Jello Biafra (former lead singer of Dead Kennedys)

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Legal name: Eric Reed Boucher

Also performs as: Count Ringworm, Occupant (Jello Biafra), Osama McDonald


Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958), better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is an American singer and spoken word artist. He is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

Initially active from 1979 to 1986, Dead Kennedys were known for rapid-fire music topped with Biafra's sardonic lyrics and biting social commentary, delivered in his "unique quiver of a voice". When the band broke up in 1986, he took over the influential independent record label Alternative Tentacles, which he had founded in 1979 with Dead Kennedys bandmate East Bay Ray. In a 2000 lawsuit, upheld on appeal in 2003 by the California Supreme Court, Biafra was found liable for breach of contract, fraud and malice in withholding a decade's worth of royalties from his former bandmates and ordered to pay over $200,000 in compensation and punitive damages; the band subsequently reformed without Biafra. Although now focused primarily on spoken word performances, Biafra has continued as a musician in numerous collaborations. He has also occasionally appeared in cameo roles in films.

Politically, Biafra is a member of the Green Party of the United States and supports various political causes. He ran for the party's presidential nomination in the 2000 presidential election, finishing a distant second to Ralph Nader. In 1979 he ran for mayor of San Francisco, California. He is a staunch believer in a free society, and utilizes shock value and advocates direct action and pranksterism in the name of political causes. Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics, in the leftist tradition of the Yippies, to highlight issues of civil rights and social justice.

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1989Last Scream of the Missing NeighborsJello Biafra With D.O.A.3
1991The Sky Is Falling and I Want My MommyJello Biafra With NoMeansNo3.653
1994Prairie Home InvasionJello Biafra & Mojo Nixon with the Toadliquors2
2004Never Breathe What You Can’t SeeJello Biafra with the Melvins2
2005Sieg Howdy!Jello Biafra with the Melvins2
2015Walk On Jindals SplintersJello Biafra and The New Orleans Raunch And Soul All-Stars1

Album + Spokenword

1991I Blow Minds for a LivingJello Biafra1
2000Become the MediaJello Biafra1
2002The Big Ka-Boom, Part OneJello Biafra1
2006In the Grip of Official TreasonJello Biafra1


1991Die for Oil, SuckerJello Biafra1
1993Will the Fetus Be Aborted?Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon with the Toadliquors2
2012We OccupyD.O.A. feat. Jello Biafra1

Other + Spokenword

1987No More CocoonsJello Biafra2
1989High Priest of Harmful Matter: Tales From the TrialJello Biafra1
1991I Blow Minds for a LivingJello Biafra1
1994Beyond the Valley of the Gift PoliceJello Biafra1
1998If Evolution Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will EvolveJello Biafra1
2002Machine Gun in the Clown's HandJello Biafra1

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