Now it can be told: I once interviewed Dave Brockie, aka GWAR lead man Oderus Urungus, for a music site. He called me and began the conversation thusly: “Human scum, it is I, the lead singer of the sickest band in metal history.”
It’s the only time someone has called me human scum in an interview. Except for Bobby Knight of course.
GWAR, the heavy metal rock band that pioneered the science fiction Halloween costume look, is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary — making them the oldest band to still wear spikes and lizard makeup. And their decrepitude makes them a perfect candidate to host the Super Bowl halftime show.
There’s a petition rolling across Change.org aiming to achieve that very thing.
The time for GWAR to address the nation is NOW.
Every year people complain about who the halftime show is going to feature, now we are telling you who we want: WE WANT GWAR in 2015!
Why should articles like “Bruno Mars Announced For Super Bowl Halftime Show, Gwar Waits Until Next Year (Again)” (from Screen Junkies) be a joke?
We don’t want another year of sitting around talking through a muted, boring NFL Super Bowl halftime show. We want something different. We want a real spectacle that only GWAR can provide. Doesn’t the NFL want more viewers? Don’t advertisers want more people paying attention? This way everyone wins.
Plus, GWAR’s relationship with American football is one of the strongest in music. Front man Dave Brockie writes a football column for MetalSucks.com called “Necessary Roughness” even the “The Dan Patrick Show” has an Oderous mask on display. It’s been suggested by Sports Illustrated that GWAR should become mascots!
Actually that reads like it was written by Brockie himself. Regardless, more than 17,500 signatures so far.
How can you not root for a band that gave us album titles such as “This Toilet Earth” (1994) and “Lust in Space” (2009)? Although short on actual musical talent, GWAR is long on theatrics and showmanship, and isn’t that what Super Bowl halftime is all about anyway?
Plus it would be entertaining from a fan perspective. My favorite part of my Brockie interview was him explaining how his fans, now in their 50s and 60s, still try to do the slam pit.
“Dudes in their 50s in the slam pit. They can’t take it. You see heads jammed between monitors; guys slamming into railings; huge guards beating them senseless. Bad stuff: much worse even than what we’re doing on stage.”
Give us Roger Goodell and Phil Simms in the slam pit — that would be a Super Bowl halftime I’d actually watch.