You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course.
For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground.
Punk was originally about creating new, important, energetic music that would hopefully threaten the status quo and the stupidity of the 1970s.
When there’s people on the other side of the room trying to wipe out your life and things are stacked against you, you can get nervous.
Don’t hate the media, become the media.
Well, I don’t think I’ll ever stop being frustrated or feel fulfilled artistically.
I’ve never been a big fan of subtle art. I like art that gets deep into my head and starts my brain spinning with new ideas and inspiration and my whole body is full of energy.
I got involved because I wanted to help inspire more people to get off their butts and register and vote – not just in this election, but in every other election from now on, you know?
Respecting other people’s cultures is well and good, but I draw the line at where some branches of Islam, what they do to women. It’s indefensible.
Once you get involved with bloodsport litigation, you can not only get drunk on your own greed but start to believe your own lies.
If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve.
You have to be down here in the States to realize just how tightly controlled the corporate media is and how much they practise Soviet-style censorship through creative omission.
Let me start by saying, I’m utterly disgusted with the former members of the Dead Kennedys.
Especially in local elections, because hardly anybody pays attention to those – but it’s really important who’s mayor and who’s on the city council, county commissioners, sheriffs, district attorney, and of course the school board.
The jury had down right contempt for punk rock grass roots ethics.
Hardly anybody in America pays attention to local elections.
Punk is not dead. Punk will only die when corporations can exploit and mass produce it.
They’ve gone to great length to disguise the fact that I’m not in the band, even sending out a photo to promoters with my picture in it which then winds up in some of the ads on the flyers.
I do fear for the generations of people who came of age thinking that pop-punk is what punk is, and that all the rebellion you need is just to stick your tongue out in the mirror every once in a while.
Jello Biafra Mirror Fear Age People
I have very mixed feelings about Jesse Jackson. He’s very good about labor, and human and civil rights issues, but not so good on cultural issues.
I think one of the most important things punk brought back was the whole concept of staying independent and doing things yourself. It made music a lot less boring in any category you can name.
I go without rock for too long, I feel depressed.
This is my home. Home is where the disease is. As long as I stay in America, I’ll never run out of subjects for songs.
We didn’t have money to put out everything we wanted to put out.
That’s the way both they and I travel sometimes. Pick road at random, and when it’s time to pull over, you pull over and hope you can find a place to crash.
It depends on the situation. I mean, on one hand there’s the argument that people should be left alone on the other hand, there’s the argument to wade in a stop slaughters in places like Bosnia and Kosovo and what we probably should have done in Rwanda.
There’s sort of an open offer to work with a guy in Los Angeles who does big band and orchestra arrangements who was at least an acquaintance to Les Baxter before he passed away.
pull over and hope you can find a place to crash.
I didn’t really start writing music or lyrics or turning them into songs until I went to San Francisco.
Then as I got older, I always gravitated towards the hard stuff, Born To Be Wild, then Black Sabbath.
I went through a big Alice Cooper phase, which was probably a major influence on my writing style later, especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters.
The last true punk band to get a major label contract was The Dickies
The Sonics I found later and that was pretty important.
What I’m getting at is, you know, if we really want to get serious about helping all the people living in the street and getting people jobs, we could just hire half the people in the country to spy on the other half.