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Eric Reed Boucher born June 17,better known by his professional name Jello Biafrais an American singer, musician, and spoken word artist.
He is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys. Initially active from toDead Kennedys were known for rapid-fire music topped with Biafra's sardonic lyrics and biting social commentary, delivered in his "unique quiver of a voice. Politically, Biafra is a member of the Green Party of the United States  and supports various political causes.
He ran for the party's presidential nomination in the presidential electionfinishing a distant second to Ralph Nader. As a child, Boucher developed an interest in international politics that was encouraged by his parents. An avid news watcher, one of his earliest memories was of the California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroes F. Kennedy assassination. Biafra says he has been a fan of rock music since first hearing it inwhen his parents accidentally tuned in to a rock radio station. He began his career in music in January as a roadie for the punk rock band The Ravers who later changed their name to The Nailssoon joining his friend John Greenway in a band called The Healers.
The Healers became well known locally for their mainly improvised lyrics and avant Our Kingdom - Artificial Skys & Griever / Stunna - Our Kingdom / Burning Sky music.
In the autumn of that year, he began attending the University of California, Santa Cruz. In Junehe responded to an advertisement placed in a store by guitarist East Bay Raystating; "guitarist wants to form punk band,"  and together they formed the Dead Kennedys.
He began performing with the band under the stage name Occupant,  but soon began to use his current stage name, a combination of the brand name Jell-O and the short-lived African state Biafra. The band's lyrics were written by Biafra. The lyrics were mostly political in nature and displayed a sardonic, sometimes absurdist, sense of humor despite their serious subject matter.
In the tradition of UK anarcho-punk bands like Crass and the Subhumansthe Dead Kennedys were one of the first US punk bands to write politically themed songs. The lyrics Biafra wrote helped popularize the use of humorous lyrics in punk and other types of hard-core music.
Biafra cites Joey Ramone Stop That Train - Various - Lets Do Rocksteady - The Story Of Rocksteady 1966-68 the inspiration for his use of humor in his songs as well as being the musician who made him interested in punk rocknoting in particular songs by the Ramones such as " Beat on the Brat " and " California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroes I Wanna Sniff Some Glue ".
Biafra initially attempted to compose music on guitar, but his lack of experience on the instrument and his own admission of being "a fumbler with my hands" led Dead Kennedys bassist Klaus Flouride to suggest that Biafra simply sing the parts he envisioned to the band.
This later became a problem when the other members of the Dead Kennedys sued Biafra over royalties and publishing rights. AllMusic cites this song as "possibly the most successful single of the American hardcore The Seafood Song - The Divine Comedy - Promenade  and Biafra counts it as his personal favorite Dead Kennedy's song.
The Dead Kennedys received some controversy in the spring of over the single " Too Drunk to Fuck. However, the single peaked at number 31 in the charts. Later albums also contained memorable songs, but with less popularity than the earlier ones. Punk musician and scholar Vic Bondi considers the latter song to be the song that "defined the lyrical agenda of much of hardcore music, and represented its break with punk".
The album also contained a controversial poster by Swiss surrealist artist H. Giger entitled Penis Landscape. The Dead Kennedys toured widely during their career, starting in the late s. Later, they played to larger audiences such as at the Bay Area Music Awards where they played the notorious " Pull My Strings " for the only timeand headlined the Rock Against Reagan festival. On May 7,punk rock fans who believed Biafra was a " sell out " attacked him at the Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California.
Biafra claims that he was attacked by a man nicknamed Cretin, who crashed into him while moshing. The crash injured Biafra's leg, causing an argument between the two men. During the argument, Cretin pushed Biafra to the floor and five or six friends of Cretin assaulted Biafra while he was down, yelling "Sellout rock star, kick him," and attempting to pull out his hair.
However, Biafra returned to the Gilman club a few months after the incident to perform a spoken-word performance as an act of reconciliation with the club. Biafra has been a prominent figure of the Californian punk scene and was one La Vie En Rose - Tony Mottola - Romantic Guitars the third generation members of the San Francisco punk community.
Many later hardcore bands have cited the Dead Kennedys as a major influence. Biafra was a visionary, incendiary [performer]. After the Dead Kennedys disbanded, Biafra's new songs were recorded with other bands, and he released only spoken word albums as solo projects. These collaborations had less popularity California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroes Biafra's earlier work. However, his song "That's Progress", originally recorded with D.
Biafra believes the trial was politically motivated; it was often reported that the PMRC took Biafra to court as a cost-effective way of sending a message out to other musicians with content considered offensive in their music. Music author Reebee Garofalo argued that Biafra and Alternative Tentacles may have been targeted because the label was a "small, self-managed and self-supported company Furious & Outdone - Sixer - Beautiful Trash could ill afford a protracted legal battle.
The jury deadlocked 5 to 7 in favor of acquittal, prompting a mistrial; despite a motion to re-try the case, the judge ordered all charges dropped. Biafra has a cameo role in the film Tapeheads. While arresting them his character asks "Remember what we did to Jello Biafra? On March 25,Biafra appeared on the U. In Octoberthree former members of the Dead Kennedys sued Biafra for nonpayment of royalties. Rather than informing his bandmates of this mistake, the suit alleged, Biafra knowingly concealed the information until a whistleblower employee at the record label notified the band.
According to Biafra, the suit resulted from his refusal to allow one of the band's most well-known singles, " Holiday in Cambodia ", to be used in a commercial for Levi's Dockers; Biafra opposes Levi's because of his claim that they use unfair business practices and sweatshop labor.
Decay Music denied this charge and have posted what they say are his cashed royalty checks, written to his legal name of Eric Boucher. In Maya jury found Biafra and Alternative Tentacles "guilty of maliceoppression and fraud " by not promptly informing his former bandmates of the accounting error and instead withholding the information during subsequent discussions and contractual negotiations.
The band became yet another side project for Ministry, with Biafra providing vocals and lyrics. According to a March interview with Jourgensen, he and Biafra are working on a new Lard album, which is being recorded in Jourgensen's El Paso studio.
As a result, Biafra worked with D. The band was originally scheduled to play during the protest, but the performance was canceled Razorblade - Tirez Tirez - Razorblade to riots. The band performed a short set the following night at the Showbox in downtown Seattle outside the designated areaalong with the hiphop group Spearhead.
As of lateBiafra was performing with the band The Melvins under the name "Jello Biafra and the Melvins", though fans sometimes refer to them as "The Jelvins. This group debuted during Biafra Five-O. The exception being live albums released after the band's break-up, which the other band members compiled from recordings in the band partnership's vaults without Biafra's input or endorsement.
Biafra has been the owner of the company since its founding, though he does not receive a salary for his position; Biafra has referred to his position in the company as "absentee thoughtlord".
Biafra is an ardent collector of unusual vinyl records of all kinds, from s and s ethno-pop recordings by the likes of Les Baxter and Esquivel to vanity pressings that have circulated regionally, to German crooner Heino for whom he would later participate in the documentary Heino: Made In Germany ; he cites his always growing collection as one of his biggest musical influences. His collection grew so large that on October 1,Biafra donated a portion of his collection to an annual yard sale co-promoted by Alternative Tentacles and held at their warehouse in Emeryville, California.
Inalong with Alternative Tentacles employee and The Frisk lead singer Jesse Luscious, Biafra began co-hosting The Alternative Tentacles Batcasta downloadable podcast hosted by alternativetentacles.
The show primarily focuses on interviews with artists and 18. Intrada - Various - Musik Für Kinder that are currently signed to the Alternative Tentacles label, although there are also occasional episodes where Biafra devoted the show to answering fan questions.
Biafra became a spoken word artist in January with a performance at University of California, Los Angeles. In his performance he combined humor with his political beliefs, much in the same way that he did with the lyrics to his songs.
Despite his continued spoken word performances, he did not begin recording spoken word albums until after the disbanding of the Dead Kennedys. Biafra was also featured in the British band Pitchshifter 's song As Seen on TV reciting the words of dystopian futuristic radio advertisements. Biafra was an anarchist in the s, but has shifted away from his former anti-government views. I don't mind paying more money as long as it's going to provide shelter for people sleeping in the street or getting the schools fixed back up, getting the infrastructure up to the standards of other countries, including a high speed rail system.
I'm totally down with that. In the autumn ofBiafra ran for mayor of San Francisco, using the Jell-O ad campaign catchphrase, "There's always room for Jello", as his campaign slogan. Having entered the race before creating a campaign platform, Biafra later wrote his platform on a napkin while attending a Pere Ubu concert where Dead Kennedys drummer Ted told Biafra, "Biafra, you have such a big mouth that you should run for Mayor.
Senator Dianne Feinsteinto mock her publicity stunt of California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroes streets in downtown San Francisco for a few hours. He also made a whistlestop campaign tour along California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroes BART line.
Supporters committed equally odd actions; two well known signs held by supporters said "If he doesn't win I'll kill myself" and "What if he does win? His platform included unconventional points such as forcing businessmen to wear clown suits within city limits, erecting statues of Dan Whitewho assassinated Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk inaround the city and allowing the parks department to sell eggs and tomatoes with which people could pelt the statues,  hiring workers who'd lost their jobs due to a tax initiative to panhandle in wealthy neighborhoods including Dianne Feinstein'sand a citywide ban on cars.
He finished third out of a field of ten, receiving 3. Inthe New York State Green Party drafted Biafra as a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, and a few supporters were elected to the party's nominating convention in Denver, Colorado.
Biafra chose death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal as his running mate. The party overwhelmingly chose Ralph Nader as the presidential candidate with of the delegate votes. Biafra received 10 votes. After losing the nomination, Jello became highly active in Ralph Nader 's presidential California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroesas well as in and During the campaign Jello played at rallies  and answered questions for journalists in support of Ralph Nader.
When gay rights activists accused Nader of costing Al Hangerő - Heaven Street Seven - Szállj Ki És Gyalogolj! the election, Biafra reminded them that Tipper Gore 's Parents Music Resource Center wanted warning stickers on albums with homosexual content. After Barack Obama won the general election, Jello wrote an open letter California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroes suggestions on how to run his term as president.
Bush 's policies, summarizing Obama's policies as containing "worse and worse laws against human rights and more and more illegal unconstitutional spying. On September 18,it was announced that Jello would be supporting Bernie Sanders in his campaign for the presidential election. They came under heavy pressure by the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions BDS campaign, and finally decided to cancel the gig — after a debate California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroes according to Biafra "deeply tore at the fabric of our band This whole controversy has been one of the most intense situations of my life — and I thrive on intense situations".
Biafra then decided to travel to Israel and Polygon Sky - Pelican Daughters - Lines+Squares Palestinian Occupied Territories, at his own expense, and talk with Israeli and Palestinian activists as well as with fans disappointed at his cancellation. In the article stating his conclusions he wrote: "I will not perform in Israel unless it is a pro-human rights, anti-occupation event, that does not violate the spirit of the boycott.
Each musician, artist, etc. I am staying away for now, but am also really creeped out by the attitudes of some of the hardliners and hope some day to find a way to contribute something positive here. I will not march or sign on with anyone who runs around calling people Zionazis and is more interested in making threats California Über Alles - Various - New Wave Heroes making friends.
Biafra married Theresa Soder, a. Ninotchka, lead singer of San Francisco-area punk band the Situations, on October 31, Biafra lives in San FranciscoCalifornia.