Gwar’s Oderus Urungus Gets ‘Cool Gig’ on FOX News
"It's really weird, all of a sudden Oderus has been showing up in all these weird places," Dave Brockie, the man behind the rubber-suited Oderus Urungus, tells Noisecreep. "We're developing him as a TV personality in his own right."
This week Brockie traveled to Las Vegas to do an onsite report from the World Series of Poker tournament for the news-spoofing 'Red Eye.' Who better to comment on news items and events than a blood-lusting, sexually perverted, extra terrestrial with one hell of a bad attitude?
"People expect him to say outrageous things and act like a maniac. But, really, what gets people is when he's reasonable, articulate, and intelligent, and you actually agree with what he's saying. But, then, in a blink of an eye he turns back into a slobbering maniac."
Mmmm, reasonable? We must have missed that part. During his first two appearances, Oderus badmouthed illegal downloading, Spaceport America, and NASA bombing the moon, keeping it slightly cleaner for broadcast than he might otherwise do.
"That's the great thing about being Oderus. It's like the 800-pound gorilla. Where does the 800-pound gorilla weigh in on Michael Jackson's death?" asks Brockie. "Anywhere he wants to!"
Gwar, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, releases its eleventh album, 'Lust In Space,' August 18. What do his fellow intergalactic scumdogs in Gwar think of Oderus grabbing the spotlight?
"That's what a lead singer is supposed to do. It's ridiculous if your lead singer is a mousey type, who doesn't get any cool gigs. I would fire that lead singer immediately," he snaps.
"I'm one of the biggest, loud-mouthed people you'd ever wish to meet," admits Brockie – oh, there's that reasonable thing. "The band would get mad if I wasn't doing stuff like this."