Don Henley Must Die – Mojo Nixon

Mojo Nixon is an American musician, known for playing psychobilly music. He has officially retired from playing live and recording, though he does host several radio shows on Sirius Satellite Radio and has come out of retirement for one-off events, such as an event to support fellow musician Kinky Friedman’s candidacy for Texas governor.

Nixon paired with Skid Roper (aka Richard Banke) in the early 1980s in San Diego. Roper mostly provided instrumental backup to Nixon’s lyrics. Nixon and Roper released their first album in 1985 on Enigma Records. Although the album’s title is officially Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper, many fans refer to it as “Mojo Nixon and Skeeeed Roper.” The song “Jesus at McDonald’s” from that album was the duo’s first noteworthy single.

Nixon and Roper’s third album, 1987’s Bo-Day-Shus!!! featured the song “Elvis is Everywhere,” a deification of Elvis Presley, which is probably his best known song (Nixon later declared his personal religious trinity was Presley, Foghorn Leghorn and Otis Campbell).

Throughout the late 1980s Nixon and Roper frequently insulted contemporary celebrities such as MTV VJ Martha Quinn (“Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin”), Rick Astley, and Deborah Gibson (“Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child”). Nixon appeared in several promotional spots for MTV during this period, but the network’s decision not to show the video for “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child,” which starred Winona Ryder, prompted him to sever ties with the network. Meanwhile, the duo also lampooned contemporary American culture and social issues in songs such as “I Hate Banks”, “Burn Down The Malls” and “The Amazing Bigfoot Diet.”

In 1998 he had a short run as an advice columnist with “Life Fixin’ with Mojo Nixon”. Only two columns were authored, and both ran in the short-lived Peterbelly Magazine.

Nixon and Roper parted ways late in 1989. The following year Nixon recorded a solo album on Enigma called Otis. On this album Nixon continued his assault on pop culture, most notably in the song “Don Henley Must Die.” Several years after its release, Henley jumped onstage with Nixon at The Hole in the Wall in Austin, Texas, to perform the song. When Henley jumped out of the crowd, the dumbfounded Nixon immediately asked, “Is Debbie Gibson here too?” Nixon later praised Henley in this way: “He has balls the size of church bells!”

Nixon is an ardent supporter of free file sharing of recordings in MP3 and other formats. He once publicly declared his support because he said he’s “not an asshole like Metallica.” In October 2009, several of his albums were available free on Amazon.com in mp3 format for a limited time as part of a promotion for his CD Whiskey Rebellion.

A supporter of the Libertarian Party, he has a degree in political science and history from Miami University in Ohio. He was also the honorary captain of the United States luge team at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

He is a member of the Church of the SubGenius.

Don Henley Must Die

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This is the sound of my brain.

Then I said, this is the sound of my brain on Don Henley!

Then I said, 1 2 3 4…

He’s a tortured artist
Used to be in the Eagles
Now he whines
Like a wounded beagle
Poet of despair!
Pumped up with hot air!
He’s serious, pretentious
And I just don’t care
Don Henley must die!
Don’t let him get back together
With Glenn Frey!
Don Henley must die!

Turn on the TV
And what did I see?
This bloated hairy thing
Winning a Grammy
Best Rock Vocalist?
Compared to what?
But your pseudo-serious
Crafty Satanic blot
Don Henley must die!
Put a sharp stick in his eye!
Don Henley must die!
Yea yea yea

Quit playin’ that crap
You’re out of the band

I’m only kidding
Can’t you tell?
I love his sensitive music
Idiot poetry, swell
You and your kind
Are killing rock and roll
It’s not because you are O L D
It’s cause you ain’t got no soul!
Don’t be afraid of fun
Loosen up your ponytail!
Be wild, young, free and dumb
Get your head out of your tail
Don Henley must die!
Don’t let him get back together
With Glenn Frey!

Don Henley must die!
Put him in the electric chair
Watch him fry!
Don Henley must die
Don Henley must die
No Eagles reunion
The same goes for you, Sting!

Audio from the 1990 album, Otis

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