Jello Biafra (Post-Dead Kennedys) C/D S/D

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Been listening to "Last Scream of the Missing Neigbours" (with DOA) and I think it could be the best record he's ever been involved with. If not, then "Full Metal Jackoff" is by far the best song. 10+ minutes of riff apocalypse.

"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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I actually kind of dug the recent Melvins collaboration. But it certainly does lack the, vehemence? of earlier releases. He's an old man now though, the massive amounts of energy he possessed are surely dwindling down to slightly more subdued, impressive nonetheless, amounts of energy.

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 May 2005 01:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"That's Progress" (off the Last Scream...) is pretty fucking great. I always meant to check out the album he did with NoMeansNo, but never got around to it. I had one of his spoken words cassettes....which was marginally entertaining. I actually saw him speak in 1991 (at a since closed venue called "the Building" in Chelsea), and he was entertaining (I'm sure he'd bristle at that description).

The Jello-less DK's "reunion" depressed me deeply.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 7 May 2005 02:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't know there WAS a Jello-less DK reunion. [shudders]. I'm glad I was looking the other way for that one...

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 May 2005 02:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, with him out of Dr.Know handling the vocals. (the same guy who played Eddie on "the Courtship of Eddie's Father" with Bill Bixby in the `70's).

Dire. Tragic. Profane. Unfortunate.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 7 May 2005 03:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh dear god. That nearly made me retch...

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Flat out punk rock hero.

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I completley forgot about Lard. "Mate Spawn & Die" is was "Forkboy".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 7 May 2005 09:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Jello did tour with the Melvins recently, but only came out for a few numbers (Police Truck, CA Uber Alles, and a few off the collab. lp) at the end. From what I understand, getting beat up years ago left him with a bum knee, and he's unable to perform with the physicality he'd like so... no rock band. Too bad.
Also, I believe Brandon Cruz has been out of the bogus DK band for a while, due to a crisis of concience, and now they've got someone named Jeff Penalty.

Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Saturday, 7 May 2005 16:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's a real shame. Still, a gammy leg didn't do Gene Vincent's stage presence any harm, and, thinking about it, I'm actually more enthused by the idea of Jello live than, say, the reformed Stooges.

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
You know, I knew last night's Jello + Melvins show was going to be fun.. but I had not idea I was going to be FUCKING BLOWN AWAY.

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

(hmmm... you know, maybe, that was Fred Schneider after all.)

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 3 November 2005 18:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sounds amazing. Hope he brings the show to Europe.

Soukesian, Thursday, 3 November 2005 18:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

More thoughts...

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 Dead
Kennedys songs live for this tour and the one last year... but I think
Jello 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

(..never mind the minor fact that Melvins are about 100 times heavier than the former DK band ever were, even Bedtime For Democracy era.)

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 3 November 2005 19:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Speaking of Ex-Kennedys, they're playing a "Riot Fest" in Chicago this week, co-headlining with the Danzig-less Misfits (old news, I know, but wait! it gets better)...

"The Germs".

Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

SEARCH his appearance on This American Life. Classic.

fancybill (ozewayo), Friday, 4 November 2005 00:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

DESTROY: "Why I'm Glad the Space Shuttle Blew Up"

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Friday, 4 November 2005 11:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
While going through my CD collection with a fine toothed comb for things to sell, I came across one that had collected dust for several years called Witch Trials from 1980. I remember jumping at the chance to buy this CD many years ago simply on the grounds that back in the days before CD's, it was nearly impossible to find on vinyl. Anyway, it was the only one in a rather large stack of CD's I decided to play before selling that I decided to keep right away upon playing it. I was rather amused to learn that both Adrian Borland of The Sound appeared on this as well as Morgan-Fisher. These were surely two people I never expected to be in a studio with Biafra, ever. The music is electronic doodling, spooky, like early Cabaret Voltaire or even the Gadgets. And Biafra's weirdness of lyrics/vocals just goes right along with the eerie WTFness of the music. A marriage made in heaven.

An evening of fun in the metropolis of your dream (Bimble...), Saturday, 28 October 2006 06:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

search for his cover of "plastic jesus" with mojo nixon.
also the stuff with the melvins, which is totally blazingly kickass punk rock loud loud loud fury.
and the no wto trio. it's a very exciting live recording.

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

you did ebay that, right?

latebloomer: Winner of the Congressional Medal of....UGLY (latebloomer), Saturday, 28 October 2006 18:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

unfortunately, i did not end up in possession of the bottle of jello biafra piss. i'm not sure what exactly happened to it.

Emily B (Emily B), Saturday, 28 October 2006 19:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That's what the government and mass media theocrats WANT you to believe!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 28 October 2006 20:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The scab DKs can not sue Jello or anyone for playing DK material live. They could only sue if Jello started his own Dead Kennedys toured under that name.

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

two years pass...

"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:

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine Tour 2009
08/15/2009 Center For The Arts Grass Valley, CA
08/21/2009 Frequency Festival St. Polten, Austria
08/22/2009 Backstage Munich, Germany
08/23/2009 Garage Saarbrucken, Germany
08/25/2009 Club Vaudeville Lindau, Germany
08/26/2009 Rote Fabrik Zurich, Switzerland
08/27/2009 Onda d'Urto Brescia, Italy
08/28/2009 Festa dell'Unita Bologna, Italy
08/30/2009 La Tannerie Bourg En Bresse, France
08/31/2009 Le Nouveau Casino Paris, France
09/01/2009 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
09/03/2009 LMH Cologne, Germany
09/04/2009 SO36 Berlin, Germany
09/05/2009 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany
09/07/2009 Academy Bristol, UK
09/08/2009 Academy London, UK
09/09/2009 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

one year passes...

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

two months pass...

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

one year passes...

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:

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 (six years ago) Permalink

Frankenchrist was a concept album?

how's life, Monday, 11 February 2013 22:07 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

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

five years pass...

Jello Biafra is now a furry

@Jello_Biafra was really cool to let me get him on video after @frolicparty tonight.

— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) December 2, 2018

His fursona is a lamprey

Sparkledog, Thursday, 6 December 2018 06:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Too Drunk To Yiff

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 6 December 2018 17:19 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink

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