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Bloodhound Gang will revel in raunch on satellite radio

May 13, 2006Ryan Cormier

Think "Jackass" meets shock radio.

That's what's on tap tonight when The Bloodhound Gang, based in King of Prussia, Pa., take over the airwaves on Sirius satellite radio's channel 101, nicknamed Howard 101 after the company's biggest name, Howard Stern.

For the second time in as many months, the poop-joke rockers known for their tongue-in-cheek songs ("The Bad Touch," "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo," "Fire Water Burn") will unleash their uncensored "Bloodhound Gang Radio Show" on Sirius subscribers.

The band, led by singer Jimmy Pop, made its satellite debut in March after auditioning for Stern on his show.

As expected, the uncensored atmosphere lends the show a the-parents-are-away-and-high-schoolers-are-running-wild feel.

Their audition, like their music, was chockful of sexual and scatological humor.

Even before they opened their mouths, the names of some of their albums, "Use Your Fingers" and "Dingle-berry Haze" gave fans a good idea of what to expect: strains of "Jackass" and "Viva La Bam," but on the radio.

And that's not by mistake. The band members are friends with crews from both shows, often spending time in West Chester, Pa., with Bam Margera and Co.

"They're fun to hang out with because they have a license to be stupid," Pop says.

Since Margera has a studio in his home, where he records his radio show for Sirius, Pop says he hopes the band will be able to do future shows live from West Chester, saving them a drive to New York.

Even though they frequent West Chester, it's rare for them to cross the state line into Delaware, Pop says. Although he does remember playing in Delaware in the mid-'90s when the group was just starting out: "We played a few small bars there that no one was at."

On their Sirius show, Pop will be joined by bandmates Evil Jared Hasselhoff and DJ Q-Ball. They also have an announcer -- a "mentally slow" man known as "Mark the Bagger."

Pop says they met Mark, a short man with a " 'Magnum P.I.' moustache" and a funny voice just made for radio, at a bar in their hometown a few years ago and became friends.

Mark's popular appearances on the Stern show led to his enshrining as a fixture on the show -- the crew regularly plays audio clips of his voice. He works bagging groceries at an Acme near King of Prussia.

On Wednesday, Stern spoke about Mark on his show, saying, "I wish I could have that kid on every day."

Even if their radio careers come to an end tonight, they still have their music. The Bloodhound Gang's latest album, "Hefty Fine," was released by Geffen last year.

It included songs like "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo," a song filled with double entendres, "Ralph Wiggum," a song written with only sayings from the Ralph Wiggum character on "The Simpsons," and "Pennsylvania," a song celebrating the state where they are from, which ends with Pop singing, "Do you even know what a Wawa is, girl?"

And even though they are one with their native land, they have found their biggest commercial success overseas, in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Although Pop and the band still can't put their finger on the reason why, they tour there often. So if their radio show becomes a regular gig, they'd have to work around their schedule. Pop says they're in talks with Sirius about expanding the show or taking a crew on tour with them to Europe.

During their March debut, everyone in the studio was drinking malt liquor and Jägermeister, leading to some very un-radio-like moments.

Pop says they plan on remaining sober tonight, since this show will be promoted, unlike their debut.

"That was probably a good thing," he says. "It let us work out the kinks."

For tonight's show, he says they might play some of the bad (and unintentionally funny) demos they have received from bands or even a song by a friend who is recording an entire album with his miniature pinscher. "He just records his dog yelping," Pop says.

Even though that segment might be G-rated, there will surely be plenty of R-rated talk and/or activity.

In March, the Gang was told the only rule they had to follow was to not do anything illegal in Sirius' studio.

Unfortunately, one of the ideas they had been kicking around was having guests take illegal mind-altering substances and then play the game "Operation."

That hasn't happened ... yet.