As his own name, his original band’s name or his new band’s name (Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine) suggest, Biafra is a provocateur with a sense of humor, often using comedy and absurdity to convey his messages. The Guantanamo School of Medicine — which retains an early DK energy and intensity, but is a technically more proficient machine — released its debut, The Audacity of Hype (complete with Shepard Fairey-styled “Hope” parody cover art) in 2009. Biafra sent President Obama an infamous “open letter” after his historic election, offering suggestions and pleading with him to not become like another president who “had the audacity to exploit and toss aside people’s hope” — Bill Clinton. Needless to say, Jello remains highly critical of Obama and his failure to follow through on his promises; Biafra recently told the site whopperjaw.net in an interview that he has a newer song called “Barackster O’Bummer.”
Biafra & the Guantanamo School’s latest single, “SHOCK-YOU-PY!,” is classic Biafra and his contribution to the songs inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests. The track is from a forthcoming album, White People and the Damage Done (the follow-up to last year’s Enhanced Methods of Questioning), which Biafra hoped to have out before the election, but probably won’t see release until as late as January.
Pioneering local Punk band SS-20 — celebrating 30 years together — open the show. Biafra was a fan of the group in their early ’80s heyday. And on the group’s MySpace page “Sounds Like” window, SS-20 once wrote that they “(used) to sound like the Dead Kennedys. Now (singer) Jughead looks like Ted Kennedy.” Should be a great night of true Punk spirit.
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