In a recent interview with the Broward Palm Beach New Times, GWAR frontman David Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus) was asked about the fact that GWAR isn’t regarded as “shocking” as the band used to be.
“A lot of bands have tried to do what GWAR does,” Brockie said “But no band has ever taken it as far as GWAR has. No one has ever out-sicked us.
“You think these Walmart behemoths of the music industry like Marilyn Manson or Rob Zombie are really scary people? That they have any kind of revolutionary agenda? All they care about is making money, and hanging out with their director buddies as they throw gala award ceremonies to circle jerk each other into a frenzy. GWAR is where GWAR should be: In the drawer marked filth.”
He continued, “There would not be SLIPKNOT without GWAR. I have a direct quote from Rob Zombie about GWAR when he was figuring out what he wanted to do with his career. They asked him, ‘Hey what do you think of them?’ and he said, ‘The first time I saw GWAR, I thought ‘I want to be that, but I want to make money.” That, to me, says a lot about Rob Zombie as an artist. It says that he isn’t one.
“I give Manson a little more credit. He has a strand of pure obnoxiousness in him. I heard a story, some girl tried to get his signature and he hocked a huge bloody loogie. ‘There’s my signature.’
“Rob Zombie is a tired, G-Rated mishmash of other people’s styles.
“When I see SLIPKNOT I see lots of pentagrams and cow skulls. Really familiar imagery. What I do like about SLIPKNOT is their music. Their drummer is fucking amazing. But when I get to Marilyn Manson, he’s a little harder to peg. A little Alice Cooper, a little Bowie, a little Johnny Rotten.
“GWAR has done similar things. We’ve borrowed liberally from other shit. But no one has gone further than GWAR has gone.”