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03/11/04: Jello Biafra Apologizes to Fans for Latest Dead Kennedys "Deaf Club" Fiasco


For Immediate Release:


I am sorry I have to be the whistle blower yet again. I am deeply embarrassed by the poor quality of their new Live at the Deaf Club CD. It could have been a good album. But in my opinion the sound quality and remix are so lame it's not even as good as the versions on Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death. And those mixes are almost 20 years old. If they really "spent the better part of a year" on this, I wonder what they were really doing most of the time.

I don't think the artwork is as boring as Mutiny on the Bay, but it doesn't really rock my world either. To me it's a dumbed-down version of the good stuff Winston Smith and I made, but now it seems deliberately designed not to offend anyone. Sad.

I relayed my concerns to East Bay Ray, but as usual I never heard back. I have also been confronted several times at shows by people feeling ripped off by the Making of In God We Trust Inc. DVD. They said they felt especially burned by only 22 minutes of content, and that the karaoke section was as stupid as the elves (yes, elves) on the cover.

Please, folks, I had nothing to do with this! Like the fake Dead Kennedys "reunion" tours, I did not authorize either of these projects and was not allowed any meaningful input at all. I can't double-check the 22 minutes or whatever because I am not allowed to possess the MVD releases unless I buy them from a store. I have never received copies, or even a contract, from Ray & Co. at all. Nor am I allowed to see all the books.

In 1998 the other ex-Dead Kennedy's filed a vicious lawsuit against me stemming from a dispute that got ugly when I opposed putting "Holiday in Cambodia" in a Levi's Dockers TV commercial. Unfortunately, their lawsuit is still going on. I maintain my innocence, and am sickened by what they have done to exploit Dead Kennedys once - good name and legacy since. I would like to go into much deeper detail about all this, but our attorneys have asked me not to. Let's just say it is far from over, uglier than ever, with no end in sight.

So please be aware of the mentality behind all current Dead Kennedys releases, and where the money is really going.

If anyone wishes to help in any way, please support the Alternative Tentacles Legal Defense Fund:

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Any and all help is very deeply appreciated.

Lick Bush in '04,

Jello Biafra

02/07/04: Jello endorses Instant Runoff Voting in Berkeley!
Jello has added his endorsement to the campaign for Measure I, a local Berkeley initiative that is part of the March 2nd California elections. Measure I would enable the Berkeley City Council to enact an Instant Run-off Voting system, similar to those already in place in Cambridge, MA, Australia, and Ireland! The IRV system is a long-standing goal of Green Parties world-wide! More information on Measure I and IRV here!

02/07/04: Punk Voter & Jello Biafra in Austin!
That's right, it's a South By Southwest extravaganza put on by our pals at! Acts: NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Dillinger Four, David Cross (Comedian), Against Me!, The Lawrence Arms, with Jello Biafra as the Master of Ceremonies! It's all on Friday, March 19th @ Emo's, Austin, Texas!

11/24/03: Jello in Translation...

In order to make Jello's words more available to an international audience, some of our friends have helped with translating his spoken word performance and writings.

You can read Jello's spoken word performance in Prague from October 2003, translated into Czech at the Czech indy media site. There is a photo gallery and two translations here and here.

Also, Jello's eulogy for Wesley Willis has been translated into Turkish and is available at Click on the "Haberler" link to read the eulogy.

10/13/03: How Did Jello Vote?

In the recall election Jello voted for Peter Miguel Camejo (Green Party candidate). He endorsed Peter's campaign for the recall election and also for the 2002 Gubernatorial election.

It's a real shame and sham that Gray Davis didn't resign from his position. This would have placed Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante into a temporary incumbency that would have improved his electoral chances. But, Davis refused to admit the public's disdain for his governing and likelihood of Arnold Schwarzenegger to be voted into office. The recall election occurred and the voters sent an obvious message to Davis and Bustamante that they would rather see Arnold in office than either of them. California Uber Alles, indeed.

Jello is also endorsing Matt Gonzalez' mayoral campaign for San Francisco. Matt is a Green Party candidate and is currently the highest ranking Green in the country as President of the Board of Supervisors for San Francisco. The election for mayor will be held in November 2003.

Jello continues to be invited to speak at Green Party rallies that have included supporters such as Patti Smith, Michael Moore, Tom Tomorrow (artist of Modern World comix), Eddie Vedder, Phil Donahue, Studs Terkel, Medea Benjamin (co-founder of Global Exchange, Code Pink and Occupation Watch Center of Baghdad) and, of course, Ralph Nader.

Jello has no plans to run for president in 2004, but encourages all of his supporters to look into running for public office. Changing our government starts in local elections. Find out what you can do to make those changes occur.

For more information about the Green Party, take a look at

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