Dave Brockie, founder and frontman of satirical thrash band GWAR, was found dead in his Richmond, VA home yesterday, various media report. He was 50. The news was confirmed earlier today by GWAR’s manager.
GWAR formed in Richmond in 1984, and quickly gained infamy for their live performances, which combined gross-out theatrics, costumed stunts, and crass humor. The band is well known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.
Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, was the lead vocalist. He appeared as an intergalactic humanoid barbarian with devil horns and a meaty-looking face, and always carried around a long sword named “Unt Lick”. His only true companion was his Cuttle fish, though lost for a short period it has returned to its true resting place.
Oderus Urungus is the only character to have existed in every incarnation of Gwar, having started as a guitar player, then moving to bass, and finally the vocals.
Like all of the Gwar characters, Oderus underwent several design changes since his inception. He first started out as a relatively normal-looking character with a papier-mâché helmet with spikes that appeared to be made out of aluminum foil. This eventually progressed into a rubber wig. In the late 1980s Brockie, along with Chuck Varga, created the now-famous original design mask.