Bloodhound Gang vs. Russia: No Contest, Comrade Putin
It's not quite the Cold War, but the current relationship between the U.S. and Russia is especially frosty these days. From Syria to Snowden, we can't seem to see eye to eye across the globe, or even the Bering Strait, as Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency seems like regression to authoritarian rule. No one is threatening to bury anyone, but a lot of Russian vodka is being boycotted on our shores.
Now comes word that Russian leaders have imposed a lifetime ban on the Bloodhound Gang.
In case you get your foreign-affairs news from CNN and not a music blog, here's a recap: late last month, the band was playing in Kiev in advance of a spot on Russia's Kubana Open Air Festival. A Russian flag was tossed onto the stage during the band's set and bassist "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff stuffed it down his pants and wiped his buttocks with it. Some reports indicate he also peed on the flag like, well, a bloodhound.
Admittedly, this is boorish behavior. But considering the source, should it have caused an international incident?
If only the Russian leaders who immediately termed the band "idiots"--something Americans have all known for almost two decades--had listened to a few BHG songs, maybe the outrage would have been tempered. Songs like:
"The Ballad of Chasey Lain"
The most vocal defender of the Russian flag in this recent fiasco may be Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. He ensured the band wouldn't get to rub elbows with Flogging Molly, Wu-Tang Clan or System of a Down, who were all also booked for the week long Kubana festival.
"Bloodhound Gand is packing their suitcases," he tweeted. "These idiots will not perform in Kuban."
Medinsky is probably unaware the Bloodhound Gang are willing to write scathing songs about real-life people. He may have had his moment on Twitter, but I assure you, Jimmy Pop and friends are already trying to rhyme words with "Vladimir." If this song is any indication, Medinsky is going to be outlandishly skewered on record.
Finally, what is a "Culture Minister?" Can't we have one of these? I nominate Perez Hilton.
"The Bad Touch"
Arguably the band's biggest hit, it's filled with misogyny or ridiculous, over-the-top sexual satire. In other words, it's a song Putin might enjoy. After all, Vlad ended a 30-year marriage to "do it like mammals" with a Russian gymnast half his age (allegedly).
"I Hope You Die"
Photo by World Economic Forum/Flickr He is not amused.
In which the intended target has the following things wished upon him or her: swerving into the Beatles' tour bus; the unintended manslaughterer of a Nobel winner, a rabbi and all of Jerry's Kids; and sharing a cell with an inmate who masturbates to livestock photos and "forces you to play a game called 'Balls on Chin.'"
If only one person in the Kremlin had listened to this song ahead of time, they'd have deemed these guys incredibly silly or too dangerous to allow into the country. Either way, crisis averted.