What we have here is some of the earliest Dead Kennedys video footage I’ve ever seen. The only clip older than this I’m sure I’ve seen was one of their first shows from August 20th at Sproul Plaza. This footage is from the following month at the Mabuhay Gardens.
There are only four songs and the sound quality is less than ideal but the set is interesting because, in addition to DK standards like “Man With the Dogs,” “Holiday in Cambodia,” and “I Kill Children,” we get to hear a rare recording of the “lost” song “Kidnap”—a song which appears only on their first demo and on a couple of live recordings.
What’s really interesting about this footage, however, is the end of “I Kill Children” in which Biafra dives into the audience and comes back with less pants than he originally had on. His trousers are eventually totally ripped off and he proceeds to rock out with his cock out, completing the song and the set.
This wasn’t the last time Biafra finished a set after having his pants removed by the audience. Famously, a year later, supporting The Clash at Kezar Pavillion, Jello lost his pants which infuriated promoter Bill Graham to the point of needing to be physically restrained from “beating the crap out of” Biafra.
If you want to skip to the sexy part, go to about ten and a half minutes: