Song of the Day: The DEAD KENNEDY’s Message to the Music Industry, “Pull My Strings”

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.

DEAD KENNEDYS Furious With Heineken Over Unauthorized Use of Music

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.

Jello Biafra Comments on Current Events in the Middle East

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.

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Jello Biafra Speaks Out About Obama’s Speech in Arizona, U.S. Gun Laws, More

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.

Check out the video below:

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Question: When is a new Jello Biafra collaboration album anything but excellent?

Answer: Never.

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)


Ex-DEAD KENNEDYS vocalist, Jello Biafra, has joined forces with Ralph Spight (VICTIMS FAMILY, FREAK ACCIDENT, HELLWORMS), Jon Weiss (SHARKBAIT, HORSEY), Billy Gould (FAITH NO MORE), and Kimo Ball (FREAK ACCIDENT, CARNEYBALL JOHNSON, MOL TRIFFID, GRIDDLE) to form the new band, JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. The band’s new album, Audacity of Hype, is set for an October 2009 release through Alternative Tentacles Records. Album artwork was done by Shepherd Fairey.

Check out four songs from the album:

The band are currently on tour in Europe. Check out the tour dates:

08/30/2009 La Tannerie Bourg En Bresse, France
08/31/2009 Le Nouveau Casino Paris, France
09/01/2009 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
09/03/2009 LMH Cologne, Germany
09/04/2009 SO36 Berlin, Germany
09/05/2009 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany
09/07/2009 Academy Bristol, UK
09/08/2009 Academy London, UK
09/09/2009 Academy Sheffield, UK

Jello Biafra to Celebrate 50th Birthday with Two Exclusive Shows

Jello Biafra will celebrate his 50th birthday and 30th anniversary of the DEAD KENNEDYS with two shows on June 16th and 17th, dubbed Biafra Five-O, at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. Jello will be performing with THE MELVINS as well as with his new band featuring Ralph Spight (VICTIMS FAMILY, FREAK ACCIDENT, HELLWORMS, etc.) on guitar, Billy Gould (FAITH NO MORE, Kool Arrow Records, etc.) on bass, and Jon Weiss (SHARKBAIT, HORSEY, TONNAGE, etc.) on drums.

Coady and Jared of the MELVINS are recording the new BIG BUSINESS album in June, so the JELVINS bassist this round will be Andy Coronado (WRANGLER BRUTES, WHITE SHIT, SKULL KONTROL). The emphasis will be on new music, with the occasional nod to the past evil-doing.

Tickets are $22 per night in advance or $40 for both nights plus free giftoid.

To open the shows, the MELVINS reach back to their original ’83 hardcore days with King Buzzo on guitar, original drummer Mike Dillard and Dale Crover manning the bass. This MELVINS line-up goes on first at 8:00 sharp.

June 16th:

Jello Biafra with THE MELVINS
Jello Biafra without THE MELVINS (new music, new band!)
THE MELVINS play Mangled Demos

June 17th:

Jello Biafra with THE MELVINS
Jello Biafra without THE MELVINS
THE MELVINS play Mangled Demos

Both shows 8 pm