BioIf there was a Pantheon for all the indie rock deities, Jello Biafra would have a very comfortable and prominent seat in the room. In the late 70s and early 80s, he was the lead singer for a critically acclaimed band that refused to play by the major label rules. Legal battles against and within that group, the hyperpolitical punk band The Dead Kennedys, set his cause back some- including the breakup of that band. However, he still runs that label, Alternative Tentacles, and he is still a genuine rock star, although there probably aren't many rock stars who ride their bike to work like he's been known to do.
Rock supergroupie Cynthia Plaster Caster cast a replica of his erect penis, #47 in her collection.
In 1980, as a joke write-in candidate, he finished a very credible fourth in the San Francisco Mayor election, which resulted in series of subsequent laws against that kind of stuff in the city.
His spoken word attacks on the powers that be- largely highlighting what could be accurately described as the perceived inhuman insanity of the military industrial complex- have become a staple of college radio playlists for many years now, and live audiences flock to see him speak.
He still manages to rock out some, and one would certainly love to see him in the rock and roll hall of fame, but one would suspect he'd be blacklisted. Jello's also a big music fan, still capable of jumping up and down in the audience for a local band's set, and his love of music and politics helps fuel the continued releases of Alternative Tentacles.