday in Syria! Ahh all the sardonic ranting of Jello! I find the him calling Reagan “Fascist” quite amusing! Sound quality is excellent! Vinyl was very good+ condition if not better. With Diamond Cut as long as you don’t have a long fuzzy crackle, or a record with stylus ring wear (conical, misalignment), you can generally make anything sound great!

Hitachi ht-466 w Ortofon X5-mc- silver headshell wires and RCA plug.
Captured with Auzentech Meridien 2g in 96/24 wav in Diamond Cut Audio 7.5.
Processed with Diamond Cut audio filters.
Converted with Traders Little Helper- level 8 flac.

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Track 01. Man With The Dog 3:04 (5.1MB)
Track 02. Forward To Death, I Am The Owl 1:05 (1.8MB)
Track 03. Kepone Factory 1:50 (3.1MB)
Track 04. Life Sentence 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 05. Trust Your Mechanic 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 06. Moral Majority 2:38 (4.4MB)
Track 07. Forest Fire 1:58 (3.3MB)
Track 08. Winnebago Warrior 2:15 (3.8MB)
Track 09. Police Jerk 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 10. Bleed for Me 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 11. Interview 0:10 (274k)
Track 12. Holiday in Cambodia 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 13. Let’s Lynch the Landlord 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 14. Chemical Warfare 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 15. Nazi Punks Fuck Off 0:55 (1.5MB)
Track 16. California Uber Alles 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track 17. Interlude 1:44 (2.9MB)
Track 18. Too Drunk To Fuck 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 19. Kill The Poor 3:17 (5.5MB)
51 mins

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  1. 13 Responses to “DEAD KENNEDYS - MUNICH 1982 [DH PELIGRO R.I.P. 1959 - 2022]”

  2. this is pretty cool. Thanks for posting

    By Eric on Jul 12, 2014

  3. Classic DK’s thanks for the post ! Now.. how’s about some 70’s Ramones - Tommy Ramone R.I.P.

    By Woodstock on Jul 12, 2014

  4. r.i.p. tommy ramone, original drummer and last surviving original member of the ramones. the ramones were the best and most influential band of the ’70s. every show I saw was great right up to the last one.

    “It wasn’t just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody.” - Tommy Ramone, 1978

    here’s a great show from 1977 - 26 minutes, 14 great songs. gabba gabba hey!

    watch the documentary “end of the century” if youre unfamiliar with the ramones.

    By barth on Jul 12, 2014

  5. were they also to watch them as great?

    By tin a gok on Jul 12, 2014

  6. Thanks Barth - there’s some great full shows on you tube - Germany ‘78 - San Francisco ‘78 and many others… Gabba Gabba Hey all day today! RIP The Ramones complete.

    By Woodstock on Jul 12, 2014

  7. absolutely, tin a gok! the ramones were one of the tightest bands ever partly due to the fact that they would berate each other after a show if someone missed a note! i first saw them in 1978 and every show was great right up to the last one. they never wanted to disappoint the fans because they didn’t have that many in the usa, they were much more popular overseas.

    hey ho lets go!

    By barth on Jul 13, 2014

  8. Well i saw Marky Ramone with Andrew W.K last week in Sweden.I guess that is the closest you will get The Ramones sound 2014.It was 60 minutes full action from start to the last song.Andrew did a great job with the Ramones songs.

    But Dead Kennedys are also pretty cool.

    By E.T on Jul 13, 2014

  9. btw.. joey was the original drummer. tommy was an original member yes but not their original drummer. after a few gigs joey came out from behind the drums and became their singer and tommy took over the drums. now we only have 2 members left. marky and richie. various reports say tommy was 65. he was 62. born in january 1952. richie replaced deedee. marky replaced tommy who went on to production work. tommy had been suffering from bile duct cancer. i toured with the ramones taking many many 1000s upon 1000s of pics from 1980-83 along the east coast thanks to johnny. i think in all i saw about 118 shows. thanks to some of my pics of them i became the in house photographer at the st george theater on staten island for a short while. my photos of the ramones helped me in many ways. i loved the band immensely and i miss them very much. one of my all time faves. there were so many times id spend many a nite hanging with johnny or joey or both at clubs in ny. sometimes i would go with johnny to film and memorabilia conventions since we shared a common interest in such things. in the late 70s early 80s i was also johnnys source for videos that he couldnt find elsewhere. i didnt even collect video back then but when he needed something i would find it for him and give him the tapes i got. i didnt care about video myself til early 88.. a full 10 yrs later.

    By darth on Jul 13, 2014

  10. Shut the fuck up, Glen.

    By willis on Jul 13, 2014

  11. so is that kid in the movie Almost Famous suppose to be like a young Darth? Did you write for Rolling Stone or just take pics?

    By nubious on Jul 13, 2014

  12. i never wrote for rolling stone. i did appear in aquarian weekly. a long island newspaper and i was in time mag and the globe and esquire and the daily news (front page) and other magazines and newspapers and programs and so on. ive been in some books too like the david bowie concert tapes for example. but the kid in the movie was more of a journalist. i was just the photographer and i did it more as a hobby which every so often i was able to make a few bucks with. most of my sales were private. i had an agency for a short while but i found that the one i had was too much of a rip off and i didnt have the umph to put that much energy into keeping tabs on where my work was appearing to make sure that they were paying me what they owed me. the one who ran the agency was notorious for not paying her photogs and i had to keep asking for my money so i didnt stay with her. too much stress and headaches. its not worth it. she had a few favorites and they got paid. plus i was using mostly negatives and of course they wanted slides which meant i had to switch. but thats another story altogether.

    By darth on Jul 13, 2014

  13. i was in time mag and the globe and esquire and the daily news (front page)

    were they discussing your court case for selling bootlegged material?

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 13, 2014

  14. darth was in handcuffs doing the perp walk in the daily news photo.

    By barth on Jul 13, 2014

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