Punk rock has always had its political moments, but never as much as it did in San Francisco in 1979. Much of the punk community had had it with governor Jerry Brown and were determined to subvert the system from the inside. That’s when Jello Biafra, the singer of the Dead Kennedys, one of the most fierce punk rock bands of all time, decided it was time he ran for mayor in the ‘79 election.
Part of his election platform included passing a law that would require all politicians to wear clown suits. Jello made the ballot and actually finished fourth, grabbing about 3.5% of the popular vote. Jello almost got into politics again 20 years later when friends told he should run for president with the Green Party, but he decided against it.