Jello Biafra Gives Planet Terror Two Thumbs Down

Hardcore icon and Green Party politico Jello Biafra has lambasted his former bandmates for licensing “Too Drunk To Fuck” for Robert Rodriguez’s new zombie flick. His statement reveals a key plot point, so SPOILER ALERT as they say…

East Bay Ray and Co. have gone ahead and cleared a cover version of Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk to Fuck” for a brutal scene in Grindhouse, a ‘double-feature’ directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

This is their lowest point since Levi’s. I Like some of Tarantino’s work, another place in the film might have been fine. But this goes against everything the Dead Kennedys stands for in spades.

The scene is actually in the Planet Terror film directed by Rodriguez. Tarantino himself is pointing a gun at a disabled amputee woman’s head yelling “Dance, Bitch!” as the Nouvelle Vague cover of “Too Drunk To Fuck” plays from a boombox. The terrified woman later “wins” by killing Tarantino, but that excuse does not rescue this at all. I wrote every note of that song and this is not what it was meant for.

Some people will do anything for money. I can’t help but think back to how prudish Klaus Flouride was when he objected to H.R. Giger’s painting on the “Frankenstein” poster, saying he couldn’t bear to show it to his parents. I’d sure love to be a fly on the wall when he tries to explain putting a song in a rape scene for money to his teenage daughter.

The deal was pushed through by a new business manager the other three hired, Kevin Raleigh of Associated Talent Management in Hollywood (atmlosangeles.com).
-Jello Biafra

“Dance, Bitch”? Jeez. We sorta have to see that movie now. But we’ll plug our ears during the offending scene, JB!