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From Democracy Now's report from the RNC about the protest against the Republican's attempt to connect music legend Johnny Cash with their party:
JELLO BIAFRA: "This is Jello Biafra reporting from outside the infamous auction house, Sotheby's, where the Man in Black Bloc has converged upon the Tennessee republican delegation who has gone for a private viewing of items from the Estate of the late Johnny Cash. As Steve Earle would put it, "Johnny would be rolling in his grave."
...What would Johnny Cash think of Bush's illegal war in Iraq, let alone what he does to people of lesser means in the South and the rest of the United States? What would Johnny Cash think of mountaintop removal, for example, where the coal companies blow the whole top off of mountains in Appalachia, and if all the debris lands in the valley and buries people's homes and buries streams? They don't care. Why do they do it? Because they can.
So people are here to take back the spirit of Johnny Cash, or at least subject these republican fat cat scam artists to a little bit of the old spirit that goes back through Johnny Cash or as one of my friends in the Melvins put it, when Johnny Cash died he looked off wistfully and said he was our Abe Lincoln in a way. And so the people inside and the people at Sotheby's, they are going to sell Johnny's effects to rich people who want to buy a piece of Johnny Cash. And I guess the message from the protesters here is you cannot buy a piece of everybody, let alone have everybody lie down while you wreck the country with the PATRIOT Act and go off to illegal blood baths in the Middle East which accomplish nothing except creating more terrorists. "
Jello is scheduled to appear at a Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting media march on Wednesday, September 1. Jello will speak at 8pm in front of the CNN/NBC building at 6th Avenue and 56th Street. The march will begin at 6th Ave and 52nd St before the CNN stop, and will continue after the stop to Fox with more speakers to start between 8:45-9pm. For more information, visit http://www.marchonthemedia.org/
Jello is also scheduled to be on Air America tonight, time to be determined.
But that does not mean that the verdict and court rulings are the real truth any more than George Dubya was democratically elected president. They just got away with a lot of lies. O.J. Simpson would be proud.
What they have done to Dead Kennedys since their hostile takeover speaks for itself. Their money uber alles mentality has more in common with Dick Cheney than the vision and principles our band stood for.
I'm as proud of Dead Kennedys as I ever was. It seems obvious I love and respect what we accomplished far more than they ever will.
If they force me to blow the whistle again, I will. We'll continue to oppose the dumbing down and pimping of the DK catalogue, phony "reunion" shows (often with my likeness in the ads), selling my image into video games, their refusal to show me all the books, blah, blah, etc., etc.
Ending our defense against their main legal attack does not mean I endorse or recommend any Dead Kennedys releases on Decay Music, Manifesto, Plastic Head, Cleopatra, MVD, etc.
I can't. I'm too ashamed.- Jello Biafra
06/29/04: Jello's playlist from Ohio radio show!
Among many other things he's been doing, Jello was able to dj on Colombus, Ohio station WWCD101.1 FM while he was in town for the community-run festival COMFEST. He appeared on the The Independent Playground. Sunday nights from 10p-12a and Thursdays from 11p-1a. You can isten live at 101.1 FM or on-line. Featured were many unreleased songs from upcoming records, including the eagerly awaited Jello Biafra/Melvins release "Never Breathe What You Can't See"!
WESLEY WILLIS - JELLO BIAFRA (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)JELLO BIAFRA + D.O.A. - JESUS WAS A TERRORIST (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) THRALL - PETROCHEMICAL PHARMACEUTICAL MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) NO WTO COMBO - LET'S LYNCH THE LANDLORD (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) PHANTOM LIMBS - PISS ON THEM LIGHTLY (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) CAUSEY WAY - ??? (UNRELEASED) CRUCIFUCKS - HINKLEY HAD A VISION (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) LUDICRA - 1000 WOLVES (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) JELLO BIAFRA + MELVINS - McGRUFF THE CRIME DOG (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) WESLEY WILLIS - THE TERMITES ATE MY HOUSE UP (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) FISH KARMA - CHICKEN LIPS (???) JELLO BIAFRA + MELVINS - ISLAMIC BOMB (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB - THIS IS HOW WE DO THINGS IN THE COUNTRY (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) IOWASKA - WAR WEARY WIDOWS (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) LARD - WAR PIMP RENAISSANCE (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) JELLO BIAFRA + MELVINS - VOTED OFF THE ISLAND (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) MUNLY - LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) LEFTOVER CRACK - ROCK THE 40oz. (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) BELLRAYS - VOODOO TRAIN (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) SERMON - HAND TO HAND (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) MENTALLY ILL - GACY'S PLACE (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) BURNING IMAGE - FINAL CONFLICT (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) ZOLAR-X - TIMELESS (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES) JELLO BIAFRA + MELVINS - YUPPIE CADILLAC (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)
05/07/04: Listen to Jello on Air America tonight!
Jello will be a guest on Janeane Garofalo's Majority Report show on Air America, the new "libreal" radio network. He is scheduled to be on at 10pm EDT/7pm PDT. Listen to it here. (requires Real Player)
04/22/04: Jello faves Burning Image & Mentally Ill mp3s up!
Jello Biafra was floored by a Burning Image demo played only once on Maximum Rock n Roll in the 1980s, and invited them to open for the Dead Kennedys in San Francisco. An amazing but now rare single followed, then the band disappeared. But now you can get a sneak listen to their upcoming cd of that 7 inch and a host of unreleased songs!
Jello had also long been trying to get The Mentally Ill to do a proper release since their infamous "Gacy's Place" EP from the old Killed-By-Death series was fetching insane amounts on eBay. Finally "Gacy's Place" is re-released along with 17 other unreleased tracks on CD and LP!! Jello calls it the sickest punk record ever made! Judge for yourself and check out the mp3s and band page for more information.
Go to our mp3 page here and check out 3 songs from the upcoming Burning Image "1983-1987" cd (virus 316) and four songs from The Mentally Ill's "Gacy's Place: The Undiscovered Corpses" cd (virus 315)!
Both records will be released in May, 2004!
For Immediate Release:
JELLO BIAFRA APOLOGIZES TO FANS FOR LATEST DEAD KENNEDYS "DEAF CLUB" FIASCO
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:
Alternative Tentacles Legal Defense Fund
On the Internet: http://www.alternativetentacles.com/page.php?page=atlegalfund
Any and all help is very deeply appreciated.
Lick Bush in '04,
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 Punkvoter.com! 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.
Also, Jello's eulogy for Wesley Willis has been translated into Turkish and is available at www.geceservisi.net. Click on the "Haberler" link to read the eulogy.
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 http://www.greens.org
10/06/03: Fat Mike (NOFX, Fat Wreck) Recruits Jello for Punk Voter
Fat Mike (NOFX, Fat Wreck) recently started Punk Voter and just asked Jello to climb on board. He did.
Punk Voter aims to :
Activate punks and other disenfranchised young people to participate in elections; to form a coalition to expose the chaotic policies of George W. Bush and his current adminsitration; and to build a coalition of informed voters who can individually and collectively influence public policy.
Jello has just climbed on board with PunkVoter.com (even though their website makes no mention of it at press time).
There is also talk of Jello being included in the Rock Against Bush concerts (& commercials ? ?) beginning in January in Iowa and New Hampshire performing his spoken word. So check our website (and others) for updates on all of this.
Two similar organizations are also picking up steam :
(Some Artists affiliated with one or the other organizations are : Jello Biafra, NOFX, Good Charlotte, Sonic Youth, The Donnas, Green Day, Sum 41, Liars, Locust, Erase Errata,...)
For more information see:
09/18/03: Jello To Tour Europe in October
Jello Biafra will be touring Europe from October 2 - November 4th (Spoken Word). See all of the Tour Dates in our, uh, Tour Dates Section