Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedys and Al Jourgensen from Ministry in a band together?! Yes please! I’ve loved both of those guys and those bands for many years, and this band Lard is the best of both worlds. As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t a weak track on this album. Particularly notable ones are Forkboy, Mate Spawn & Die and I Am Your Clock. The latter of which has some hilarious and painfully true lyrics.
Unfortunately, I was born far too late to see the Dead Kennedys perform with Jello, but I was able to see Ministry several times before they retired… and then came back… and then retired again. Pretty much anything with Jello Biafra and/or Al Jourgensen is sure to spark my interest. Ministry’s live shows were fucking amazing, and I can imagine the Dead Kennedys shows were equally so. Anyway, I’m damn sure I love this album, so I hope someone out there does too. Shit, I hope my posting this makes a fan out of someone. Remember to click the picture above to be taken to my podcast site where you can hear this album in its entirety.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about this album:
The Last Temptation of Reid is an album by Lard, released in 1990.
The CD includes a cover of “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!“, originally performed byNapoleon XIV, with the addition of a guitar part and an extra verse (written by Jello Biafra) to the original song’s setup. The album also includes the song Forkboy which was used on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack and covered by Flotsam and Jetsam(on their album, High) and industrial rock act Black Light Burns.
The vinyl LP version of the album did not include the track “I Am Your Clock”. The track was included as aseparate EP.
The title is a reference to the Martin Scorsese film, The Last Temptation of Christ. A movie poster for the film is included in the liner notes of the album, only with the name “Reid” pasted over “Christ” in the title. “Reid” refers to Reid Hyams, who recorded the group’s first EP,The Power of Lard, and co-owned Chicago Trax. A photo of Hyams can be seen on the back cover of the vinyl issue of the album and in the booklet of the CD.
All songs written by Biafra/Jourgensen/Barker/Ward, except when noted.
- “Forkboy” (Biafra, Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Ward) – 3:53
- “Pineapple Face” – 6:37
- “Mate Spawn & Die” (Biafra, Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Ward) – 4:55
- “Drug Raid At 4 AM” – 5:01
- “Can God Fill Teeth?” – 4:20
- “Bozo Skeleton” – 4:30
- “Sylvestre Matuschka” – 3:54
- “They’re Coming to Take Me Away” – 8:28 (N. Bonaparte)
- “I Am Your Clock” – 15:29
- Alien Jourgensen – guitars, programming, production
- Paul Barker – bass, programming, production
- Jeff Ward – drums (2, 4–9), vocals
- Jello Biafra – vocals, deprogramming, sleeve concept, back cover photo
- William Rieflin – drums (1, 3)
- Jeff Newell – engineer
- Winston Smith – front cover artwork & “Ant People”
- John Yates – sleeve design