Boston uber alles

By DOUG SIMMONS  |  November 14, 2006

By the encore, pandemonium reigned. Someone handed Biafra a box of Jell-O. He broke it open, sprayed it over the crowd (followed by water), and asked for requests. Many hollered for “Drug Me,” from the LP. He refused, saying “Undrug yourselves and Uncle Sam will have a much harder time fucking with you.” Rude, but certainly compassionate advice. Instead, the band played its first single, “California Uber Alles,” but with a new set of lyrics, substituting Ronald Reagan and conservative-baiting for Jerry Brown and hippie politics. One new lyric was “Welcome to 1984/Are you ready for the Third World War?” The Dead Kennedys are going to find plenty to scream about over the next few years.

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There are two independent publications just out – Boston Groupie News (number 27) and Free Lunch (number 2). BGN has a cover story on the DJs of WMBR’s Later Risers’ Club and interviews with the Mighty Ions, Young Snakes, and lovely Tontileo, and it also includes a flexi-disc with two songs by the Fabulous Billy Goons. More a wrestling cult than a band, the Goons perform “Ballad of the Billy Goons,” essentially a rewrite of The Beverly Hillbillies theme, and “Goons Are Drinking Again,” a rowdy silly saloon sing-along that features the Mormon Tabernacle Goons.

Free Lunch, structured like the late Skunk Piss – that is, it has no structure at all, just loose mimeographed sheets packed in a plastic bag – is more rebellious than BGN. Its laughs are often mean-spirited and rooted in a sort of gleeful apocalypse, especially the columns by Otto Guatemala and editor Jari. The two team up on a you-suck diatribe attacking the very ‘MBR DJs that BGN celebrates. They claim that Late Risers’ Club is a sanctuary for various egos hung up on the latest English trends and that local bands are being ignored as a result. Can’t say I agree, but it’s always amusing seeing mud slung at sacred cows. In any event, you can find BGN and Free Lunch on sale at area record stores.

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ODDS ‘N’ ENDS: The Rat has an interesting Easter show, billed as a “Birth of Label,” the profits of which will finance Propeller Records. The five bands on the label will perform: CCCP-TV, the Neats, People in Stores, V, and the Wild Stares….Willie Dixon and the Chicago Blues All-Stars at Jonathan Swift’s April 21….Nervous Eaters, City Thrills, and Trademarks at the Channel April 24….The Martells at the Inn-Square Men’s Bar April 24 and 25….If you’re under 20 here’s a rare chance to see perhaps Boston’s best band, Mission of Burma, and one of its better ones, La Peste, at the Channel, April 26. Doors open at 3 p.m.

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