Bruce Slesinger, better known by his stage name Ted, was the first drummer for the Dead Kennedys. [1 ]
Dead Kennedys [ edit ]
He drummed for the band from July 1978 to February 1981. He played the drums on their first album,
. He also co-wrote their second single, " Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Holiday in Cambodia", in conjunction with the rest of the group, and " Pull My Strings", a song written with lead singer and primary songwriter Jello Biafra specifically for the 1980 Bay Area Music awards. He also played on the Dead Kennedys track " Night of the Living Rednecks", in which Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray's guitar "breaks" and the band begins playing in a bebop style, while Biafra tells about his encounter with some jocks.
He preferred Gretsch drum kits and was best known for his manic energy and his distinctive kick-snare-ride patterns. Slesinger left because he wanted to pursue a career in
architecture, and was replaced by D.H. Peligro.
Life outside music [ edit ]
He is now married and living in
San Francisco working as an architect. He has a son, Samuel Slesinger, who is living in [2 ] San Francisco and graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Film & Media Studies.
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