RIP Oderus Urungus: Gwar's five most entertaining videos

Categories: In Memoriam

Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times. Full slideshow.
Dave Brockie, better known as Gwar frontman/front-alien Oderus Urungus, passed away this morning. He was just fifty years old. His death follows that of guitarist Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus, in 2011, while the band was on tour. Having formed the band of terrifying alien creatures in 1984, Brockie had long been the only remaining founding member of Gwar.

In the midst of the sadness, it should be remembered that Gwar was/is one of the most relentlessly entertaining bands on the metal circuit, with endlessly elaborate stage shows consisting of fake blood, props, things getting chopped in half, and tireless sets of over-the-top thrash metal. The last time I saw Gwar, the lead singer of Every Time I Die was fed to a gigantic maggot during the encore. Gwar was definitely a good time.

Here are some of the most entertaining Gwar videos I could pull together on short notice, chronicling the band's time not only as a legitimately good metal act, but as entertainers and comedians as well.

5. Oderus Urungus Reads a Bedtime Story To Your Children
"Goodnight Moon" always needed this sort of commentary, we just never realized it before.

4. Gwar Covers "Carry On My Wayward Son"
Oderus - "Kansas was a big part of a big part of music where bands were often named after geographical locations. And let's hope that that never happens again. Because, quite frankly, those bands SUCK!"

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Carter Beck
Carter Beck

That guy was doing work before I was born have respect Brendan Flynn

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

so sad !!! Bitter tears flow !!!

David Sheridan
David Sheridan

I'm disgusted by this news today. Watching Have you Seen Me!!!!!

Westword Backbeat
Westword Backbeat

I think we're in agreement -- by deprecating I just mean demonstrating an awareness of the silliness of one's pursuits. And however serious or important those are, there is silliness. Gwar is particularly silly, of course, but theirs is an exceptionally inclusive art and that's a big reason why.

Brian Frederick
Brian Frederick

I'm curious why undervaluing oneself would be considered a virtue? I think there's a big difference between the polarizing humbleness that GWAR showcased and someone flat out belittling themselves.

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