Cross another one off the list.

I got to hang out with an icon of my youth last night, Jello Biafra, former lead singer for The Dead Kennedys.

He was in town to perform his spoken word act at the Continental Club last night and I volunteered to pick him up at the airport and drive him around until show time.

I got him checked into his hotel and then we went by Sig’s Lagoon so he could browse the vinyl. Turns out Jello is a huge music buff and a rabid collector of obscure vinyl.

It was a fun enough time. I was in mild “fan-boy” mode but I think I played it pretty cool. Of course I had to get the obligatory “Look at me! I’m with a celebrity!” shot.

Jay Lee and Jello Biafra
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His show ran about 4 hours with a brief intermission. He covered all the ground you would expect from the death of Jerry Falwell to the collapse of Enron and even touched on the Halliburton move to Dubai.

I would have expected the show to be attended by mostly old-timers like myself. As it turned out, it was mostly young people. And when I say young, I mean around, at and under 21. The club made it an all ages show.

Best line overheard at the back bar was from and older woman who was talking to a friend and said:

“I don’t like this spoken word crap. I’m a punk rocker, not a hippy!” I didn’t bother asking why she was even there..

Second runner up was when bar manager Trey came over to Sig’s before the intermission and said “I don’t think he’s going to take a break. He just keeps going. Oh, and I think I hate America now.”


The best picture of the night was taken during the sound check:

Jello Biafra
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I was initially going to give him a ride back to the hotel but he decided to hang out at Sig’s for awhile looking through the rest of the vinyl and I was tired. Good thing I cut myself loose, he ended up keeping Sig’s open till around 5:00 am.

I don’t like staying up that late, I’m an old man….not a hippy!

Additional shots available in the gallery

There’s always room for Jello

4 thoughts on “There’s always room for Jello

  • May 16, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Jay, I’m so sad you didn’t invite me to tag along!

  • May 16, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    I totally forgot about that! Though I was still tired and needed the quietness.

  • May 21, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    he was wearing a wovenhand shirt? that’s somewhat bizarre. don’t get me wrong, david eugene edwards is brilliant. the sixteen horsepower show i saw at stubb’s in austin years ago still sticks out in my mind as one of the most intense levels of stage presence i’ve ever seen. but it’s odd to see jello wearing a wovenhand shirt. maybe it’s just me.

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