Let’s get one thing clear, the underground extreme music industry is just as trendy as the mainstream music scene. Fake music is everywhere. How many copycat bands emerge once one band of a particular style gets enough media attention?
Anyways, today’s Song of the Day is “Pull My Strings” from the legendary DEAD KENNEDYS. This recording is from the Bay Area Music Awards in 1980 where the band was to play in front of a bunch of mainstream music moguls. The song was their message to them. It just goes to show what the band stood for. This is the first and only time they performed the song. Cheers.
Biafra explains: “Better late than never, here’s our tribute inspired by the Occupy movement. Not just ‘occupy’ – SHOCK-YOU-PY! – since my favorite kind of resistance can have theater, pranks and other creative sabotage – non-violent, of course!”
The SHOCK-U-PY! EP (virus 446 – vinyl, CD EP and digital) hits in early fall, followed by the long-awaited new JB/GSM full-length, White People and the Damage Done (virus 450 – vinyl, CD and digital.) “Vinyl and CDs will take a few weeks so we’re posting “SHOCK-U-PY!” online now – in two forms. “There’s the “sing-a-long mix” from the EP- semi-acoustic and ready made (for the most part) for singing at street protests. Or if you want the usual “rip your head off” approach, there’s the “rock-a-long mix” with the guitars way louder. So, hey – now you have freedom of choice: two mixes, pay or don’t pay, you decide. Please help us out if you can. I’m way in debt trying to finish the album. Benefit compilations for Occupy can just take it, it’s right there!”
The SHOCK-U-PY! EP will also include the non-album song “Barackstar O’Bummer” plus a remix of “We Occupy” another song for the uprising Jello guested on with D.O.A. “We both go way back in the direct action side of things so I’m honored Joe asked me to sing on this.”
Heineken was forced to remove an advert which features a cover of the DEAD KENNEDYS‘ “Too Drunk to Fuck” because of complaints it would encourage binge drinking. Heineken had used the song in a commercial tie-in to promote its beer in banner advertisements broadcast via the popular music website Spotify.
Spotify had been running a series of banner advertisements, which directed users to a special “lounge style” playlist as part of a campaign for the beer Kronenbourg 1664.
One of the tracks used was the DEAD KENNEDYS‘ “Too Drunk to Fuck,” which attracted a number of complaints to the independent industry watchdog, The Portman Group. The complaints were then investigated and were found to be in breach of a rule which bans advertisers from “encouraging irresponsible or immoderate drinking.”
DEAD KENNEDYS emphatically deny that they ever gave Heineken permission to use the song. The band’s attorneys have contacted Heineken to address the un-authorized use. DEAD KENNEDYS have never authorized any company to use this song or any of the band’s songs to promote a consumer product (let alone the consumption of alcohol) in this or any advertisement.
Alternative Tentacle‘s Jello Biafra has released a new edition of “What Would Jello Do?,” where he shares his thoughts on current events in the Middle East and how it relates to the U.S. Check it out as Jello provides insightful history lessons and relates it all back to today’s political revolts.
Musician/political activist/spoken word artist Jello Biafra has recently posted a video in which he discusses some of the latest hot topics in the U.S., including U.S. president Barack Obama‘s speech regarding the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona earlier this month, U.S. gun laws, Sarah Palin and more. While you don’t have to agree with everything Jello says, he does present a different viewpoint/angle to current events as compared to the mainstream media.
It’s that time where we take a look back on the year as 2009 comes to a close. So we, the APESHIT goons, asked ourselves, what albums moved us, kicked our asses, and reminded us of why we love metal (and music)? Read on for our top albums of 2009… Continue reading →
Question: When is a new Jello Biafra collaboration album anything but excellent?
One would think that there would be a lot more albums addressing the social, political, and economics of America during this era we’re living in. However, leave it Jello Biafra to take the lead with THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE to make their statement about where America is at and where it’s heading. The band’s sound is not too far off to the DEAD KENNEDYS in terms of its direct approach, excellent assortment of riffs, and anti-establishment attitude. However, that’s where the similarities end. JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE dish out some of the heaviest riffs that Jello has ever written. The musicianship is top notch as well.
Despite the artwork being handled by artist Shepard Fairy coupled with the possible connotations of the album title, The Audacity of Hype is not necessarily an album directly towards or about Barack Obama. The album covers a wide array of issues including California’s Three Strikes law, the culture of consumerism, political mudslinging, and the negative effects of globalization.
The Audacity of Hype definitely gets better with successive listens and one gains a better appreciation for all that was involved in the making of it. Album closer, “I Won’t Give Up,” is a fitting and inspirational way to sum up the attitude of the band. When you’re ready for something other than prepackaged, easily digestible rebellion, JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE have the album you’re looking for. (Alternative Tentacles)