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Jello Biafra With The Melvins - Never Breathe What You Can't See (Cover Artwork)

Jello Biafra With The Melvins

Jello Biafra With The Melvins: Never Breathe What You Can't SeeNever Breathe What You Can't See (2004)
Alternative Tentacles Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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It's been a real long time since we've had any new music involving Jello Biafra. In fact, other than 2000's 3 song Lard EP, Jello hasn't made an album's worth of new musical material since the early nineties....which makes this album all the more thirst quenching. This time Jello has, of course, th.
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It's been a real long time since we've had any new music involving Jello Biafra. In fact, other than 2000's 3 song Lard EP, Jello hasn't made an album's worth of new musical material since the early nineties....which makes this album all the more thirst quenching. This time Jello has, of course, the legendary and amazing Melvins as his back up and the result is better than anyone could have even dreamed.

To kick off the album is "Plethysmograph", a fast hardcore punk blast erriely similiar to the Dead Kennedys, it even feature's some East Bay Ray-style guitar. The song is heavy and fast as hell, a terrific introduction of things to come. Next is "McGruff The Crime Dog", which continues the album's hardcore punk sound, adding a hint of hard rock as well. Lyrical content is pretty self explanatory on this release from reading the song titles, but it is in typically clever and fiendish Jello form of course. Sarcastic and cleverly humorous lyrics like "Thank you Osama, you are the savior of our economy today!" could only come from the amazing Jello Biafra.

Other album highlights include the hilarious and very justified attack on oversized luxury vehicles and those who drive them like maniacs- "Yuppie Cadillac". Awesome lyrics like "Why do I eat up so much gas? Why do I cut you off to pass? Why do I drive like such an ass!? Because I can!" are hard to resist. There are plenty of other gems on this album as well, including "Islamic Bomb" and the heavy as hell "Dawn Of The Locusts".

My recommendation would be that, if you are a Jello fan, a Dead Kennedys fan or a Melvins fan--buy this immediately. Alternative Tentacles is a fast and very reliable label to order from and this album is well worth it.

 

 
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Zyax (February 14, 2010)

If Jello Biafra teamed up with Leftover Crack then you would have a sensationalist trying to explain politics to a bunch of cracked out idiots from New York who don't really understand much of anything concerning modern politics. I honestly think Jello would be more pissed off by them then encouraged.
Eventually you would get a subpar album that all the Crackrocksteady kids will love the fuck out of, unless they go surfey like old DK. Then you'd get a subpar album that nobody will love the fuck out of.

TommyPickles (June 25, 2008)

Some good tunes, on wikipedia they define the album as sluge whatever the fuck that means, also Adam Jones from Tool plays guitar on some tracks which made me quite happy.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

FUCKING BRILLIANT!! Everyone must own this album as well as the Jelvin's second one. I was blown the fuck away when I first heard this! Jello is just as great as he ever was.

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

the guy below me is a dumb fuck, we need more people like jello! who cares if it's sensaitonalism, at least it's intelligent!
neone who like this should check out the new jello/melvins collaboration yeah!

Bastardzach (August 13, 2005)

I liked Jello when he was with The Dead Kennedys. I've never liked The Melvins. This record represnets mediocrity at it's best.

Anonymous (August 8, 2005)

punk as fuck

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

no way...BSD actually likes something. alert the audience.

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

uh, what about the 70's rock must die cd and stuff. what the hell are you talking about.

Anonymous (November 28, 2004)

this cd is super rocking. jello is the absolute man.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

A gem!!!
When genius meets genius!!!

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

Amazing stuff. Particuarly love 'Enchanted Thoughtfist'

"Its weird when people come up to me,
And say I changed their lives"

How true

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

The best political album of the new millenium.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

What would happen if Jello teamed up with Leftover Crack?

Anonymous (October 24, 2004)

"So yeah, even though I work @ AT, I don't like everything we put out (and no, I won't write what I don't like here) so I'm not shittin' ya when I say this is on the list for top 10 records- others include Dwarves, Street Dogs, Lars, Green Day, Blasters, Soviettes, Farewell to Youth, Beastie Boys, Slim Cessna, eX-Girl, Briefs, Post-Haste, The Fast, Zolar X- it's been a pretty good year so far. Heck, adding the reissue of "London Calling" is cheating, so I won't add that."

You forgot Munly. His album is pure gold. Slim Cessna is amazing also. Both are in my top ten that's for sure.

lushj (October 22, 2004)

This is a great rock and punk record- I'm glad it's so good 'cause it means I can say it fucking rocks to The Kids with a clear conscience. The rockinest tune, "Yuppie Caddilac," may be lyrically a couple years too late, but it's insanely catchy and cleverly written. Heck, even Pitchfork liked this record- has hell frozen over?!?

So yeah, even though I work @ AT, I don't like everything we put out (and no, I won't write what I don't like here) so I'm not shittin' ya when I say this is on the list for top 10 records- others include Dwarves, Street Dogs, Lars, Green Day, Blasters, Soviettes, Farewell to Youth, Beastie Boys, Slim Cessna, eX-Girl, Briefs, Post-Haste, The Fast, Zolar X- it's been a pretty good year so far. Heck, adding the reissue of "London Calling" is cheating, so I won't add that.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

This CD is alright. It reminds me of Jello's spoken word being sung over Dead Kennedys style music. Islamic Bomb is a perfect example of this point. The songs aren't really catchy or anything like old DK, but it is still a solid purchase.

- Walter Sobchak

cjmarsicano (October 22, 2004)

Mr. Biafra needs to make more music more often, but at least musically, given the two Lard records, the one-off on Apocalypse Always with Randy Bachman, and this first of two records with the Melvins he proves once again that the true heart and soul of Dead Kennedys was Biafra, not Ea$t Bay Ray.

Anonymous (October 21, 2004)

sucks.

Mr_Pink (October 21, 2004)

This cd is really really good.

Anonymous (October 21, 2004)

hey fuck off bitch...i was pointing out Jello's delivery, not the content itself, which is still great...but yeah it has been done before. Why are you here twat? --Brandon Sideleau

Anonymous (October 21, 2004)

"Thank you Osama, you are the savior of our economy today!" could only come from the amazing Jello Biafra." Bow down to the amazing Jello Biafra and his ultra creative leftist chants. I'm pretty sure its brand new, hasn't been around since the dawn of time. You fucking dolt.

aubin (October 21, 2004)

Thanks Dave... I just ordered a copy...

maverick (October 21, 2004)

"I almost picked this up yesterday, but I got the Wrangler Brutes album instead."

That Wrangler Brutes album rules for the sticker on the cover alone. The songs are mere frosting.

-Scott

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

I just posted two MP3s on the AT website for "Plethysmograph" and "Yuppie Cadillac" which features backing vox from people like: Adrienne Droogas, Wendy-O-Matik, Johnny NoMoniker, John The Baker and the gorgeous Jesse Luscious...

Go check em out

Dave AT
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staph

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

"The review sounds promising, but I still want to hear a track or two."

Soulseek.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

This album is very good, although personally I like the DOA and NOMEANSNO albums more. Maybe it needs to grow on me a bit still. (I picked this up and Belvedere's new one and I can't stop listening to Belvedere's...)

Jello sounds as good as ever, Islamic Bomb rules...

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

the guy below me is an idiot.

dazed (October 20, 2004)

I almost picked this up yesterday, but I got the Wrangler Brutes album instead.

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

i saw ministry play on sunday night, easily one of the best shows i've been too

xmidipunkbastardx (October 20, 2004)

some people would kill you for mentioning ministry and thorbbing gristle in the same sentence.
not me though, as i don't give a shit about either.
but i like the doughboys.
and the melvins. that's why i'd like to hear this record.

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

with all this talk of Lard, i have to mention Ministry. how fucking awesome is this band? their new album is probably the most cinvincing of all the neu-anti-bush records circulating as of late. fucking fantastic band. more punk than industrial, these guys are sid vicious/throbbing gristle/michael moore/slayer fucking in a blender.

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

[i]I remember listening to the Lard full-length on a dubbed cassette when my brother would drive me to high school. So fucking good.

"Five minutes! Siiiiiiiix minutes! Ladies and gentlemen, he's swallowed his head!"

-Scott[/i]

Going from Lard to Tsunami Bomb. Oh, how the not-so-mighty have fallen.

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

"The review sounds promising, but I still want to hear a track or two."

You should just buy the damn thing for what it is.

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

score is for the artwork alone

inagreendase (October 20, 2004)

The Melvins lose all sanity with their backup vocals on the last track or so, if that's them, anyway.

Still not sure what to think of the album as a whole after one listen though.

maverick (October 20, 2004)

I remember listening to the Lard full-length on a dubbed cassette when my brother would drive me to high school. So fucking good.

"Five minutes! Siiiiiiiix minutes! Ladies and gentlemen, he's swallowed his head!"

-Scott

aubin (October 20, 2004)

If this is, as their website says, their "most anticipated release this year," why on earth would they not have some MP3s up like they do for every other record they sell?

The review sounds promising, but I still want to hear a track or two.

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

score is for the album cover

Anonymous (October 20, 2004)

Holy crap! That's all I've got.

skankin_in_the_pit (October 19, 2004)

But can this possibly top Lard or the stuff with DOA? I know know matter what i'll be a little dissapointed.

skankin_in_the_pit (October 19, 2004)

"i cannot fucking wait to hear this"

I second that.

gladimnotemo (October 19, 2004)

I was iffy about the Melvins being included, but this review dashes my doubts.

I'll pick it up later, I think.

TheOneTrueBill (October 19, 2004)

I just got his album with DOA a few weeks ago.

Absolutly mind blowing

Anonymous (October 19, 2004)

i cannot fucking wait to hear this

swingline (October 19, 2004)

you're such a melvin, dude.

Nap (October 19, 2004)

this album was boring the first time i heard
then time passed and now it's not so boring, but it's not great also!

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