The No WTO Combo

Live: From The Battle In Seattle

The No WTO Combo - Live: From The Battle In Seattle ©2000 Alternative Tentacles
1. Battle In Seattle
2. Let's Lynch The Landlord
3. New Feudalism
4. Electronic Plantation
5. Full Metal Jackoff

For those who actually paid attention to the news at all last winter, Seattle, Washington, was the site of a large World Trade Organization summit meeting and ended up becoming the site of a rather large protest. Naturally, as one might expect in this day and age, cops overreacted and police riots ensued. In the midst of this entire event, four musicians got together to offer their thoughts and a few songs to commemorate the occasion. Naturally, being that the singer was one Jello Biafra, the politically charged former Dead Kennedys vocalist, there is quite a wealth of opinion and typically knowledgeable thought on the entire event. Given his lifelong stance against large corporate power reducing the common man to the level of serf, his stance against the WTO is hardly surprising and the fifteen minute spoken introduction offers a very pointed summary of his thoughts on the matter. The CD booklet also offers pages and pages of writings and observations from both Biafra and bassist Krist Novoselic on the WTO protests and corporate greed, as well as lists of contact addresses. The four songs, which include a couple familiar tunes ("Let's Lynch the Landlord" from Jello's DK years and "Full Metal Jackoff", which he originally recorded with DOA about a decade ago), are fairly loose and the sound quality is fairly sketchy, but keep in mind the quartet rehearsed maybe three times in the midst of all the chaos and activity of the protests. However, they do provide a good time to the backdrop of the message behind the entire musical event. Considering the extent of necessary information regarding the WTO in just the liner notes alone, the CD gets a recommendation for anyone who lives in the bottom tier of society, the "have-nots" if you will. Given today's normal apathy in the voting public, more events like this may be necessary to awaken the country from its dark ages of complacency.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 08/2000

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