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Published on February 22nd, 1996 | by Gerry Galipault

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Gwar nominated for a Grammy?!!

Once was bad enough, but a second time? GWAR member Hunter Jackson, who portrays the character Techno-Destructo, is as surprised as anyone that the monster metal rockers have been nominated for a second Grammy Award.

When it comes time to announce the winners Feb. 28, The Slave Pit dwellers from Richmond, Va., will be there, along with other nominees for Best Metal Performance: Megadeth, for its version of “Paranoid” on the “Nativity In Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath” album; Metallica, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and nine inch nails, “Happiness Is Slavery,” both off the “Woodstock ’94” album, and White Zombie, “More Human Than Human.”

GWAR got its nod for the title track for the ill-fated “S.F.W.” soundtrack album (on A&M).

Not bad for a song that cost only $200 to record and was so memorable that when GWAR lead singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was told they were up against the likes of Metallica and nine inch nails, he said, “I forgot we even recorded the song.”

“It was just a sideline project,” Jackson said recently. “We recorded everything on two cassette recorders and sent it to the producers of the movie. The funny thing is, GWAR’s not even listed in the movie credits at the end.”

So, how did it end up coming to the attention of Grammy voters?

“You got me,” Jackson said. “I don’t get it myself, but who knows, it looks good on paper. It seems somebody should notice us, because whenever we meet with record companies for a deal, their whole staff is so enthusiastic. But then those who hold reins of power are terrified of us.”

Still laughing over the nomination, Jackson said, “It lowers the prestige of the Grammys, especially if by some fluke we win.”

Stranger things have happened (i.e., Jethro Tull winning the first metal award handed out several years ago).

GWAR got its first nomination in 1993 for its long-form video, “Phallus in Wonderland,” but lost out to Annie Lennox. The group appeared in its full stage gear to pick up its tickets for the ceremony but were denied admission. They relented and invaded a tuxedo rental shop and attended the show.

Jackson said the group will attack the Grammy ceremony again.

Don’t say no one has been warned.

BWF (before we forget): GWAR’s “America Must Be Destroyed” album (Metal Blade) charted for one week in 1992, reaching No. 177.

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