"The Sky is Falling and I Want my Mommy" (with NoMeansNo) is awesome too, "Chew" being genuinely frightening and the title track, just plain explosive. NoMeansNo come out of this very well, I've never really got on with much else they've done.
So who likes his country album then? "Prairie Home Invasion" (with Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors) got him beaten up by humourless fucks who accused him of "selling out." They should have given it another listen. Biafra's whine suits country to a "T", Nixon weighs in with his share of lead vocals, and "Will the Fetus be Aborted is cracking.
I'm also a big fan of the Tumor Circus LP, even though it contains "Turn Off the Respirator" one of the most depressing songs I've ever heard.
The last LP he did (with the Melvins) was................................OK. Seems pretty similar to the DOA one, only not as good. I've not heard enough Lard to comment, or anything by the No WTO Combo. As for his spoken word, I've seen him once, and found him to be a very engaging public speaker, though I'd only buy one of the spoken word albums if it was in a bargain bin. the one I've bought I've listened to but the once, and that was a few years ago. Mabe I'll be curious enough, at some undefined future point, to put it on again.
Anything Else? What say you?
― Ben Dot (1977), Saturday, 7 May 2005 00:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 May 2005 01:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
The Jello-less DK's "reunion" depressed me deeply.
― Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 7 May 2005 02:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 May 2005 02:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
Dire. Tragic. Profane. Unfortunate.
― Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 7 May 2005 03:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
Alternative Tentacles is one of my customers. Jesse's a cool guy, though I do still live for the day that Jello calls & places an order. That's how I came across the Melvins collaboration...I wouldn't have purchased it myself, had they not sent me a promo copy. All kind of off-topic but the day I got the account I did a little dance in my cubicle, and no-one else in my department knew what the hell I was babbling about.. "Jello what?"
I really loved Prairie Home Invasion, btw. Will The Fetus Be Aborted is a freakin CLASSIC. Jello should definitely do more country.
― VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 May 2005 03:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
Favorite post DKs moment is 'Mate, Spawn and Die' by Lard, a mantra for the plunge into middle age if ever there was one. The Tumor Circus EP with the Clive Barker cover is a very nice item too.
Saw the spoken word thing he did in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, where he also gave his side of the 'reunion' story. Yes, he's an engaging public speaker, but . . get a fucking band together and tour, Jello!
It's not like there'd be any problem about assembling a good line-up. Do you want to see an incendiary punk rock rabble-rouser or an entertaining after dinner speaker?
― Soukesian, Saturday, 7 May 2005 09:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 7 May 2005 09:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Saturday, 7 May 2005 16:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
I seem to remember a couple of blistering live Lard tracks tacked onto some Wax Tracks video comp a friend (Aldo?) had. Jello and the band performing behind chicken wire, which might just as well have been for the audience's protection as the other way around.
― Soukesian, Saturday, 7 May 2005 17:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
Sure, Jello is still doing the same thing he did back in the Dead Kennedys shows, as the stories go.. acting out the lyrics, making funny weird faces, jumping around, embracing the crowd, pretty frequent crowdsurfing, etc. But, I thought he wouldn't as "on", so to speak for the obvious reasons.. age, the getting-beat-up incident, etc.
Seems like Jello's been either working out, or has fully recovered or both.. aside from a slight gut and some grey hair, Jello was at 110% last night. He still has it, period. He sounds very much like he did back in the day. I was really floored. Perhaps this being an all ages show, this being Seattle maybe (i.e. WTO) and there being a lot of punk-rock parents on the balcony nodding their heads smiling watching their punk-rock kids in the mosh-pit below, it just gave Jello some sort of amazing second wind. I mean, the guy was one of the best frontmen I've seen at a rock performance this year. I can't even say the same for Jon King, and I LIKED that Gang Of Four show... a lot!
Again, sure, if you think Jello's performance style is "corny", this show would only confirm it. But it was good enough to easily get past that (for me)... and he only got on a brief preachy pulpit a couple of times, one time when the music was blaring, so you could barely hear him anyway. Even if you hate hate hate his spoken word stuff, this wouldn't be nearly enough to ruin the fun at all. (Personally, I don't mind his spoken word stuff that much as far as being informed goes.. it's just the delivery and "solutions" part of his spoken spiel that grate, but that's me.. but anyway..)
It helped that the Melvins warmed things up with their own mini-set, which was basically a live greatest-hits-EP-at-volume-11... It was stunning. It was the first time, after all these years, I got to see David Stone on bass (though I've seen Melvins at least a dozen times, and he's been playing with the band on and off since the late 90s) and David rocks it, especially with the noise-making gear widgets...
When Buzzo and David put on the terrorist masks, and started with Alice Cooper's "Halo Of Flies", the moment came, and Jello came onto the stage dressed as a silver lam&eeacute; South American junta leader, sunglasses and all.. and sang the full nine-minutes of it. Jello started stripping slowly throughout the set, dousing himself with a water bottle every song.
Anyway, even if you're suspect, DON'T MISS THIS SHOW! I expected a fun time, and I got a mega-fucking-wallop 'o' fun.
― iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 3 November 2005 18:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 3 November 2005 18:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Soukesian, Thursday, 3 November 2005 18:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
It also helps that given the (in my humble opinion) inexcusable actions of the Ex-Kennedys i.e. the lawsuit/rights to the DKs backcatalog, seeing this pretty much invalidates the Ex-Kennedys in a live context, period. The Melvins were the ones that had to convince Jello to do live DeadKennedys songs live for this tour and the one last year... but I thinkJello realized this master move. Who's going to see the Ex-Kennedys live NOW, after this? Because any die-hard DKs fan too young to have seem them back in the day will have seen this one, if not both. No DKs fan would have seen just the Ex-Kennedys live.
And even if the Ex-Kennedys can sue Jello for using "their" songs live (which I don't know if is true or not), this Jello/Melvins tour thing will help put the nails into the coffins of the Ex-Kennedys being able to tour again... and the Ex-DKs will have to live off the sales of the DK records via Manifesto, solely (which is possible, but will suffer if their live shows are sparsely attended by even ironic fans at this point.)
All in all, payback can taste great, and rock very loudly.
― iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 3 November 2005 19:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 3 November 2005 19:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― fancybill (ozewayo), Friday, 4 November 2005 00:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Friday, 4 November 2005 11:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― An evening of fun in the metropolis of your dream (Bimble...), Saturday, 28 October 2006 06:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink
my punk rock claim to fame: i was really involved in the campus green party in the 2000 elections, and we brought him to speak at my school. we took him out to dinner afterwards, and the only place open was denny's. he ate my fries. he also pissed in an empty water bottle before his lecture, so he didn't have to go out through the auditorium to the bathroom. bottle of jello biafra piss. yep.
― Emily B (Emily B), Saturday, 28 October 2006 17:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink
― latebloomer: Winner of the Congressional Medal of....UGLY (latebloomer), Saturday, 28 October 2006 18:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink
― Emily B (Emily B), Saturday, 28 October 2006 19:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 28 October 2006 20:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink
And yes, Jello still rocks it live. He sat in with my band last month in Oakland wearing a pope's hat and a judge's robe. It was a good look for him.
― Uncle Tom (Uncle Tom), Sunday, 29 October 2006 02:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink
"get a fucking band together and tour, Jello!"
@@@@@@@@@@ New Jello Biafra tunes & Euro-Tour! @@@@@@@@@@
Meanwhile, the legendary Jello Biafra hits the road with his new band, Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine. After a warm-up show in Northern California, they're blitzing Europe with the core band of Jello, Ralph Spight, Kimo Ball, and Jon Weiss. Andrew Weiss (Ween, Gone, and Rollins Band) is on bass this tour as Billy Gould is touring with his band Faith No More.
You can also hear 2 songs from the upcoming "Audacity of Hype" full-length that's coming out in October 2009 RIGHT NOW: http://www.myspace.com/jellobiafraandthegsm
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine Tour 200908/15/2009 Center For The Arts Grass Valley, CA08/21/2009 Frequency Festival St. Polten, Austria08/22/2009 Backstage Munich, Germany08/23/2009 Garage Saarbrucken, Germany08/25/2009 Club Vaudeville Lindau, Germany08/26/2009 Rote Fabrik Zurich, Switzerland08/27/2009 Onda d'Urto Brescia, Italy08/28/2009 Festa dell'Unita Bologna, Italy08/30/2009 La Tannerie Bourg En Bresse, France08/31/2009 Le Nouveau Casino Paris, France09/01/2009 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands09/03/2009 LMH Cologne, Germany09/04/2009 SO36 Berlin, Germany09/05/2009 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany09/07/2009 Academy Bristol, UK09/08/2009 Academy London, UK09/09/2009 Academy Sheffield, UK
― Soukesian, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 11:19 (nine years ago) Permalink
Sounding pretty damn good - shame he isn't coming any closer than Sheffield.
― Soukesian, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 11:20 (nine years ago) Permalink
I will probably go to the London gig.
― someone who is ranked fairly highly in an army of poo (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 11:22 (nine years ago) Permalink
Jello Biafra, night tripper. Seriously though, this looks like one hell of a freaking great party
― Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 3 June 2011 10:31 (seven years ago) Permalink
Holy shit! When did this happen?
― a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Friday, 3 June 2011 22:27 (seven years ago) Permalink
He was great with the Guantanamo School of Medicine tonight in Glasgow...
― just call me brian (krakow), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 23:13 (seven years ago) Permalink
New Full-Length Album From Jello Biafra On April 2, 2013
Alternative Tentacles is proud to announce the April 2nd release date for Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School Of Medicine’s highly-anticipated new album White People And The Damage Done. White People And The Damage Done (Virus 450) is the band's second full length, picking up where last fall’s “Shock-u-py!” left off. This long-awaited anti-austerity blast-a-thon with the teeth, venom, and one-of-a-kind music of Jello Biafra covers in gruesome detail: corruption (“The Brown Lipstick Parade”), “Werewolves of Wall Street,” “Road Rage,” and corporate McMedia making pop stars out of small-time crooks to shield the big ones (“John Dillinger”) or tabloid pop stars to lobotomize everyone else (“Hollywood Goof Disease”). The title track shines a light on our never-ending foreign-policy disasters in ways Jello’s spoken word albums never did. “Crapture” is the perfect song to play for those lovely “End Times” believers, pointing out how much better the world will be when they leave and we’re “Left Behind”- with melodies on the scale Biafra hasn’t touched since “Moon Over Marin.”
Listen to the preview track "Werewolves Of Wall Street" here: http://goo.gl/BBz4r After 30 plus years, Jello Biafra’s music and lyrics remain in a class of their own. This is his 1st concept album since “Frankenchrist.” Anyone interested in Dead Kennedys won’t be disappointed to hear how Jello has not changed with the times. Biafra has continuously spoken the truth and has never waivered from his principles. Jello Biafra is more relevant now than he has ever been! Above all, this album rocks! No pop-punk here. Jello and crew take punk fire in a wide variety of directions few ever try, with wall-of-sound, in-your-face production from Marshall Lawless and Matt Kelley (lots of Jello projects, Hieroglyphics, The Coup, Digital Underground, Zen Guerrilla, Victims Family). Lineup retains the double-barreled guitar attack of Ralph Spight (Victims Family, Freak Accident) and Kimo Ball (Freak Accident, Griddle, Mol Triffid). They are joined this time by bassist Andrew Weiss (Rollins Band, Ween, Butthole Surfers, and more) and drummer Paul Della Pelle (Helios Creed, Nik Turner’s Space Ritual, and Philly HC legends Ruin). Winston Smith’s cover image is hard to forget and hard to ignore- one of his best in years! Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine will be touring through most of 2013 on at least 3 continents to promote this beast. The live shows are the real deal. If you like OFF! or Dead Ending, for crying out loud don’t miss this! This is not just an Age of Austerity album. It is THE Age of Austerity album!
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 11 February 2013 22:04 (five years ago) Permalink
Frankenchrist was a concept album?
― how's life, Monday, 11 February 2013 22:07 (five years ago) Permalink
This album kinda sucks unfortunately. The band sounds really stiff, the guitar sound is mostly rubbish slick distortion. There are some good songs on it, I think the production lets it down the most. Lyrics are a bit trite in places too, it's all angry and going for all the targets you'd expect but the wit isn't there in a lot of it.
― Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 8 June 2013 00:35 (five years ago) Permalink
Jello Biafra is now a furry
@Jello_Biafra was really cool to let me get him on video after @frolicparty tonight. pic.twitter.com/CoFuxRIR9E— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) December 2, 2018
His fursona is a lampreyhttps://dogpatch.press/2018/11/12/jello-biafra-dance-party-furries/
― Sparkledog, Thursday, 6 December 2018 06:18 (six days ago) Permalink
Too Drunk To Yiff
― Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 6 December 2018 17:19 (six days ago) Permalink
Oh so that's a lamprey on the Power of Lard cover.Weird way for me to find out but also an excellent way imo
― You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Thursday, 6 December 2018 18:08 (six days ago) Permalink