Oderus Urungus Is Dead

March 24, 2014 | Andy Cush

Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, frontman of GWAR, was found dead in his home yesterday. He was 50 years old.

“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” GWAR bassist Mike Bishop said of his bandmate. “He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art.”

“His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.”

Here’s a 1988 show — complete with staged wrestling matches and copious VHS distortion — to remember him by.