You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course.— Jello Biafra
The most revolutionary Jello Biafra quotes that will transform you to a better person
Even the most Bush-happy, flag suckling jack-arse knows deep-down inside that something is wrong. America is over and everyone knows it. The New World Order has a dying empire odor and changing the channel ain't going to make this go away.
For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground.
Shut up, be happy. Obey all orders without question. The happiness you have demanded is now mandatory.
Heavy Metal is the most conservative of all loud music.
Let's face it, not even a gym teacher could get as many people to dress alike.
Our biggest national security threat is the environmental destruction of our planet and the arms race with ourselves.
A hairstyle's not a lifestyle.
Punk rock will never die, until something more dangerous replaces it.
This is my home. Home is where the disease is. As long as I stay in America, I'll never run out of subjects for songs.
It depends on the situation. I mean, on one hand there's the argument that people should be left alone on the other hand, there's the argument to wade in a stop slaughters in places like Bosnia and Kosovo and what we probably should have done in Rwanda.
I'm totally down with insurrection in the street.
I've had a great time with that over the years. Insurrection in the voting booth is the other part of the equation.
I've never been a big fan of subtle art.
I like art that gets deep into my head and starts my brain spinning with new ideas and inspiration and my whole body is full of energy.
Especially in local elections, because hardly anybody pays attention to those - but it's really important who's mayor and who's on the city council, county commissioners, sheriffs, district attorney, and of course the school board.
And we will NOT let Campbell's Soup, Old Navy, or anybody ELSE, HAMMER into the minds of girls as YOUNG as SIX YEARS OLD that they should ALWAYS hate their bodies and ALWAYS be on a diet!
I went through a big Alice Cooper phase, which was probably a major influence on my writing style later, especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters.
I think Noam Chomsky is a national treasure - make that an international treasure.
I'm tired of being ruled by the Skull and Bones. The only place they belong are on punk-rock albums!
I think there's plenty of room, even in the most serious activist circles, for humor. Humor can be very effective both to inspire, and as a weapon. Just ask Frank Zappa and Charlie Chaplin.
So basically the understanding on these so-called reissues is that they were done behind my back, without my permission, and the band informed me that I would no longer be paid on them at all.
Well, I don't think I'll ever stop being frustrated or feel fulfilled artistically.
The boyfriend of the student music teacher came in: "Hey, kids, this is a real Air Force pilot." I asked him something to the effect of how it felt to be dropping bombs on children in Vietnamese villages. And it got very icy in there all of a sudden, and finally the teacher said, "Oh, well, Eric reads a lot of newspapers. Next question."
From the beginning, there was so much pressure in the early San Francisco punk scene for everyone to be different than everyone else, to flaunt your intelligence and insights instead of every band sounding alike, like what plagues punk music in particular today.
I think one of the most important things punk brought back was the whole concept of staying independent and doing things yourself. It made music a lot less boring in any category you can name.
When there's people on the other side of the room trying to wipe out your life and things are stacked against you, you can get nervous.
That's the way both they and I travel sometimes.
Pick road at random, and when it's time to pull over, you pull over and hope you can find a place to crash.
The jury had down right contempt for punk rock grass roots ethics.
There's sort of an open offer to work with a guy in Los Angeles who does big band and orchestra arrangements who was at least an acquaintance to Les Baxter before he passed away.
For every prohibition you create you also create an underground.
In many ways, I have no idea what would have become of me if punk hadn't happened, because the '70s turned out to be so stale, and so boring, and so backward compared to what had come just before. We were too young to have fully experienced the '60s and the fervor of the anti-war movement.
Respecting other people's cultures is well and good, but I draw the line at where some branches of Islam, what they do to women. It's indefensible.
Jimi Hendrix once said, 'You will never hear surf music again.
' Well, tonight, you will hear 'serf' music again - S-E-R-F music.
What I'm getting at is, you know, if we really want to get serious about helping all the people living in the street and getting people jobs, we could just hire half the people in the country to spy on the other half.
We don't need a flat tax, but a flattening tax, to truly level the playing field.
I have very mixed feelings about Jesse Jackson.
He's very good about labor, and human and civil rights issues, but not so good on cultural issues.
No matter what I do, my songs come out in a certain style, and if that sounds like Dead Kennedys, then there's probably a reason for it. Don't forget, I wrote most of those songs, music and lyrics.
What does it say about our country when people are so desperate for an alternative to our one-party state masquerading as a two-party state that they'll even elect a professional wrestler governor?
I got involved because I wanted to help inspire more people to get off their butts and register and vote - not just in this election, but in every other election from now on, you know?
Patriotism does not mean giving blind loyalty and a blank check to George W. Bush.
If I get even five per cent of my ideas out and documented before I die, I'll be lucky. I'm not in danger of running out of riffs or ideas anytime soon. They overwhelm me and it's hard to find time to deal with them.
I don't know whether I see it as slipping inside the villains, but part of what makes Ralph Nader and Michael Moore such effective speakers and communicators is that they know how corporate culture works, how our lawmaking bodies really work, and where the bones are buried.
I would hate to have "Holiday in Cambodia" become as tiresome to other people as hearing "Like a Rock" in a Chevrolet commercial.
I didn't really start writing music or lyrics or turning them into songs until I went to San Francisco.
The underground scene is still a cool way to meet a lot of cool people, see a lot of interesting bands and get a lot of food for thought, but people have to remain curious and get their brain activity food from other places besides punk.
Looking back, I didn't realize until years later what a huge influence Red Skelton was in my stage demeanor with the band. I mean, I always liked things that were funny, and later I realized that having a sly sense of humor was a way to get attention and even respect in school.
When my sixth grade teacher opened the class with subtle praise for the guardsmen shooting four people to death at Kent State, I'd given up arguing with her by that point. But I was very riled up inside and vowed that I would never forget that.
In the case of Michael Moore, having a deep, I'd even say passionate, understanding of other types of people in America who might be progressive thinkers without even realizing it.
I got turned on to rock music almost by mistake when I was seven years old.
I was born in the late '50s, was a child of the '60s, then the '70s, then the '80s, then the '90s, and I have mental fingers in all those pies.
When "Search and Destroy" by the Stooges came on as a Nike shoe commercial, I got physically sick. That song meant the world to me, and I didn't feel this was the way it ought to be used.
I went to Seattle as just another geek in the food chain, thinking, "Well, in my own puny little way, I'd rather be a part of history than just sit and watch it on TV." So, the fact that so many people are starting to ask the right questions and rack their brains for solutions does give me hope.