Sunday, March 11, 2007
Jello Biafra at the Chameleon Club.
Last Monday, Hugh and I visited the Chameleon Club in Lancaster for an evening of spoken word by none other than the poison tongue punker, Jello Biafra. Hold that image because now he looks like any other middle aged guy on the street. Until he opens his mouth and the awesome voice, like if Cathryn Hepburn and Fred Schneider of the B-52's had a kid, comes charging out at you like a New Jersey Dump truck on fire in the month of August. Unmistakable. Love it in an addicting way.
Being stuck or sort of attached to the 80's; STILL! Hugh and I used to skate a lot in High School. The Dead Kennedy's was the sound track of many a day on the streets. Jello's work with D.O.A. was a glimpse of what a front man can do if he lends his talents for a cover song; ' I Fought the Law...'. Our senior year Hugh and I were getting more into Industrial Music like Nine Inch Nails, Nitzer Ebb, The Revolting Cocks, Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242 and Ministry. Ministry had to be the all time favorite. Al Jourgensen, the band's front man and main engineer, had developed over the years a super textured method of producing music, with small props to pre-industrial bands like Kraftwerk. Textured- heavy base lines leading in front of a bass drum, snare and high hat. A busboy that worked at the restaurant with Hugh and I loved music too. Sean, busboy, introduced us to a band named 'Lard'. Take the 2 headed dragon of Ministry (Al Jourgensen/Paul Barker) and throw in Jello Biafra. Killer! 'The Last Temptation of Reid' was the album.
Anywho, Jello did 2-2 hour sets covering politics, society and more politics. Topics that I won't go into but the war isn't his favorite and the disconnection of today's youth with iPods and text messaging.