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Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, White People and the Damage Done
Alternative Tentacles Records

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



6/20/2013 - Biafra needs no introduction but let’s give him one anyway: Dead Kennedys co-founder, runner-up to Ralph Nader in the 2000 Green Party’s presidential nomination race; constant collaborator of the Melvins and Ministry, supreme hater of BS. No news is good news here: first-gen Black Flag/Bags safety-pin speed-punk for the most part, Biafra training his maniac-clown mockery at all the folks we know deserve it, namely Wall Street criminals and politician-criminals. Longtime Rollins Band bassist Andrew Weiss is the biggest-name conspirator involved with this, the rest of the band comprised of lesser-known old-schoolers such as Victims Family guitarist Ralph Spight, whose sound recalls first-album Kiss more than anything else. It’s striking that the sheer amount of energy on display, the infinitely subversive lyrics and all the juvenile goofiness are springing from a guy who was born right in the middle of the baby boom — “don’t trust anyone under 50” is one subtext to it, certainly. A+ — Eric W. Saeger

 






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