Bloodhound Gang is a Collegeville, Pennsylvania-based American rock band, beginning as a rap group but gradually changing its genre throughout the years. Their songs typically have humorous and off-beat, satirical lyrics that often deal with sexual subjects and contain many puns and innuendos.
They are best known for their hit singles "Fire Water Burn", "The Bad Touch" and "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo". Formed in 1991, Bloodhound Gang has sold more than 6 million albums.
Formation and early days
The Bloodhound Gang began as a small alternative band called Bang Chamber 8. It comprised Jimmy Pop and Daddy Long Legs, both graduates of Perkiomen Valley High School . They released an eponymous tape before changing their name to the Bloodhound Gang, a reference to "The Bloodhound Gang", a segment on the 1980s PBS kids' show 3-2-1 Contact that featured three young detectives solving mysteries and fighting crime.
Jimmy Pop and Jared Hasselhoff both attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Unable to book shows anywhere else, the Bloodhound Gang first performed an extra room at Evil Jared Hasselhoff's house, in exchange for Schlitz, Marlboros, and a chance to hand out their first demo tape, entitled Just Another Demo. When the floor caved in one night, they began performing every month at CBGBs in New York City. When asked about the band's tenure at the club, Jimmy Pop was quoted as saying, "I've seen cavemen with better clubs."
In April 1994, the band released their second demo tape, The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hitler's Handicapped Helpers. This resulted in a record deal with Cheese Factory Records.
In summer 1994, Jimmy Pop had a small role in the short independent film The Chick That Was Naked by independent filmmaker Kurt Fitzpatrick. Also, a song by the band was used on its soundtrack.
In November 1994, the Bloodhound Gang released their first EP, Dingleberry Haze.
Use Your Fingers
In March 1995 the Bloodhound Gang signed a record deal with Columbia Records. They released their first full-length album, titled Use Your Fingers. They began touring around the United States. At this time Daddy Long Legs and M.S.G., who were angry with Columbia Records, left the band to form another rap group, Wolfpac. Bass player Evil Jared Hasselhoff, drummer Spanky G and turntablist Tard-E-Tard joined the group as replacements. When the tour ended, the deal with Columbia Records was dropped and band members Skip O'Pot2Mus and Tard-E-Tard left to pursue a career outside of the music industry.
One Fierce Beer Coaster
In March 1996, the band, complete with a new line-up, recorded their second full-length album with Rich Gavalis a producer and owner of Dome Sound Studios, in Royersford, PA, local to Jimmy Pop. Lupus Thunder had recorded with Rich at the Dome with a former band, and introduced Jimmy Pop to Rich, who was the first studio in the PA area to embrace computer recording and could edit live instruments in ways other studios couldn't. This led to a relationship that followed through to their next record, Hooray for Boobies and the followup, Hefty Fine, and One Fierce Beer Coaster, first released on Cheese Factory Records (now Republic Records), and re-released on Geffen Records in late 1996. The original release, designed by Michael Calleia at Industrial Strength Design in New York City, had an actual beer coaster as part of the packaging. They embarked on their first "real tour" of the United States and Europe. This album contained "Fire Water Burn".
"Fire Water Burn" played a major role in the slow build of interest that ultimately led to the band's mainstream breakthrough. As the band could not previously afford national tours they promoted themselves by sending their music to radio stations across the country that fit the alternative rock format. One significant early radio breakthrough came when an intern at 107.7 The End in Seattle brought the band to the attention of the music director who, liking what he heard, played "Fire Water Burn" on his Friday night show. The feature prompted a flood of phone calls asking about the song and the band. The director passed the song onto his friend, the music director at KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, who then added it to her playlist. The snowball effect meant the band were overwhelmed with demands for their records that they struggled to meet. Record labels then started to call. According to manager Brett Alperowitz in an interview with HitQuarters, Madonna's label Maverick "really wanted to sign the band in the worst possible way, even to the point where I had to tell Madonna that I couldn’t put her on the phone with Jimmy Pop."
After a couple of years of doing shows, taking advantage of the Internet, spreading the word through retail and radio in every way the band and management could on an independent level, they began to experience major success.
Hooray for Boobies
On February 29, 2000, they released their third album, Hooray for Boobies. This album was recorded in California, where the band and their engineer, Rich Gavalis relocated. The album was recorded partially at an LA studio the band rented, and partially at Rich Gavalis's home in the "Valley". Powered by the hit single "The Bad Touch", they embarked on two more tours of Europe, where their popularity had increased dramatically ("The Bad Touch" and Hooray for Boobies reached No. 1 in Germany, where "Along Comes Mary" was also a Top 10 hit). They returned after selling over five million albums.
In 2003, the band released a DVD entitled One Fierce Beer Run, which chronicles their One Fierce Beer Coaster tour of 1997.
The band's album, Hefty Fine, was released on September 13, 2005. The title came about after Evil Jared Hasselhoff was fined during work on MTV's "Viva La Bam" (The Scavenger Hunt episode). Jared was fined $10,000, which Jimmy Pop allegedly had to pay (as discussed in the "Un-commentary" of the Viva La Bam DVDs). Jimmy has stated that Jared was arrested after attempting to urinate into a dixie cup that he (Jim) was holding, from the top of a parking lot. The CD's original title, Heavy Flow, was scrapped when it was noticed that fellow musician Moby had a song with the same name. The first single, "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo", gained heavy rotation on music video channels. Although the track "No Hard Feelings" recently broke into the Modern Rock Top 50, their second single "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss" (which is featured in a Blaupunkt, a BGL Grand Wizard ad) has started radio circulation with a music video airing limitedly on a few music channels. Other songs from the new album are part of a campaign by the Bloodhound Gang to change the Pennsylvania state anthem to their appropriately titled "Pennsylvania" (which is often incorrectly believed to be titled "Do You Even Know What a Wawa Is?", from that song's last stanza), as well as "Something Diabolical" featuring HIM's Ville Valo.
Fifth studio album
In October 2008, Lupus Thunder quit the band; this was announced on a blog on the band's MySpace by bassist Evil Jared. Daniel P. Carter from A has been confirmed as the new lead guitarist. Carter has since stylized his name as Denial P. Cartier when performing with the band.
Jimmy Pop announced during a radio interview in Boston that the band was working on a new album that would feature around 10 to 12 songs. Many news agencies reported that the name of the album would be called Getting Laid on a School Bus with a now likely release date of 2012. On December 4, 2011, Jimmy Pop announced that he "just narrowed 25-30 demos down to 10-12 to finish".
In late 2010, the band released a new song called "Altogether Ooky". On November 15, DJ Q-Ball mentioned on his Facebook profile page that the band is headed to Berlin to shoot a music video for the song, which will also be included on a greatest hits compilation album. The band's greatest hits album Show Us Your Hits was released on December 21, featuring their new songs called "Altogether Ooky" and "Disco Pogo" alongside the band's older hits.
In an interview in 2011 Evil Jared stated that the new album would be released in either 2012 or 2013. Q-Ball also mentioned on his Twitter that signs point to either late 2012 or early 2013 and that the album was moving along very nicely as well as that it was their best album up to date. Jimmy Pop has clarified that all the music has been recorded and that it "only needs some words".
Geffen Records refused to release the song "Yellow Fever" because of its graphic lyrical content about Asian women. Examples of the lyrics from "Yellow Fever" include "like an oriental rug 'cause I lay her where I please, then I blindfold her with dental floss and get on my knees" and "Oh me Chinky, she's so kinky, got me hot like Nagasaki, burnin' up like napalm burstin' like an a-bomb." In response, Jimmy Pop told Yahoo! Launch that the Gang's lyrical matter of the song was not intended to be taken seriously.
"I think on the first record there's stuff that [offended people]… Really we're not trying to shock anybody, we're just saying things that we laugh at," he explained. "That was always the idea. The same things that we talk about on the bus are the same things we put on our records. On the first record we had lyrics like, 'There's little children unattended, let me get some poison candy,' which to me, that isn't very good."
The band arrived in the middle of a media storm mid-2006 when they started using a "golden shower" act onstage during a rendition of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" at Rock Am Ring and Pinkpop.