The secrets behind East Bay Ray’s guitar tone on the Dead Kennedys’ Holiday in Cambodia

The Dead Kennedys' East Bay Ray
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The U.S. hardcore punk movement simmered under the surface during the late-'70s as numerous bands across the country experimented with controversial lyrics and sounds with a much rougher edge than the punk music that proceeded it.

When the Dead Kennedys released their debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, in 1980, American hardcore punk exploded like an erupting volcano. The album’s release marked a landmark shift away from the traditional punk sounds of bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and X toward a more primal, aggressive and decidedly more noisy approach.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.