JELLO BIAFRA: Machine Gun in the Clown: 3 X CD

Another ultra-long player of spoken word from Biafra, this one focusing on 9/11, the resulting war on terrorism and the general corporate and governmental shenanigans that all of the banging of the war drums is supposed to be covering up. Love him or hate him, you’ve gotta give Biafra his propers. At a time in American history when civil liberties are being wholly done away with and openly questioning the government’s actions could result in a nice long jail stay (or worse), he’s there, reminding us all that no matter what sugarplum dreams the major corporate media lulls us sleep with, no matter how many pills the Ministry of Wellness force-feeds us to make us “better,” no matter how many times King Georgie the Lesser insists that the only way to achieve peace is through all-out war, when punk seems to be more content to wallow in an insipid realm of fart jokes and affected posturing and suckle the corporate nipple than to actually raise a little ruckus, reality is sometimes worse than your wildest nightmares. Call him paranoid, but that don’t mean they ain’t out to get you.

 –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)