This week, a documentary turn: This is Gwar chronicles the three decades-long history of the infamous rock band, though countless iterations and many a rubber monster suit.

A Shudder exclusive, the movie is must-see material for fans of Some Kind of Monster, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, and This is Spinal Tap.

Truly inspirational filmmaking.

Subjects discussed in this episode:

  • “Gimmick” bands like Gwar, Alice Cooper and KISS, plus local novelty acts like White Cowbell Oklahoma, etc
  • The life of a touring band especially in an era of decreased prominence of music culturally and a plethora of entertainment options
  • Misconceptions about Gwar’s musicality
  • The band’s two seminal members and their influence on its direction
  • Tales of wanton self destruction
  • Disaffected art school brats and the connective thread through rock music and pop culture, with David Byrne, David Bowie and Seth MacFarlane,
  • and the excellent podcast, Your Favorite Band Sucks

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