Oderus Urungus Of GWAR In N'awlins; Video Available
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Who isn't aware of the blood and guts spewing shock rockers GWAR? Their legendary concerts filled with gore that ends up soaking the surging audience have been thrilling fans for nearly thirty years now. Even the tragic experience of the death of the guitarist Flattus Maximus did not stop the monsters of GWAR from the road. GWAR has recently added a relative of Flattus to the fold for this tour. I had a chance to speak to singer Oderus Urungus about their new guitarist, Halloween, and political aspirations. A transcription follows the video.
Buick McKane: Hi, Oderus!
Oderus Urungus: Hey, what’s up?
Buick: Do you remember me?
Oderus: Yeah, baby. Do you remember me?
Buick: I do. How are you doing today?
Buick: Great. Happy Halloween, before anyone else tells you.
Oderus: Stupid holiday!
Buick: What! Why?
Oderus: It’s like you humans need an excuse to dress up. Alright, guys, we’re going to let these guys go by. You can kind of get a bird’s eye view…Pustulus Maximus! Jizmak Da Gusha! Beefcake the Weighty! And finally, bringing up the rear, as usual…
Buick: Can he get down those stairs okay?
Oderus: There are no stairs that can defeat Balsac the Jaws of Death.
Buick: So where did you find Pustulus Maximus?
Oderus: After Flattus had returned to the stars, we went back to Antarctica and blew the Great Horn of Hate to let the other Scumdogs know that Flattus had left us. The Maximus tribe came to planet Earth; everyone knows the Maximus’s all play guitar and really rip, actually. They all came: Bubonis, Infecticus, Farticus, and finally Pustulus. He showed up and he was the last one to lay tracks and when he went back to get to his space ship to fly back to outer space, somebody had ripped off his space ship. Now, that wasn’t me. I didn’t like purposefully destroy his space ship so he would be abandoned and marooned here on Earth with the rest of his GWAR brothers. I had nothing to do with that shit, man. I’m not into that conspiracy theory shit. But, yeah, I did that. So he’s stuck here on Earth with the rest of us, and we got him addicted to crack, and, you’ll see tonight, he’s a pretty fuckin’ ripping guitar player.
Buick: Great. So the crack makes him better?
Oderus: I think so. I think crack makes all things better. I’ve always felt that way.
Buick: So it’s election time…
Buick: Why aren’t you running for President yet?
Oderus: Well, actually, I think I am supposed to be running for President of Metal against Ozzy on some stupid website somewhere. I going to lose, but I don’t give a fuck. I’d rather be the Vice President of Metal. I’d rather be the President of Vice, anyway, than any other stupid political office.
Buick: Great. What’s your favorite vice?
Oderus: Right now, currently…crack obviously is a big one. But I guess sodomy, anal rape.
Buick: I think you said you were going to anal rape me once.
Oderus: Why, did you…
Buick: It didn’t happen. I have this for you and I’d like for you to sign it.
Oderus: My human slave Dave Brockie did that. He’s a piece of shit!
Buick: He’s a very good artist. Do you remember when this came out?
Oderus: Oh yeah, sort of vaguely. ’88? Ha, ha, ha.
Buick: I was born that year.
Oderus: Wow. I remember those days. New Orleans was one of the first cities to really embrace GWAR and all of our filthy ways, and we’ve been enjoying playing shows here ever since.
Buick: Great, well is there anything else you would like to say?
Oderus: Well, I would like to say that our new album will be coming out whenever the fuck we feel like it next year. We’ve already been writing a bunch of new songs. We’re playing one of them tonight actually, a song that Pustulus wrote “Madness at the Core of Time.” And besides that, “Holliston,” my sitcom, and a bunch of other crap. The GWAR B-Q, just us, looking so sexy, and I’m not even going to talk shit about anyone tonight. I just feel good, I’m glad to be here in N’awlins tonight; always been one of my favorite gigs.
Buick: I hope you come back and spend Halloween night with us.
Oderus: I will, I would like to do that sometime, but, you know, when you’re in GWAR, pretty much every day is Halloween. So we make up for that.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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