Jello Biafra, the original political punk and former ringmaster of Dead Kennedys, is now an official Aggronautix throbblehead! Capturing the outspoken vocalist’s signature look from the ‘80s, Jello is accurately sculpted right down to the piercing glare, star belt buckle and t-shirt with the logo of Biafra’s record label, Alternative Tentacles. Limited to 1000 numbered units, the Jello Biafra Throbblehead stands at 7 inches tall and is made of super strong polyresin. Jello Biafra is the eleventh iconic personality to be polyresinated by Aggronautix. In May of 2009, the company launched with a highly popular G.G. Allin1991 figure, which was limited to 2000 numbered units. Selling for just $19.95 each, orders will ship the first week of December — just in time for Holiday Gift Giving! Click on This Link to Purchase!
I don’t imagine that many individuals would disagree with a statement made by Ministry front man Al Jourgensen close to the beginning of Fix – a profoundly gritty and utterly compelling documentary of which he is the primary focus – that the best job to have is one where you’re paid to be yourself. Possibly the single most influential musician of the Industrial music genre and an undeniably notorious and outspoken character, Jourgensen has never “posed” nor compromised for the sake of his art. In fact, he’s pretty much always earned a pay check for the talents involved in just being Al Jourgensen. Fifteen years ago, while Ministry was touring the world in support of the Filth Pig album, Al was a relentless junkie who was equal parts devil and messiah to everyone who entered his orbit. Someone on that tour bus was a filmmaker with a camera. Fix: The Ministry Movie is the resultant documentation of the full immersion into Al’s world of someone who was, essentially, just along for the ride. Most of the journey isn’t very pretty.
Dead Kennedys’ vocalist, chief instigator and former candidate for Mayor of San Francisco, Jello Biafra (born Eric Reed Boucher) turns 51 years old today, have been born on June 17th in 1958. Jello was a lot of fun to interview, especially when he and the psycho bitch photographer I brought along to the assignment got in a fight. Good times. Sadly, this interview has been largely lost to the ages, being no longer archived on line. I can assure you, however, that it was a keeper. Happy Birthday, Jello!
Thanks to The P5 Blogspot: This Day in 80s Music for the tip!
On this date in 1981: Dead Kennedys released their second single, “Holiday In Cambodia,” backed by “Police Truck.” The A side appeared on their debut album, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, though it was different than the single version. This album is still the largest selling punk album in California history; followed closely by the debut from OC punk band, The Adolescents. Coincidently, I’m going to the Bowery Ballroom tonight to see former Adolescents’ bassist Steve Soto’s new band open for X. What goes around comes around.