Gwar was never meant for the mainstream. Since founding the band in 1984, singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was on an unrepentant mission to be as outrageous and socially unacceptable as possible. Costumes of oversized battle armor, offensive lyrics and brutal music were his weapons, and the stage was his true arena, where he baptized eager crowds with fake blood and disemboweled effigies of politicians and celebrities like Justin Bieber.
Gwar never had a radio hit, but like any creative force in the underground, it couldn't stay completely hidden from view. The news coverage attracted by Brockie's passing — major outlets like Time, USA Today, NPR and the Chicago Tribune are covering his death — sadly verify what many veteran fans knew all along: Gwar was a force to be reckoned with. Billboard reflects on five instances where the band and polite society collided, with hilarious results.