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Date Of BirthJune 17, 1958
FactThe Dead Kennedys's 1980 debut album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" is recognized as an influential and seminal album in the early 80's punk rock scene.

Jello Biafra is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys. His politically charged lyrics and outrageous stage antics made him one of the most controversial and influential figures in the punk rock movement.

Biafra was born Eric Reed Boucher on June 17, 1958, in Boulder, Colorado. His parents were middle-class liberals who encouraged their son to express himself freely. When Biafra was 10 years old, his family moved to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, where he was exposed to the countercultural scene of the 1960s.

As a teenager, Biafra became involved in the punk rock scene. He adopted the stage name Jello Biafra, inspired by the Jell-O brand gelatin dessert and the African country of Biafra (now part of Nigeria). In 1978, he co-founded Dead Kennedys with guitarist East Bay Ray and bassist Klaus Flouride.

Dead Kennedys quickly became one of the most popular and controversial punk bands of the early 1980s. Their debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980), included the hit single “California Über Alles,” a satirical attack on then-California governor Jerry Brown. The album’s cover art, which featured a likeness of Brown being eaten by a giant rat, caused an uproar.

Dead Kennedys’ follow-up album, Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982), featured the band’s most famous song, “Too Drunk to Fuck.” The song’s explicit lyrics and accompanying music video led to it being banned from many radio and television stations.

In 1986, Dead Kennedys released their final album, Bedtime for Democracy. The album’s artwork, which featured caricatures of then-President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan in bed together, caused another uproar. Dead Kennedys disbanded soon after the album’s release.

Biafra continued to release music as a solo artist and with various side projects. He also became active in politics, running for mayor of San Francisco in 1979 and founding the political activist group Noam Chomsky Is a Nazi Whore in 1992.

In 1998, Biafra was sued by his former bandmates for allegedly withholding royalties from Dead Kennedys’ albums. The case was settled out of court, with Biafra agreeing to pay his former bandmates $200,000.

Biafra has an estimated net worth of $4 million. He has been married twice and has two daughters.

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Full NameJello Biafra
Date Of BirthJune 17, 1958
Height1.75 m
ProfessionPolitician, Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Holiday in Cambodia, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, California Über Alles
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Cruz, Boulder High School, Holiday in Cambodia, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, California Über Alles


ParentsVirginia Boucher, Stanley Boucher, Holiday in Cambodia, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, California Über Alles
SiblingsJulie J. Boucher


Music GroupsHoliday in Cambodia, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, California Über Alles, Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Lard, Teenage Time Killers, Revolting Cocks, The No WTO Combo, Pigface
MoviesTapeheads, Terminal City Ricochet, Bikini Bandits Experience, Lovedolls Superstar, Skulhedface, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, American Drug War: The Last White Hope, Highway 61, Anarchism in America, Retardead, X: The Unheard Music, Plaster Caster, Death & Texas, Body Count: Murder 4 Hire, Pan...

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1For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground.
2If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve.
3Don't HATE the media, BECOME the media!


1Subject of the song "Jello Biafra" by Wesley Willis.
2In 1979 he founded the record label Alternative Tentacles in San Francisco, CA.
3The Dead Kennedys's 1980 debut album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" is recognized as an influential and seminal album in the early 80's punk rock scene.
4When running for mayor of San Francisco in 1979 his election slogan was, "There's Always Room for Jello".
5In 1979, he ran for Mayor of San Francisco, California under his stage name, originally as a "gag' candidate, then as a serious one. His campaign platform included requiring all police officers to live in the neighborhoods they were assigned to patrol. He finished 4th in a field of 10 candidates, with 4% of the popular vote. Shortly afterwords, a law was passed in that city prohibiting running for public office under an assumed name.
6Levi's allegedly asked to use the introduction of the song "Holiday in Cambodia" for a commercial. However, the offer was never considered as Jello disagreed with many of Levi's practices at that time.
7Involved in Lard project with Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker (of Ministry).
8After leaving Dead Kennedys he formed the band Lard.
9Chose his pseudonym as a commentary on starvation. "Jello" is based on "Jell-o", a brand of gelatin dessert with no natural nutritional value. Biafra was a section of eastern Nigeria that proclaimed independence in 1967. All transport was closed off to the breakaway republic by Nigeria, and mass starvation caused the country to collapse in 1970.
10He and the ex-members of Dead Kennedys have a very bitter relationship.
11He was sued in 2001 by ex-members of Dead Kennedys for past royalties and access to The Dead Kennedys' back catalog.
12His home was raided shortly after the release of Dead Kennedys album, "Frankenchrist" by police. The album outraged religious conservatives, who claimed that it disseminated harmful material to minors. He tells a story about this incident on his spoken word CD, "No More Cocoons".
13Was very bitter that Dead Kennedys song, "Holiday In Cambodia" was used for a Levi's commercial in 2001. He made statements saying that Levi's uses unfair business practices and sweatshop labor.
14Is on an F.O.P. (Fraternal Order Of Police) boycott list for his support of Mumia Abu-Jamal, along with other musicians and celebrities.
15In addition to running for mayor, he also tried to run for President in 2000. He named convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as his running mate. It was merely a publicity stunt for activism on Mumia Abu Jamal's behalf, as his case is believed by some to be a frame-up and is very controversial.



Democracy Now!2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Honey2016writer: "I Kill Children" - as Eric Boucher
Green Room2015writer: "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" - as Eric Boucher
I Love You... I am The Porn Queen2013Short "Dot Com Monte", "Invasion of the Mindsnatchers"
Catalunya über alles!2011writer: "California über alles"
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth2011Documentary writer: "Stealing People's Mail"
Rango2011writer: "FORKBOY"
I Melt with You2011writer: "Holiday in Cambodia"
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune2010Documentary performer: "Love Me I'm a Liberal"
The Social Network2010writer: "California Uber Alles"
Nitro Circus2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "Holiday in Cambodia"
Planet Terror2007writer: "Too Drunk To Fuck"
Grindhouse2007writer: "Too Drunk to Fuck"
Punk's Not Dead2007Documentary writer: "Holiday in Cambodia"
American Wasteland2005Video Game writer: "California Über Alles"
Fierce People2005writer: "Kill the Poor"
The Manchurian Candidate2004"Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round"
Wie Feuer und Flamme2001writer: "California über alles"
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater1999Video Game writer: "Police Truck"
SLC Punk!1998writer: "Kill the Poor"
The Big One1997Documentary performer: "Convoy in the Sky" 1994
The Second Coming1997Short performer: "Are you Drinkin' with me Jesus"
Sepultura: Third World Chaos1995Video documentary writer: "Holiday In Cambodia"
Natural Born Killers1994writer: "Forkboy"
Terminal City Ricochet1990as J. Biafra, Biafra, "Falling Space Junk Hold the Anchovies!", "That's Progress", "Message From Our Sponsor/Object-Subject" / lyrics: "Message From Our Sponsor/Object-Subject" - as J. Biafra
Tapeheads1988writer: "In Sight"
Lovedolls Superstar1986writer: "One Way Ticket to Pluto" - as J. Biafra
Dead Kennedys: DMPO's on Broadway1985Video documentary writer: "Police Truck", Hop With The Jet Set, A Child and his Lawnmower, Moral Majority, MTV Get Off The Air, Life Sentance, Jock O Rama, Goons of Hazard, Riot, Bleed For Me, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, We've Got a Bigger Problem Now
Class1983writer: "Holidays In Cambodia" - as Eric R. Boucher
A Night at Halsted's1982writer: "Holiday in Cambodia" - uncredited
Neighbors1981writer: "Holiday In Cambodia" - uncredited


An American in Texas2016completedMayor
Portlandia2014TV SeriesPunk
The Hipster Games: Blowing Smoke2013ShortPresident Jello
I Love You... I am The Porn Queen2013ShortFrancis Alexander / Syd
Lucifer's Crewcut2011ShortJello Biafra
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: Sector 22009Video GameOberzögersdorf White Trash
Retardead2008VideoMayor Anton Sinclaire
Death and Texas2004Prison spokesman
Bikini Bandits2002VideoEvil Porn Director
The Widower1999Vance / Satan
Virtue1999/IIVR Poker Dealer
The Best of Flipside Video #31995VideoDead Kennedys
Skulhedface1994VideoBoss Glom
Highway 611991Customs Agent #1
Terminal City Ricochet1990Bruce Coddle
Tapeheads1988FBI Man #1
Lovedolls Superstar1986Mr. President


An American in Texas2016completed
We Live Through These Times1999Documentary short


Hit So Hard2011Documentary thanks
Wesley Willis's Joyrides2008Documentary special thanks
Counter Convention: A Free New York Special2005Documentary special thanks
Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy2004Video documentary special thanks
The American Astronaut2001special thanks - as Jello Biaffra
Save the Headwater's Forests1997TV Movie documentary special thanks


The Industrial Musicals Movie2018Documentary filmingHimself
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk2017Documentary completedHimself
The Secret Syde: I See Through Your MindDocumentary filmingHimself
The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale2016Documentary
The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead2015Documentary
Records Collecting Dust2015DocumentaryJello Biafra
Never Turn Your Back on Sparks2014DocumentaryHimself
Riot on the Dance Floor2014DocumentaryHimself
Who Is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey2014DocumentaryHimself
Heino - Made in Germany2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Art of Punk2013TV Series documentary
Clockwork Orange County2012Video documentary
A Band Called Death2012DocumentaryHimself / Interviewee
VHK - akik móresre tanították a halált2012DocumentaryHimself
Bloodied But Unbowed: Uncut2011DocumentaryHimself
Freaks in Love2011DocumentaryHimself
Fix: The Ministry Movie2011/IDocumentaryHimself
Wild Thing2010DocumentaryHimself
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune2010DocumentaryFriend / Musician
Sounds Like a Revolution2010Documentary
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself
The Weird World of Blowfly2010DocumentaryHimself
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within2010DocumentaryHimself
Open Your Mouth and Say... Mr. Chi Pig2009DocumentaryHimself
American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art2009DocumentaryHimself
Open the Debates: Super Rally in Denver, CO 20082008VideoHimself
Nerdcore Rising2008DocumentaryHimself
Wesley Willis's Joyrides2008DocumentaryHimself
American Drug War: The Last White Hope2007DocumentaryHimself - Activist
Punk's Not Dead2007DocumentaryHimself - Dead Kennedys
Soft Focus2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
924 Gilman Street2007DocumentaryHimself
Counter Convention: A Free New York Special2005DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Body Count: Murder for Hire2005Video documentaryInterview subject
Punk: Attitude2005DocumentaryHimself
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen2005DocumentaryHimself
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Politically Incorrect2002TV SeriesHimself
Plaster Caster2001DocumentaryHimself
Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style2001DocumentaryHimself
Ministry: Tapes of Wrath2000VideoHimself
Equinox2000TV SeriesHimself
Trade Off2000DocumentaryHimself
Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore1998Himself
We're Outta Here!1997Video documentaryHimself
Sepultura: Third World Chaos1995Video documentaryHimself
Freaks, Nerds & Weirdos1994TV MovieHimself
Ministry: In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up1990VideoHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Dead Kennedys: The Early Years1987Video documentary shortHimself
X: The Unheard Music1986DocumentaryHimself
Dead Kennedys: DMPO's on Broadway1985Video documentaryHimself (Dead Kennedys vocalist)
Anarchism in America1983DocumentaryHimself
Urgh! A Music War1981DocumentaryHimself - Dead Kennedys
Randale und Liebe1981TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Dead Kennedys)
This Is America Part 21980DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself - The Dead Kennedys
USA the Movie2005VideoHimself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHimself
25 Years of Punk2001TV Movie documentaryHimself

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