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Jello Biafra & The Guanatanamo School Of Medicine - White People And The Damage Done

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White People And The Damage Done by Jello Biafra & The Guanatanamo School Of Medicine
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9/10 according to on 22nd October 2013

Not only is the great Jello still making music, he's aged as gracefully as cheddar (for lack of a better metaphor).

Opening with the snappy, sharp-witted track "The Brown Lipstick Parade" all they way through the grand finale, "Shock-U-Py" this album is full of energy and a kind of carefully crafted sarcasm and mockery that could only come from Jello Biafra and perhaps a handful of others. As to be expected, this album is heavily politically oriented, slamming on certain groups (like in "Werewolves of Wall Street") and pointing out trends socially and in the government (like in "John Dillinger"). This entire album is loud and energetic, full loud electric guitar (and bass) and vicious, symbol-heavy drumming. At one point in the song "Road Rage" Jello goes off snarling and yapping incoherently along with many other bouts of fury towards anything from the government to celebrity worshiping. This album is definitely comparable to something the Dead Kennedys may have done back in the day and will likely be appreciated by any diehard DK fan.

Additionally, anyone who may buys this on vinyl will see that Alternative Tentacles did not skimp out. The LP is complete with a poster, very bright and vivid inner sleeve (one of those awesome cardboard ones) and, thankfully, an MP3 card. I recommend this album highly to any Dead Kennedys , Jello Biafra or any hardcore 80's punk fan looking for something similar with a more modern touch.

Press release

Former Dead Kennedys vocalist delivers his first concept album since Frankenchrist, Eye-catching Winston Smith cover art, Touring on three continents throughout 2013. “Wrecking Ball” was one thing. Now comes the long-awaited anti-austerity blast-a-thon with the teeth, venom and one-of-a-kind music of Jello Biafra. The second full-length from Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine picks up where last fall’s SHOCK-U-PY! left off. Covered in gruesome detail this time are corruption (“The Brown Lipstick Parade”), “Werewolves of Wall Street,” “Road Rage,” and corporate McMedia making pop stars out of small-time crooks to shield the big ones (“John Dillinger”) or tabloid pop stars to lobotomize everyone else (“Hollywood Goof Disease”). The title track shines a light on our never-ending foreign policy disasters in ways even Jello’s spoken word albums never did.  “Crapture” is the perfect song to play for those lovely End Times believers, pointing out how much better the world would be for everyone else left behind—replete with melodies on the scale Biafra hasn’t really touched since “Moon Over Marin.” Above all, White People and the Damage Done rocks!

No pop punk here, just Jello and crew taking punk fire in unexplored directions, with wallof-sound, in-your-face production from Marshall Lawless and Matt Kelley (lots of Jello projects, Hieroglyphics, The Coup, Digital Underground, Zen Guerrilla). Lineup retains the double-barreled guitar attack of Ralph Spight (Victims Family, Freak Accident) and Kimo Ball (Freak Accident, Griddle, Mol Triffid), joined by bassist Andrew Weiss (Rollins Band, Ween, Butthole Surfers, more) and drummer Paul Della Pelle (Helios Creed, Nik Turner’s Space Ritual, and Philly HC legends Ruin). Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine will be touring through most of 2013 on at least three continents to promote this beast. The live shows are the real deal. If you like OFF! or Dead Ending, fer cryin’ out loud, don’t miss this! 

Tracklisting:

1. The Brown Lipstick Parade 2. John Dillinger 3. Werewolves of Wall Street 4. Road Rage 5. Mid-East Peace Process 6. Hollywood Goof Disease 7. White People and the Damage Done 8. Crapture 9. Burgers of Wrath 10. Shock-U-Py! CD / Digital Bonus Tracks: 11. The Brown Lipstick Parade (Spit Valve BrASS Mix) 12. Burgers of Wrath (Slight Rural Extension) 13. Crapture (Space Blast Mix) 14. Shock-U-Py! (Soul Clap Mix)

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