Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More

Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus of GWAR performs live
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GWAR performs during the Sounds of the Underground tour at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Friday, July 14, 2006.

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.

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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.

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In the 1990s, during the era of exploitive daytime talk shows, members of Gwar did sit-downs with Joan Rivers and Jerry Springer on their respective talk shows. Rivers gamely interviewed Urungus and Beefcake the Mighty, unable to contain her laughter when she admitted she thought the band looked like "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on LSD." The musicians were just as taken with Rivers, giving her a (fake) severed hand as a gift and complimenting her on her "razor sharp wit" after she got in a zinger at then-competitor Sally Jessy Raphael.

Fox News Channel features plenty of commentators with fiery opinions, but it's doubtful that anyone as colorful as Oderus Urungus will visit its set again. From July 2009 to September 2010, Urungus acted as "intergalactic correspondent" for the network's "Red Eye" satirical talk show, hosted by Greg Gutfeld. During his tenure, Urungus got the opportunity to heavily promote Gwar, along with discussing topics like style tips for low-level celebrities and the best place to watch a meteor shower. His welcome allegedly was worn out after right-wing conservatives complained about the band disemboweling an effigy of Sarah Palin onstage. Gutfeld told Billboard in a statement, "Dave was beyond smart — a consummate showman with a brutal sense of humor and a keen sense of the absurd. In a crazy world, the man behind Oderus Urungus was frightfully sane."