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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Kyiv Culture

Sniffing Out the Bloodhound Gang

With songs infused with smirking non-PC naughtiness the Bloodhound Gang mix hip-hop, heavy metal, alt-pop and potty humour into an infectious and witty hybrid, although not without controversy. However, their inability to take anything seriously has deflected critics, and 22 years since formation, the band still probes the most important topic in their lives sex. Where scientists write theses on the subject, the Bloodhound Gangs, ahem, earthy delivery makes them way more accessible.

 The Bloodhound Gangs fourth and most-successful album Hooray for Boobies and its 2005 follow-up Hefty Five, which is the bands 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. Whats 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. Its 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, its whatever year this is.

Weve heard of that website too; however it doesnt distract us from work. Seriously, are you planning to release something new?
Ive 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 weve gone with in the past. I can guarantee, however, that it wont be called either one of those things...Unless it is.

Is there a particular release date at the moment?
Im 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 its 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 wouldnt have stood a chance.

Do you have any old hits, which you dont 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 hes 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.

Thats a charming mental picture...Moving on swiftly, tell us whos 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?
Youre 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 players (Hasselhoffs). I just email him back and forth when we write, things like what looks like a vagina? Hell reply a wallet. A ham wallet.

You guys are controversial. Are there people who complain about your music? What was the most ridiculous complaint youve 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 Aint Got No Legs (a love song about Jimmys 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 guys PC-wrath. Instead he started hi-fiving us and giving us the thumbs-up...it was weird. He kept yelling, You guys rock! and Youre 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) Its 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 wasnt Googling for Carly Rae Jepsen nip slips, it was that other Canadian. Whats 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

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    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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