TWRP, formerly known as Tupper Ware Remix Partynote , is a Canadian band currently based in Toronto and originated in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band is comprised of four members: keyboardist/vocalist Doctor Sung, guitarist Lord Phobos, bassist Commander Meouch, and drummer Havve Hogan. They notably always perform in full costume, keep their faces and real names unknown, and have created a fictional history for their band.
They specialize in '80s/'90s-inspired synth/rock/funk jams, sometimes instrumental, but sometimes with deliciously cheesy lyrics, and are often seen rocking with other groups such as Ninja Sex Party, The Protomen, and Starbomb. They are particularly known for their collaborations with NSP, having become their opening act and backing band both live and in studio starting in 2015, additionally serving as the backing band on the third album from Starbomb, which contains the members of NSP.
- The Device (2012)
- 2nite (2015)
- Believe In Your Dreams (2015)
- Guardians of the Zone (2016)
- Ladyworld (2017)
- Together Through Time (2018)
- Return to Wherever (2019)
- Over the Top (2020)
- New & Improved (2021)
Songs with their own pages:
GUARDIANS OF THE TROPES!
Doctor Sung is TWRP’s frontman and the operator of the keytar and talkbox. He’s dressed in primarily yellow, with black stripes, has a light on his chest, and a cone on his head. Legend has it he was born at the big bang and was orphaned in the ice age. Billions of years later he realized his true calling: to rescue people from boredom with sick rock jams.
Doctor Sung contains examples of the following tropes:
- Amusing Alien: Doctor Sung isn’t quite human, and he does anything really for the giggles of TWRP’s human audience - he’s not accustomed to the Earth way of these years, give him a break.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: He is a Nice Guy, but since his goal in life is to prevent boredom, he'll happily team up with Killer Robot Havve Hogan if it means having a great drummer.
- Cool Mask: At least his mouth is visible under the orange-road-cone-visor helmet he wears. Which is a good thing, because he'd have a hard time singing if his mouth was covered.
- Fun Personified: Part and parcel of being the frontman of a band like TWRP. His high kicks, frequent hammy persona, and ability to work a crowd make him quite entertaining.
- I Call It "Vera": Doctor Sung’s keytar is affectionately known as Fuckthrust. Poor thing ended up tossed across the stage at MAGfest 2016 during a routine cool move. She made a full recovery.
- Large Ham: Doctor Sung is charismatic and loved by all. He introduces his fellow bandmates while onstage and his antics involve full-on exercise.
- One-Way Visor: His visor acts as a pair of sunglasses to him, but prevents anyone else from seeing his face.
- Robo Speak: Almost all of Doctor Sung's singing is done with a robotic talkbox filter to his voice, even in concert.
- Signature Move: His HIGH KICKS!
- Vocal Evolution: His talkbox filter has become less distorted over the years, sounding clearer to match the brighter sound the band gradually adopted, though it can still sound harsh in select tunes. Compare his voice in "Computer Wife" to "Bright Blue Sky".
With a pretty sick gold helmet and gold armor on his primarily red suit, Lord Phobos is TWRP’s rad shred guitarist.
Lord Phobos may contain the following tropes:
- Cool Mask: One that looks like a gas mask, at that.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lord Phobos's world was launched into chaos due to Commander Meouch's smuggled funk.
- One-Way Visor: On his helmet, so he can see you, but you can't see his eyes.
- Silence Is Golden: And with his helmet? Quite literally golden.
- Superior Species: "Phobos’s people evolved over many millennia, their culture reaching a universal high-water mark of scientific and intellectual discovery."
- The Voiceless: While Havve is mute, Lord Phobos is a "wise and gentle soul who swore a sacred vow of silence long ago".
Havve Hogan is TWRP’s amazing drummer. He has giant chompers, glowing red eyes, and a black and white motif for his outfit. He also sports shoulder spikes.
Havve Hogan may contain the following tropes:
TWRP’s world-class slap bassist. Commander Meouch rocks an outfit of primarily blue (with a long-ass loincloth), and has a humanoid body with the head of a lion.
Commander Meouch may contain the following tropes:
- Cat Folk: Self-explanatory
- A Dog Named "Dog": Obviously the band member with a lion head is known as Meouch.
- Expy: Commander Meouch was "was born in the more provincial reaches of the galaxy and made his fortune smuggling funk (apparently a controlled quantity in the future) to star systems that had been historically square." "Sound familiar?"
- Furry Confusion: In The Hit, he is seen trying (and failing) to teach actual lions how to play bass.
- Lead Bassist: Types A, C, D.
- Lovable Rogue: Meouch is a smuggler and a lady-killer but there's just something so charming about the guy.
- Panthera Awesome: A humanoid lion who can play the bass like no other.
- The Casanova: A self-described “slutty space kitty” with a healthy appetite for the Earth women.
- During the Ninja Sex Party European tour 2019, where they were one of the pre-shows, Commander Meowch dedicated each and every single one of the songs they played that night "To the ladies!"
- You Sexy Beast: He's an anthropomorphic lion with a human woman fetish.
The band as a whole provide the following tropes:
- Animated Music Video: "The Hit" featuring Ninja Sex Party was animated by the amazing Lazerhorse. Now including the anime inspired "Starlight Brigade" video.
- Anonymous Band: TWRP hasn't shown their faces to the general public over the nine years they've been a band. And, ideally, would like to keep it that way for now.◊
- Canada, Eh?: The band hails from space, which is in Canada, which is in space.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Doctor Sung wears yellow, Commander Meouch wears blue, Havve Hogan wears black and white, and Lord Phobos wears red and gold.
- Expansion Pack Past: TWRP has a colourful backstory. The TWRP lore has changed so much that oftentimes people can’t keep up with it. What is widely accepted as the current lore can be found here.
- Fun with Acronyms: TWRP, pronounced "Twerp".
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: Tupper Ware Remix Party was named when a member said those words in that particular order. It stuck, obviously.
- Mind Screw: Their collective backstory. They're from the 1980s and the future at the same time. And, they're also from space, and Toronto Canada. Which is in space. It doesn't help that said backstory keeps changing.
- The Power of Rock: TWRP’s whole philosophy is making the world a little less boring with their music and MAKING LOVERS OUT OF HATERS.
- Really 700 Years Old: Doctor Sung was born at the big bang, Havve Hogan is from around the Mesozoic era, and Commander Meouch and Lord Phobos are from a “distant and complicated future”.
- Robot or Spaceman Alter Ego: TWRP consists of an alien spaceman from the Big Bang as frontman and keytarist, a gold-plated spaceman lead guitarist, a Panthera Awesome alien bassist, and a Killer Robot drummer.
- Running Gag
- ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT JAPAN?
- "Song number 69" routine
- "This song goes out to all the ladies out there tonight!"note
The band's music provide the following tropes:
- Album Intro Track: Nearly all of their EPs and albums have one.
- Album Title Drop: "Superior Moves" in New & Improved says the album title several times, much more often than the song title itself.
- Audience Participation Song: For "Rock N Roll Best Friends" (Guardians Of The Zone), the band has the audience sing a couple notes in the chorus.
- Badass Boast:
- Pretty much all of "Atomic Karate" from the Ladyworld album. Doctor Sung claims to be able to "split the atom with a high kick," make bad guys' heads explode just by looking at them, and release a trillion newtons on spinning his nunchakus.
- Near the end of "Starlight Brigade": "Black knights and darkside battlecries all die once they're in my line of sight!".
- Big Damn Heroes: In "The Hit," TWRP save Danny Sexbang from being killed by assassins.
- In the video for "Synthesize Her", Doctor Sung repairs and upgrades the homemade synthesizer of the video's protagonist, after it's sabotaged by a bully before her act in the school variety show.
- Concept Album: Return to Wherever plays out as if you are listening to a radio station, with a DJ chiming in every few songs.
- Cover Album: Ninja Sex Party and TWRP collaborated for the 2016 release of Under the Covers, and for the 2017 release of Under the Covers II. The band also shows up in several of NSP's music videos, such as their covers for "Pour Some Sugar on Me", "Land Down Under", and "Africa".
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Their first EP The Device has a much darker feel than the fun-loving positive vibes given off in their later albums. Of note is Doctor Sung's talk box sounding more distorted than in any future releases.
- Earth Song: "R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Her (Earth Day special)" is an uplifting song addressing the Earth itself as a nurturing mother who, while under-appreciated, it worth fostering and protecting, the music video primarily made up of footage of the various biomes on its surface.
- Fading into the Next Song: Their first official EP The Device utilizes this with nearly the entire EP - you can’t listen to just one song, you have to listen to them all. Also utilized in Ladyworld.
- Follow Your Heart: "Believe In Your Dreams" from the album it shares its title with is incredibly inspiring.
- Friendship Song: "Rock N Roll Best Friends" is all about how the band members are the best of friends.
- Hero vs. Villain Duet: "Black Swan" (Over the Top) tells the tale of a retired bounty hunter squaring off against a deadly assassin, with Danny Sexbang and Doctor Sung performing as the hero and villain, respectively.
- "I Am" Song: "Groove Crusaders" off Guardians Of The Zone is what a theme song for the band would sound like if it were an '80s Saturday morning cartoon.
- Intercourse with You: "The No Pants Dance", featuring (of course) Ninja Sex Party.
- Limited Lyrics Song:
- "Japanquest" (2nite) features cutting-edge lyrics like "Disco!", and "Business Tips" (Guardians Of The Zone) has about four lines of what the aliens think are viable business tips for humans.
- "Comin 'atcha" in Over the Top has Doctor Sung sing that TWRP is doing just that and nothing else.
- Location Song: "Baby, NYC" featuring Ninja Sex Party (Believe In Your Dreams) is a love letter to the city.
- Looped Lyrics: The first version of "The No Pants Dance" (The Device) has about two stanzas it repeats. They just like the way that you dance when you dance like the way that you dance when you dance with your pants off.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Phantom Racer" is a very upbeat and exciting tune about a seemingly-dead driver murdering every racer on a course out of revenge.
- Non-Appearing Title: The lyrics for "The Hit" never mention anything about assassins or a hit being put on Danny Sexbang. It's all shown in the music video instead.
- Old Shame: They consider their first album, Poised to Dominate, to be such a departure from their current image, such that the album has been pulled from stores.
- Parental Love Song: Child to Parent example - "Only the Best" (Over the Top) has Doctor Sung singing about the love and life lessons he received from his mom and how he wants to make the world a better place because of it.
- Rearrange the Song: "The No Pants Dance" was originally on The Device and was rereleased on Guardians Of The Zone featuring Ninja Sex Party with some rearranging to the music and the addition of more lyrics sung by Danny Sexbang.
- Scatting: The breakdown in "Rock N Roll Best Friends".
- Singer Namedrop: The end of "Need Each Other" in Over The Top contains a guest singer from Planet Booty declaring his love for each of the band members.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Sometimes Doctor Sung's lyrics are a bit hard to understand at first through the talkbox. We're groove crusaders makin' lovers elevators...
- "Somewhere" Song: "Somewhere Out There" in Over The Top embodies this trope, in case the title didn't give it away.
- Title Track: "The Device", "Believe In Your Dreams", and "Ladyworld" each share the names with their EPs.
- Training Montage: "Food Bar," which has a music video all about a nerdy guy trying to bulk up.
- Wanderlust Song: "Maximum Thrust" (Together Through Time) is about the band's endless curiosity to explore all of space and time. It even includes the word itself in the lyrics.