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Mojo Nixon

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Mojo Nixon (born Neill Kirby McMillan, Jr., August 2, 1957 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is a satirical psychobilly musician known for his boisterousness, his often scathing critiques of pop culture and his libertarian political views.

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 “Free, Drunk and Horny. ” 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!!! contained 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 the town drunk from The Andy Griffith Show.)

Throughout the late 1980s Nixon and Roper frequently insulted contemporary celebrities such as MTV VJ Martha Quinn (“Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin”), Deborah Gibson and Rick Astley (“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 to not 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” and “The Amazing Bigfoot Diet.”

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