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The Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra Rocks Out and Talks with Nardwuar [YouTube Videos]

Derek Kademian

by Derek Kademian

Published January 09, 2014

Former Dead Kennedys frontman and seminal punk icon Jello Biafra passed through Vancouver, British Columbia for his birthday last year, and he joined Nardwuar and Thee Goblins onstage to blast through some DK classics.

Jello walked out on stage to the roar of the audience as Nardwuar wished him a happy birthday. They opened the set with Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables' "Let's Lynch The Landlord," before tearing into "Too Drunk To Fuck." The hit of the night was their performance of "California Über Alles" with updated lyrics, including references to the NSA, Homeland Security, and Governor Schwarzenegger. Next up was a scorching cover of "Viva Las Vegas," a crowd-pleasing Dead Kennedys standard since their first record. The final tune of the set was a cover of the 1966 anti-war song "Brainwashed" by Blood, Sweat & Tears' David Clayton Thomas. The show closed and Thee Goblins all lined up with Jello and took a bow. Watch video of the full performance above.

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Jello Biafra joins Thee Goblins at the Rickshaw in Vancouver for a Birthday performance! Songs: "Mario(Andrew) Cuomo," "Let's Lynch the Landlord," "Too Drunk To Fuck," "California Uber Alles," "Viva Las Vegas," & "Brainwashed." Special thanks to Clayton Holmes & Ani Kyd for the extra video footage plus Dave Carswell and HAMM for the bass and guitar action!

Nardwuar also interviewed Jello while he was in town, noting that this occasion marks the 13th time he's interviewed the singer since 1989.

Nardwuar's typical extremely-in-depth interview covers a broad swath of topics, including X-rated records, Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro's arrest in Australia for "drinking while black," Jello's time as a roadie for The Ravers before they became The Nails, the NSA's domestic spying practices since the '70s, and the porn sold in the gift shop underneath Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue.

Nardwuar, in his signature style, also gave Biafra a series of gifts, including a stack of rare vinyl. After receiving a bottle of D.O.A.'s D.O.Ale (the beer recently put out by D.O.A.), Jello expressed a desire to make his own beer: "I wanna call it Jonestown Ale, and dye it purple." Watch the full interview above.

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Source: NardwuarServiette YouTube Channel

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