Political punks Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine have released a new song inspired by the Occupy movement.
“Shock-U-Py” comes in two versions, an acoustic sing-a-long mix and a heavier rock-a-long mix, and is available as a ‘pay-what-you-want’ digital download.
Biafra commented: “Better late than never, here’s our tribute inspired by the Occupy movement. Not just ‘occupy’ — Shock-You-Py! — since my favorite kind of resistance can have theater, pranks and other creative sabotage — non-violent, of course!”
The ‘Shock-U-Py!’ EP will be released later this year, followed by the new full-length ‘White People And The Damage Done’, and will also include the non-album song “Barackstar O’Bummer” and a remix of “We Occupy”, a song Biafra guested on with D.O.A.
Biafra recently discussed ‘Shock-U-Py’ and the new album: “Vinyl and CDs will take a few weeks so we’re posting ‘Shock-U-Py!’ online now — in two forms. There’s the ‘sing-a-long mix’ from the EP — semi-acoustic and ready made (for the most part) for singing at street protests. Or if you want the usual ‘rip your head off’ approach, there’s the ‘rock-a-long mix’ with the guitars way louder. So, hey — now you have freedom of choice: two mixes, pay or don’t pay, you decide. Please help us out if you can. I’m way in debt trying to finish the album. Benefit compilations for Occupy can just take it, it’s right there! Occupy may be out of the corporate news machine right now, but that hardly means that it’s gone away and it won’t go away until the problems go away. To me it’s a reigniting of the anti-corporate ‘spirit of Seattle’ but this time it’s bigger because times are more severe.”
“‘White People And The Damage Done’ will include the title track, “Brown Lipstick Parade” (about guess what?), “Werewolves Of Wall Street”, “Road Rage”, “Mid-East Peace Process”, “Crapture” (about the upside to being “left behind” as naked bigots fly heavenward), a ramped-up revival of “Burgers Of Wrath” from the Jello Biafra/Mojo Nixon “Prairie Home Invasion” album, and more. “Burgers Of Wrath” is probably the best song I’ll ever write about unemployment and homelessness and works well as both a punk song and an americana song. I’ve been wanting to play it again for a long time.”
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