Mojo Nixon, the other musician, actor and DJ, identified for the 1987 novelty hit “Elvis Is All over the place” has died. He used to be 66.
Nixon, whose actual identify is Neill Kirby McMillan Jr., used to be discovered lifeless these days onboard the yearly Outlaw Nation Cruise, the place he used to be common presence each as a performer and co-host. He had carried out simply the evening earlier than — the photograph above is from that efficiency.
The purpose used to be cardiac match, in keeping with his circle of relatives.
“August 2, 1957 — February 7, 2024 Mojo Nixon. The way you reside is the way you will have to die. Mojo Nixon used to be full-tilt, wide-open rock arduous, root hog, nook on two wheels + on hearth…,” his circle of relatives mentioned in a remark on Fb. “Passing after a blazing display, a raging evening, ultimate the bar, taking no prisoners + a just right breakfast with bandmates and pals.
“A cardiac match at the Outlaw Nation Cruise is set proper… & that’s simply how he did it, Mojo has left the development,” the remark persisted. “Since Elvis is all over, we all know he used to be looking ahead to him within the alley out again. Heaven assist us all.”
Born in North Carolina, raised in Virginia, schooled in Ohio, and after touring to England, Nixon first began taking part in track in Denver in a punk band referred to as Zebra 123. “A large number of other people had the similar concept concurrently,” Nixon mentioned in an interview for the 2020 career-spanning boxed set, “The Mojo Manifesto.” “I’m gonna take roots track and I’m gonna infuse it with the power and pleasure of punk rock.” As for his early band’s track, Nixon mentioned, “It used to be Jerry Lee Lewis on extra pace. Now not simply pace, however extra pace. A large number of issues sounded just like the Conflict, however even sooner and stupider.”
After Zebra 123 flamed out, Nixon moved south to San Diego, the place Nation Dick Montana’s pre-Beat Farmers band, the Snuggle Bunnies “followed me as their puppy,” Nixon recalled. “I used to be type like their grownup nephew.” Quickly he connected with Richard Banke, higher referred to as Skid Roper, a multi-instrumentalist who appreciated a washboard. In combination they gained a Struggle of the Bands contest and have been topped the Easiest New Band in San Diego. Their prize – 3 hours of studio time at Soundtrax Studio in San Diego. “They idea we’d purchase 3 extra,” Nixon recalled. “however oh no, we reduce 3 songs, overdubbed and blended them and we have been carried out in 3 hours.”
The duo quickly landed a freelance with Los Angeles-based indie label Enigma information, which launched their 1985 debut, “Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper.” Nixon’s step forward got here with the 1987 album “Bo-Day-Shus!!!,” which featured the outlet observe, “Elvis Is All over the place.” The music’s video garnered play on MTV and earned him a place functioning on “The Arsenio Corridor Display,” the place the group used to be given cardboard Elvis mask to put on all over his efficiency.
“Earlier than ‘Elvis is All over the place’ there have been simply numerous dudes on the Mojo display,” Nixon mentioned. “It’s a sausage fest, and the ladies which can be there are there in protest. ‘Sure, I’ll pass and pressure your under the influence of alcohol ass house for those who pass and watch this Jodie Foster film with me.’ However after ‘Elvis Is All over the place’ exact ladies got here on their very own, no longer coerced through their under the influence of alcohol husbands.”
Nixon went directly to file a number of different albums, each as a solo artist and with different collaborators, together with the Toadliquors and Jello Biafra. Along with his revved-up model of punky-rockabilly, he steadily skewered pop track figures in songs corresponding to “Don Henley Should Die,” “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Kid” and “Carry Me the Head of David Geffen.”
He veered into performing with 1989’s Jerry Lee Lewis biopic, “Nice Balls of Fireplace,” wherein he used to be forged as drummer James Van Eaton. He additionally scored portions within the 1993 live-action “Tremendous Mario Bros.” movie and the and in a film replace of “Automobile 54, The place Are You?”
Sooner or later, he shifted his focal point to radio with native gigs in Cincinnati and San Diego earlier than touchdown a role with SiriusXM.
Nixon summed up his profession thus: “Mojo Nixon sought after to be Richard Pryor. He’s like Richard Pryor’s silly cousin if he used to be white and performed in a rockabilly band. I’d say issues that concurrently surprised other people and spoke the reality.
“I don’t have that a lot ability, however what I do have is a gigantic quantity of enthusiasm,” he persisted. “As Mr. Rotten used to name it, ‘A vast provide!!!’”