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For crying out loud, wake up, people! Look what you missed! - Jello Biafra
Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys and Alternative Tentacles Records on the demise of the band he signed, The Phantom Limbs:
Jello + Limb The Phantom LImbs are what punk and the New Wave were supposed to be about in the first place- something new. The first time I saw them, at Gilman Street, I was stunned- the weirdest band I'd ever seen at the place and the Gilman punx actually liked them. By the end of the night they were on our label.

They asked us to promote them as a goth band, but I sometimes wonder if they spawned their own genre. The closest reference would be the Screamers, due to the keyboard-driven mayhem and Hopeless's Tomata- like ringmastery. But there is more of a classical, harpsichord-y/ Phantom of the Opera thing going here- like Gilbert & Sullivan gone horribly terribly wrong. This is tied-to-the-railroad-tracks music at its finest, like being trapped in a Barbary Coast bordello when the San Francisco Earthquake hits.

They blew apart way too soon. So many great bands do these days. Myspace mania or not, it is so much harder now for truly gifted and demented troublemakers to put everything they have into creating and spreading their art for a long enough period that enough people actually notice. Rents are so much higher now, plus the curse of student loans and the price of gasoline. File sharing and free music are kool in theory, but I wish more people would stop and realize that when a small and unique artist gets file shared instead of supported they may never again be able to carve at the time and funds to record another album, let alone go on tour. It also drives me batshit when people go on about how, "the old skool bands were so much better than now because they sounded so different from each other and had more ideas." But when something genuinely new and different that delivers the fresh energy we crave hits the scene, these same people ignore it in favor of the latest empty copy of some old school band. For crying out loud, wake up, people! Look what you missed.

Sure, I know there were also personal problems that led the Limbs to go their separate ways. But there will never be another. I miss them more than any band in recent years.

- Jello Biafra (September 2008)