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The No WTO Combo
Live From The Battle In Seattle (Alternative Tentacles)

By: Jeb Branin

Jello Biafra, Krist Novoselic, Gina Mainwal and Kim Thayil threw this band together to play at the WTO protests in Seattle. It seems fitting that people whose primary means of communication has always been music would use that medium as the vehicle by which they express their displeasure with the WTO and the bourgeoisie policies it promotes. The CD isn't just music tho'. Jello kicks it all off with a fiery rant. He is far more pissed and far more combatant in the setting of a punk concert than he is on his spoken word albums which are recorded at lectures. It brings to mind his legendary tirades on stage with the DEAD KENNEDYS. The music is a mixture of classic Jello tunes ("Let's Lynch The Landlord" and "Full Metal Jackoff") with two new songs written specifically to comment on the WTO. The best of the pair is the very DK-esque track called "New Feudalism" where Jello desperately tries to coin the phrase "New Feudalism" as a description of the socio-economic realities of a world controlled by the WTO. "Electronic Plantation" is the second stellar new song and it smacks of "Plastic Surgery..." era DK and even runs on too long just like many of the DK gems of that era. For fans of Jello and enemies of the WTO this CD is nothing less than mandatory. I wonder if they performed at the D.C. protests?
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