The band formed in 1978 in San Francisco when Biafra and Fluoride responded to East Bay Ray’s magazine ad. The band released a couple of regional singles in 1979 and then went national with their abrasive, jet-powered debut, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, on IRS Records.

But back in 1979, they were still a regional phenomenon and Live at the Deaf Club 1969 captures them in all their ragged brilliance and defiance.

The band opens with what the disc bills as the disco version of “Kill the Poor”, a funked-up, edgy (but far from disco) run through of one of their more satirical songs — featuring the dead-on surf-inspired chorus, “Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill the poor / kill, kill, kill, kill, kill the poor”.

Jello’s somewhat unstable tenor underscores the sarcasm of songs like “Back in Rhodesia” (an early version of “When You Get Drafted”), “California Uber Alles” (his harsh critique of lock-step politics, targeting then California Gov. Jerry Brown, a liberal Democrat with presidential aspirations and his liberal supporters), “Holiday in Cambodia”, “Police Truck”, “Forward to Death” and others — a series of pointed rants against conformity, conservatism, greed, and authority.


Label: Let The m Eat Vinyl

Catalogue Number: LETV085LP