Sad news for fans of the bizarre thrash metal band Gwar: frontmanDave Brockie, AKA ‘Oderud Urungus’ is dead. He was 50 years-old, and the last original member of the Richmond, VA based band. Investigators do not suspect foul play.
To describe Gwar and their music as “conceptual” would be putting it mildly. The band’s elaborate mythos portrayed them as once-mighty galaxy-roaming warriors of chaos who were banished to Earth for their arrogance. All of the members of Gwar wore elaborate (and elaborately disgusting) costumes and went by stage names like Jizmaa Da Gusha and Pustulus Maximus. The band’s membership changed often, and new members regularly assumed the stage identities left vacant by outgoing members.
Gwar’s music was written for maximum tongue-in-cheek offensiveness, and moral guardians of all sorts bought the act hook, line, and sinker. Their wild theatrics made them popular guests on shows like Jerry Springer and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.… Read the rest