„Jimi Hendrix once said, 'You will never hear surf music again.' Well, tonight, you will hear 'serf' music again -- S-E-R-F music.“

— Jello Biafra, Introducing the song "New Feudalism" with The No WTO Combo on (30 November 1999)

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„We'll kill the fatted calf tonight, so stick around,
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„Music is natural law as related to the sense of hearing.“

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