"Like my scrotum, here it is in a nutshell!"
Formed in 1991 in Pennsylvania, the Bloodhound Gang are a rap/metal group; although they originally began doing hip-hop, they evolved into a more traditional rock band format while still retaining a DJ. Their style tends to be a little all-over-the-map as a result, but it's tied together by their lyrics. Usually considered more of a comedy band than anything, the Bloodhound Gang specialize in off-color humor, dick jokes and many, many, many puns.Discography includes:
- Dingleberry Haze (1994)
- Use Your Fingers (1995)
- One Fierce Beer Coaster (1996)
- Hooray For Boobies (2000)
- Hefty Fine (2005)
- Hard-Off (2015)
The Bloodhound Gang shows examples of:
- Album Title Drop: The hidden track from Hooray For Boobies sees two opera singers do just that (in between attacks of hysterical laughter).
- Alternative Hip Hop: Much of the early material, as well as pretty much any of their songs that contains rapping without a rock or dance instrumental.
- Anti-Love Song: "No Hard Feelings" is pretty cold.
- Ballad of X: "The Ballad of Chasey Lain".
- Boastful Rap: "The Inevitable Return Of The Great White Dope" is a great example of Jimmy Pop's unique talents in this field.
- Completely averted in many, many of their self-deprecating songs.
- Brainless Beauty: This bit from "I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks":Cause 'super model' means voluptuous but is also is synonymous with 'Super dumb'
- "She was hotter than the sun, but she just wasn't that bright" from "Three Point One Four".
- Brick Joke: "I Hope You Die" gets a great one in.I hope you flip some guy the bird
He cuts you off and you're forced to swerve
In front of the Beatles' tour bus,
A Bookmobile and a Mack truck...
And when you finally regain consciousness
- It goes downhill from there. And sure enough, in the last verse...
You're bound and gagged in a wedding dress
And the prison guard looks the other way —
Cause he's the guy you flipped the bird the other day
- The Cameo: "Rip Taylor Is God" is simply an opening monologue by Rip Taylor himself, cracking corny jokes and admitting he was paid to be there.
- "R.S.V.P." comes right after "The Ballad Of Chasey Lain", where Chasey herself offers a rebuttal to the propositions in the previous song.
- Censored Title: Hooray for Boobies had the censored version Hooray, where the cover was reduced to only one image of the tit-related montage (a cow's udders).
- Contemptible Cover: Hefty Fine, which has a naked obese man.
- And for the follow-up, Hard-Off, the female version.
- Country Matters: "3.14"
- Cover Version: They revived Run–D.M.C.'s "It's Tricky" for the rap-metal era.
- They also did a punk rock version of "Along Comes Mary" by The Association.
- And they vastly improved "Weekend" by Scooter.
- They also covered the theme song for Kids Incorporated in a punk rock theme on Use Your Fingers, the same album that saw a similar rendition of Kim Wilde's "Kids In America."
- Deadpan Snarker: Jimmy Pop, who barely changes his tone while snarking at anything, including himself.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The video for "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo". All over the place.
- Double Entendre: Some of their lyrics may as well be single entendres.
- Do You Want to Copulate?: "The Bad Touch" has this as its main premise. As they both are mammals, the absolute logical thing to do is getting it on ("So show me yours I'll show you mine 'Tool Time', you'll love it just like Lyle and then we'll do it doggie style so we can both watch X-Files"). Always remember that "we call this the act of mating, but there are several other very important differences between human beings and animals that you should know about""You and me baby ain't nothin' but mammalsSo let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel."
- Driven to Suicide: Never mind hiding the message, they flat-out encourage you to kill yourself in "Lift Your Head Up High And Blow Your Brains Out".
- Early Installment Weirdness: Their demos and first album featured two vocalists (Jimmy Pop along with Daddy Long Legs). Also most of their backup music was sample based rather than performed by a live band.
- Fag Hag: "I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks"But if I was a queerbee in the fashion industry
Scoring with a super model would be easy
Ya see I'd be a good listener so she'd treat me like a sister and soon I'd become
That trusted friend that cares that rubs her back and braids her hair
No, it wouldn't be a week before I'm in her underwear!
- Filk Song: "All Your Friends Are Make Believe" pays a visit to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with a verbal thrashing of mailman Mr. Mcfeely.
- Genre Roulette: Rock, hip-hop, EDM, classical and punk with a hint of Toilet Humor (and by a hint, we mean a lot).
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" was played on the radio pretty regularly for a while.
- Greatest Hits Album: Show Us Your Hits, the cover of which (in typical Bloodhound Gang fashion) has a woman in the process of taking her top off. (she finishes off in the booklet's back cover, and it unfolds into a topless poster of her)
- Heteronormative Crusader: "My Dad Says That's For Pussies"
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo".
- Hurricane of Puns: Any of their songs ("Times New Roman, you know the type!").
- Insane Troll Logic: "I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks" again.
- Intercourse with You: Their dance songs are infamous for this, notably "The Bad Touch." "3.14" includes the immortal line "You know what I really want in a girl? Me."
- Joisey: They are not fans.
- List Song: "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo"
- Listing Cities: "Going Nowhere Slow," until the addendum: "But nowhere in New Jersey, that's the only place we won't go!"
- Loony Fan: "The Ballad of Chasey Lain", about a fan of said porn star which eventually kidnaps her as she doesn't reply his letter.
- Madness Mantra: "THE DRUMMER FROM DEF LEPPARD'S ONLY GOT ONE ARM!!" is screamed several times on "Why's Everybody Always Picking On Me?" It's as weird as it sounds.
- Motor Mouth: Jimmy Pop is capable of some serious tongue-twisters.
- Parody: "A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When the Stripper Is Crying" is a parody of the narratives usually found in Red Sovine's "trucker songs".
- Prison Rape / Black Comedy Rape: From "I Hope You Die":I hope he grins like Jack Nicholson
And forces you to play a game called "Balls On Chin"
And whatever happens next is all a blur
But you remember "fist" can be a verb...
- Rearrange the Song: "The Roof Is On Fire" by Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three gets reworked into a guitar ballad called "Fire Water Burn".
- Refuge in Audacity: And how!
- Sampling: These guys make extensive use of samples, and their debut album was almost entirely made up of them.
- Self-Deprecation"Yeah, well, I sing like an amputee, though."
"Cuz... can't hold a note. Can't carry a tune."
- Nearly every song has some insulting reference to Jimmy Pop, or the narrator of the song.
- The first verse of "Fire Water Burn" opens with "Hello my name is Jimmy Pop and I'm a dumb white guy".
- The back cover of Use Your Fingers has the credit "Produced by Jimmy Pop and Daddy Long Legs (because we couldn't afford a real producer)".
- Nearly every song has some insulting reference to Jimmy Pop, or the narrator of the song.
- Shout-Out: Yes, the band's name was taken from the PBS show 3-2-1 Contact.
- The video for Hell Yeah is a homage to They Live, except the aliens are replaced with Bikini Babes and the conformity messages replaced with instructions to party down.
- "The Bad Touch" references Battleship, Coca-Cola, the Discovery Channel, FedEx, Lyle Lovett, Mr. Coffee, Prince, Siskel & Ebert, Tool Time, Waffle House, and The X-Files.
- Stealth Pun: "You must be done with hair plugs, because now you're goin' to pay."
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: "Ralph Wiggum," made up entirely of Ralph Wiggum quotes (sung by Jimmy Pop rather than sampled directly from the show). And one Chief Wiggum quote. And Yvan eht nioj!
- Shown Their Work: In the liner notes, a bunch of Simpsons writers are listed as song co-authors.
- Suicide Dare: The song "Lift Your Head Up High (And Blow Your Brains Out)"
- Suicide Is Painless: "Lift Your Head Up High And Blow Your Brains Out"
- Take That!:
- "Did you like the movie Malcolm X?" (From "Lift Your Head Up High And Blow Your Brains Out", mostly a list of reasons to kill yourself.)
- The song "The Ten Coolest Things About New Jersey", which consists of ten seconds of absolute silence.
- "Were you born and raised in New Jersey?" (on the previously mentioned song listing reasons to kill yourself.)
- Take That, Audience!: The CD of Use Your Fingers has the message "What's stupid, smelly, boring and likes the Bloodhound Gang? (See reverse side for details)".
- Take That, Critics!: "Shut Up," which is also a Take That! towards... well, everything that moves.
- "I hate Spin Magazine, 'cause they never ever plug me." (once Spin featured the band, Jimmy Pop joked he might have to trade it with Time)
- Three Minutes of Writhing: The video for "Screwing You On The Beach At Night," although the bikini girl's antics are completely offset by Jimmy Pop being... well, Jimmy Pop. The video is actually a parody of the infamous "Wicked Game" video by Chris Isaak.
- Toilet Humour
- Vulgar Humor: Yeah, lot of that, too.
- Some BG tracks are just noises of bodily functions, such as diarrhea in "Diarrhea Runs In The Family" or coughing up phlegm in "That Cough Came With A Prize".
- Unusual Euphemism: The lyrics to "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" are mostly a string of... inventive euphemisms for male and female genitals.
- Wildlife Commentary Spoof: "The Bad Touch" begins with a sample from one such commentary, discussing "the act of mating."