10 Musicians Who Encouraged You To Steal Music

9. Dead Kennedys "In God We Trust" EP


It's probably no surprise that a Punk band like Dead Kennedys would go out of its way to screw over "the man". After all, their social conscience is much of the appeal of their music.

With their 'In God We Trust' EP the band really decided to kick things up a notch. Not only was their sound much harder than it had been on previous releases, but the lyrical content of the songs contained much more aggressive and impassioned social commentary than the band's older output.

And then there was the cassette tape release.

Long before all of these new-fangled MP3s were causing record labels to lose their collective minds, the villain of the day was cassette tapes. Anybody with a two-tape deck could simply copy an entire album from one tape to another blank tape and hand it out to their friends.

The Dead Kennedy's took full advantage of that with the 'In God We Trust' EP by leaving the second side of the cassette release completely blank, instead of filling it with B-sides. Their message - "Home taping is killing record industry profits! We left this side blank so you can help."


Lee Price is a writer for 411mania.com and Starburst Magazine, which is published in the UK. He is currently working as a freelance writer. He hopes to one day fund his addiction to video games by writing about video games, and he maintains a sporadically updated blog at leesrandombulls*it.wordpress.com