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Mojo Nixon (born Neill Kirby McMillan Jr.; August 2, 1957 – February 7, 2024) was an American psychobilly musician, probably best known for his irreverent and comedic Take That! songs about celebrities which earned him acclaim in the 1980s college rock scene and MTV, being namedropped in The Dead Milkmen's hit "Punk Rock Girl"...and for playing Toad in the Super Mario Bros. (1993) movie.

Tropes that apply to Mojo Nixon:

  • '80s Hair: Not a fan of the mullet hairstyle, about which he once wrote the song "Don't Want no Foo-Foo Haircut" describing his supposed failed experimentation with the hairstyle.
  • Bawdy Song: Among many others, "Tie My Pecker To My Leg" which, aside from the title, gives us lines such as "Yeah her asshole is tighter than a steel drum/And I'd eat a yard of her shit to watch her cum" and "I need a woman six foot ten/She's gotta be that tall so I can get it all in."
  • The Bermuda Triangle: According to "Elvis is Everywhere," Elvis Presley is responsible for all the disappearing vessels here, simply because "Elvis needs boats."
  • Christmas Songs: The Christmas album Horny Holidays as well as the later single "Christmas, Christmas" which is essentially a Christmas-themed parody of "Louie, Louie."
  • Circus of Fear: "Circus Mystery"
  • Cover Version: Several, including Dead Kennedys' "Winnebago Warrior," Alice Cooper's "Be My Lover," and The Smiths' "Girlfriend in a Coma," the latter of which contains a long rant poking fun at lead singer Morrissey.
  • Creator Worship: Invoked in "Elvis is Everywhere" in which Elvis is depicted as a Christ-like deity.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Averted. Mojo, who was a staunch libertarian, strongly supported file-sharing, claiming he wasn't "an asshole like Metallica" on the matter.
  • Elvis Has Left the Planet: "Elvis is Everywhere" also claims that all aliens in outer space look like Elvis "because Elvis is a perfect being."
  • 555: Averted in "(619) 239-KING," which was an actual phone number supposedly belonging to Elvis which was created to promote the same song.
  • Gun Porn: In "Where The Hell's My Money," he describes a gun he pulls out in much more detail than the rest of the anecdote.
  • Large Ham: Mojo has been compared (by himself) to a cross between Elvis, Foghorn Leghorn, and Otis Campbell, the town drunk from The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Lesser Star: Skid Roper, the folk musician who accompanied Mojo on his first four albums, only penned four songs which were panned by critics.
  • Nostalgia Filter: "Lincoln Logs" is a tribute to Skid Roper's favorite childhood toy of the same name.
  • Ode to Intoxication: Many, including "Gin Guzzling Frenzy" and the Roger Miller cover "Chug-A-Lug."
  • Refuge in Audacity: A lot of his songs, but probably most infamously "Tie My Pecker to My Leg," which references coprophagia, incest bestiality, pedophilia, and so on to the point where an alternate title could be "The Aristocrats: The Song."
  • Shout-Out: He has released two musical tributes to fellow satirical country musician and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, including "Kinky is Everywhere," a rewrite of his hit "Elvis is Everywhere."
  • Take That!:
    • One of his music's best known characteristics. Don Henley surprised Mojo by showing up at one of Mojo's concerts and offering to perform "Don Henley Must Die" with him.
    • In "Elvis is Everywhere," the one exception to everyone having a little Elvis in them is Michael J. Fox, who is described as "the evil opposite of Elvis: the anti-Elvis." Immediately after this, he adds that "Elvis is in Joan Rivers but he's trying to get out, man!"
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In 2003, Mojo declared himself to be retired from the music business. However, six years later, he came out with Whiskey Rebellion and still toured until his passing.
  • Vanity License Plate: The music video of "Elvis is Everywhere," which was notably featured on Beavis And Butthead, contains one reading "P. ELVIS."
  • Your Mom: The very first line in "Tie My Pecker to My Leg" is "Me your mama and some other whore."