Listen, I’m not gonna try to pretend that I was a huge GWAR fan, but the very idea of the band has good, if not hilarious, memories for me. Y’all know I have two boys (grown-ass men now), so we sustained ourselves on the hilarious and inappropriate 24/7 back in the day. As soon as I heard about Dave Brockie’s death at age 50 (?!?), I was instantly reminded of this classic:
“Dave Brockie, who as “Oderus Urungus” fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades, has died. He was 50.
Officers were called to Brockie’s home Sunday evening and found the singer dead inside the home, Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said Monday. Detectives don’t suspect foul play at this time, and the medical examiner’s office will determine cause of death, Waugh said.
The band founded in 1984 is known for its comically grotesque costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics. GWAR was nominated for a Grammy Award for best long-form music video in 1993 for “Phallus in Wonderland” but lost to “Diva” by Annie Lennox. It also was nominated for best metal performance for “S.F.W.” in 1996 but lost to “Happiness In Slavery” by Nine Inch Nails.”
Oh, Butthead. “This is what it’s all about“…indeed.