Thursday, July 01, 2010

Charlie Gillett - Undercurrents/Jello Biafra

Continuing the homage to the late Charlie Gillett here are two Undercurrents shows on Capital Radio from 1980/81 - not sure of exact dates.
In the first Charlie has guest Jello Biafra the singer with the Dead Kennedys. Biafra chooses a few punk and new wave records including UKDK and ? and the Mysterians.
The second show Charlie plays some independent records ranging from the sublime Gregory Issacs to the ridiculous "Puppet On A String" by Big Hair. Charlie reckons this was his favourite record of the moment back then - hard to believe!

Wikipedia says -

"Jello Biafra (born Eric Reed Boucher; June 17, 1958) is an American musician, spoken word artist and leading figure of the Green Party. Biafra first gained attention as the lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys. After his time with the band concluded, he took over the influential independent record label Alternative Tentacles, which he had co-founded in 1979 with Dead Kennedys bandmate East Bay Ray. Although now primarily focused on spoken word art, he has continued as a musician in numerous collaborations.

Politically, Jello is a member of the Green Party and actively supports leftist political causes. Biafra ran for the party's Presidential nomination in 2000, finishing second to Ralph Nader. He is a self-identified anarchist who advocates civil disobedience, direct action, culture jamming, and pranksterism in the name of political causes. Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics in the tradition of the Yippies to highlight issues of civil rights, social justice, economic populism, boosterism, anti-corporatism, peace movements, anti-consumerism, environmentalism, anti-globalization, universal health care, LGBT rights, anti-capitalism, abortion access, feminism, and the separation of church and state."

Charlie Gillett - Jello Biafra Pt. 1

Charlie Gillett - Jello Biafra Pt.2

Charlie Gillett - Undercurrents 4 Pt. 1

Charlie Gillett - Undercurrents 4 Pt. 2

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