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Bloodhound Gang

March 19, 1997Evan Zelig

Following two absolutely amazing opening sets by 22 Jacks and the Weezer-like group Nerf Herder, the Bloodhound Gang, straight out of Philadelphia, took Los Angeles and The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip by storm!

Upon arriving at The Roxy, I found out that yet another show by the Bloodhound Gang was completely sold out. There was a line down the block of kids and adults alike waiting to enter the Roxy for an evening of amazing music, and terrific comedy.

After the crowd was in The Roxy and following the end of Nerf Herder's set, the audience began to push their way to the front of the stage with some people chanting "Tah rah tah rah tah rah boom dee a," a line from a favorite Bloodhound Gang song, "Boom." Then, after being introduced by KROQ 106.7 FM on-air personality Big Tad (or as he introduced himself as, the Notorious T.A.D.) and Puck from MTV's The Real World, DJ Q-Ball walked up onto the stage and started the turntables moving. As the audiences cheers and screams got louder, the main theme from Star Wars began to pound out from the stage. Following this, DJ Q-ball began to spin old school rap favorites by rappers to the likes of Run DMC like "You Be Illin'." The audience knew every word and sang along to the record. After about five minutes of DJ Q-ball working his magic on the wheels of steel, the crowds screams rose as Spanky G (drums), Evil Jared (bass), Lupus (lead guitar), and Jimmy Pop Ali (vocals) took the stage. What followed was an hour of music filled with intense energy from both the band and the audience.

Opening with "Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny," the first song from the Bloodhound Gang album One Fierce Beer Coaster (Geffen Records), Jimmy Pop Ali told the story of his talents when it comes to pleasuring his female partners. He must have told the story well because half way during this first song the lady next to me proceeded to remove her bra and toss it up on stage at the feet of Jimmy Pop.

The next song, "Your Only Friends Are Make Believe," was changed from the ballad-like style on the album to a fast paced guitar driven cut. This amazingly funny song talks about and makes fun of television personality Mr. Rogers and his annoying mailman Mr. McFeelie. Between the jokes that Lupus and Jimmy Pop told before the song, and the lyrics of the song, it made for an extremely funny part in the show.

Bloodhound Gang proceeded to also play their other songs from their One Fierce Beer Coaster album including "Lift Your Head Up High (And Blow Your Brains Out)" which had the audience's hands in the air pointing their fingers like guns, "I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks," "Why's Everybody Always Picking On Me," and their current single "Fire Water Burn" which had the entire crowd chanting "burn mother fucker burn" as loud as they possibly could. Bloodhound Gang also played a song called "Pretty When You're Drunk" which appears on their first album, Use Your Fingers.

"Fire Water Burn" was proceeded by one of the Bloodhound Gang's many cover songs of the evening, Weezer's "Sweater Song." The Bloodhound Gang played many cover songs from other bands and incorporated them into their songs. Jimmy Pop and the rest of the band played covers of "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran, a song by the Wu-Tang Clan, Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People," and "It's Tricky" by Run DMC (which also appears on the Bloodhound Gang album). During this cover all of the band except Spanky G left the stage, while Spanky G played a five minute drum solo while telling Lupus he was an idiot, calling Jimmy Pop a faggot, and telling Los Angeles that he loved us. All the while, the rest of the members of the Bloodhound Gang looked on from the side of the stage, laughing hysterically at the antics of Spanky G.

Another outstanding cover that the Bloodhound Gang did was towards the end of their set when Evil Jared, after removing his pull away pants and only wearing boxer shorts, soaked his head with water and began to dance around the stage singing Prodigy's hit techno/electronica song "Firestarter."

As the Bloodhound Gang's set came to it's end with the song "Going Nowhere Slow," members of the audience began to jump on the stage and eventually jump off of the stage onto the audience. One rowdy concert goer didn't want to leave the stage and as security attempted to remove him began to punch the security guards. After being taken to the stage floor and pinned down, he was released. Jimmy Pop Ali told the audience to catch the guy as he ran full speed out into the audience. Unfortunately, the audience was so captured by the music, they did not listen.

The Bloodhound Gang finished their hour long set and walked off the stage with members of the crowd, including myself, still cheering, sweaty, and wanting more of the music and antics of the band. Unfortunately, Bloodhound Gang was done for the evening and The Roxy Theatre slowly began to empty out - very slowly.

The Bloodhound Gang put on a top-rated performance on this stop of their North American tour. If you ever have a chance to see them in your town, please do. It will be money well spent, and a concert you are likely to remember for a long time. Either because your ears will be left ringing for days or because of the amazing comedy presence that the Bloodhound Gang has.