White People & the Damage Done

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Still disenfranchised about American society and riled up about it, the former Dead Kennedys singer takes issue with Wall Street, Hollywood, consumer nature, fast food, and white people in general on Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine's third album, White People & the Damage Done. Backed by a musically fierce band that includes Ween/Butthole Surfers bassist Andrew Weiss, drummer Paul Della Pelle, and guitarists Ralph Spight and Kimo Ball, the 54-year-old frontman sounds as spirited as he did in his early days. In fact, for the fast, furious "Road Rage" and "Mid-East Peace Process," he and his band match the blistering energy of early-'80s ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Still disenfranchised about American society and riled up about it, the former Dead Kennedys singer takes issue with Wall Street, Hollywood, consumer nature, fast food, and white people in general on Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine's third album, White People & the Damage Done. Backed by a musically fierce band that includes Ween/Butthole Surfers bassist Andrew Weiss, drummer Paul Della Pelle, and guitarists Ralph Spight and Kimo Ball, the 54-year-old frontman sounds as spirited as he did in his early days. In fact, for the fast, furious "Road Rage" and "Mid-East Peace Process," he and his band match the blistering energy of early-'80s American hardcore staples like Black Flag good to see that Keith Morris' OFF! isn't the only group carrying the torch and, yes, the Kennedys. Forced by age into the suburban lifestyle he once rallied against, Biafra sounds positively spiteful as he yells "I hate the malls and I hate credit cards/I hate my neighbors and the dogs in the yard!" or shames reality TV, wondering "What the hell is a Kardashian/Should Snooky be allowed to reproduce?" His voice is strong and he continues to prove himself a threat as an exceptionally sharp and witty lyricist. Meanwhile, the band takes risks, incorporating styles like rockabilly and classic rock into its punk fusion in a way that's dizzying but never disconcerting. Of course, fans know what they are getting by this stage in the game, but even they might be pleasantly surprised.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Alternative Tentacle
  • UPC: 721616045024
  • Catalog Number: 450
  • Sales rank: 32,611

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine Primary Artist
Andrew Weiss Bass
Paul Della Pelle Drums, Tambourine
Jon Ginoli Background Vocals
Ralph Spight Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Vinnie Spit Horn Engineer
Jimbo Wallace Slap Bass
Pete Rypins Background Vocals
Devil Doll Background Vocals
Kimo Ball Guitar
Pat Wynne Choir Director
Brandon Turchiano Trombone
Alan Always Background Vocals
Melody Knight Choir, Chorus
Mary Huber Choir, Chorus
Joe Franke Background Vocals
Jill Owen Choir, Chorus
Jean J.D. Davis Choir, Chorus
Glen Van Lehn Choir, Chorus
Eileen Wampole Choir, Chorus
Bob Owen Choir, Chorus
Blag History Month Background Vocals
The San Francisco Bay Area Heritage-Rockin' Solidarity Chorus Choir, Chorus
Ralph Nadir Background Vocals
Mr. Tweezers Background Vocals
Joey Keithley Background Vocals
Jeff Kaser Tenor Saxophone
Ivan Sharkboweis Background Vocals
Drake Peterson Trumpet
Technical Credits
Jello Biafra Poster Design
Matt Kelley Engineer, Poster Design
Marshall Lawless Producer
Alan Schneider Poster Design
Winston Smith Artwork
Chris Carrington Intern
Vinnie Spit Horn Arrangements
Biafra Composer
Charles Farmer Poster Design
George Perry Poster Design
Dave Dekinderen Poster Design
Danielle Serna Intern
Dan Saidano Poster Design
Chick Fontaine Artwork
Brian Kopac Poster Design
Bijan Sharifi Intern
Adam Pena Intern
Paul M. Hertzmann Photo Courtesy
Mark Rembe Poster Design
Mark E. Niedermayer Poster Design
Josh Berger Poster Design
Jenni Cataldo Intern
Jasen Davis Poster Design
Igor Rogovic Intern
Gibran Sponchiado Intern
George Gardner Back Cover Photo
Fabio Zerbini Poster Design
Eswar Venkatachalam Intern
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