Jezebel / Speed Demon
7" - $5.00
What do you get when Jello Biafra and three of the Zen Guerillas attack two songs for a Reverend Horton Heat compilation? You get this aural ass-kicking of a 7-inch!
The A-side is their scathing take on the classic Frankie Laine rockabilly tune, "Jezebel," while the B-side is their version of the Rev's awesome tune "Speed Demon!"
The cover art is hand-picked by Jello- and if you think the topless blonde with the dog is striking, wait 'til you see the other side!
Limited to 3000!
"That former Philly studs Zen Guerrilla would cover punkabilly god Reverend Horton Heat does not offend our sense of what is normal and good and right in this world. That they would do so with legendary Dead Kennedy vocalist Jello Biafra, however, makes our collective (hoo-hoo's) leap to attention.
For more than two decades, the scorching Heat – think Danny Gatton butted up against the Butthole Surfers – have expertly gene-spliced '50s rockabilly to riotous punk, with a clear nod to the kitsch. These are elements ripe for the plucking by our dramatis personæ.
On this 7-inch gem, submitted for a Heat tribute comp, Biafra and three-quarters of ZG remake Frankie Laine's "Jezebel" (also once covered by RHH) and the Rev's very own "Speed Demon." The latter tune is particularly well suited to the band's skills: it synchs perfectly with ZG's groove-heavy hard rock and Biafra's manic vocal style.
While Biafra can at times overshoot the hyperactive warbly affect on his voice, making a tune come off somewhat cartoonish, here he plays it straight as an arrow. And the songs are all the more powerful for it.
Both tracks are driving, white-hot barnburners with blistering guitar solos and thunderous rhythms; they're equal parts Guitar Wolf and Stray Cat. Biafra alternately soars above the din and injects a shot of adrenaline into it. The result is thrilling, beautifully overblown, downright body-slammin'.
The Rev, Jello, and Guerrilla. A rockabilly star, a hardcore icon, and some sorely missed blues rock virtuosos. A match made in rock heaven- or at least concocted in its barbecue pit out back."
- Philly Burbs