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Jello Biafra

Background information
Birth name Eric Reed Boucher
Also known as Occupant, Count Ringworm, Osama McDonald, J Lo
Born June 17, 1958 (1958-06-17) (age 49)
Boulder, Colorado
Origin San Francisco, California
Genre(s) hardcore punk, anarcho-punk, spoken word
Instrument(s) vocals
Years active 1978–present
Label(s) Alternative Tentacles
Associated
acts
Dead Kennedys, Lard, Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs, No WTO Combo, Jello Biafra & The Melvins, Body Count, Métal Urbain
Website AlternativeTentacles.com
myspace.com/alternativetentacles

Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958) is more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra. He first gained attention as the lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band the Dead Kennedys. After his time with the band concluded, he became a political activist and took over the influential independent record label Alternative Tentacles, which was founded by him and East Bay Ray. He continued as a musician in numerous collaborations and as a spoken word artist. Politically, he is a member of the Green Party[1] and actively supports progressive political causes. He is a self-proclaimed anarchist[1] who advocates civil disobedience and pranksterism in the name of political change. Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics in the tradition of the Yippies to highlight issues of civil rights, social justice, and anti-corporatism. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... 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Revolting Cocks (often abbreviated Revco) were a musical side-project for Alain Jourgensen (Ministry) and Luc Van Acker. ... 1000 Homo DJs is a side-project band of industrial musician Al Jourgensen. ... The No WTO Combo was a short-lived punk rock band started by Jello Biafra, formerly of the Dead Kennedys. ... The Melvins are an American rock band/ metal band that usually perform as a trio. ... Body Count is a USA rapmetal and hardcore punk band headed by rapper Ice-T, who always refers to it as being a metal band. ... Métal Urbain are one of the first French punk groups, heavily influenced by The Clash and The Sex Pistols on one hand and on the other by an electro approach related to Metal Machine Music of Lou Reed. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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His stage name is a combination of the brand name Jell-O and the name of the short lived country of Biafra which attempted to secede from Nigeria in 1966. After four years of fighting and horrific starvation in Biafra, Nigeria regained control of the nascent Biafran state. Jello Biafra created his name as an ironic combination of a nutritionally poor mass-produced food product and mass starvation. He said he likes how two ideas clash in people's minds. JELL-O is a brand name belonging to USA-based Kraft Foods for a number of gelatin desserts, including fruit gels, puddings and no-bake cream pies. ... National motto: Peace, Unity, Freedom Official language English Capital Enugu Head of State Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Area ?- Total ?- % water Population;- Total 13,500,000 (1967) Currency Biafran pound (BIAP) Created May 30, 1967 Dissolved January 15, 1970 Demonym Biafran The Republic of Biafra was a short-lived secessionist state in...

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Biography

Early years

Eric Boucher was born in Boulder, Colorado, USA to parents Stanley Boucher, a psychiatric social worker and poet, and Virginia Boucher, a librarian. As a child, Boucher developed an interest in international politics that was encouraged by his parents. He was an avid watcher of news and one of his earliest memories is of the John F. Kennedy assassination.[2] Biafra says he has been a fan of rock music since first hearing it in 1965, when his parents accidentally tuned in to a rock radio station. During the 1970s, he became involved in activism in reaction to several events of the era including the Vietnam War, the Chicago 7 trial, and the Kent State shootings.[3] The City of Boulder ( , Mountain Time Zone) is a home rule municipality located in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. ... President Kennedy with his wife, Jacqueline, and Texas Governor John Connally in the presidential limousine just moments before his assassination The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, USA at 12:30 p. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... The Chicago Seven The Chicago Seven were seven (originally eight) defendants charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to violent protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. ... John Filos Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway and Vietnam War protester, screaming with anguish and kneeling over the dead body of Jeffrey Miller, shot through the mouth by an unknown Ohio National Guardsman. ...


He began his career in music in January of 1977 as a roadie for the punk rock band The Ravers (who would later change their name to The Nails). In the autumn of that year, he began attending the University of California, Santa Cruz. He spent one quarter of the year studying acting and the history of Paraguay before leaving to become involved in San Francisco, California's punk scene. The road crew (or roadies) are the technicians who travel on tour, usually in sleeper buses, with musicians and who handle every part of the production except actually playing the music. ... The Nails were a six piece New Wave band that formed in Boulder, Colorado during the mid 1970’s. ... The University of California, Santa Cruz, also known as UCSC or UC Santa Cruz, is one of the ten campuses of the University of California. ... Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ...


The Dead Kennedys

Jello Biafra when he was with Dead Kennedys. Taken from Dead Kennedys: The Early Years Live
Jello Biafra when he was with Dead Kennedys. Taken from Dead Kennedys: The Early Years Live

In June of 1978 he responded to an ad put out by guitarist East Bay Ray and together they formed the Dead Kennedys. He began performing with the band under the stage name Occupant, but shortly after began using his current name. Biafra wrote the band's lyrics, most of which were political in nature and displayed a sardonic, sometimes absurdist, sense of humor despite their serious subject matter. In the tradition of UK peace punk bands like Crass, The Dead Kennedys was one of the first US punk bands to write politically themed songs. The lyrics Biafra wrote helped popularize the use of humorous lyrics in hardcore. Biafra cites Joey Ramone as the inspiration for his use of humor in his songs (as well as being the musician who made him interested in punk rock), noting in particular songs by The Ramones such as "Beat On the Brat" and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue".[4] Jello Biafra back in the DK days. ... Jello Biafra back in the DK days. ... The Early Years Live is a video album of various live performances of the Dead Kennedys, filmed from 1978 to 1981 by Joe Reis, owner of the punk-centric video studio Target Video. ... Raymond Pepperell, better known as East Bay Ray, is the lead guitarist for the well known West Coast punk band Dead Kennedys. ... The anarchy symbol commonly used by anarcho-punks Anarcho-punk (sometimes known as peace-punk) is a subgenre of the punk rock movement consisting of groups and bands promoting specifically anarchist ideas. ... For information about the anarchist writer see Chris Crass Crass was an influential English anarchist punk rock band. ... Joey Ramone (May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001), born as Jeffry Ross Hyman, was a Jewish American vocalist and songwriter best known for his work in the legendary punk rock group the Ramones. ... The Ramones (L-R, Johnny, Tommy, Joey, Dee Dee) on the cover of their debut self-titled album (1976), cementing their place at the dawn of the punk movement. ...


Biafra initially attempted to compose music on guitar, but his inexperience on the instrument and his own admission of being "a fumbler with my hands" led Dead Kennedys bassist Klaus Flouride to suggest that Biafra simply sing the parts he was envisioning to the band.[5] Biafra would later sing his riffs, melodies, and bridges into a tape recorder, which he brought to the band's rehearsal and/or recording sessions. This would later become an issue when the Dead Kennedys sued Biafra over royalties and publishing rights. By all accounts, including his own, Biafra is not a conventionally skilled musician,[5] though he and his collaborators (Joey Shithead of D.O.A. in particular) attest that he is a skilled composer[6] and his work, particularly with the Dead Kennedys, is highly respected by punk-oriented critics and fans. Geoffrey Lyall, better known as Klaus Flouride, was best known as the bassist for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys from the groups inception in June 1978 until the bands breakup in December 1986, although he also produced four solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s. ... Joey Shithead Keithley (born Joey Keighley) is the singer and guitarist in hardcore punk band D.O.A.. He and his band are best known for the album Hardcore 81, which was one of the most influential recordings of early hardcore. ...


Biafra's first popular song was the first single by the Dead Kennedys, "California Über Alles". The song, which spoofed California governor Jerry Brown, was the first of many political songs by the group and Biafra. The song's popularity resulted in it being covered by other musicians, such as The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (who rewrote the lyrics to parody Pete Wilson) and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants. Not long afterward, the Dead Kennedys made a second and bigger hit with "Holiday in Cambodia", a song about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, from their debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. All Music Guide cites this song as "possibly the most successful single of the American hardcore scene"[7] and Biafra counts it as his personal favorite Dead Kennedys song.[8] Minor hits from the album included "Kill the Poor" (about potential abuse of the then-new neutron bomb) and a satirical cover of Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas". For the whistleblower, see Gerald W. Brown. ... The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy was a Rap/Hip-Hop band active during the early 1990s. ... Peter Barton Wilson (born August 23, 1933) is an American Republican politician from California. ... A promotional photograph from the late 1990s. ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh that formed in 1982. ... Khmer Rouge flag Photos of genocide victims on display at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum The Khmer Rouge (Khmer: ) was the ruling political party of Cambodia -- which it renamed to Democratic Kampuchea -- from 1975 to 1979. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Kill the Poor (B-side Insight) is a single by the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys released in October of 1980. ... A neutron bomb is a type of tactical nuclear weapon developed specifically to release a relatively large portion of its energy as energetic neutron radiation. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Dead Kennedys received some controversy in the spring of 1981 over the single "Too Drunk to Fuck". The song became a big hit in Britain, and the BBC feared that it would manage to be a big enough hit to appear among the top 30 songs on the national charts, requiring them to play a performance of the song on Top of the Pops. However, the single's popularity was slightly less than what was required, peaking at the 31st position.[3] Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover: The Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk To Fuck Too Drunk To Fuck was the second Dead Kennedys single to enter the UK chart, reaching No. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


Later albums would also contain memorable songs, but with less popularity than the earlier ones. The EP album In God We Trust, Inc. contained the song "Nazi Punks Fuck Off!" as well as "We've Got A Bigger Problem Now", a rewritten version of "California Über Alles" about Ronald Reagan. Punk scholar Vic Bondi considers the latter song to be the song that "defined the lyrical agenda of much of hardcore music, and represented its break with punk".[9] The band's most controversial album, Frankenchrist, brought with it the song "MTV Get Off the Air", which accused MTV of promoting poor quality music and sedating the public. In God We Trust, Inc. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 – 1975). ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ...


The Dead Kennedys toured widely during their career, starting in the late 1970s. They began playing mostly at southern Californian clubs (most notably the Whisky a Go Go), but eventually they moved on to major clubs across the country, including the CBGB in New York. Later, they played to larger audiences such as at the 1980 Bay Area Music Awards (where they played the notorious "Pull My Strings" for the first and only time), and headlined the 1983 Rock Against Reagan festival.[10] The Whisky A Go-Go is a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, at 8901 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip. ... The outside front facade of CBGB CBGB (Country, Blue Grass, and Blues) was a legendary music club located at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. ...

Cover of Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, the Dead Kennedys' debut album

Biafra has been a prominent figure of the Californian punk scene and was one of the founding members of the San Francisco hardcore punk community. Many later hardcore bands would cite the Dead Kennedys as a major influence.[11] Hardcore punk author Steven Blush describes Biafra as hardcore's "biggest star" who was a "powerful presence whose political insurgence and rabid fandom made him the father figure of a burgeoning subculture (and a) inspirational force (who) could also be a real prick... Biafra was a visionary, incendiary [performer]."[12] Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Album Cover Copyright 1980 Alternative Tentacles. ... Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Album Cover Copyright 1980 Alternative Tentacles. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


After the Dead Kennedys disbanded, Biafra's new songs were recorded with other bands, releasing only spoken word albums as solo projects. These collaborations had less popularity than Biafra's earlier work. However, his song "That's Progress", originally recorded with D.O.A. for the album Last Scream Of The Missing Neighbors, received considerable exposure when it appeared on the album Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1. Rock Against Bush, Vol. ...


Obscenity prosecution

In April of the same year, police officers raided his house in response to complaints by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC).[13] In June of 1986, then- L.A. deputy city attorney Michael Guarino, working under then-City Attorney James Hahn, brought Biafra to trial in Los Angeles for distributing "harmful matter" in the Dead Kennedys album Frankenchrist.[14][15] In actuality, the dispute was about neither the music nor the lyrics from the album, but rather a print of a poster included with the album, Landscape #XX (also known as Penis Landscape), by Swiss surreal artist H. R. Giger. Biafra believes the trial was politically motivated; it was often reported that the PMRC took Biafra to court as a cost effective way of sending a message out to other musicians who have "offensive" content in their music.[16] The founders of the PMRC The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 by four women: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally... James Kenneth Jim Hahn (born July 3, 1950) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. ... Frankenchrist was the third album released by the Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. ... Penis Landscape, or Work 219: Landscape XX Penis Landscape, or Work 219: Landscape XX is a work of art by HR Giger. ... Yves Tanguy Indefinite Divisibility 1942 Surrealism[1] is a cultural movement that began in the mid-1920s, and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the group members. ... Birth machine This image has an uncertain copyright status and is pending deletion. ...


Music author Rebee Garofalo argued that Biafra and Alternative Tentacles may have been targeted because the label was a "small, self-managed and self-supported company that could ill afford a protracted legal battle."[17] Facing the possible sentence of a year in jail and a $2000 fine, Biafra founded the No More Censorship Defense Fund, a benefit made up of several punk rock bands, to help pay for his legal fees, which neither he nor his record label could afford. The jury deadlocked 7 to 5 in favor of acquittal, prompting a mistrial; despite a district attorney motion to re-try the case, the judge ordered all charges dropped. The Dead Kennedys disbanded during the trial, in December 1986, due to the mounting legal costs; in the wake of their disbandment, Biafra made a career of his spoken word performances. His early spoken word albums focused heavily on the trial (especially in High Priest of Harmful Matter), which made him renowned for his anti-censorship stance. In criminal law, an acquittal is the legal result of a verdict of not guilty, or some similar end of the proceeding that terminates it with prejudice without a verdict of guilty being entered against the accused. ... Mistrial. ... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Censorship is defined as the removal and withholding of information from the public by a controlling group or body. ...


Lawsuit against Jello

In October of 1998, former members of the Dead Kennedys sued Biafra for not paying them royalties due to them. According to Biafra, the suit resulted from his refusal to allow one of the band's most well known singles, "Holiday in Cambodia", to be used in a commercial for Levi's Dockers; Biafra opposes Levi's because he believes that they use unfair business practices and sweatshop labor.[18] The three former members claimed that their motive had nothing to do with advertising, and that they had filed suit because Biafra had denied them royalties and failed to promote their albums. Biafra maintained that he had never denied them royalties, and that he himself had not even received royalties for rereleases of their albums or "posthumous" live albums which had been licensed to other labels by the Decay Music partnership.[19] Decay Music denied this charge and have posted what they say are his cashed royalty checks.[20] Biafra also complained about the songwriting credits in new reissues and archival live albums of songs that Biafra claims he composed himself to the entire band. In May 2000, a jury found Biafra liable for fraud and malice and ordered him to pay $200,000, including $20,000 in punitive damages, to the band members.[21] After an appeal by Biafra’s lawyers, in June 2003, the California Court of Appeals unanimously upheld all the conditions of the 2000 verdict against Biafra and Alternative Tentacles.[22] Original US 45 rpm single picture cover: The Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia Holiday in Cambodia is a single by the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys released in May of 1980. ... Levis is a brand of riveted denim jeans manufactured by Levi Strauss & Co. ... Sweatshop is a pejorative term often used to describe a manufacturing facility that is physically or mentally abusive, or that crowds, confines, or compels workers, or forces them to work long and unreasonable hours, as would be the case with penal labour or slave labour. ... Malice is a legal term referring to a partys intention to do injury to another party. ...


The other band members reunited without Biafra under the name of "DK Kennedys" (later returning to the original band name), replacing Biafra first with Brandon Cruz, then with Jeff Penalty. Dead Kennedys fans have criticized the new band, owing to Biafra's absence. Biafra himself has also openly criticized his former bandmates' legal tactics and reunion tours, most notably in the song "Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)", in which he performed with The Melvins. Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California) was a child actor and is a musician. ... Famous punk-rocker. ... Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything) is a song by Jello Biafra and The Melvins. ... The Melvins are an American rock band/ metal band that usually perform as a trio. ...


Alternative Tentacles

In June of 1979, Biafra co-founded the record label Alternative Tentacles with which the Dead Kennedys released their first single, "California Über Alles".[23] The label was created to allow the band to release albums without having to deal with pressure from major labels to change their music (although the major labels were not willing to sign the band due to their songs being deemed too controversial).[24] After dealing with Cherry Red in the UK and IRS Records in the US for their first album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, the band released all later albums (and later pressings of Fresh Fruit) on Alternative Tentacles (with the exception of live albums released after the band's break-up, which the other band members compiled from recordings in the band partnership's vaults without Biafra's input or endorsement). Biafra has been the owner of the company ever since its founding, though he does not receive a salary for his position (Biafra refers to his position in the company as the "absentee thoughtlord").[8] Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ... The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ... Cherry Red is a London based independent record label. ... I.R.S. Records was started in the US in 1979 by Miles Copeland (the older brother of Stewart Copeland, drummer of The Police). ... Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut album by the Dead Kennedys, released initially on Cherry Red Records in the UK in 1980 and eventually through Faulty Products in the US (later by the DKs own Alternative Tentacles label). ...


Biafra is an ardent collector of unusual vinyl records of all kinds, from 50's and 60's ethno-pop recordings by the likes of Les Baxter and Esquivel to vanity pressings that have circulated regionally, to infamous German crooner Heino; he cites his always growing collection as one of his biggest musical influences. In 1993 he gave an interview to RE/Search Publications for their second Incredibly Strange Music book focusing primarily on these records. His heavy interest in such recordings (often categorized as outsider music) eventually led to Biafra discovering the prolific (and schizophrenic) singer/songwriter/artist Wesley Willis, whom he signed to Alternative Tentacles in 1994, precluding Willis' major label deal with American Recordings. His collection grew so large that on October 1, 2005, Biafra donated a portion of his collection to an annual yard sale co-promoted by Alternative Tentacles and held at their warehouse in Emeryville, California.[25] Les Baxter (March 14, 1922 - January 15, 1996) studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. ... Juan García Esquivel (January 20, 1918 – January 3, 2002) often known as simply Esquivel!, was a Mexican band leader, pianist, and film composer. ... The one and only Heino! Heino (born December 13, 1938 Düsseldorf as Heinz Georg Kramm) is a German singer of popular music (Schlager and Volksmusik). ... RE/Search Publications is a United States magazine and book publisher, based in San Francisco, founded and edited by V. Vale in 1980. ... Music sample: True Love will Find You in the End ( file info) — Sample of Daniel Johnstons True Love will Find You in the End Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Wesley Willis Wesley Willis (May 31, 1963 – August 21, 2003) was a musician and artist from Chicago. ... American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The city of Emeryville highlighted within Alameda County Emeryville is a small city located in Alameda County, California, in the United States. ...


In 2006, along with Alternative Tentacles employee and The Frisk lead singer Jesse Luscious, Biafra began co-hosting The Alternative Tentacles Batcast, a downloadable podcast hosted by alternativetentacles.com. The show primarily focuses on interviews with artists and bands that are currently signed to the Alternative Tentacles label, although there are also occasional episodes where Biafra devoted the show to answering fan questions. The Frisk is a punk rock band, emphasis on the rock, from Berkeley. ... An orange square with waves indicates that an RSS feed is present on a web page. ... Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ...


Mayoral candidacy

In the autumn of 1979, Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco as a prank, using the Jello ad campaign catchphrase, "There's always room for Jello", as his campaign slogan. Having entered the race before creating a campaign platform, Biafra later wrote his platform on a napkin while attending a Pere Ubu concert. As he campaigned, Biafra wore campaign t-shirts from his opponent Quentin Kopp's previous campaign and at one point vacuumed leaves off the front lawn of another opponent, current U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, to mock her publicity stunt of sweeping streets in downtown San Francisco for a few hours. Supporters committed equally odd actions; two well known signs held by supporters said "If he doesn't win I'll kill myself" and "What if he does win?" A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ... Pere Ubu are a rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. ... Quentin L. Kopp (born 1930) served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and as a member of the California State Senate from 1987-1997, representing Californias 8th Senatorial District, which included portions of San Mateo County and San Francisco. ... Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born June 22, 1933) is currently the senior U.S. Senator from California, having held office as a Senator since 1992. ... The media itself often stage stunts for movies and television shows. ...


His platform included unconventional points such as forcing businessmen to wear clown suits within city limits, erecting statues of Dan White all over town and allowing the parks department to sell eggs and tomatoes with which people could pelt them, and a citywide ban on cars (although the latter point was not considered abnormal by many voters at the time, as the city was suffering from serious pollution problems).[24] Biafra has expressed irritation that these parts of his platform attained such notoriety, preferring instead to be remembered for serious proposals such as legalizing squatting in vacant, tax-delinquent buildings and requiring police officers to keep their jobs by running for election voted on by the people of the neighborhoods they patrol.[26] A political platform is a list of the principles which a political party supports in order to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having said partys candidates voted into office. ... Dan White during his 1977 campaign for Supervisor. ... The Chien Rouge in Lausanne, a squat held in the old hospital. ...


During a TV interview (reproduced on The Early Years home video and DVD), he had this to say to those who thought less of him running for mayor: “For those of them who have seen my candidacy as a publicity stunt or a joke, they should keep in mind that it is no more of a joke, and no less of a joke than anyone else they care to name.”[27] He finished fourth out of a field of ten, receiving 3.5% of the vote (6,591 votes); the election ended in a runoff that did not involve him (Feinstein was declared the winner). An example of runoff voting. ...


In reaction to his campaign (and that of Sister Boom-Boom, a drag queen who also ran for mayor and handily won the third place spot above Biafra), San Francisco passed a resolution stating that no candidate could run under any name other than their given name.[28] Sister Boom-Boom, the drag persona of astrologer Jack Fertig, was one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. ... Look up Appendix:Most popular given names by country in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Activism and spoken word

Biafra became a spoken word artist in January 1986, starting with a performance at University of California, Los Angeles. In his performance he combined his sense of humor with his political beliefs, much in the same way that he did with the lyrics to his songs. Biafra has held this career since, but did not begin recording spoken word records until after the disbanding of the Dead Kennedys. Spoken word is a form of music or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung. ... The University of California, Los Angeles, generally known as UCLA, is a public university whose main campus is located in the affluent Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. ...


In 1999, Biafra and other members of the anti-globalization movement protested the WTO Meeting of 1999 in Seattle. Along with other famous musicians from the west coast, he formed the short-lived band the No WTO Combo to help promote the movement's cause. The band was originally scheduled to play during the protest, but the performance was canceled due to riots. The band performed the following night at the Showbox in downtown Seattle (outside of the curfew area) where they played a short set. The hiphop group Spearhead also played at the event. A CD containing recordings from the concert, titled Live from the Battle in Seattle, was later released. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Protest activity surrounding the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, which was to be the launch of a new millennial round of trade negotiations, occurred on November 30, 1999, when the World Trade Organization (WTO) convened in Seattle, Washington, USA. The negotiations were quickly overshadowed by massive and controversial street protests... Nickname: Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Greg Nickels (NP) Area  - City  142. ... The No WTO Combo was a short-lived punk rock band started by Jello Biafra, formerly of the Dead Kennedys. ... The only album released by anti-globalization punk band the No WTO Combo. ...


In 2000, the New York State Green Party drafted Biafra as a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, and a few supporters were elected to the party's nominating convention in Denver, Colorado. Despite the fact that his address to the convention was positively received, the party overwhelmingly chose Ralph Nader as the presidential candidate. Biafra, along with a camera crew (dubbed by Biafra as "The Camcorder Truth Jihad"), later reported for the Independent Media Center at the Republican and Democratic conventions. Biafra detailed these events in his album Become The Media, which has resulted in him being credited with coining the slogan "Don't hate the media, become the media". Indymedia and related alternative media often use this line, or the now more apt "Don't hate the media, be the media." The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ... In politics, a political convention is a meeting of a political party, typically to select party candidates. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934), is an American attorney and political activist Issues he has promoted include consumer rights, feminism, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government. ... Indymedia Logo The Independent Media Center (aka Indymedia or IMC) is a global network of independent journalists and an alternative media outlet which takes a generally left-wing perspective on political and social issues. ...


Also in 2000, Biafra gave the keynote speech at the H.O.P.E. 2000 ("H2K") hacker conference. Though Biafra had never used a computer in his life, the attendants saw him as being capable of drawing insightful connections between hacking and activism.[29] He has continued to deliver keynote speeches at every H.O.P.E. conference since, the most recent of which began with him mooning the audience. [3] Audio of these speeches are freely available online for download. Hackers on Planet Earth or HOPE is a conference series sponsored by the hacker magazine 2600 The Hacker Quarterly. ... Hacktivism (from hack and activism) is often understood as the writing of code, or otherwise manipulating bits, to promote political ideology - promoting expressive politics, free speech, human rights, or information ethics. ... Mooning, or giving the browneye is the act of displaying ones bare buttocks by removing clothing, e. ... Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958) is more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra. ...


In April of 2001, Biafra took part in a protest against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas conference in Quebec. Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595...


His eighth spoken word album, In the Grip of Official Treason, was released in October of 2006. In the Grip of Official Treason is the eighth spoken word album from Jello Biafra. ...


Other

In 1988, Biafra and Alain Jourgensen of the band Ministry formed the band Lard. The band became a side project for the members of Ministry, with Biafra providing vocals and lyrics. While working on the film Terminal City Ricochet in 1989, Biafra did a song for the film's soundtrack with D.O.A.. As a result, Biafra worked together with D.O.A. on the album Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors. Biafra also worked with Nomeansno on the soundtrack, which lead to their collaboration on the album The Sky is Falling and I Want My Mommy the following year. Al Jourgensen (born October 8, 1958 in Havana, Cuba), is an American musician best known as the founder and frontman of the industrial rock band Ministry. ... Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by front-man by Al Jourgensen in 1981. ... // Lard is a hardcore punk/Industrial band founded in 1989 as a side project by Jello Biafra (vocals), Al Jourgensen (guitar), Paul Barker (bass), and Jeff Ward (drums). ... Nomeansno is a rock music group originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and now located in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... The Sky is Falling and I Want My Mommy is an album recorded by the punk band Nomeansno with Jello Biafra. ...


In 2005 Biafra appeared on Episode 285 of This American Life, themed "Know Your Enemy", which featured a phone call between Jello Biafra and Michael Guarino, the prosecutor in the Frankenchrist trial. The episode was about Guarino's change of opinion and the reconciliation between Guarino and Biafra. This American Life (TAL) is a weekly hour-long radio program produced by Chicago Public Radio. ...


On May 7, 1994 people who believed Biafra was a sell out attacked him at the 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. Biafra claims that he was attacked by a man nicknamed Cretin, who crashed into him while slamdancing. The crash injured Biafra's leg, causing an argument between the two men. During the argument, Cretin pushed Biafra to the floor and five or six friends of Cretin assaulted Biafra while he was down, yelling "Sellout rock star, kick him".[30] Biafra was later hospitalized with serious injuries,[31] The attack derailed Biafra's plans for both a Canadian spoken-word tour and an accompanying album is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Selling out is a common slang phrase. ... The 924 Gilman Street project, aka the Alternative Music Foundation, is the Berkeley, California street address, and the official business name of the all-ages, non-profit, collectively organized music club usually referred to by its fans simply as Gilman. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... This article is about the type of dance. ...


As of late 2005, Biafra currently performs with the band The Melvins. The new band was dubbed "Jello Biafra and the Melvins", though fans often refer to them as "The Jelvins." Together they have released two albums. The Melvins are an American rock band/ metal band that usually perform as a trio. ...


Personal

Biafra married Therese Soder, aka Ninotchka, lead singer of San Francisco-area punk band The Situations on October 31, 1981.[32] Flipper vocalist/bassist Bruce Loose conducted the wedding, having paid to join the Universal Life Church as a minister[citation needed] just to conduct the ceremony, which took place in a graveyard. The wedding reception, which members of Flipper, Black Flag, and D.O.A. attended, was held at director Joe Reis' Target Video studios. The marriage ended in 1986. October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Flipper is an influential punk/noise band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979, continuing on in often erratic fashion until the mid-1990s, then reuniting in 2005. ... The Universal Life Church (or ULC) is a religious organization that offers anyone immediate ordination as a ULC minister free of charge. ... Black Flag was a hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn: the guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ... D.O.A. is a hardcore punk band from Vancouver. ... This San Francisco-based studio archived hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag, Flipper, and the Crucifucks in the early 1980s. ...


Samples

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Partial discography

For a more complete list, see the Jello Biafra discography. A detailed discography of releases by the hardcore punk musician and spoken word artist Jello Biafra: // Releases with the Dead Kennedys Studio albums Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - September 1980 Plastic Surgery Disasters - November 1982 Frankenchrist - October 1985 Bedtime for Democracy - November 1986 Live albums A Skateboard Party - August 1983...


Dead Kennedys:

Spoken word: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut album by the Dead Kennedys, released initially on Cherry Red Records in the UK in 1980 and eventually through Faulty Products in the US (later by the DKs own Alternative Tentacles label). ... In God We Trust, Inc. ... Plastic Surgery Disasters is the second album released by the Dead Kennedys. ... Frankenchrist was the third album released by the Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. ... Bedtime for Democracy is the fourth and final album released by the Dead Kennedys. ...

Collaborations: No More Cocoons is the first spoken word album by Jello Biafra. ... High Priest of Harmful Matter − Tales From the Trial is the second spoken word album by Jello Biafra. ... I Blow Minds for a Living is the third spoken word album by Jello Biafra. ... Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police is the fourth spoken word album by Jello Biafra. ... If Evolution Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Evolve is the fifth spoken-word album by Jello Biafra. ... Become The Media is the sixth spoken word album by Jello Biafra. ... Machine Gun in the Clowns Hand is the seventh spoken word album by Jello Biafra. ... In the Grip of Official Treason is the eighth spoken word album from Jello Biafra. ...

D.O.A. is a hardcore punk band from Vancouver. ... The Power of Lard is the 1989 EP released by Lard. ... // Lard is a hardcore punk/Industrial band founded in 1989 as a side project by Jello Biafra (vocals), Al Jourgensen (guitar), Paul Barker (bass), and Jeff Ward (drums). ... For the 1970s Australian Rock Band of the same name, see Supernaut (band) Supernaut is a song by Black Sabbath. ... 1000 Homo DJs is a side-project band of industrial musician Al Jourgensen. ... The Last Temptation of Reid is the 1990 album released by Lard. ... // Lard is a hardcore punk/Industrial band founded in 1989 as a side project by Jello Biafra (vocals), Al Jourgensen (guitar), Paul Barker (bass), and Jeff Ward (drums). ... The Sky is Falling and I Want My Mommy is an album recorded by the punk band Nomeansno with Jello Biafra. ... Nomeansno is a rock music group originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and now located in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Chaos A.D. was a music album released in 1993 by Sepultura through Roadrunner Records. ... Sepultura is a Brazilian thrash metal band, formed in 1984. ... Prairie Home Invasion is an album released by Jello Biafra with Mojo Nixon in 1994. ... Mojo Nixon (born August 2, 1957) is a satirical psychobilly musician. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The Offspring (sometimes referred to as simply Offspring) is a popular American band from Orange County, California which formed in 1984. ... Never Breathe What You Cant See is an album by Jello Biafra and The Melvins which was released in 2004 through Alternative Tentacles (Virus 300). ... The Melvins are an American rock band/ metal band that usually perform as a trio. ... Osama bin Muhammad bin Awad bin Laden (Arabic: ‎; born March 10, 1957[1]), most often mentioned as Osama bin Laden or Usama bin Laden, is a Saudi Arabian militant Islamist and is widely believed to be one of the founders of the organization called al-Qaeda. ... Listen to this article ( info) in media player in browser This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-01-14, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... The Code Is Red. ... Napalm Death is a grindcore/death metal band formed in the village of Meriden near Birmingham, England in 1982 by Nicholas Bullen and Miles Ratledge. ... Sieg Howdy! is the second album by Jello Biafra and The Melvins. ... The Melvins are an American rock band/ metal band that usually perform as a trio. ... Métal Urbain are one of the first French punk groups, heavily influenced by The Clash and The Sex Pistols on one hand and on the other by an electro approach related to Metal Machine Music of Lou Reed. ... Cocked and Loaded is an LP released 14 February 2006 by the Revolting Cocks on 13th Planet Records. ... Revolting Cocks (often abbreviated Revco) were a musical side-project for Alain Jourgensen (Ministry) and Luc Van Acker. ...

Filmography

Anarchism in America is a 1983 documentary, directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, and produced by Pacific Street Films. ... Lovedolls Superstar was a soundtrack released in 1986. ... Dave Markey (born December 3, 1963 in Burbank, California) is an American film director. ... Tapeheads is a 1988 comedy film directed by Bill Fishman. ... Terminal City Ricochet is a 1990 film by Philipino director Zale Dalen. ... Highway 61 is a 1991 film by Canadian director Bruce McDonald. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ... Skulhedface is a 1994 movie directed by Melanie Mandl. ... Sarah Jacobson (born 25 August 1971 Norwalk, CT; died 13 February 2004 New York City, NY) was a independant filmmaker, writing, producing, and filming her own movies. ... The Bikini Bandits The Bikini Bandits are a parody of famous female action teams like Charlies Angels. ... List of King of the Hill episodes Death and Texas is the twenty-second episode of the third season of the FOX animated television series King of the Hill. ... Punks Not Dead is a 2007 documentary film directed by Susan Dynner, an American hardcore punk fan[1]. The film claims to infiltrate American clubs, malls, recording studios, etc where it sets out to claim hardcore punk and pop punk music is thriving from an American perspective. ...

References and footnotes

  1. ^ a b Biafra, Jello. Biafra's chief export is Jell-O. "Platform for 2000 Green Party Presidential Primary". March 7, 2000.
  2. ^ http://www.alternativetentacles.com/bandinfo.php
  3. ^ a b "Biography of Jello Biafra" (2001). AlternativeTentacles.com. Retrieved Feb 19, 2005.
  4. ^ Biafra, Jello. "Joey Ramone". Machine Gun in the Clown's Hand. San Francisco: Alternative Tentacles. 2002. MP3 link
  5. ^ a b V. Vale, Incredibly Strange Music, Vol. 2, RE/Search Publications, 1995
  6. ^ Keithley, Joe. I, Shithead. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004.
  7. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Holiday In Cambodia: Song Review". All Music Guide. Retrieved January 25, 2006.
  8. ^ a b Vander Molen, Jodi. "Jello Biafra Interview". The Progressive. February 2002.
  9. ^ Bondi, Vic. "Feeding Noise Back Into the System: Hardcore, Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal" (paper presented at the New England American Studies Association Conference, Brandeis University, Boston, MA, May 1, 1993). page 5.
  10. ^ Ackerman, Spencer. "Reagan's Punk Rock. Reagan Youth". The New Republic. June 14, 2004.
  11. ^ Biafra's spoken word work has been less influential to other artists than his music. However, Biafra's spoken word is often mentioned by Sean Kennedy as being a major influence on his work: "Episode 2". SKTFMTV. By Sean Kennedy. Perf. Sean Kennedy, Jello Biafra. Rantmedia. http://sktfmtv.rantmedia.ca/.
  12. ^ Blush, Steven. American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Los Angeles: Feral House, 2001. p. 102–103 ISBN 0-922915-71-7
  13. ^ Drozdowski, Ted. "Bullshit detector". Providence Phoenix. Retrieved January 24, 2006.
  14. ^ This American Life #285. Radio program broadcast by WBEZ-Chicago, orig. 3/25/05. Archived: [1]
  15. ^ Guarino alleged that a family claimed that the poster somehow harmed their children. This was the first ever instance of a musician being put on trial for obscenity. Many sources cite the trial for 2 Live Crew as the first, but that trial took place three years after Biafra's trial.
  16. ^ Biafra, Jello. The Far Right and the Censorship of Music: An Attack on Freedom of Expresson. April 17, 1987.
  17. ^ Garofalo, Reebee. Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1997. p.433–434 ISBN 0-205-13703-2
  18. ^ Chun, Kimberly. "Everything's Better With Jello". SFGate.com. May 11, 2001.
  19. ^ "Jello Biafra Warns Of Bait-And-Switch Tactics In Fake Dead Kennedys Tour". AlternativeTentacles.com. January 14, 2002.
  20. ^ "An open letter to DK fans", although there is no evidence that Biafra ever endorsed and deposited these payments. DeadKennedys.com. April 5, 2004.
  21. ^ “Music Industry News Network” January 16, 2001
  22. ^ California Court of Appeals “Dead Kennedys v. Jello Biafra”
  23. ^ In the Appeal Verdict of Dead Kennedys v. Jello Biafra, the label was legally formalized in 1981 but it existed informally since 1979. Biafra became the sole owner of the label in 1986.
  24. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Jello Biafra". All Music Guide. Retrieved Feb 20, 2005.
  25. ^ Alternative Tentacles News Page: Jello and AT Yard Sale Saturday, September 30, 2005, AlternativeTenacles.com. Retrieved May 10, 2006.
  26. ^ Biafra, Jello. "Running for Mayor". I Blow Minds for a Living. San Francisco: Alternative Tentacles. 1991.
  27. ^ Dead Kennedys: The Early Years (DVD). San Francisco, CA/Oaks, PA: Target Video/MVD, 2002.
  28. ^ Pfeiffer. "'You'd Look Nice as a Drawstring Lamp': Dead Kennedys, Cynicism and Discursive Space". Universität Gesamthochschule Siegen. 2000. p. 1 PDF link
  29. ^ Biafra, Jello. "H2K Keynote Speech". New York City. July 15, 2000.
  30. ^ Goldberg, Michael. "Jello Biafra Attacked". Rolling Stone. July 14, 1994 & July 28, 1994.
  31. ^ According to the All Music Guide [2], having had both his legs broken. However, the July 14 or 28, 1994 issue of Rolling Stone claims that his injuries included "extensive damage to the ligaments of one knee as well as a superficial head wound".
  32. ^ Soder can be heard singing background vocals on "Forest Fire" and "Winnebago Warrior" from the Dead Kennedys' album Plastic Surgery Disasters, and playing synthesiser on "Drug Me" from the Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.

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