“FOXTROT UNIFORM CHARLIE KILO”
August 14, 2005
Hey, it’s Andy Gesner and the staff here at HIP Video Promo, back again with the latest clip from one of our favorite bands and guiltiest pleasures. In the obscenely-shaped world of the Bloodhound Gang, phallic symbols are rife, even the most innocuous phrase has a lewd double-meaning, and lustful animal instinct governs all human behavior. For the past decade, the Pennsylvania five-piece has been entertaining us with tales of depravity, the detritus of pop culture, perverse sexual practices, intimate behavior with a wide assortment of unlikely people and objects, and improbably heroic acts of intoxication. Singer and occasional rapper Jimmy Pop has also been extremely liberal with off-color humor and jokes that wouldn’t be out of place in a seventh-grade recess. But seventh-grade recess was pretty damned funny, and invariably, so are the Bloodhound Gang.
Despite his self-concept as “The Great White Dope”, Jimmy Pop has, non-so-secretly, always been a trenchant social critic as well as an inveterate jokester. In song and video, Pop points out the absurdity and arbitrariness of the human sex drive, and attempts, wherever possible, to demystify it by ridiculing and dismantling the romantic apparatus that has been built to conceal it.
None of that is to deny the Bloodhound Gang their rightful place in the Hall of the Terminally – and delightfully – Juvenile. The message of “Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo” is about as subtle as its title (read the first letters of the words in order), but that’s what’s great about it. It’s a preposterously un-romantic solicitation to get down to business, supported by descriptions of mechanical processes that strongly imply sexual activity. In Jimmy Pop’s dirty mind, machines are every bit as naughty as mammals on the Discovery Channel.
The clip for “Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo” is a glimpse of the world from behind the eyes of Jimmy Pop. The entire world is a phantasmagoria of phallic symbols (silos, drills, etc.), and the band performs in a dark tunnel that is later penetrated by a banana-shaped automobile driven by none other than skateboarder Bam Margera! (Bam, the cultural icon of today’s post-CKY and Jackass affected generation, acts a perfect protagonist. What better fit for this completely irreverent band than the equally irreverent and charismatic pro-skater/pirate-video producer?) Sexy women work the roadsides, suggestively breaking up the macadam with huge jackhammers. Even the cranes and bulldozers are pregnant with double-meaning. The Bloodhound Gang sexualize the landscape, and ice the cake with an impassive, robotic performance that only heightens the brilliant absurdism.
Here at HIP Video we are very excited to be working with all of the folks at Geffen Records to bring you this hilarious clip. Though the new album, Hefty Fine, does not come out until the Fall, we will have a ton of Bloodhound Gang goodies for on-air giveaways. If you need more info, call Andy Gesner at (732) 613-1779, or email info@HIPVideoPromo.com. You can also visitwww.Geffen.com, or www.BloodhoundGang.com to find out more about The Bloodhound Gang.
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