The Bloodhound Gang’s fourth and most-successful album Hooray for Boobies and its 2005 follow-up Hefty Five, which is the band’s last release, prove these guys have one-track minds. This week, the punk rockers bring their greatest hits Fire Water Burn, the porn star dedicated The Ballad of Chasey Lain and the innuendo-laden The Bad Touch to Kyiv for the second time. What’s On gets a little down and dirty first with bassist “Evil” Jared Hasselhoff as he says band frontman Jimmy Pop is “too busy Googling for Carly Rae Jepsen (a Canadian singer) nip slips”, before Pop abandons his internet search to answer a question. Oh and lead guitarist DJ Lupus Thunder chips in for a bit as well.
Straight to the point. It’s been eight years since your last album. What were you doing?
To answer your question about the extended amount of time since the last album, in 2006, they invented this thing called “YouPorn”. Next thing you know, it’s whatever year this is.
We’ve heard of that website too; however it doesn’t distract us from work. Seriously, are you planning to release something new?
I’ve read Internet rumours that it will be called either Getting Laid on a School Bus, or Fishing for Hookers, both of which sound pretty stupid, though no stupider than the actual album titles we’ve gone with in the past. I can guarantee, however, that it won’t be called either one of those things...Unless it is.
Is there a particular release date at the moment?
I’m not exactly sure. When is the Hale-Bopp comet scheduled to make its next appearance?
Okay, enough about the album, or lack thereof. Tell me, how have you changed over the past two decades on stage?
When we started playing, the vast majority of our money was spent on alcohol, cocaine and LSD. These days it’s mostly spent on Viagra, Valtrex and Metamucil.
At the end of 90s, Bloodhound Gang was part of the rap-core wave, when such bands as Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and Linkin Park were at the peak of their popularity. Why, in your opinion, was this music so popular at that time?
Almost immediately following the peak of human civilisation and culture in the 80s, there was a collapse that led to the lowest point in civilisation in 1991. The release of our music was designed to coincide, specifically, with that point, since, if anything else decent was going on, our crap wouldn’t have stood a chance.
Do you have any old hits, which you don’t perform in your shows? And if so, why?
You make very liberal use of the term “hits”.
In a couple of interviews, Jimmy has said he’s a Depeche Mode fan. But your sounds are completely different.
Jimmy loves Depeche Mode. I personally would rather hear the sound of a drill twisting off one of my testicles.
That’s a charming mental picture...Moving on swiftly, tell us who’s in charge of the band and does Jimmy, as the only member from the original 1992 line-up, determine the further development of the band?
You’re taking quite a leap in assuming that there will be any further development with this band.
At this point Pop cuts in so we ask him who is responsible for witty lyrics funny phrases and play on words.
They are all different. The one that got banned was the bass player’s (Hasselhoff’s). I just email him back and forth when we write, things like – “what looks like a vagina?” He’ll reply “a wallet. A ham wallet.”
You guys are controversial. Are there people who complain about your music? What was the most ridiculous complaint you’ve ever received?
(Thunder takes up the reigns) Someone will always find something offensive, but very rarely do I hear about it. The worst case we ever had was in Ft Lauderdale. Florida when we were touring for Use Your Fingers. Right before we went on, Jimmy Pop spotted a guy in a wheelchair in the crowd. At the time we were playing a song from Use Your Fingers called She Ain’t Got No Legs (a love song about Jimmy’s love for this girl in a wheelchair) in the set. The song has all sorts of bad jokes and innuendo about this girl in the wheelchair. In the middle of the song, the guy wheels his chair up to the edge of the stage...we all looked at each other, figuring we were about to hear this guy’s PC-wrath. Instead he started hi-fiving us and giving us the thumbs-up...it was weird. He kept yelling, “You guys rock!” and “You’re awesome!” We talked to him after the show and he said he just liked our sense of humour, and even though he was (excluding the fact that he was male) the butt of the joke in the song, he knew we were just poking fun and taking a light-hearted look at it.
Alright, one final question. Tell us about your upcoming shows in Kyiv and Odesa?
(Hasselhoff returns) It’s the sort of juvenile garbage that will make you wish they would resurrect the Iron Curtain to keep western idiots like us out of your country. Incidentally, I made a mistake back at the beginning. Jimmy wasn’t Googling for Carly Rae Jepsen nip slips, it was that other Canadian. What’s his name? Oh yeah, Justin Bieber.
Bloodhound Gang (US, rock, punk)
Green Theatre (Parkova Doroha 2)
30 July at 20.00
Tickets: 300 –800hrv
by Vadym Mishkoriz