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Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine

The Audacity Of Hype

(Dead Kennedys)

Alternative Tentacles 411

Released on October 20, 2009

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In the twenty or so years since his brainchild, The Dead Kennedys, officially disbanded, Jello Biafra has made a career of spoken word gigs interspersed with musical collaborations with some of the most compelling figures in underground music. Recording projects and touring with the likes of Melvins, NoMeansNo, DOA, Mojo Nixon, and Lard (with Ministry’s Al Jorgensen) among others have kept his “punk as political weapon” message sharp, but the lack of his own band made these collaborations usually short-lived and left Biafra with a ton of songs that never saw the light of day. Inspired by The Stooges gig on Iggy Pop’s 60th birthday in San Francisco, Biafra laid plans for his own 50th birthday party and finally decided it was time to start a band of his own. After cramming practices for a month, the four-piece dubbed themselves Jello Biafra and the Axis of Merry Evildoers! and featured Biafra, Ralph Spight (Victims Family, Freak Accident, Hellworms), Jon Weiss (Sharkbait, Horsey), and Billy Gould (Faith No More) The band took the stage in a sold-out two-night stand at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. Flush from that exhilarating triumph, nine months of rehearsal and writing followed; they added ace guitarist Kimo Ball (Freak Accident, Carneyball Johnson, Mol Triffid, Griddle), and christened themselves Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. The Audacity of Hype was produced by Biafra and engineered by hip hop producer and longtime co-conspirator Matt Kelley (Hieroglyphics, The Coup, Digital Underground, Victims Family, Tumor Circus) at Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati, CA, and San Francisco’s Hyde Street Studios. The band’s twin guitar attack retains some of the space-punk overtones and spy-music-on-meth chaos of The Dead Kennedys while adding a healthy dose of Detroit-style proto-punk flavored with Weiss’ industrial excursions into metal percussion. Topically, the album explores how the forced Iraqnophobia and Homeland Insecurity continues to feed lawlessness at the top (“The Terror of Tiny Town”) vs. a runaway police state and class war toward the bottom (“Three Strikes” and “Electronic Plantation,” originally done by The No WTO Combo, Biafra’s one-off collaboration with Krist Novelselic and Kim Thayil). “Clean as a Thistle” becomes more timely every day as “family values” blowhards from Sanford to Berlusconi are caught in sinful trysts, while album closer “I Won’t Give Up” offers an Age of Obama anthem on how change comes from agitation from below, not from glamour and sound bites from the top.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 2 reviews (See Below)
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# Song Name Popularity
1 The Terror Of Tinytown Voted #3  13%
2 Clean As A Thistle Voted #2  17%
3 New Feudalism Voted #1  23%
4 Panic Land  10%
5 Electronic Plantation  3%
6 Three Strikes  13%
7 Strength Thru Shopping  10%
8 Peats Eat Their Master  10%
9 I Won't Give Up  0%
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Nora from Joliet, IL 
Feb 27 2010 Rating: 5/5 Stars

It's Jello Biafra's new band is there anything else you need to know. If you love Jello you'll love this record. If you hate jello you'll hate this record.

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Dylan from Spokane, WA 
Nov 29 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Great album. If you love anything Jello has done, from the Dead Kennedys to the Melvins to DOA, you will love this. I'm only giving it a 4 because i hate when albums end with a freakishly long track (i believe 18 minutes in this case) but its still a great album. Go ahead and buy it if you like Jello!

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