3.Talk on Censorship-Better Living Through New World Orders
4.Talk on Censorship-Fear of a Free Planet
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Personnel: Jello Biafra (vocals).
Recording information: Commodore, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Kennel Club, San Francisco, CA; Slim's, San Francisco, CA; University Of California, Sa.
Jello Biafra's third album of spoken word political invective is looser and funnier than the two that sprang up as a direct result of his mid-'80s obscenity trial. He's clearly regained the sense of absurdity and humor that made the Dead Kennedys more than your average hardcore band. In fact, much of I Blow Minds for a Living is downright hilarious; "Running for Mayor" is half standup routine and half shaggy dog story, detailing his media-baiting run for mayor of San Francisco in 1981 (he placed fourth out of ten candidates) with sly, self-deprecating wit that never quite hides the pointed political agenda at the heart of his campaign. Elsewhere, he rips into chicken hawks (pro-war politicians who conveniently dodged service in Vietnam and elsewhere), censorship, the war on drugs, and other juicy targets, backing up his barbs with thoughtful and cogent political analysis. ~ Stewart Mason