The Dead Kennedys are a seminal Bay Area punk band from the 80’s who were known for the strong left-wing politics of outspoken frontman Jello Biafra. A couple of years ago, the band tried to re-unite without the involvement of Biafra, and after a legal battle won the right to use the Dead Kennedys name. Now one of their classic songs has been okayed by the other band members for use in Grindhouse (specifically the Robert Rodriguez-directed feature Planet Terror) and Jello Biafra is not happy. Not one bit. His objection mainly stems from the fact that the song is being used during a brutal rape scene… although, to be fair, it does sound a bit strange that someone would protest the use of a song that is called “Too Drunk To Fuck”.
Alternative Tentacles issued a statement from Biafra: “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… 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… I wrote every note of that song and this is not what it was meant for. Some people will do anything for money.” I guess it goes to show how a song can be taken out of context and I can understand the creator being upset about this. On the other hand, Grindhouse is an homage to exploitation flicks and I’m guessing it features all kinds of other depraved content. What do you think, is Jello lacking a sense of humour here? Or is he just mad cause he’s not getting a cut?