I started my Monday in the same fashion as any other day. I woke up, prepared a coffee while attending to the cats and turned on the PC to see the latest feeds on Facebook to begin chuckling at just how many friends spoiled the recent episode of “The Walking Dead” for the world – instead I started to see numerous photos of media allies with Oderus Urungus/Dave Brockie and seeing unhappy face emoticons under them or the words “so sad”. Was I reading this correctly? Could it be true? Sadly it would seem to be the case and yes my friends, Mr. David Brockie, founder of the legendary GWAR and its unimitable force of nature front man Oderus Urungus had died. He was 50 years old.
Brockie came up with the idea of GWAR while in his Punk band “Death Piggy” who were a group that used stage props and delivered small plays during their set. He devised these intergalactic barbarians from Antarctica to be a wilder opener for their own set and with this being the case the same members would be in both bands. The name was a lengthier “Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh” (which in itself sounds like a ravenous animals growl) and when the audience started paying the most attention to them, a change was made to have the now titled GWAR become the main band and Death Piggy was sent to that great pen in the sky. This was 1984 and considering that Glam Rock and Power Metal were par for the course there was nothing like this insanity being done.
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