Gwar Interview: Nardwuar Vs. Oderus Urungus
Originally ran in Razorcake #13, 2003
By Nardwuar Thursday, July 23 2015
To download this interview as an ebook, click here.
Since this interview ran in 2003,
Gwar has continued their relentless attack on the human beings of planet earth.
From their home base of Antarctica (or Richmond,
VA, depending on who you ask),
these mutant maniacs have not let anyone or anything deter them from their
ultimate mission of complete annihilation and degradation of all humankind. And
from 2003 to the present day, the world is still reeling from the antics of the
In 2004, Gwar’s most overtly political (and shortest) album, War Party, was released to positive
acclaim. In early 2006, the members of Gwar were forever immortalized as the gods
they are in the form tiny action figure versions of themselves. Not long after,
Gwar opened a gallery show called “The Art of Gwar” at Art Space gallery in Richmond. The show
displayed the many props, costumes, and various forms of art produced by Slave
Pit, Inc., Gwar’s artist collective/production company (founded by that Dave
Brockie person Gwar’s leader Oderus Urungus would, for some reason, always get
asked about). Later that year they released Go
to Hell! and followed it up with two years of performing at the Sounds of the Underground tour.
In 2009, Gwar celebrated their twenty-fifth year as a band, followed by their
eleventh studio album, Lust in Space.
In late 2010, Gwar released their twelfth studio album, Bloody Pit of Horror.
Over the next few years Gwar expanded their global invasion by making popular
technology their slave, raiding computers and TV screens in the process. In
2010, Oderus Urungus hosted the “Crack-a-Thon” at the MF Gallery in Brooklyn, NY
(a charity for kids, or for crack money for Oderus? You decide.). A second
Crack-A-Thon followed in 2011—both of which were available for live stream on
the MF gallery website.
In 2012, a TV sitcom called Holliston,
created by horror filmmaker Adam Green and starring Oderus Urungus, debuted on
the FEARnet cable TV network. Oderus starred as Green’s imaginary alien friend
who lived in his closet. Gwar continued their digital assault on the masses
with a live broadcast of their 2013 Fate
or Chaos tour, which was then followed by their thirteenth studio album, Battle Maximus.
Sometimes, though, life can be rough even for almighty war-gods. On November 3, 2011, Flattus
Maximus (guitarist Cory Smoot) was found dead by his fellow band members on the
band’s tour bus. The cause of death was complications from coronary artery
disease. Flattus Maximus was retired out of respect to Smoot, and Brent
Purgason of Cannibal Corpse took over guitar duties, portraying Pustulus
Maximus. Donations can be made to the Cory Smoot Family Fund.
March 23, 2014 also marked
yet another unfortunate day for Gwar. Oderus Urungus—the last original member
of Gwar—made his great return to space. Rumors of his disappearance have been
varied (a new character named “Mr. Perfect” claims to have stolen Oderus’s
immortality and impaled him on his own sword). In his wake, a new leader comes:
the antlered-and-uddered Blothar (former bassist Mike Bishop/original Beefcake
the Mighty), who is on the search to find Oderus in the form of Gwar’s most
recent tour, Gwar Eternal.
Oddly enough, at the same time, that strange Dave Brockie fellow passed away
unexpectedly at the age of fifty. The other members of Slave Pit, Inc. have
created the David Brockie Fund in his memory, which is a charity
fund for the encouragement of future talent and the preservation of Dave’s body
No words yet on if an
official Oderus Urungus charity will be created to continue raising funds for
crack money for Oderus as he floats through the galaxy for all eternity.
The fifth annual Gwar-B-Q
continued as planned in August 2014, where an official viking funeral was held
for the late, great master Oderus Urungus (and one for that Dave Brockie guy,
too, for some reason…). With his signature cuttlefish prominent for all to see,
Oderus went in a blaze of glory as any good evil leader and intergalactic
But Gwar continues on. They
later played the 2014 Riot Fest in Chicago
and debuted a new character: Vulvatron, who left the group following the Gwar
Eternal Tour—though she may return in the future. In another furthering of
their immortalization, January 2015 saw the opening of GwarBar, an upscale dive
bar, opened in Richmond.
Gwar can currently be seen
on the “Road to Gwar-B-Q” tour, leading up to their sixth annual Gwar-B-Q on August 15, 2015, featuring Cro-Mags,
Clutch, The Descendents, The Dickies, Cancer Bats and more, where they will be
celebrating their thirtieth anniversary as a band of fear-mongering space
Things may have changed for the Scumdogs of the Universe, but one thing still
holds true: Gwar lives. –Jamie
the Human Serviette Vs. Gwar
Originally ran in Razorcake #13, 2003
Nardwuar: Who are you?
Oderus Urungus: I am Oderus Urungus,
lead singer of the most dangerous band in this or any other universe… Gwar!
Nardwuar: Oderus, the bitch is back?
Oderus Urungus: Yes, the bitch
(Slymenstra Hymen) is back. She’s here to claim a bloody vengeance. She wanted
to castrate me, chop off my penis, and put it in a zoo.
Nardwuar: What was she doing before?
She was in the circus?
Oderus Urungus: She was in the
circus, the girly freak show circus, doing things in Hollywood,
with her Hollywood friends, but now she’s
back. As I said, she wants to chop off my pee pee.
Nardwuar: Oderus, are you the first
band ever to spew on the audience?
Oderus Urungus: No! [Oderus then
begins to talk in some sort of GWAR language] ‘Abba spew on audience. Chee ga
gu mess shela cooba. Show ka pluta koko ba. In loyer anus dosa o ka!’
Nardwuar: Oderus, is your
cuttlefish, is it in the Hard Rock Café?
Oderus Urungus: It was in there
before, but they made me take it out. But look at that thing [points to his
cuttlefish], look at it, dripping with infected East Nile Virus. It’s a
beautiful thing, a beautiful thing.
Nardwuar: What is your view on
Viagra? What do you think of Viagra?
Oderus Urungus: Well, I don’t need it personally, but if it helps
midgets who are impotent to fuck animals in the yard, then I think it’s a good
thing, as long as the animal gives consent.
Nardwuar: Oderus, who designs your
Oderus Urungus: He does! [Points to
another GWAR member]
Nardwuar: Oderus, what do you think
of when you see this picture right here [Nardwuar shows Oderus a picture of
Dave Brockie (aka Oderus) being grabbed in the crotch], of the person Dave
Brockie? What do you think of that?
Oderus Urungus: This person needs to
be killed. Look, touching himself like that, what is that? What is that shit?
He’s fat, he’s fat, fat, fat.
Nardwuar: Oderus, you are Canadian.
What is a Canadian killing dinosaurs for?
Oderus Urungus: [Still laughing at
the Dave Brockie picture]
Nardwuar: What is a Canadian killing
Oderus Urungus: [Laughing]
Oderus Urungus: What, what?
Nardwuar: Why are you killing the dinosaurs?
Oderus Urungus: Because they drove
cars. I didn’t like cars.
Nardwuar: But they are from Alberta, The Badlands?
Oderus Urungus: They wore shoes. I
don’t like shoes.
Nardwuar: What about the movie Mystery Date, Oderus? Wasn’t that filmed
Oderus Urungus: Stupid. I never saw
it, I never saw any of the movies we were supposedly in, and we never made a
Nardwuar: Oderus, what are the new
ways to kill people that you guys have developed?
Oderus Urungus: Ah, well, it’s hard
to, you know, when you kill people so many ways for so many years, but the more
interesting way that we’re killing people is slowly through alcoholism.
Nardwuar: If the guy from Lord of the Rings walked out, how would
you kill him?
Oderus Urungus: Which one?
Oderus Urungus: Oh, I’d fuck him,
then I’d stomp him, that little Bag End bugger.
Nardwuar: Is there any way to stop a
Gwar show? Is there any way to stop a Gwar show?
Oderus Urungus: Yes. Don’t go.
Nardwuar: Tell me about your
influences. Wendy Williams, how important is she?
Oderus Urungus: I’ve been influenced
Nardwuar: Oderus, what are the
similarities between Gwar and pirates?
Oderus Urungus: Parcheesi and four
rows over on the Jeopardy board.
Nardwuar: Oderus, did Gwar once do a
show with absolutely no music, just acting it out?
Oderus Urungus: Yes. I would do my
interpretive mime. Would you like to see it?
Nardwuar: Yes, please.
Oderus Urungus: [Silence, then
sounds of a beating/struggle] That was JonBenet.
Nardwuar: Are there any challengers
to Gwar at all, Oderus?
Oderus Urungus: Yes. Marilyn Manson
is obviously a very, very powerful force. Limp Bizkit and Slipknot and
Mudvayne. Oh my, yes. We’re in awe of their power.
Nardwuar: Are you mad about the song
“Gwar, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Gwar!”
Oderus Urungus: [sings] “Gwar! What
is it good for, absolutely nothing!” … and that’s fine with me!
Nardwuar: DOA sang that and also
from Vancouver, Skinny Puppy, Skinny Puppy!
Oderus Urungus: You are the most
annoying human I’ve ever met! [Oderus then grabs Nardwuar by the neck]
Nardwuar: Thank you, Oderus, thank
you, I appreciate that. Now, what was it like playing with Thor tonight?
Oderus Urungus: Thor is a little
heavier than he used to be, but very, very, fun, funny… but he should get rid
of the chick.
Nardwuar: Oderus, golf. What are the
perks of being in Gwar? You play celebrity golf with Tommy Lee?
Oderus Urungus: Aren’t you
interviewing any of them? [Points to other bandmates]
Nardwuar: Well, okay, tell me which
one I should talk to?
Oderus Urungus: No, shut up. Just
interview me, I’m the funny one.
Nardwuar: Now tell me about playing
golf with Tommy Lee.
Oderus Urungus: I didn’t play golf
with Tommy Lee. He wouldn’t get in the same party with me. He wouldn’t ride
around in a golf cart. But I did go to his house and we went to the hot tub,
and drowned a child.
Nardwuar: Oderus, please tell me
about the rest of Gwar, the role-playing game. I wanna play with Gwar. Is there
a role-playing game?
Oderus Urungus: No. There’s no
role-playing game, or is there? I don’t know. Look at those guys over there
looking at me like I’m crazy. There’s games, there’s products, there’s
merchandise. Be assured we sell millions of them and we never see a fucking
penny. I’m paid in crack.
Nardwuar: Were you a spokesman for CircuitCity, Mr. Oderus of Gwar?
Oderus Urungus: Yes, yes. There’s no level to the degree
of prostitution I will whore myself out to in order to continue my existence as
a fucked-up drunken piece of shit.
Nardwuar: Oderus of Gwar, did Disney
fake the moon landing? Did they fake the moon landing?
Oderus Urungus: It’s a fake. There
isn’t even a moon! Everyone knows it’s made out of cheese.
Nardwuar: Oderus, why did you sink
Atlantis? Why innocent people?
Oderus Urungus: Because I needed to
usher in the era of the railroad.
Nardwuar: What exactly does the
future hold for Gwar? What does the future hold?
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