The band started as a hip-hop group consisting of lead singer James "Jimmy Pop" Franks and Michael "Daddy Long Legs" Bowe before becoming a Rap Metal band and eventually a more traditional rock band with a DJ, with Franks being the only consistent member in the 20 year career. As such, their style tends to be a little all-over-the-map, 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.
Following some controversial on-stage antics during a performance in Ukraine, the band broke up in 2013 (though they still did an album two years later). Bassist "Evil" Jarred Hasselhoff was quoted as saying "If the Bloodhound Gang still exist, yes, I'm still a member."
- Dingleberry Haze EP (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.
- Ballad of X: "The Ballad of Chasey Lain". Subverted as it's not so much "ballad" as it is a mid-tempo alt-rock song about a Chasey Lain stalker who (in one interpretation) eventually kidnaps her.
- 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".
- Break-Up Song: "No Hard Feelings" is pretty cold. It's more like a "burn bridges after the breakup" song.If I want to be repeatedly shit on
I'll go make Dutch porn
- 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
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Part of their appeal was that they were an otherwise "normal" band who just happened to do joke songs, due in large part to Jimmy Pop's legitimate skills as both a lyricist and a rapper.
- 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.
- Casanova Wannabe: Jimmy Pop's persona on "The Bad Touch," "Unn Tiss Unn Tiss Unn Tiss" and "Clean Up In Aisle Sexy" is that of a guy who has no doubt whatsoever in his own sexiness and genuinely believes that his awful, awful sex puns are the epitome of charm.
- Celebrities Hang Out in Heaven: In "Fire Water Burn" he says that if he goes to Hell he'll spend his days with J.F.K., Marvin Gaye, Martha Raye and Lawrence Welk.
- 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, there's a topless old lady whose drooping breasts extend out of frame.
- Cover Version
- They revived RunD.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.
- The Dinnermobile: In the music video for "Ralph Wiggum" (a found-lyrics song consisting of Ralph Wiggum quotes), the lyrics "Go Banana" cut to show a banana-shaped car driving past.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: In "A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying", Jimmy says "I never thought that missing children could be so sexy". He then pauses and says, "Did I say that out loud?".
- 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.
- Equal-Opportunity Offender: The band's purpose is to "hurt everyone's feelings; it makes us feel better about ourselves." Not surprisingly, Jimmy Pop cites Howard Stern as a major influence.
- Face on the Cover: The montage in the cover of Hooray for Boobies includes the bandmembers in party hats.
- 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!
- Fan Disservice: The covers of Hefty Fine and the appropriately-named Hard-Off.
- Filk Song: "Your Only 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).
- Grapes of Luxury: In "Hell Yeah" he says if he were God, he'd have Norwegian lesbians feed him grapes.
- 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)
- Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Lüpüs Thünder, their long-running guitarist.
- 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!").
- I Am the Band: Starting with One Fierce Beer Coaster, Jimmy Pop wrote and produced most of the band songs and was the only consistent member from their formation to their breakup.
- Insane Troll Logic: "I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks" again. It's kind of right there in the title, but Jimmy elaborates on this concept in the lyrics, never really catching on to the fact that if he was the gay guy he wants to be, he'd obviously have no need for chicks. This is obviously Played for Laughs, but then, so is all their music.
- 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."
- Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: "I Hope You Die." Flipping someone off while driving will set off a series of Disaster Dominoes that will end with you getting sodomized and tortured in prison.
- Joisey: They are not fans.
- Limited Lyrics Song: "Farting With A Walkman On," which consists of a single verse repeated four times.
- 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!"
- Long Title: "A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When the Stripper is Crying", "I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks", Lift Your Head Up High (And Blow Your Brains Out)
- Loony Fan: "The Ballad of Chasey Lain", about a fan of said porn star who eventually kidnaps her as she doesn't reply to 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.
- Non-Appearing Title: "The Bad Touch", "Mope"
- 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! Nothing is off limits in their music, including disabilities, the gay community, incest and jailbait.
- Sampling: These guys make extensive use of samples, and their debut album was almost entirely made up of them.
- Self-Deprecation: Jimmy Pop aims to offend everyone, including himself.
"Yeah, well, I sing like an amputee, though."
- From the intro to "Your Only Friends Are Make Believe."
"Cuz... can't hold a note. Can't carry a tune."
"I love reading a bio about how great an artist is and then seeing that they posted it."
- 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)".
- Their Spotify bio consists of exactly one sentence.
- Their online fanclub (ran by their then-guitarist Lüpüs Thünder) was literally called Hate Club.
- Shirtless Scene: Parodied in the video for "Screwing You On The Beach At Night," where a shirtless Jimmy Pop makes a babbling idiot of himself trying to woo a hot girl.
"This hardcore ghetto gangster image
- 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 second verse of "Fire Water Burn" includes a reference to Pixies frontman Frank Black, followed by a paraphrase of one of the lyrics from their song "Monkey Gone To Heaven".
Takes a lot of practice
I'm not black like Barry White
No, I am white like Frank Black is
So if man is five, and the devil is six
Then that must make me seven.
This honky's gone to heaven."
Eminem's gotta cuss in his raps to sell records! Well, me too! So fuck Will Smith!
- "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.
- The opening skit to Hefty Fine, "Strictly For the Tardcore", references Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" (which, in turn, included a reference to "The Bad Touch").
- Stealth Pun:
- 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: "Lift Your Head Up High (And Blow Your Brains Out)." In the pre-chorus they even offer hanging yourself as an alternative.
- Suicide Is Painless: "Lift Your Head Up High And Blow Your Brains Out," again.
- Take That!:
"Were you born and raised in New Jersey?"
- 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.
- 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)".
- "Shut Up," which is directed at... well, everything that moves.
- Take That, Critics!: "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 Humor: A staple of their work.
"I'm in the bathroom, so this is probably going to sound like shit."
- "Diarrhea Runs In The Family," a 20 second telephone message of the sounds of a bowel movement.
- Subverted in the video for "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss," which is set almost entirely in the bathroom of a high-end club but features no on-screen or even implied bodily function jokes.
- During their 2006 tour of the Netherlands, the band members would regularly mime giving a golden shower during their cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence."
- Sadly, this tendency is what indirectly led to the band breaking up. The Ukrainian and Russian governments did not particularly care for Evil Jared peeing on and wiping his ass with their respective flags during their 2013 tour of the Ukraine, which got the Russian leg of their tour canceled and their visas revoked after legal threats for indecency.
- Unusual Euphemism: The lyrics to "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" are mostly a string of... inventive euphemisms for penetration.
- Uranus Is Showing: In "Fire Water Burn""
- Vulgar Humor: Including the above-mentioned trope, their songs contain pretty much every variation of this.
- Wildlife Commentary Spoof: "The Bad Touch" begins with a sample from one such commentary, discussing "the act of mating."