Bloodhound Gang in-the-news

Bloodhound Gang brings humor to town

May 5, 2000Jane Ratcliffe
The Village Voice

'Who would have thought five stupid guys could get this far," says Lupus Thunder, guitarist and founding member of the morals-rattling Bloodhound Gang.

He's referring, of course, to his band's extraordinary success from heavy rotation on MTV to the top 20 on the U.S. charts, and forget about how much the Europeans love them.

But he's not the only one ruminating about the success of the Gang, which plays Sunday at Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac. With lyrics that manage to irritate just about everybody, just about everybody seems to be irritated.

The band first came to the public's attention in 1996 with the deadpan single "Fire, Water, Burn," which became the most requested song in the country. Part metal, part hip-hop, part fratboy humor, the guys managed to turn their potty-mouths into something that people would pay money to hear.

Their latest album is Hooray for Boobies. (The CD cover offers a vast array of these aforementioned body parts.) And celebrate boobies, these boys do. But they also show a keen affection for all parts of a woman's body as evidenced by the song lead singer Jimmy Pop wrote about his ex-girlfriend, "Three Point One Four."

There's also mention of lesbians, Toxic Shock syndrome and a love letter of sorts to porn star Chasey Lain. And that's just for starters. But these boys claim they're just having fun. "I grew up with the whole Truly Tasteless Joke thing," Thunder explains, sounding more like a kid showing his best friend's parents around the school dorm then a player in one of today's more misunderstood bands.

"It you look at our lyrics, that's where a lot of them come from. Jim will find a funny joke and then turn it into a lyric. As we were growing up, PC really wasn't invented yet. Then PC came along and changed the world -- unfortunately, I think, for the worse."

All this insult and injury is set to some pretty catchy tunes. So much so that you find yourself walking down the street endlessly singing lyrics you're not sure you're really comfortable with. Take for instance, "A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When the Stripper Is Crying" -- the story of a trucker who hooks up with a lap dancer who turns tricks to feed her baby. Is there any truth to this twisted tale?

"He (Jimmy) went to a strip bar," Thunder verifies. "The stripper starts dancing for him. She starts talking about her life, she's from Russia, her grandmother just died, she hasn't been back to Russia, tears are welling up in her eyes. Of course, Jim wasn't really driving a truck down the street and all that. The actual crying part, that's true."

How does the band feel about all the hoopla over its lyrics?

"We make fun of everybody, including ourselves: white people, males. And everybody misses all that 'cuz they only see what's bad for them," says Thunder. "It makes it kind of silly to me."

Caption: Bloodhound Gang, which gets heavy rotatation on MTV, will appear Sunday at Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac.