Jello Biafra

    In the Grip of Official Treason


    At the helm of the Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra used to be known for being the most irritating frontman in North America, but nowadays he’s better known for being the most irritating man in North America. Although his political heart is generally in the right place, the release of a three-disc spoken-word offering (his eighth) just makes it seem as if he suffers from a combination of vanity and an abject hatred of the ears of others. Did you know he thinks George W. Bush is a dumb cowboy puppet or that he calls John Ashcroft “John Ashcrack”? Did you want to? If the answer is “yes,” you’re likely a mentally challenged aspiring teen radical. By the end of In the Grip of Official Treason, when Biafra implores us to boycott e-mail people because it isn’t real communication, I wished e-mail was the only form of communication, thereby rendering his speaking voice obsolete.