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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The World Loses a True Creative and Rebellious Genius – The Passing of GWAR's Epic Frontman, David Brockie, Aka Oderus Urungus

I am especially saddened by this very unfortunate development. Over the last decade or so, I have mourned the passing of quite a few musicians who I've held in high regard. I can't even begin with a list, but these were absolute icons and legends in the most humble, yet genre-defining manner; they truly innovated when heavy music had the headroom for originality. From the likes of Jeff Hanneman of Slayer, for his chaotic yet hellishly melodic guitar work, to the alternative bass lines of Chi Cheng of Deftones, to the endless dexterity skill and blistering solo technique of the legendary—yet cultishly misunderstood—Dimebag Darrell Abbot. I feel like much of the core elements of my world, which revolves around heavy music, are starting to disintegrate rather unexpectedly.

Having that said, nothing pains me more than to gaze down the unknowns of life, with the absolute knowledge that David Brockie, an absolute comedic and rebellious frontman and apex creative genius, will no longer be gracing the artistic medium with his truly unique, crass and unapologetic sense of humour with a very serious, empowering and time-transcendent undertone. For this vessel of mine that people call a body, GWAR was a childhood catharsis; an excellent escapism into the imaginary Scumdog universe of anti-heroes fighting the good fight, which was simultaneously speaking, one of the most honest tongue-in-cheek appraisals of the reality that everyone must endure. This man epitomised true rebellion for the underdogs in its most unadulterated form; he never compromised and he kept going with relentless fervour; dare I say, he was the essence of GWAR and everything that gave classic punk rock its defining stand against the establishment. 

GWAR is like this grotesque, but heroic army that enlightens the smog-ridden, apocalyptic blackness of the world with their uncompromising fire and energy. These guys were fucking fantastic, and nothing made that energy stand out better than Oderus Urungus, Dave Brockie's eternal intergalactic alter ego, leading that burning charge against against all the insidious apologists, as well as the self-serving, Draconian and putrid fallout elements of the inbred status quo.

As a somewhat neglected kid with a lot of TV time, GWAR became a much-welcomed MTV staple of mine. Over the years—into an unwelcomed phase of my adolescence—I got a bit out of touch with their work, but was quickly reeled back in with Beavis and Butthead, and almost blew out a lung when I saw Saddam A Go Go in a fucking video game! That is such a mad yet honestly liberating track that has always been a part of my life and is now even a favourite of my tyrannical toddler of a son; it really resonates with the little fucker's own uncompromising approach towards life. Hell, I had very high hopes that sometime in the next decade—regardless of how shitty this cesspit of a world becomes—perhaps I could take him to one of GWAR's gigs, seeing as these guys have actually had a multigenerational impact on my family. So to say that I'm deeply saddened by this news is a gross understatement; I feel like I've lost a crucial point of reference in my life and in a sense, a spiritual guiding force that spoke to both the primal rebellion within myself and even my kids.

Saddam A Go Go by GWAR
This track always brightens up my day, and does the same for my kids. 
Try taking this away from my son and the little Scumdog will literally raise Hell from Earth!

What compounds my irrational sense of disbelief and denial is the fact that given GWAR's recent misfortunes of seeing death, I would never have expected the eternal Scumdog emperor himself, Oderus Urungus to also bid a permanent farewell to all that is life. Hell, it was just last month that GWAR were engaged in an epic tour of Australia and gave Australians--and most rebellion-minded folk around the world--the show of their lives with their special 'tribute' to Tony Abbott, and at the same time, wound-up the far-right and ultra-conservative element within Australia, which is really an epic double-win for everyone else. This guy was all about pissing off as many tyrants addicted to power and money, and he was relentless in his mission; one felt an almost supernatural sense of immortality emanating from Brockie's larger than life alter-ego and creative zest, and it is indeed a sad day that this ego will never grace the arts again. In honour of his recent ambitions, his devotion to all things creative and absolute rebellion, I would like to share the following interview from Soundwave 2014 that took place just last month during GWAR's controversial, but highly commendable tour of Australia; it is beyond impossible to believe that the entity in that video is no longer with us today. 

Speaking to the stagnant state of metal! Being larger than life as always!
All the while passionately rooting for--and standing in solidarity of--anti-tyrannical rebelliions!
What a fucking awesome beast!

Lastly, I would like to close on what I personally consider his most hilarious outburst; this guy is probably the only authentic Rockstar to blur the lines—disturbingly so—between his alter-ego and his personal values, and in a manner that warrants no apologies or explanations. A true champion of the underdog's cause as he gives Dave Mustaine a much-needed reality check.

Bwahaha! Emperor Oderus really put Mustaine in his place... 
and instantly made a bunch of Megadeth slave-drone-cunts cry like little bitches!

There were quite a few seminal tributes to Dave's memory. Most have heralded Randy Blythe's Instagram post as the most touching and moving. However, I found that nothing spoke more powerfully than the words of former GWAR bassist, Mike Bishop.
"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known. 
"He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art. 
"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice." (Style Weekly, 2014)
So in sticking with the tradition of eulogies that have been made in honour of Dave Brockie, I hope the best for his close and loved ones in this pivotal time of grief. Furthermore, I bid him an epic journey back to his home planet. The Scumdog Overlord, Oderus Urungus, continues to live on as an eternal memory; a character of chaos worthy of noble admiration, and a source of absolute inspiration. David Brockie was the real fucking deal and humanity was very fortunate to have experienced his gifted talents and utterly distinct creative prowess in the limelight. Going forward, I bow my head as a Scumdog in grief, but also empowered by the eternal flame that is cast forth as a paradoxical shadow of his grand legacy.

In Dedicated Memory of Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus - One of a Fucking Kind! Horns up, Scumdogs!

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