Sunday, September 24, 2006

Who is GWAR!?

Red asks...Who is GWAR?

I saw GWAR in concert last December. I think they may be a band I have seen more times than any other band, and I didn't really notice that until Red asked, who is GWAR? I think I'v seen them 5 or 6 times...and it's occured to me, this beats Madonna, The Who, The Clash and David Bowie. You know, famous touring acts. There are a number of lesser known bands who I've seen tons of times, like the Canadian band The Tragically HIp. The Hip are a Canadian institution, that never made it as a "crossover" band which means...they didn't sell huge in U.S.A. market although they had a strong college tour following. I once went to see The Tragically Hip play Central Park for free on Canada Day. I couldn't find anybody to go with me, so I drove down by myself, stayed with a friend who then gave me the keys to his Manhattan apartment because he was going to London for two weeks. I extended my visit and hung out in NY wandering the streets, coffee shops, book stores and saw a little band playing in a small local bar called The Strokes. I borrowed my friends bike and rode to Central Park in the afternnon and joined thousands of fellow Canadians drinking outside for Great Big Sea, Jeff Healy and then The Hip. It is difficult to explain the sight of Heineken tents and insane Canadian drinking fan base for The Hip. It was downright political.

GWAR is an utterly different story.

GWAR has about a dozen albums, titled among them: Carnival of Chaos, America Must Be Destroyed, Scumdogs of the Universe and This Toilet Earth. They are a band that needs to be seen to be believed, and really fully enjoyed. Let's just say, I've been shot with a lot of pus, blood mucus and semen by warriors from another world. They entered the mainstream for a bit when Beavis and Butthead were listening to them.

I've never looked up GWAR on the internet, they've always just been a little party night....so thanks to Red for inspiring me to check out some sites devoted to GWAR. Who is GWAR? I am sure that somewhere on the internet there may be some names and places alluding to earth, but as far as I know you need to enter another dimension to actually see the band.

From their web page

GWAR celebrates 20 years of Global Domination; Nazi Pope Says GWAR Must Die!

"Mutant metal-masters GWAR are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their re-birth on Earth with a triumphant tour of their most depraved stomping grounds. Beginning in early October and lasting until everything is dead, North America shall reel under the savage assault of GWAR, the most dangerous band in this or any other universe. Fresh from their glorious participation in the ultra-sick Sounds of the Underground tour, everybody's favorite Antarctican war-gods will crush the cities of man one by one until the people of Earth are reduced to quivering piles of molten flesh. Rumors of a hideous summoning abound, and the great beast T-Rex GOR GOR stirs in his subterranean lair. Harnessing their gore-flecked war machines, GWAR returns with a devastating 20th anniversary tour, damning all humankind to an eternal doom of pus-drenched necro-bestial nasal violation!"

Some images

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

GWAR videos used to appear on Beavis and Butthead cartoons. I know this because I happened upon a few minutes of this early Mike Judge project in the course of an evening's innocent channel surfing. Fortunately for me I somehow managed to hit the "channel up" button before cerebral liquification set in.

Anonymous said...

that's hilarious--my cousins used to love gwar. i didn't think anybody else even knew they existed. go candy...

Bridget Jones said...

uhhhhhhhhhhh pass

Red said...

Thank you for that comprehensive explanation, Candy! I have since looked them up on Wikipedia too, and they look a lot like Lordi, the winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest (though I daresay they are a lot harder musically!).

mister anchovy said...

They are some way dramatic theatre man...sorta like pro-wrestling on mushrooms....

Gardenia said...

Did I miss something growing up in the Janis Joplin age?