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Bloodhound Gang in-the-news

Naughty 'Touch' keeps censors and fans alert

April 17, 2000Tim Engle
Kansas City Star

It takes skill to work FedEx, Waffle House hash browns and Lyle Lovett into a song about sex, but the Bloodhound Gang is up to the task.

The rock-rappers are yet another boy band (albeit the NC-17 version) with a hit record. The chorus for which they're known:

You and me, baby, ain't nothin' but mammals, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel ...

The tune could be "this year's biggest guilty-pleasure novelty hit so far," Spin Magazine Online declared. Earlier this month the Bloodhounds showed up on Jay Leno to perform "The Bad Touch" (the song's actual title) in its entirety.

It's not always that way on the radio. Casey Kasem's countdown show, for instance, cuts a couple of extra-raunchy lines from "Bad Touch."

The song appears on the CD "Hooray for Boobies," which is not, as you've gathered, a tribute to the seafowl of the same name. In Wal- Mart stores the "edited" CD is simply titled "Hooray." Cover image: a cow's udder.

The album comes by its parental advisory honestly. One song is about a specific sex act; another is a lust letter to a female porn star.

Still, there's kind of a wink-wink, aren't-we-naughty sensibility at work. In the liner notes every song includes a credit for "explicit lyrics."

Pop-culture references abound. Loser anthem "Mope" works in mentions of Cold-Eeze, Mayor McCheese and the Weather Channel - as well as a sample of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" (another song about sex).

The Bloodhound Gang plays Liberty Hall in Lawrence on May 10.

[Illustration]Caption: The Bloodhound Gang ... one-track minds; Photo: (color); Credit: Republic/Geffen Records