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Biography

Lard is a hardcore punk/Industrial band founded in 1988 as a side project by Jello Biafra (vocals), Al Jourgensen (guitar), Paul Barker (bass), and Jeff Ward (drums). Biafra is perhaps best known as the former frontman of the punk rock band Dead Kennedys. Jourgensen is the founder and only continuous member of industrial metal band Ministry, of which Barker was an official member between 1988 and 2004, and Ward was also once a touring member. Over the years, several other members of Ministry played with Lard, namely Bill Rieflin, Mike Scaccia, Louis Svitek and Rey Washam.
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Like most of Biafra's work, Lard's songs are angrily political (the War on Drugs is a particularly common theme) but often have a tinge of humour.

As of 2007, Lard have not officially toured and have only performed live a handful of times, mostly around the San Francisco area (where Jello lives and operates his Alternative Tentacles record label). The band played during Ministry's 1988 tour and throughout their 1989-1990 dates (Jello was a touring member), once in Chicago after wrapping the recording of The Last Temptation Of Reid, once at the conclusion of a Ministry concert in Los Angeles (March 24, 2003), and at the San Francisco (September 26, 2004) and Seattle (September 29, 2004) dates of Ministry's Evil Doer tour. Because its key members are active with other projects, it is unlikely that the band will tour.

Barker left Ministry in 2004 and has now started a new band called U.S.S.A.

Al Jourgensen stated in 2009 that Lard would make one final album before calling it a day. However, in 2010 Biafra expressed scepticism over whether this would actually happen, saying, "Me and Al have talked about it for years, but we've never been able to nail down a time to try to put it together."

Discography:

1989 - The Power of Lard (EP)
1990 - The Last Temptation of Reid
1990 - I Am Your Clock (vinyl-only EP; included on the CD version of Last Temptation)
1997 - Pure Chewing Satisfaction
2000 - 70's Rock Must Die

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