Heavy metal band GWAR recently crashed NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and it’s as hilarious as you’d expect. The band, in full garb of course, packed into NPR’s office to play 4 songs; “Sex Cow,” “I’ll Be Your Monster,” “Ratcatcher,” and “Phantom Limb.”
The mini-concert was partially inspired by the satirical website The Hard Times’ headline “GWAR asks NPR’s Tiny Desk Staff if They’re Ready to Get Their Assholes Ripped Open.” And apparently they were, since the station had already approached the band about being a part of the show.
“My text messages suddenly blew up,” NPR’s Lars Gotrich wrote in the video’s description. “Is this real? No, it’s literally fake. Can this be real? Little did they know I’d already been talking to one of the group’s underlings since 2019 to bring the Scumdogs of the Universe to the office of seltzer and sensibility.” And NPGWAR, as it was christened, was the only logical next step!
“We learned a lot from those goody-goodys at NPR,” said Blothar the Beserker. “For instance, how to say… ‘Your support right now is vital to GWAR’s ability to bring you quality cultural and educational programming that leaves you soaked in bodily fluids and shame.’ NPR can give you coffee cups and satin totes, but we can give your souls eternal torment, so give to GWAR today.”
Though they descended in full Scumdog attire the performance was, understandably, toned down for the band. So no, GWAR did not coat NPR’s office with fake blood. Even though it would be a lot cooler if they did.
You can watch their (soon-to-be) legendary performance below: