The Bloodhound Gang's Jimmy Pop has a pretty exhausting life. In addition to being the nation's leading purveyor of songs about boobs and farts, he also has to devote ample time to making appearances on fellow Pennsylvania resident Bam Margera's "Viva La Bam" TV show, judging entrants in the Gang's "Online Concubine" contest, and, well, penning more songs about boobs and farts.
Which is why it's kind of amazing he found time for his newest role: public advocate.
Seems a few months back, while Jimmy and the rest of the gang were putting the finishing touches on their new album, Hefty Fine (due September 27), he became obsessed with his home state's anthem, which he considers rather lame. Seemed that it was time to change the tired tune, so, in a fit of inspiration (or something) he penned what he hoped would be the state's new anthem: the appropriately titled "Pennsylvania," which paid tribute to some of the Keystone state's finer points, like the copious amounts of Wawa convenience stores that dot its Interstates or the beautiful cinderblock art on display in front yards outside Philadelphia.
"You get tired hearing people talk about how great their hometown is. People from Cleveland are always bragging about being from Cleveland, people from Brooklyn always think they're the top of the food chain," he said. "We know where we live stinks, so I decided to write a song about that. And it turns out that under Pennsylvania state legislation, if you get enough people to sign legislation, you can have the state anthem changed."
So he started up a Web site, PennsylvaniaStateSong.com, asking fans to sign a petition to have the song played before the Pennsylvania State Assembly.
"Obviously it would never have gotten voted in, but at least the guys in the legislature would have to address it," Pop continued. "It would become part of the public record ... and then that record would probably sell more copies than any of our records did."
He's just being modest. The Bloodhound Gang's last album, 2000's Hooray for Boobies, sold more than 1 million copies, thanks to the frat-boy favorite "The Bad Touch" and its "You and me, baby, ain't nothin' but mammals/ So let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel" hook. And their new one, Hefty Fine, should appeal to that same demographic, if first single "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" is any indication.
"We were trying to think of different ways to talk about sexual intercourse and all the body parts that go along with it. So it's full of all sorts of weird nouns and verbs," Pop explained. "Some people use the work 'boink,' so a penis could be a 'boink swatter.' There's also stuff like 'gut locker,' 'yippee bog,' you know, real highbrow stuff like that."
And speaking of highbrow, there's the matter of Hefty's album cover, which features a hirsute overweight man wearing a come-hither stare ... and not much else. It's just another notch on the Bloodhound's borscht belt, and Pop couldn't be prouder.
"Because of what we do, we get sued a lot, so we wanted to call our album Hefty Fine because of that. But 'Hefty Fine' can also mean 'fat and sexy,' so we found this guy who weighs in at about 400 pounds and had him pose for the cover," he laughed. "In the gay community, he's known as a 'bear chub,' because he's really hairy and he's fat. And often you can be one or the other, but he was both. Which is awesome."
Track listing for the Bloodhound Gang's Hefty Fine, according to Geffen:
- "Strictly for the Tardcore"
- "Balls Out"
- "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo"
- "I'm the Least You Could Do"
- "Farting With a Walkman On"
- "Diarrhea Runs in the Family"
- "Ralph Wiggum"
- "Something Diabolical"
- "Overheard in a Wawa Parking Lot"
- "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss"
- "No Hard Feelings"