No WTO Combo - Live From The Battle In Seattle (Cover Artwork)

No WTO Combo

No WTO Combo: Live From The Battle In SeattleLive From The Battle In Seattle (2000)
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Talk about a supergroup trying to fight off another supergroup. In the winter of 1999, the World Trade Organization, or WTO for short, planned on having a conference in Seattle, Washington. I'm not going to take up review space talking about just how evil the WTO is, or all it's myriad problems, I.
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Talk about a supergroup trying to fight off another supergroup. In the winter of 1999, the World Trade Organization, or WTO for short, planned on having a conference in Seattle, Washington. I'm not going to take up review space talking about just how evil the WTO is, or all it's myriad problems, I'll leave that research up to you [a good place to start is the Institute For Consumer Responsibility or the International Forum On Globalization]. What I'm here to do is talk about the content *on* the CD, and talk about it I shall.

In response to the conference and in support of all the protests across town, Jello Biafra got together with some of his Seattle friends, forming a band called the No WTO Combo to play a one-off concert at the Showbox. This is cool in itself, as almost anything penned by Jello is gold. What made a good thing even better are his fellow bandmates:
Guitar - Kim Thayil [of Soundgarden]
Bass - Krist Novoselic [of Nirvana]
Drums - Gina Mainwal [of Sweet 75]
Talk about a music lover's dream lineup. This album was recorded live on December 1st, 1999 in front of over 400 rabid protestors as well as music lovers. It consists of 5 tracks, the first being a 15 minute rant delivered by Mr. Biafra himself. It seems well thought out, even though I'm going to assume that the majority of it was improvised. In the last 5 minutes or so of his speech, the rest of the band starts to noodle in the background, building to a climax and kicking off their first song, a cover of the Dead Kennedys classic "Let's Lynch The Landlord." The band tears through it with reckless abandon, and the audience definitely ate it up. After a short break to introduce the band, Jello and company come back with two brand new songs, "New Feudalism" and "Electronic Plantation." These sound like they would have been DK classics back in the 80s, at least musically, but the lyrics are obviously contemporary to the situation at hand. This CD is worth buying for these two songs alone. The rock continues for another extended blast with the band's rendition of "Full Metal Jackoff," originally written by Biafra with D.O.A. The over 15 minute long rendition never loses steam, and gets the crowd to a fever pitch at the end, chanting "No! No! W T O!" It's inspiring, really.

For those of us who have either been disillusioned with the consistent legal problems concerning the DKs, or if you just didn't enjoy the last material by Lard, this will really quench your thirst for good old fashioned California hardcore.

Let's Lynch The Landlord
New Feudalism


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
adam (January 19, 2002)

Scott I grabbed this EP from the A.T. sale and all I can say is wow... really urgent playing on the parts of Thayil, Novoselic and Mainwal, Biafra sounding like it's the mid 80s again... I'm impressed!

Anonymous (January 10, 2002)

Give me convenience or give me death! Was there not, for a short time, a video of said event,available online for a short time on the AT site? For those of us in less high profile battles, it would be nice to see whether Mr Biafra's lips move to the ideas. Any ideas?

Anonymous (January 8, 2002)

and wtih the AT sale. the cd is now 6 bucks american or like 4 for the lp/.

Anonymous (January 8, 2002)

strike anywhere do political rock right... you are a moron if you think only 3 bands ever have done political rock "correctly"... conflict....

Anonymous (January 6, 2002)

Bands that did/do political punk right - AAA, Bad Religion, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Propaghandi, DOA. There are more. Cant think.


Anonymous (December 23, 2001)

My god man, ONLY 3 bands have ever done political rock right, what about DOA(which were mentioned in the review), Propagandhi, and way too many more to mention, Rage come on they just suck.

TimBomb (December 20, 2001)

Not too bad considering only three bands have ever done political rock even near right them being Rage Against the Machine, The Clash, and DK. So this almost pulls it off, of course they get a disgusting amount of points for just having a nirvana member andyway so they could reorded themselves hitting and i'd have given it a listen.

seek (December 18, 2001)

This EP is fucking fantastic, one of the best EP's I own© Electronic Plantation is a great track, though their rendition of Full Metal Jackoff is not as good as the Jello/DOA one©

wyzo (December 16, 2001)

AT is having trouble because of biafra's lawsuit, plain and simple.


eyeball_kid (December 15, 2001)

'Put down your crack pipes and come up here!' This is a really good EP. I've had it for about a year now and I still listen to it today. The new songs are damn good for a rock 'supergroup'. Problem is here in the UK its £17 (maybe $23 dollars). Not surprised that AT is having problems cos a lot of people aren't going to pay that just for a few songs.

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