RIP, Oderus Urungus

by Bill Brenner on March 24, 2014

As a troubled kid, I had a special appreciation for Gwar. For the lost soul in need of metallic rock therapy, these guys delivered. What’s more, they were perfect for when heavy-duty escapism and entertainment was required. I’m sad to hear that Dave Brockie — a.k.a Oderus Urungus — has died at age 50.

Mood music:

Brockie had a voice and stage presence that was beyond over the top. I’m fairly sure it wasn’t even part of this world. Anyone who took Gwar seriously was doing it wrong.

And yet the SF/horror-inspired metal act — formed in 1984 — still managed to get nominated for a Grammy. They experienced plenty of line-up changes, but Brockie was there for each incarnation.

Gwar is metal satire at its best. If there’s a taboo to flaunt, they flaunt it. No politician or religion is safe. I buried many a bad mood watching and listening to them over the years.

I don’t know if the band will continue. But if it does, it won’t be the same.

Thanks for the many years of entertainment, Dave. You made some difficult periods bearable.


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