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Here’s Gwar’s touching tribute to late singer Dave Brockie

"When does the touching start?" 


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Oct 28, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 7:54 am CDT

Infamous metal band Gwar’s longtime singer Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, passed away in March, and for a while the band’s future was uncertain. Last month, the band anointed a new singer, the gloriously named Vulvatron, and the filthy trail of shock and awe continued.

Now, the band has outdone itself. It recently visited the A.V. Club’s studio as part of its Undercover series. This wasn’t the first time Gwar’s done this: The band did an incendiary version of Kansas’s “Carry On Wayward Son” in 2012. Here the shock rockers cover Pet Shop Boys’s 1984 classic “West End Girls” and turn it into a beautiful punk anthem. Then they segue into the late Jim Carroll’s “People Who Died,” as a tribute to Brockie. Gwar forever. 

When it’s pointed out at the beginning that this is actually a very touching trbute, Vulvatron asks, “When does the touching start?”  

Screengrab via A.V.Club

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*First Published: Oct 28, 2014, 6:45 pm CDT