You got that? He's deflatin' the great pols of the day, but not Lord Obama, because...well, it's just not Barry O's fault. Cue up the Mary Magdalene bit from Jesus Christ Superstar and hum along: "...he's a man, he's just a man..."Recommended listening from Gillespie's comments thread:
Read the whole thing, including Jello Biafra's middle-aged worries about those Tea Party types ("Some of them are even talking in terms of guns and Obama and whatnot and you know that if anyone said that on radio or TV about Bush they'd be in jail for the next 30 years,”) and then remember one of the foundational truths of punk by way of D.H. Lawrence: Never trust the singer, trust the song. The icons of our youth exist to disappoint us in their (and our) old age and in that sense, Biafra has indeed managed to cough up a second act, however predictable and uninteresting it might be. The madcap fella who closed out one of the greatest albums of all time with an ironic version of "Viva Las Vegas" has become far more cringe-inducing in life than Elvis Presley did while dying on the crapper.
- Jello Biafra with DOA: "Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors", especially "Power is Boring", "Wish I was in El Salvador" and "Full Metal Jackoff" (ok, I recommended that set)
- Minutemen, "Double Nickels on the Dime"
- The Bats - Kiwi punk from Flying Nun
- The Chills, "Pink Frost" and "Heavenly Pop Hit" - more Kiwi music from Dunedin
- Melvins with Hank Williams III, "Ramblin' Man" [I second; saw Hank III at 9:30 in DC, was excellent]; whole "Crybaby" album looks very good
- Bad Religion recommended over Dead Kennedys
- Pixies "I've been Tired"
- Dread Zepplin, Viva Los Vegas