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As frontman of the Dead Kennedys, America's most politically astute and savagely ironic punk rock band, Jello Biafra became a hero of the 1980s underground. Even if his musical projects since have been shorter-lived (his 1990s group Lard delivered his traditional polemic with an industrial rock backing) Biafra has not been idle. As record company boss, or spoken-word performer, he has continued to espouse leftist causes, even if music has not been a priority. Evidently, things have now changed, if not much. New band GSM contains familiar elements: Biafra's penetrating, highly strung vocals, some particularly heavy guitar playing, and of course, a unique take on modern life. New songs like Strength Through Shopping, meanwhile, demonstrate that this is a man still on a mission.


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