The Bloodhound Gang was an American rock band which began as a hip hop group before branching out into other genres, including punk rock, alternative hip hop, funk metal, electronic rock, as their career progressed. Their songs were known for off-beat and vulgar lyrics that dealt with sexual subjects and contained many puns and innuendos, they were influenced by the Beastie Boys. They are best known for their singles "Fire Water Burn", "The Bad Touch", "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo", "Along Comes Mary", "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss", "The Ballad of Chasey Lain". Formed in 1988, the Bloodhound Gang has sold more than 6 million albums; the Bloodhound Gang began in 1988 as a small alternative band called Bang Chamber 8. It consisted of both graduates of Perkiomen Valley High School, they released an eponymous tape in 1990 before changing their name to the Bloodhound Gang the following year, a reference to "The Bloodhound Gang", a segment on the 1980s PBS kids' show 3-2-1 Contact that featured three young detectives solving mysteries and fighting crime.
Franks and Bowe took on the stage names "Jimmy Pop Ali" and "Daddy Long Legs" respectively. Jimmy Pop and Jared Hennegan both attended Temple University in Pennsylvania. Unable to book shows anywhere else, the Bloodhound Gang first performed in an extra room at Hennegan's house, in exchange for Schlitz, a chance to hand out their first demo tape, titled Just Another Demo; when the floor caved in one night, they began performing every month at CBGBs in New York City. When asked about the band's tenure at the club, Jimmy Pop was quoted as saying, "I've seen cavemen with better clubs."In April 1994, the band released their second demo tape, The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hitler's Handicapped Helpers. This resulted in a record deal with Cheese Factory Records. In summer 1994, Jimmy Pop had a small role in the short independent film The Chick That Was Naked by independent filmmaker Kurt Fitzpatrick. A song by the band was used on its soundtrack. In November 1994, the Bloodhound Gang released Dingleberry Haze.
In March 1995, the Bloodhound Gang signed a record deal with Columbia Records. They released their first full-length album, titled Use Your Fingers, they began touring around the United States. At this time, Daddy Long Legs and M. S. G. who were angry with Columbia Records, left the band to form Wolfpac. Bass player Hennegan and turntablist Tard-E-Tard joined the group as replacements, with Hennegan taking on the stage name "Evil Jared Hasselhoff"; when the tour ended, the deal with Columbia Records was dropped and band members Skip O'Pot2Mus and Tard-E-Tard left to pursue careers outside of the music industry. In March 1996, the band, complete with a new line-up, recorded their second full-length album, One Fierce Beer Coaster, with Richard Gavalis, a producer and owner of Dome Sound Studios, in Royersford, local to Jimmy Pop. Lupus Thunder had recorded with Rich at the Dome with a former band, introduced Jimmy Pop to Rich, the first studio in the Pennsylvania area to embrace computer recording and could edit live instruments in ways other studios could not.
This led to a relationship. One Fierce Beer Coaster was first released on Cheese Factory Records; the original release, designed by Michael Calleia at Industrial Strength Design in New York City, had an actual beer coaster as part of the packaging. The album's leading single, "Fire Water Burn", played a major role in the slow build of interest that led to the band's mainstream breakthrough; as the band could not afford national tours they promoted themselves by sending their music to radio stations across the country that fit the alternative rock format. One significant early radio breakthrough came when an intern at 107.7 The End in Seattle brought the band to the attention of the music director who, liking what he heard, played "Fire Water Burn" on his Friday night show. The feature prompted a flood of phone calls asking about the band; the director passed the song on to his friend, the music director at KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, who added it to her playlist. The snowball effect meant the band was overwhelmed with demands for their records that they struggled to meet.
Record labels started to call. According to manager Brett Alperowitz in an interview with HitQuarters, Madonna's label Maverick "really wanted to sign the band in the worst possible way to the point where I had to tell Madonna that I couldn’t put her on the phone with Jimmy Pop." The Bloodhound Gang signed with Geffen Records, which re-released One Fierce Beer Coaster on December 1996. They embarked on their first "real tour" of the United States and Europe, including presentations on Loveline, The Howard Stern Show, Ricki Lake and The Jenny McCarthy Show. After a couple of years of doing shows, taking advantage of the Internet, spreading the word through retail and radio in every way the band and management could on an independent level, they began to experience major success. On October 4, 1999, they released Hooray for Boobies, in Europe; this album was recorded in California, where their engineer, Rich Gavalis relocated. The album was recorded at a Los Angeles studio the band rented, at Rich Gavalis's home in the "Valley".
Powered by the hit single "The Bad Touch", they embarked on two more tours of Europe, where their popularity had increased ("The Bad Touch" and Hooray for Boobies reached No. 1 in Germany, wh
Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera is an American professional skateboarder, stunt performer, filmmaker and television personality. He came to prominence after appearing as a main cast member in MTV's Jackass, he has since appeared on MTV's Viva La Bam and Bam's Unholy Union, all three Jackass movies, Haggard: The Movie and Minghags: The Movie, both of which he co-wrote and directed. Margera was born in West Chester, the son of April and Phil Margera, he is nephew of Vincent Margera. His grandfather nicknamed him "Bam Bam" at the age of three after noticing his habit of purposely running into walls, he attended West Chester East High School and cites his friendship with Chris Raab as his only reason for attending high school. He dropped out after finishing his junior year. Margera received his GED. Margera began shooting videos of himself and his friends skateboarding and doing stunts, which turned into the CKY video series, he independently released CKY. CKY2K, CKY3 and CKY4 have been released. CKY stands for "Camp Kill Yourself", a name shared with his brother Jess Margera's band, CKY, named as a tribute to the film Sleepaway Camp.
These early videos feature many of Margera's friends, including Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Rake Yohn, Chris Raab, Brandon Novak, who form a loose collective known as the CKY Crew. The video and band projects are interlinked. Following CKY's success, former Big Brother editor Jeff Tremaine noticed Margera's videos and drafted him into the team that would become MTV's Jackass. Margera and Ryan Dunn became mainstays of the cast while other CKY crew members played supporting roles to various degrees. Margera went on to appear in Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Jackass 3D and Jackass 3.5. Several skits in the first Jackass movie were CKY-style pieces filmed in and around West Chester, but similar scenes in the second movie were removed after the arrest of Margera's uncle Vincent Margera on suspicion of inappropriately touching two minors. In 2003, Margera played himself in the movie "Grind", which portrays four young men following a professional skateboarder from Chicago to California.
The film contains numerous cameos by Jackass members, as well as many professional skateboarders and other celebrities. Upon release, it was met with unfavorable reviews from critics, but was rated much higher by the general public. After Jackass, Margera was given his own MTV series, Viva La Bam, which ran for five seasons from 2003 to 2005; the show followed his crew as they performed various stunts and missions. The show was filmed in West Chester but visited New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Finland, Mexico and Transylvania. In addition to the regular series, special episodes have included "Viva La Spring Break" and a "lost" episode included on the Viva La Bands CD. In 2007, Margera was engaged and the wedding was filmed for Bam's Unholy Union as a follow-up to Viva la Bam; the show follows Margera, his fiancée Melissa Rothstein and their friends in the lead-up to their wedding. In 2008, Margera had a "prominent, non-sex role" in a pornographic film by Gina Lynn, The Fantasstic Whores 4, with Brandon Novak.
In 2009, Margera appeared on Nitro Circus. In October 2010, Margera appeared in Jackass 3D and the movie broke box office records. Margera appears with Dunn and skateboarder Tim O'Connor on Bam's World Domination, a half-hour Spike TV program that debuted on October 13, 2010; the first episode showcased Margera and his friends' attempt to conquer an obstacle course race in the Tough Guy Competition, held in Staffordshire, England. In March 2016, Bam and his mother April Margera appeared on the VH1 reality television show Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn to address Bam's self-destructive behavior. In the beginning of his career, during 1997 and 1998, Margera was sponsored by Toy Machine Skateboards. From 2001, Margera was a member of the demonstration team for Element Skateboards; as of 2016, Margera is no longer on the team. He was at various times sponsored by Speed Metal Bearings, Adio Footwear, Electric Sunglasses, Landspeed Wheels, Destroyer Trucks, Destructo Trucks, Fairman's Skateshop; as of 2017, Margera is without any major sponsorships and has retired from professional skateboarding.
He did return to skating casually, resulting in a renewed partnership with Element Skateboards to celebrate the brand's 25th anniversary by rereleasing a series of ten of his most memorable deck designs. The boards were released weekly between September 6 and November 8, 2017; each deck is limited to 50 units. Margera has written and starred in three independent films, he co-wrote and starred in Haggard, an independent film based on real events in the life of his friend Ryan Dunn. Dunn played himself as the main character while Margera played "Valo", a character based on himself and elements of HIM singer and friend Ville Valo. Margera directed Minghags titled Kiss a Good Man's Ass; the film features the "garbage juicer" invention from that film. Filming started April 5, 2007. On an episode of Radio Bam, Margera said that they were trying to make the movie PG-13 rated, but with the amount of swearing and a shot of nudity, an R rating could not be avoided; the first viewing of the rough version of the film was on August 2007, at Sikes Hall.
The movie was released straight to DVD in December 2008. In December 2008, Margera released a Christmas-themed movie, Bam Margera Presents: Where the#$&% Is Santa?. The mov
James Moyer Franks, better known by the stage name Jimmy Pop, is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer. He is best known as the former lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, co-founder of the band Bloodhound Gang along with Daddy Long Legs. Pop was born in Trappe, the son of Alice Ann and Richard Lee Franks, he ceased practicing as soon as his parents approved his request to do so. He graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1990 and commenced studies in mass communication and history at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he met future Bloodhound Gang bassist Evil Jared Hasselhoff. Pop played in a Depeche Mode cover band called Bang Chamber 8 with Mike Bowe. Pop played guitar, while Bowe sang. In 1990, Bang Chamber 8 released a cassette of four original songs: "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "Birthday Boy", "Ice Cubes" and "War Chimes"; these songs had nothing in lyrically or musically, with the Bloodhound Gang. "War Chimes" was written about Operation Desert Storm and featured a guitar solo from Pop at the end, who provided the lead vocals.
The synth line from "Birthday Boy" would be reused on a Bloodhound Gang track, "I'm the Least You Could Do", in 2005. Bang Chamber 8 split in 1991. In 1992, Pop and Daddy started a hip-hop group called the Bloodhound Gang which became more of an alternative rock band, where Pop continued to play guitar but Daddy left the Bloodhound Gang to start Wolfpac. Pop collaborated with Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo, Jess Margera as The DiCamillo Sisters to record a Christmas single titled "But Why's It So Cold?" along with an accompanying video. Pop collaborated with dance artist Tomcraft for a song called "Broadsword Calling Danny Boy" in 2006; the song is featured on Tomcraft's official MySpace. In 2007, Pop collaborated with German group Scooter for a song titled "The Shit That Killed Elvis", featured on their album The Ultimate Aural Orgasm. Bam Margera can be heard in the song's intro; the song remained there for two weeks. In 2010, Pop collaborated with German group Die Atzen for an English version of the song "Disco Pogo", featured on the Jersey Shore soundtrack.
Pop made an appearance in the CKY series of films, during a shopping cart race scene and slap fight in CKY 4. He appeared in an episode of Viva La Bam titled "Limo vs Lambo", in which Pop borrowed Bam Margera's Lamborghini without telling him, causing Margera to accuse his close friends of doing the deed. Pop appeared for a total of about five seconds in the "State of Bam" episode of Viva La Bam, he appeared in the Viva La Bam episode in which a scavenger hunt took place. He appeared on the Viva La Bam episode "Rockstars", in which Don Vito and Phil Margera attempt to become rock stars, leading Jimmy Pop to French kiss Don Vito onstage. Pop can be seen twice in the final episode of Bam's Unholy Union. Pop can first be seen greeting Margera, is seen speaking with Dave England. Pop has appeared on The Dudesons, being one of the people throwing darts during the human dart board stunt with Jarppi Leppälä. Pop appeared with fellow Bloodhound Gang member Evil Jared Hasselhoff in the film Minghags: The Movie, directed by Bam Margera.
They are credited in the film as "The Bloodhound Gang". The trailer for the movie was shown at most venues on one of the band's UK tour and featured Pop and Evil Jared as part of an ambulance crew. Pop appears in Bam Margera's movie called Where The#$&% Is Santa?. He appears in the music video for the Oleander song "Boys Don't Cry". Franks has American Indian heritage, and he has Jewish ancestry. Jimmy Pop on IMDb