- courtesy of interscope records
Jimmy fronts one of the seediest,
most sordid collection of '80s TV fanatics on the planet: Lupus, the one-armed,
no-legged axman (actually, he's got all his limbs, but you'd never know
it by his playing); bassman Evil Jared and drummer Spanky G, supplying
rhythm by slapping their various appendages against strings and skins in
pure un-synchronicity; and DJ Q-Ball, who has a cool name, two turntables
and no clue how to use either properly. It takes Jimmy's complete inability
to organize sound and his hopeless attempts at lyrics to make Bloodhound
Gang the funniest messed-up thing on the market.
thoroughly on his vast repository of "too much TV" knowledge, Jimmy leads
the Gang on their 12-song Beer Coaster like a guy who really misses the
lame '80s. He waxes poetic with the help of such diverse cultural references
as Boss Hogg, Pavlov's dog, 2000 flushes, Al Pacino's nose, Seafood Shanty,
Kleenex, Malcolm X, Stryper, the chick from M*A*S*H*, Judas Priest backwards-tracking,
Han Solo and Chewie, Barry White and Frank Black, and anti-Christ Emanuel
Lewis (and that's just the first three songs). His bandmates supply music
that is diverse, to say the least. Sampling and live instruments combine
to create elevator music on one track, punk rock on another, quasi-children's
tuneage here, absolute phat hip-hop there, and so on.
started playing as a joke," says Jimmy. "We were a Depeche Mode cover band.
The guys from God Lives Underwater - they're real artsy and kind of know
what they're doing - taught us how to use MIDI equipment. Basically, they
showed us how to use the samplers, and we showed them how to light their
own farts. That was the trade."
That was in '93. The band produced
a couple of demos, which eventually led to the 1994 EP Dingleberry Haze
(Cheese Factory) and 1995's Use Your Fingers (Columbia).
the release of Use Your Fingers, the original Bloodhound Gang disbanded,
leaving Jimmy and Lupus, who'd manned the "wheels of steel" on Fingers,
alone to meet tour obligations. So in the fall of 1995 Jimmy called on
Evil Jared, a friend from Temple University, to play bass. After the tour,
Jimmy and Jared continued to play together, Jared eventually bringing in
Spanky G, his colleague in Vaginal Blood Farts, to play drums with the
resurgent Bloodhound Gang. Lupus agreed to play guitar for the band's new
incarnation. DJ Q-Ball joined the crew after being recommended by his cousin,
who happened to take the Gang's passport photos prior to a festival gig
Use Your Fingers was a rap album,
"almost all samples," according to Jimmy. He says One Fierce Beer Coaster
is the band's first album to feature live instruments. The Gang worked
with engineer/digital editor/mixer Rich Gavalis on the album from mid-February
to mid-April 1996 at Royersford, Penn.'s subterranean Dome Sound studios.
"I had Q-Ball, Spanky and Jared lay down their parts," says Jimmy, "and
then Lupus and I worked on the record for two months. When I was recording
lyrics, Lupus was making our dinner. When he was recording his guitar tracks,
I was looking at nudie pictures on the Internet. Actually, poop pictures."
Fierce Beer Coaster was released on Republic Records in September 1996.
It came to the attention of Geffen Records A&R reps Wendy Goldstein
and Cali DeWitt, suspects Jimmy, because of its super-ugly cover art. Around
that time, DJ Larry Mack, of Tempe, Ariz., station KUPD, spun the cut "Fire
Water Burn." Seattle modern rock station KNDD followed suit and immediately
got healthy phone requests for the track. It later went to No. 1 on the
"Furious Five at Nine" at Los Angeles station KROQ. By then "Fire Water
Burn" was bum-rushing radio playlists all over the country, and Geffen
had signed the band, working out an agreement with Republic to re-release
One Fierce Beer Coaster (minus a hidden track and the not-for-everyone
love song "Yellow Fever," which Jimmy says will appear as a 7-inch). The
Geffen disc bowed Dec. 3, 1996.
for Bloodhound Gang's live act, Jimmy says: "We throw darts at Jared's
back onstage. Then he'll drink two big Slushees and throw 'em up and drink
'em again. Then we'll play another song and he throws 'em up and drinks
'em again. He's eaten mice and snakes and rats onstage, and finches and
goldfish." The band - who've played with Garbage, the Presidents of the
United States of America, Ash, Naughty by Nature, Skee-Lo, Korn, the Pharcyde,
the Wallflowers and Stabbing Westward, to name a few - expect to tour widely
come 1997 and, if Jimmy has his way, release another album.
But even more important than Bloodhound
Gang's mission to bring the entertainment is their
sworn oath to offend all. Jimmy
- who names The Howard Stern Show as a key influence - explains, "We try
to hurt everyone's feelings; it makes us feel better about ourselves."