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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gwar - Hell-O

Oh Thursday. I was locked out of my computer most of the morning, so sorry for the late posts. But as I was reflecting on life recently, I remember watching Beavis and Butthead on MTV way back in the way. And we all know how much they loved watching metal videos from the couch. And a band that always seemed to pop up was Gwar. Now, naturally I knew nothing about Gwar at the time - and even more toward adulthood, they seemed to be a band that I just wrote off as "not for me". But here I stand, writing a blog where I'm all about giving artists and music a real chance. So I'll do that today, and follower janis! thought it'd be quite the comedy if I checked into them as well. I decided to run with their debut album - which came out in 1988. It's certified Gold in the states, but the Germans must enjoy them since it's 2x platinum over there. They're not from Germany or anything - they're from good old Richmond, Virginia. All I've ever heard about these guys is how crazy their on stage shows are, and how they talk about taboo issues in their music. I've heard they spray stuff all over the audiences and they lampoon celebrities too. Style wise, they're metal. No doubt about that. Little bit of comedy mixed in and some shock rock too. I think this music is odd. The actual value of simply notes, lyrics and beats - seems very minimal to me. I could get the cult type appeal from a fanbase, but I'm not sure I'd ever be a Gwar head. Maybe you will, and check it out - but this isn't in my wheelhouse.

1. Time For Death
3. Americanized
4. I'm in Love (With a Dead Dog)
5. Slutman City
6. World O Filth
7. War Toy
8. Captain Crunch
9. Pure as the Arctic Snow
10. Je M'Appelle J. Cousteau
11. Gwar Theme
12. Bone Meal
13. Ollie North
14. Techno's Song
15. U Ain't Shit
16. Rock & Roll Party Town

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. War Toy
2. Slutman City
3. Time For Death

2 out of 5 stars


  1. oh their shows are quite a spectacle. i almost feel like everyone should see a gwar show just to appreciate every other show they've ever been to a bit more. you are correct about the spraying - the vehicle by which the 'spray' is 'delivered' is a giant .... well. you know. i do, however, quite enjoy that scene in the movie Empire Records where mark is eating the pot brownie in the back of the store and tripping out to gwar and gets eaten by the band's drum kit.

  2. Not at all surprising. I can't even think of the worst show I've ever been to. There have been some bad ones over the years. Offspring comes to mind immediately though...saw them put on a terrible show years ago.

    Gwar will be rocking when you get into your 40's. Sad but true.