Bloodhound Gang in-the-news

Wacky Gang court trouble

December 1, 2005Simon Collins
The West Australian (Perth)

The Bloodhound Gang's fourth album isn't called Hefty Fine because of the tubby nude bloke on the cover. Nope, it's because the wild and wacky Pennsylvanian outfit rack up some serious bills.

As a "tired and emotional" Evil Jared Hasselhoff explains from his home late one night, the financial damage is not because of their crazy antics, more the writ-happy nature of their American fans.

"I'd say over the course of the last tour, we lost $US1.5 million ($2 million) in lawsuits," he says. "I'm talkin' "bout real money too, not that crap you guys spend down there.

"Any time anybody got hurt at one of our shows, they would sue us. There would be people getting jumped on in the moshpit and then suing us. Walking past when we were playing at a festival - suing us. Getting beat up in the parking lot - suing us.

"I can understand if we went out and actually hurt somebody. Fair enough, sue us. If I punch someone in the face, go ahead and sue me. If I jump off the stage and land on you and break your neck, go ahead and sue me. But to have someone else jump off the stage and land on you and sue us because you're watching us, that's kinda like watching TV and falling off the couch and suing Sony."

The legal dramas have resulted in the Bloodhound Gang paying $US50,000 a year in insurance. "Every normal band," says Hasselhoff, "Nickelback, Reef or AC/DC pays about $US5000 and we're paying 10 times that."

Sounds like the Bloodhound Gang need a better lawyer - or another hit single. Their latest offering is unlikely to follow such modern classics as Fire Water Burn and The Bad Touch. Entitled Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo, it's already been banned by most US radio stations. Hefty Fine came out five years after the delightfully titled Hooray for Boobies because - as Hasselhoff reveals - the band fell apart during an 18-month-long tour.

"We hated each other," he says. "I didn't want to see those arseholes at all. We lived on these buses that were like 40 foot (12m) long hallways and you just can't get away from each other.

"I understand bands that start out as best friends at the beginning of the tour loathe each other by the end of it. But we didn't even like each other to begin with. We were in big trouble by the time it was over. After two years, we ran out of money so we were like "How ya goin', mate?' and started talking to each other. It didn't take five years to make the album. It only took like two years to make the album but it took three years to tour and fight with each other."

But absence made the heart grow fonder? "Absence makes the wallet grow emptier," Hasselhoff laughs. "That's more accurate."