27 YEARS AND 240 BAND MEMBERS LATER GREEN JELLO STILL SUCKS...
Green Jelly ( pronounced " green jello") was formed in 1981 in Kenmore, NY by founding member Bill Manspeaker. Originally named Green Jello, the band changed its name due to legal pressure from the owners of the Jell-O trademark, Kraft Foods, who claimed that is was an infringement to their trademark. Throughout the early 80's Green Jelly performed throughout NY, opening for bands like The Ramones and New York Dolls. Their reputation for over- the- top live performances and food- hurling audiences got them banned from most local venues.
After finding local success, many of the members relocated to Hollywood, CA where they quickly became a fixture of the underground scene. Green Jelly then struck up an instant friendship with GWAR bonding with their mutual love of costumes and onstage antics. By this time, the band consisted of usually 20 members including new characters such as, " Shit-man" ( a giant, walking corn-filled poop monster), " Cowgod", " Rock n Roll Pumpkin", and " Satan's Ham." At one point even Danny Carey and Maynard James Keenan of Tool made the Green Jelly Roster.
In 1992, Zoo Entertainment, a subsidary of BMG, released Green Jelly's " Cereal Killer," an all video album including MTV hit, " The Three Little Pigs." The following year Zoo released an audio version of the album called, " Cereal Killer Soundtrack." This album went to gold in the US, and sold nearly 2.5 million units worlwide. The success led BMG to open Green Jelly studios in Hollywood, where the band recorded Grammy nominated, "333." "333" includes " the Bear Song" from the Farrelly Brother's Film, Dumb and Dumber.
In the following years, Green Jelly continued to break the mold as they wrote the first ever video game soundtrack from Acclaim Entertainment video game, Spideman & Venom: Maximum Carnage. Although they never offically broke up, band members went their seperate ways until early 2008 when they reemerged for a US tour supporting a re-release of the Cereal KIiller and 333 video/album on DVD.
After performing over 125 shows in 2008, all of them rife with the comedic and ainmated goodness that made Green Jelly a houshold name, the band now preparing for another US tour starting in fall 2009 to support their newest record "Musick To Insult Your Intelligence By" on Los Angeles based Rotten Records. This tour which will be bigger, better and fatter then ever promises to be more along the lines of a traveling Mardi Gras parade.