February 01, 2003

Wonder What Jello Biafra Wi...

Wonder What Jello Biafra Will Say This Time?

Posted by at February 1, 2003 04:26 PM
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well, whatever he has to say we won't be able to hear, what with the crushing of dissent in full force these days and all.

anyway, thanks for the reminder, matt. looking forward to the new venture so hurry it up! :)

Posted by: dan truly at February 1, 2003 09:25 PM

Thanks, Dan! And thanks for signing up for a trial subscription. (It's not that I'm refreshing the database every five minutes or anything....)

I've always found Eric Buchet (I *think* that was his name) to be a real interesting character. In person, he can be real quiet, shy, humble ... the blogger/punk rocker Dr. Frank, in fact, reminded me very much of Biafra in person, though Frank seems more "normal." And at the same time, Biafra is definitely one of those few you can point to and say, "this man is to free speech what Chuck Yeager was to aerodynamics."

One of my favorite moments during the offensive Al/Tipper Gore PMRC hearings was (I believe) Tipper reciting lyrics from "Kill the Poor.": "Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill the poor," she read, absolutely disgusted, absolutely clueless. "Holiday in Cambodia" is one of my all-time favorite songs. "So you've been to college for a year or two/and you think you've seen it all" -- that's a hell of a way to start off a sinister-sounding song about genocide. And there was a month-long stretch for me, in the El Nino winter of 1987 or so, when I would listen to "California Uber Alles" roughly 11 times a day ... though the sting of that song starts to lessen once you hear the *first* version, when the Nazi-like California politician in question is *Jerry Brown*, not Ronald Reagan.

Still, there are few political-punk moments better than: "You tell yourself 'can't happen here'/ALEXANDER HAIG IS NEAR!!"

Posted by: Matt Welch at February 1, 2003 10:55 PM
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