Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo Medicine Show
Jello Biafra's new band gives a nod to the Dead Kennedy’s frontman’s past and updates his vision into the 21st century that leaves no question that this is not nostalgia.
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Jello Biafra broke into the public consciousness in the early 1980s, first as the sarcastic, politically charged lead singer of the punk band Dead Kennedys and then as a public speaker. He's rekindled his (never abandoned) music career and formed a new band, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. Jello is still as sardonically angry as he was during the Reagan Era when punk fans embraced his music for its subversive lyrics and catchy hooks. There are still plenty of catchy hooks and loud guitars on the bands two albums and those same, now grown, punk fans can’t claim that Biafra (who started the band to celebrate his fiftieth birthday in 2008) has softened with age nor has his banshee-like voice lost that incomparable Dead Kennedys wail. Punk bands like Bad Religion have lasted as long as Jello Biafra and have maintained their integrity, political commentary, and even biting satire without falling into cartoonishness. It’s clear that Biafra still has something intelligent to say and The Guantanamo School of Medicine has some great punk music to say it over. 


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