Metal maniacs Gwar gave the 2016 presidential election a torturous send-off by covering AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood (You Got it)” with grisly theatrics aimed at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The political spectacle took place during the band’s fifth appearance on the A.V. Club’s “Undercover” series (they previously staged the political death match at Riot Fest Chicago in September). Gwar opened with Boston’s “Foreplay” and segued perfectly into “If You Want Blood,” with singer Blothar delivering strikingly faithful Bon Scott screams.
Performers dressed as Clinton and Trump started trading blows onstage while the band played. The Democratic nominee ripped off the Republican’s face and scratching out his innards. But since no one makes it out of a Gwar set alive, Blothar started disemboweling Clinton. “Oh this is problematic here,” he cracked. “I don’t know about this!”
Gwar has been on a roll performing unlikely mixes. On another “Undercover” appearance, they mixed Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop” with the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Gwar also covered the Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls,” Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son” and Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car.”