TS: Henry Rollins v Jello Biafra

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Who words speak louder to you?

pedro the jaguar, Sunday, 9 March 2003 03:07 (11 years ago) Permalink

Hank is a stand-up comedian who's done Gap ads. I choose Hank!

Matt Maxwell (Matt M.), Sunday, 9 March 2003 03:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

I wished they'd both speak a little quieter, actually.

slutsky (slutsky), Sunday, 9 March 2003 03:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

Jello speaks at hacker conventions and I met him at Terrastock. I choose Jello!

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Sunday, 9 March 2003 03:37 (11 years ago) Permalink

OH SHIT! Does slutsky's brilliant OTM remark shut down this thread? LOL

pedro the jagura (pedro the jaguar), Sunday, 9 March 2003 03:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

I heckled Jello during one of his spoken-word things once, do I win?

dave q, Sunday, 9 March 2003 12:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

Did Jello have any good come-backs?

Burning Flags, Sunday, 9 March 2003 18:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

i choose dave q

dyson (dyson), Sunday, 9 March 2003 18:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

I don't know who is louder, but Henry can throw farther...

like that time he threw the chair in the dressing room (at the Channel) after reading Gerard Cosloy's review of the latest Black Flag release...

thankfully I knew how to duck fast and Gerard was not actually in the room...and I don't think Henry knew what he looked like...yet.

BurmaKitty (BurmaKitty), Sunday, 9 March 2003 19:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

Henry Sincerly apologized for missing a spoken word performance on a night that it was raining so hard his plane had to be redirected to a different airport.

Jello spoke for 4 hours non-stop. At midnight some one stood up and said "Man I love you but fuckin' shut up."

brg30 (brg30), Sunday, 9 March 2003 20:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

Henry idolizes Ted Nugent, so his rants are usually low content, poorly informed but very energetic and exciting.
Jello idolizes Noam Chomsky, so his rants are usually intellectually provocative but dry and sometimes abstruse.
I'd prefer Chomsky had charisma and Nugent had an IQ over 50, then both Jello could drop out of the whole spoken word thing altogether. Jello could become an amusing dark-horse candidate and Henry could become a slapstick comedian...or bodybuilder...or construction worker or somesuch.
But I won't say that. It would be petty.
Besides, I'm a fan of both men's spoken word work, and I'm probably one of the few people on earth who has all of their spoken word work.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Sunday, 9 March 2003 20:30 (11 years ago) Permalink

Charisma is Chomsky's #1 attribute.

(Since I've only been exposed to JB's spoken word, I guess HR wins by default.)

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 9 March 2003 21:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

HR is weird in that he started out as a *cough*beat poet*cough and mutated into a stand-up comedian.
JB is weird in that he started out as a fine satirist and has (devolved?) into a polemicist.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Sunday, 9 March 2003 21:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

I've never really liked either of them -- they seem sort of pointless -- but if I had to choose I'd choose Jello, who seems like less of a prick.

nabisco (nabisco), Sunday, 9 March 2003 22:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

I actually quite like both of 'em's stand-up, er, spoken word stuff, but I'm gonna go with Jello cause his name is "Jello" and that's fuckin cool.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 10 March 2003 15:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

biafra all the way. he actually "keeps it real" in terms of lifestyle politics, etc. (not that i care about lifestyle politics, but if you're gonna preach it to that extent you better life the life). he's actually a fairly mobilizing voice for young leftists, even if it just gets kids interested in finding out more. and as persuasive and biased as his spoken word records may be, he avoids sloganeering and encourages kids to "think". i ate it up when i was in 9th grade with my double vinyl copy of "i blow minds for a living".

john fail (cenotaph), Monday, 10 March 2003 16:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

i choose wesley willis

pete b. (pete b.), Monday, 10 March 2003 16:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

Jello's piece on Mumia Abu Jamal is spot on, and it actually made my mom cry.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 10 March 2003 16:02 (11 years ago) Permalink

Henry Rollins has a real big neck, you know.

Ally (mlescaut), Monday, 10 March 2003 19:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

jello biafra wasn't in "johnny mnemonic".

john fail (cenotaph), Monday, 10 March 2003 19:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

Jello's piece on Mumia Abu Jamal is spot on, and it actually made my mom cry.
His peice about what would happen if that plutonium power sattelite had crashed was even more intense.
"What Matters now? (long pause) Nothing...Matters...Now! Looting! Cow Tipping! Armored Car Tipping!"
Hysterically funny in the original sense of the word. As in laughing out of control because the fear and loathing overwhelm your higher processes.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Monday, 10 March 2003 21:45 (11 years ago) Permalink

Totally Custos. I like how he ends that one ("hold me"); pretty powerful and succint.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 10 March 2003 22:04 (11 years ago) Permalink

jello biafra wasn't in "johnny mnemonic".
It wasn't bad enough that Our Boy Hank wasted his talent on that movie...he gets wasted by Dolph Friggin Lundgren...Dolph Friggin Lundgren dressed...as...a...priest!

Disclaimer: Contrary to the above, "Actor" Dolph Lundgren's middle name is *not* Friggin. His real middle name is Fuqcnugget.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 14:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

What was the point to Henry Rollins being in the Jackass movie, anyway? I mean, is he the cheapest guy they could have found to drive an off-roader or something?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 14:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

Hank has his own tv show on TLC, where people drive humvees into giant bowling pins. I think he's typecast.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 14:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

6 years pass...

Jello at a Fall concert in 1983.

The Broken Brothers, Saturday, 2 January 2010 22:07 (4 years ago) Permalink


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