By New Times
By Derek Askey
By Mark Deming
By Serene Dominic
By Jason Keil
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Jeff Moses
By Serene Dominic
The whole thing really does suck.
"When people tell us how bad we are, we just laugh and say, 'We know,'" Manspeaker chuckles over the telephone. "People who don't get the humor just don't get it. But we're for people who don't take things so seriously. They're the ones who have a good time with this."
The press reaction to Green Jello's shtick has been surprisingly supportive. Most accept the band for what it is--and, especially, for what it isn't. But there was a slight media glitch last month after a hometown showcase at the Palace Theatre. "The record company invited everybody," Manspeaker says, "and about three people in the press went looking for too much." One of the intrepid critics, says Manspeaker, was from the Los Angeles Times. Another was from the Hollywood Reporter.
"That one from the Reporter was brutal," Manspeaker says, recalling the write-up. "They used words we never even heard of. Things like 'anthropomorphic.' I still have no idea what that means."
But in the true punk tradition of egging on all comers, Green Jello enthusiastically agrees with its detractors--at least the ones it understands. After all, the Green Jello motto is, "We Suck." The Green Jello epilogue: "Anybody can do anything if they don't have anything else to do." All of which makes you wonder about Zoo Entertainment. Do the folks at the record company know what they've gotten themselves into? Do they really think that a really bad band making really bad videos is gonna be the next big thing?
"They love us," Manspeaker says of the band's benefactors. "We did the videos entirely ourselves and they never once checked up on us. And when we handed the tape in, they didn't change a thing."
Indeed, Manspeaker says Green Jello seems to be the flavor of the month among Zoo's corporate types.
"The president of the record company just loves Shitman," Manspeaker says. "He really does. He once closed his door and actually got in the Shitman costume. He comes out of his office and starts walking around all over the place, saying, 'Hi, I'm Shitman.' He was wearing the costume all day. We couldn't get him out of the thing.