Infobox musical artist |
Name = GWAR
Img_capt = GWAR live in
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Thrash metal, Sludge metal, Comedy rock, Hardcore punk(early)
Years_active = 1985–present
Label = Shimmy Disc Records, Metal Blade,
Dave Brockie Experience, Death Piggy, X-Cops, White Cross, Rigor Mortis, Burden Brothers
URL = [http://www.gwar.net www.gwar.net]
Oderus Urungus Beefcake the Mighty Flattus Maximus Balsac the Jaws of Death Jizmak Da Gusha Sleazy P. Martini
Slymenstra Hymen Techno Destructo Nippleus Erectus Johnny Slutman Joey Slutman Amazina GWAR Woman
Mr. Magico Lee Beato Stephen Sphincter BalSac Cornealius Carnage Hans Orifice Müsel Sean Sumner Sexecutioner
GWAR is a satirical
thrash metalmusical group formed in 1985. The band is best known for their elaborate sci-fi/ horror filminspired costumes; raunchy, obscenelyrics; and graphic stage performances, which consist of humorous re-enactments of political and moral taboothemes. The band also performed fire dancinguntil the character " Slymenstra Hymen" left the band.Their costumes are generally made of foam latex, styrofoam, and hardened rubber. The costumes cover very little, with the rest of their bodies accentuated with makeup. They further their production in concert by spraying their audiences with imitation fluids. Most of the fluids are made of water and powdered food coloring which, for the most part, flakes off or washes out easily. The thicker fluids are made from a clear seaweedextract called carrageenanwhich is also used in ice cream and milkshakes. [ [http://www.domaincleveland.com/index.php?pid=interviews&aid=42 DomainCleveland.com >> Interviews ] ] GWAR does not use syrups or stage blood because they dry solid, wrecking their costumes.cite web| url=http://www.domaincleveland.com/index.php?pid=interviews&aid=22|title=DomainCleveland Dave Brockie interview|accessdate=2006-09-08] In concert, GWAR has been known occasionally to perform their encore without costumes.fact|date=September 2008
Another trademark of GWAR's live show is their lampooning of celebrities and figures in current events. Victims of GWAR's antics have included
O.J. Simpson, John Kerry, Mike Tyson, George W. Bush(as well as every other President since Ronald Reagan), Jerry Garcia, Osama Bin Laden, Michael Jackson, Al Gore, John McCain, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Paris Hilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adolf Hitler, and many others. The band also makes frequent references to political and historical figures, fantasy literature, and mythology. For instance, the song "Whargoul" makes reference to Minas Morgulas well as the eternal warrior of Michael Moorcock. GWAR also has many references to H. P. Lovecraftthemes (Antarctica, Yig, Giant Penguins, Fleshy Insanities, etc.). In addition, the title of their fifth album " RagNaRok" comes from Norse mythology.
Originally, the group's musical style was largely influenced by
punk rockand the band composed short, simple songs, which would evolve over the years into heavily hardcore-influenced crossover thrash, with GWAR's musical experimentation becoming present in " Scumdogs of the Universe", " America Must Be Destroyed" and " This Toilet Earth". Later, this experimental sound would partially eclipse their heavy metal style and GWAR would become a chaotic blend of genres that would be most noticeable on " RagNaRok" and " Carnival of Chaos" (the latter showcasing the most variety in musical styles of any point in GWAR's career). 1999's " We Kill Everything" would present an unusual sound, but based largely on GWAR's " Hell-O" era sound, resulting in an album that the band dismisses as their worst. Indeed, the band's rejection of "We Kill Everything" would drive them to return to their thrash metalsound with " Violence Has Arrived", which would later evolve into a more technical form of thrash, present in "War Party" and " Beyond Hell".
Gwar was the result of two separate projects that eventually combined into one.
Dave Brockiewas the vocalist for a punk band named Death Piggy, that often staged mini-plays and used crude props to punctuate their often ridiculous music. Death Piggy would occasionally practice in a room at the Richmond Dairy, a deserted bottling plantthat had been taken over by hippies. The hippies would rent out interior areas to various artists and musicians. It was at the Richmond Dairy that Death Piggywould meet Hunter Jacksonand Chuck Varga, both attendees of Virginia Commonwealth Universitywho had set up " The Slave Pit", a production space for "Scumdogs of the Universe", a movie they intended to make. [cite web |url=http://www.slavepitinc.com/slavepit/timeline/index.html
title=Years 1984 - 1989
publisher=Slave Pit Inc.
accessdate=2008-08-14 ] A friendship was forged, and Jackson would create props for Death Piggy to use on stage. On occasion, Death Piggy would wear costumes Jackson and Varga had created for their movie in order to open up for themselves under the name "GWAARGGGH!!!", eventually shortened to GWAR. GWAR would end up eclipsing and later absorbing Death Piggy. Recently, members of GWAR confirmed to
Rolling Stonethat the band was actually named for the South African slang term for vagina.Fact|date=April 2008The first known line-up for GWAR consisted of Ben Eubank (vocals), Dave Brockie(guitar), Steve Douglas (guitar), Chris Bopst (bass guitar), Sean Sumner (Drums) and Hunter Jackson. However, this line-up would be short lived and suffer multiple changes in the following months, with Ben Eubanks quitting after just one or two shows and being replaced by Joe Annaruma, who would also quit and be replaced by guitarist Dave Brockieas the band's vocalist (See line-up for more information). The band eventually somewhat solidified into a line-up consisting of Hunter Jackson, Don Drakulich (Alias Sleazy P. Martini), Chuck Varga, Mike Delaney, Mike Bonner, Scott Krahl, Dave Musel and Dave Brockie (Alias Oderus Urungus, no longer GWAR's guitarist, but permanent vocalist), with Heather Broome ( The Temptress) joining later that year and Colette Miller ( GWAR Woman) joining in 1986. Heather Broome would quit in 1986 and Mike Delaney retired in 1987. Dewey Rowell ( Flattus Maximus), Michael Bishop ( Beefcake the Mighty) and Rob Mosby ( Nippleus Erectus) would be recruited in 1987 along with Steve Douglas ( Balsac the Jaws of Death) who rejoined the band after having left early in its history. Lisa Harrelson would become the new " GWAR woman" after Colette Miller left sometime this year. It's this line-up with which the band's debut, " Hell-O", a crossover Heavy Metal/ punk rockalbum, was released in 1988 under Shimmy Disc Records; the original production was very poor, and it is believed that the album was recorded in just one weekend.
The band would start touring in support of the album, with Steve Douglas leaving that same year, later to form the alternative band Log, and being replaced by current rhythm guitarist,
Michael Derks, who took over Douglas' alias as Balsac the Jaws of Death.
However, the band's line-up would undergo further changes before 1990, with Rob Mosby leaving in 1989 and being replaced by Pete Luchter, who would also quit to be replaced temporarily by Jim Thompson, who had been in the band prior to the release of "Hell-O". Thompson however, would also quit and be finally replaced by the current GWAR drummer, Brad Roberts, alias
Jizmak Da Gusha.
With GWAR's line-up somewhat solidified, the band would set up to record what has become known by many as their greatest album, "
Scumdogs of the Universe". The album met a moderately large mainstream success and would mark the start of a career under the Metal Blade Recordsrecord label. The band would tour extensively in support for this album, releasing the Live from Antarctica VHS tape in July, 1990, containing, amongst other things, the band's first music video for the song " Sick of You".
In August 1990, Michael Derks had a daughter, dubbed Smalsac by MTV. He took a short break from the band to care for her. Meanwhile, the remaining members of GWAR went on to appear on the
Jerry Springer Showand in the movie Mystery Date.
Scumdogs of the Universe" was originally released through the U.K. label Master before being picked up by Metal Blade in 1991. In the group's hunt for a larger label, they auditioned for Relativity Records, one of the bigger indie metal labels. The group killed their audition when they showed up in costume and Danielle Stampelet loose a blood capsule from her codpieceonto one of the office chairs, simulating menstruation.
The band suffered further line-up changes during this period, with Dewey Rowell leaving the band in 1991 and not being replaced until 1992 by Pete Lee, after the recording of "
America Must Be Destroyed".
However, this success would not be met without controversy. During this period, GWAR was banned in
North Carolinabecause Brockie was wearing his "Cuttlefish of Cthulhu" prosthetic penis, which led to his arrest; this incident was the inspiration for GWAR's third album, "America Must Be Destroyed", released in 1992. The album was accompanied by the movie "Phallus in Wonderland", which documented the main concept and contained music videos for the album. This movie would be nominated for a Grammy Awardin 1993, the year during which Mike Bishop would also leave the band, after the recording of This Toilet Earth, being replaced by Casey Orr, from the band Rigor Mortis. This Toilet Earthwas released on 1994, meeting moderate success and with the videos for Saddam a Go-Go and Jack the World being aired on Beavis and Butt-head; however, this would also mark the beginning of the band straying from their trademark sound, as the album contained heavily experimental songs instead of the more focused heavy metal of the previous two albums.
Through the last few years, GWAR had managed to build a cult fanbase; however, their mainstream success would start to slowly wane; this, accompanied by multiple line-up changes, would cause the band to fade into the underground. GWAR would then enter a period that is considered a "low point" by members of the band (Especially
Dave Brockie), and would start experimenting with obscure genres of music even more than before.
It's under these circumstances that they would release "
RagNaRok" in 1995, an album characterized by a particularly unique sound, including the use of keyboards, something largely unseen before by the band, as well as a much larger use of secondary vocalists. The record is considered to have been largely unnoticed after the success of the last three albums. Despite this, the band would record two videos for the album, "Surf of Syn" and "Meat Sandwich" as well as release " Rendezvous with RagNaRok" to support the album's plot through footage from the supporting tour.
The band's first side project,
X-Cops, would also come to life after the RagNaRok tour, releasing their only full length album, You Have the Right to Remain Silent...the same year.
The band's next record would come out in 1997 under the name "
Carnival of Chaos", proving to be the epitome of this experimental period containing songs from many different genres, including the classic Heavy Metal, but also hard rock, countryand even jazz.
Carnival of Chaos would be the last album with Pete Lee on guitar, being replaced by Tim Harriss (Who had previously been in the band around 1986 and was featured as a guest guitarist on "
America Must Be Destroyed") for the recording of " We Kill Everything" between late 1998 and early 1999, for which Michael Bishop would temporarily rejoin the band as the bassist during the absence of Casey Orr. The record, largely influenced by punk rock, is the band's least favorite album, as its songs are rarely played live.Following this, co-founder Hunter Jacksonwould leave the group in 2000 to focus on personal projects. Danielle Stampewould leave the band to focus on a personal project named " Girly Freakshow"; however, she would rejoin the band temporarily for the "Bitch is Back" tour in 2002.
Due to the band's distaste for the previous album, GWAR's sound would suffer major changes for the next recording. With Tim Harriss gone, Zach Blair would be hired to fill his spot as
Flattus Maximus, Casey Orr also having returned to the band as Beefcake the Mightyfor the recording of the band's first entirely thrash metalalbum in years: " Violence Has Arrived", released in November 6, 2001, the album being seen as a "comeback" of sorts and setting off changes that would result in the current state of the band. Violence Has Arrived would be, however, the band's last album on Metal Blade Records, with the band leaving the label soon after the recording and releasing of it.
In 2002 Zach Blair left GWAR to form the power-pop band Armstrong along with drummer Brad Roberts to release a single album titled Dick The Lionhearted.
As the band would start approaching a focus on a heavier, more brutal sound near the end of this period, it would also result in the creation of another side project, the
Dave Brockie Experience, a band created by frontman Dave Brockiealong with rhythm guitarist Mike Derksand drummer Brad Roberts as a way of continuing the comedic sound found on albums like " We Kill Everything" while maintaining a more serious focus in releases by GWAR. They would release their first LP in March 20, 2001, named Diarrhea of a Madman.
This was not the end of GWAR's new focus on heavy sound, however; following their release of "
Violence Has Arrived" by their most successful album in several years, "War Party" in 2004 under their new record label, DRT Entertainment. The album would meet a large underground success, as it followed the same path Violence Has Arriveddid, but this time with a more serious and technical edge, partially thanks to the efforts of new lead guitarist Cory Smoot ( Flattus Maximus) and bass guitarist, Todd Evans ( Beefcake the Mighty). Videos would be released for "Bring Back the Bomb" and "War Party" (An early release from director/editor David Brodsky, which was declined by MTVNetworks as being too inflammatory despite GWAR removing much of their trademark gore and sexual overtones), and the band would be invited to play in the Sounds of the Undergroundtour in 2005 along with Lamb Of God, Clutch, Poison the Well, Opeth, Strapping Young Lad, Unearth, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Throwdown, High On Fire, All That Remains, Madball, Terror, DevilDriver, A Life Once Lost, The Black Dahlia Murder, Fear Before The March Of Flames, The Red Chord, and Nora, the same year of the release of the band's second album in DRT Entertainment, Live from Mt. Fuji, which would also be the band's first live album besides the then-extremely rare You're All Worthless and Weak, released in 2000 (and re-released in 2006) under Slave Pit Records.
GWAR started working on their new album (Then tentatively titled "Go to Hell!") in January 2006. The same month, GWAR also opened a gallery show called [http://www.cvco.org/arts/artspace/2006/exhibits/gwar/index.htm "The Art of GWAR"] at
Art Spacegallery in Richmond to display the many props, costumes, cartoons, paintings produced by The Slave Pit, GWAR's art and effects studio.
February 23, 2006, GWAR's official website, GWAR's Japanese Official website (www.gwarjapan.net) and Oderus Urungus' official homepage announced GWAR's latest album, " Beyond Hell", for which, at the urging of DRT Entertainment, a cover version of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" was recorded and released.cite web| url=http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/interviews/interviews/gwars_corey_smoot_we_try_to_make_music_as_kick-ass_as_the_stage_show.html|title=Ultimate Guitar Cory Smoot interview|accessdate=2006-10-31] The music video, was directed by [http://www.mgenyc.com David Brodsky] on July 2nd, 2006. The part of the "school marm" has been mistakenly identified as Devin Townsend, the producer of the "Beyond Hell" CD. It is actually Scott Krahl, a long-time GWAR "slave" and inventor of Gor-Gor. "School's Out" was nominated for Best Video of 2006 on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball.
Due for release sometime in the future, GWAR will be getting 7" action figures and Shockinis which are 3" figurines made of themselves by toy manufacturer
Shocker ToysLLP. Though no date has been confirmed for the release according to Todd Evans the figures and Shockinis should be out some time in 2007.
The "Blood Bath and Beyond" DVD was released in
June 20, 2006, containing exclusive behind the scenes and vintage footage of the band.
GWAR performed a special "half-time" show at the
Sounds Of The Underground2006 Tour along with headliners As I Lay Dying, Trivium, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, The Chariot, The Black Dahlia Murder, Terror, Killswitch Engage, Through the Eyes of the Dead, In Flames, HORSE the band, Unearth, It Dies Today, Job for a Cowboy, 3 Inches of Blood, Shadows Fall, This Is Hell, Ringworm, Converge, Machine Head, and Still Remains.
GWAR went on to Headline the following year's The Sounds Of the Underground Tour in 2007.
The entire GWAR concept seems to be gaining acceptance elsewhere, judging by the success of
Lordi, a Finnish hard rockband, which won the 51st Eurovision Song Contest 2006, in Athens, Greece, on May 20, 2006. Lordi's costumes and subject matter is very similar to GWAR's, though the music style and attitude are different and Lordi states their influences are from KISS, Alice Cooper and horror movies. GWAR have been executing Mr.Lordiat the beginning of each of their sets on the Sounds of the Undergroundtour.
Oderus Urungusis also featured on the newest Strapping Young Ladalbum The New Blackas a guest vocalist on the song "Far Beyond Metal". Oderus' lines in the song are taken directly from the GWAR song "Maggots" ("now in the halls of the Necrolord..." etc.). It's worth mentioning that the vocalist of Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsendproduced GWAR's Beyond Hellalbum. Scott Krahl is in the "Schools Out" video as a female teacher, of whom Oderus makes out with and proceeds to mount at the end of the video.
Beyond Hell" was released on August 29, 2006, with GWAR touring to support the album and being helped by the creation of new props for this tour, including several character's off Beyond Hell's plot, including Jitler and Jewcifer. GWAR was also present in the third annual Rock & Shockfestival from October 13to 15 as a part of this tour.
April 7, 2007GWAR not only released their long awaited video for the song Eighth Lockoff of Beyond Hell, but also announced that they have a headlining slot on Sounds of the Underground2007 alongside Shadows Fall, Chimaira, Job for a Cowboy, Amon Amarth, Goatwhore, and Suicidal Tendencies.
In Spring 2008 Todd Evans left GWAR to focus efforts on his side project Mobile Deathcamp. Shortly after Todd's sudden departure, Casey Orr was confirmed to fill his former spot as Beefcake the Mighty.
Sleazy P. Martini is to return to the rock stage with GWAR on their “"Electile Dysfunction ‘08"” tour in the fall of 2008. [cite web |url=http://www.gwar.net/home.php |title=GWAR NEWS |work=Gwar homepage |publisher=Slave Pit Inc. |date=2008 |accessdate=2008-08-13 ]
Despite various explanations that GWAR is an acronym for something, band members have insisted from its inception that the letters do not stand for anything. Indeed, the official website of Slave Pit Inc. indicates that GWAR is a shortened version of "GWAARGGGH!!!" the name the band used originally when opening up for
Death Piggy. Lead singer and founding member Dave Brockie has been quoted as saying "...it doesn't mean Gay Woman Against Rape. It doesn't mean Great White Aryan Race. It doesn't mean Gay Weird Anal Reprobates. It doesn't even mean God What an Awful Racket. It just means GWAR, which means everything pretty much."cite web| url=http://www.cfreradio.com/interviews/gwar.html|title=Crefradio.com Dave Brockie interview|accessdate=2006-06-30]
Oderus Urungus(Lead Vocals - Dave Brockie)
Flattus Maximus(Lead Guitar - Cory Smoot)
Balsac the Jaws of Death(Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals - Mike Derks)
Beefcake the Mighty(Bass, Backing Vocals - Casey Orr)
Jizmak Da Gusha(Drums, Percussion - Brad Roberts)
These are members not involved musically or in the GWAR stage show anymore while still working to varying degrees with band.
Sleazy P. Martini
*Matt Maguire ("Mattron"/"MX2")
*Bob Gorman ("Muzzle Slave")
*Scott Krahl ("Cock & Balls Slave")
*Nate Krishna ("SlaveDizzle")
*Joe Douglas ("Spewie")(Guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, keyboard, vocals, saxophone, tuba, triangle, clarinet, bass clarinet, french horn, violin, Oboe, Flute, Harp, Organ, Hoola Hoop).
Joey Slutman(Joe Annaruma)
Johnny Slutman(Ben Eubanks)
Techno Destructoand Scroda Moon(Both by Hunter Jackson)
Sluggo P. Martini(Michael D. Moore, 1985)
Amazina/GWAR Woman( [http://www.colettemiller.com/ Colette Miller, 1986-1987] )
*Mike Delaney (As
Sexecutioner, replaced by Chuck Varga)
Slymenstra Hymen(Danielle Stampe)
Balsac the Jaws of Death:"
*Brian Fechino (in studio on
America Must Be Destroyed)"Other:""'
Mr. Magico(Russ Bahorsky)
Stephen Sphincter(Ron Curry)
Cornelius Carnage(Greg Ottinger)
Beefcake the Mighty:"
Stephen Sphincter(Ron Curry)
BalSac(Chris Bopst. Note: Originally not the same character as Balsac the Jaws of Death)
*Unnamed Character (Sean Sumner) (Deceased)
Hans Sphincter/ Hans Orifice(Jim Thompson)
Nippleus Erectus(Rob Mosby)
Lee Beato(Pete Luchter)
*Davis Bradley III
GWAR also has a plethora of members, most of which are referred to simply under the collective label of "slaves" (see above). The GWAR slaves are involved in many other aspects of the band, including costume design, music mixing and editing, running
Slave Pit Records, the record label owned by the members of GWAR, and the creation of the now defunct GWAR comic book, "Slave Pit Funnies".
tudio albums & EPs
Scumdogs of the Universe"
The Road Behind(EP)"
America Must Be Destroyed"
This Toilet Earth"
Carnival of Chaos"
We Kill Everything"
Violence Has Arrived"
*2004: "War Party"
Slaves Going Single"
Let There Be GWAR"
You're All Worthless and Weak"
Live from Mt. Fuji"
Shimmy Disc Video Compilation V.1"
The Next Mutation"
Live from Antarctica"
Phallus in Wonderland"
All The Sex"
Twice The Violence"
Tour De Scum"
Return of Techno-Destructo
Rendezvous with RagNaRok"
Surprising Burst of Chocolaty Fudge"
Dawn of the Day of the Night of the Penguins"
The Gwarnage Campaign"
Blood Drive 2002"
Ultimate Video Gwarchive"
War Party Tour 2004"
Blood Bath And Beyond"
Beyond Hell Live"
The Dim Times"
* GWAR received a large dose of publicity from their appearance on "
The Jerry Springer Show", exposing the world of shock rock. Early on in the show, Jerry brought out El Duce, lead singer for The Mentors, a rock group known for their extremely vile lyrical and visual themes. El Duce spoke at length about his stage show in which women have claimed to be raped, displaying his misogynistic personality, and even claiming that he "probably has some bastard kids around the country." Also present for this episode was Jeni, a performer in the shock rock band the Spo-Its. Jerry later brought out GWAR, full costumed and in character, as a ballast to El Duce. GWAR slowly won over the audience (who initially booed them) with their sense of humor, showing that they felt that their goal was giving the audience the same kind of fun they would get from a horror movieor funhouse. Springer was applauded for a clip he showed in which GWAR brought him out on stage at The Agorain Cleveland, Ohio, pretending to kick and scream, introduced him to the crowd, and fed him to one of their monster stage props, the World Maggot. Next, Springer brought out a mother and son to sit with GWAR, the son was a huge fan of GWAR. The mother was angry and accused GWAR of promoting violence and the degrading of women. Though he was not anywhere as offensive or acidic as El Duce, Oderus Urungusstood up to the mother, accusing her of shifting the guilt over having a troublesome child, and pointed out that it would be much better for her son to be at a show full of puppets and fake blood than seeing The Mentorsassault women live on stage.
* Oderus Urungus and Beefcake the Mighty were interviewed on "The Joan Rivers Show" in 1990. Like their "Jerry Springer" appearance, it was mainly on the topic of shock rock. Oderus and Beefcake were greeted with a lukewarm response but won the audience over quickly with a combination of their costumes, joke, and mannerisms. Oderus and Beefcake also spoke with a foreign accent throughout the interview.
* GWAR also did the music for an episode of the show "" titled "Operation F.O.O.D.F.I.T.E." They played altered versions of both "The Private Pain of Techno Destructo" and "Gor-Gor", changing the lyrics to fit the storyline (which centers around a villain's repeated attempts to get the kids to eat healthy food). In the music credits, they went under the name of RAWG for this show.cite web |url=http://number356.tripod.com/id8.html|title=Operation: F.A.Q.S |accessdate=2006-10-02]
* GWAR appeared on an episode of "
Viva la Bam", where they performed during a dirt bike and monster truck show put together by Bam and his friends.cite web |url=http://www.tv.com/viva-la-bam/show/22168/episode_guide.html?season=5&tag=season_nav;next |title=Viva La Bam Episode guide |accessdate=2006-10-02]
* GWAR appeared on the movie "
Empire Records" on a TV that the character Mark, played by Ethan Embry, was watching while eating brownies made with "extra sugar". Mark hallucinates about joining GWAR and performing in their music video (which he is still watching) and is then killed brutally, while still watching himself.cite web |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112950/fullcredits|title=IMDB: Empire Records - Credits |accessdate=2006-12-06]
* In 1995, GWAR's "Saddam A Go-Go" was featured on the hit video game Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity, this was a music video accessed ib Beavis and Butt-Head's House.
* GWAR appeared in Part 5 of Episode #3 of the Fox Sports program "Core Culture", titled "Backstage Pass". The west coast broadcast featured an interview clip with local performer
Stephen Kiel, a.k.a. Diabolical Kiel. The segment features the band on their visit to Portland, Oregon, and includes footage of them at the Burnside Skatepark, mingling with the crowd. The segment also features footage of their performance at the Roseland Theater.cite web |url=http://video.aol.com/video-search/Part-5-Core-Culture-Episode-3-Backstage-Pass-Gwar/id/3887988494|title= AOLVideo: Part 5, Core Culture, Episode #3 - "Backstage Pass"|accessdate=2007-03-25]
* GWAR also appeared playing in a night club in
Mystery Date, a 1991 Movie staring Ethan Hawke.cite web |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102500/fullcredits|title=IMBD: Mystery Date - Credits|accessdate=2006-12-06]
* In the movie
S.F.W.GWAR not only made an appearance on MTV in the movie but the song they were performing was the movie's theme song, which is present on the movie's soundtrack album.
* GWAR were featured on the front page of satire website
Something Awfulon October 13, 2006.cite web |url=http://www.somethingawful.com/index.php?a=4171|title=The Gurf Manifesto, GWAR parody by Something Awful|accessdate=2006-10-13]
* Music magazine Blender's website [http://www.blender.com Blender.com] has created two GWAR themed videos. The first features Blender.com reporter Joe Knaus [http://www.blender.com/video/768/GwarSoundsoftheUnderground.video?src=jk in a pretend sacrifice by the band onstage] during the Sounds of the Underground festival in 2006. There is also a quite humorous clip of Oderus feigning a [http://www.blender.com/video/891/GwarDolesOutHolidayBonuses.video?src=jk20 crack deal] on the streets on New York City as a Christmas gift to GWAR's crew and support acts prior the band's show at Irving Plaza in December 2006.
Alabama Thunderpussy's new music video for the song "Words Of The Dying Man" 2007, Balsac the Jaws of Death makes an appearance, emerging from the shower to join the crowd.
* GWAR's first foray into the world of
pro wrestlingtook place in Lorain, Ohioon January 30, 1999on a show entitled "Guts, Gore, and GWAR '99". The show was promoted by what is now known as [http://www.megacw.com Mega Championship Wrestling] . In addition to appearances by Mad Man Pondo, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, and Samu, the show featured a "match" between Oderus Urungusand Techno Destructo.
* Attending a GWAR concert was the main goal that drove the action in the Beavis and Butthead video game for the Super Nintendo (SNES), Sega Game Gear, Sega Mega Drive, and Game Boy.
* GWAR's Oderus gives a candid out-of-costume interview (as Dave Brockie) in the documentary
Working Class Rock Star.
Dave Brockie Experience
*Köszönöm (Side project by Mike Derks and Brad Roberts)
*MC Rhythmless (GWAR rap side project)
Lordi(A similar, monster costume-wearing metal band)
* [http://www.GWAR.net/ Official Site]
* [http://www.gwar.com/ GWAR Fan Communty]
* [http://www.gwarjapan.net/ Official Japanese Site]
* [http://www.floridaentertainmentscene.com/music/artists/gwar/interview/index.htm GWAR Interview by Florida Entertainment Scene]
* [http://www.a-pathetic.net/zine/archives/459 Interview @ SHOUT! Music Webzine]
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