The Blibbering Humdingers are “wizard rock” band from Cary, NC. They’re also into all kinds of other nerd stuff like Dungeons & Dragons, Doctor Who, medieval history, steampunk, Star Wars, Lego, Ren Faires, SCA, etc.
They play in a wide range of musical styles from old-timey, to 50s do-wop, to 80s new-wave, to straight rock. Most of their songs have a comedic bent, poking fun at characters or situations in the HP books and movies, or turning seemingly innocent situations into lewd ones.
They are also one of the music guests for the 2013 Geek Gala – Huzzah! I recently caught up with Scott Vaughan after seeing each other at StellarCon and we were able to discuss a few things.
How did Blibbering Humdingers get started?
Kirsten and Scott have performed together since 1992 doing celtic, medieval, folk, and various SCA music. In 2007 we sang a few wizard rock covers and filks at a release party for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Not long after, we penned “Voldemort Made Me Crap My Pants” and decided to start a wizard rock act of our own.
- Wizard Rock – can you explain what that is for the uneducated?
Wizard Rock or “wrock” is basically pop music about the world of Harry Potter. It started as a small, home-grown movement around 2002. Many of the early bands tended adopt a persona from the books and write songs from that character’s perspective, something we don’t really do. Wrock’s growth peaked around 2010/11 and is now in a bit of decline as the core HP fandom (16-25y.o. female) matures and moves on to other things. However, there are still several dozen acts that are playing shows regularly and recording new material. Most of the music is focused at a teen and adult crowd. Musical styles range from dance-pop, rock, punk and hip-hop to rap, blues, folk and other styles. Some of the most well-known bands (who were all early pioneers) include: Harry & the Potters, Draco & the Malfoys, The Remus Lupins, The Parselmouths, The Ministry of Magic, The Whomping Willows, The Mudbloods, and the Moaning Myrtles. Many of these acts are no longer together, but their music and the community they helped to create lives on.
- Where do you usually write your songs? Do you have a certain writing method?
Some our best stuff has been written over a few glasses of wine. Scott & Kirsten usually collaborate on lyrics and Scott does most of the music and arrangements. Oddly enough, Kirsten is the one who writes the dirtiest songs. Sometimes we stew for months over a piece, though some pieces have been written and recorded over the course of a single weekend. Sometimes we start with a tune. Sometimes with start with lyrics. Often times the two influence each other.
- If you were to sing about any genre other than Harry Potter – what would it be?
Maybe Snarfquest or some Munchkin-rock. 🙂 We still do a lot of SCA music (medieval, renaissance, folk etc). We want to delve more into medieval fantasy and RPGs, mythology, Doctor Who, Firefly, Tolkein and other nerdly topics. Scott also has a dream of producing a collection of 80s songs done in an old-timey/swing/steampunk style.
- The theme for this year’s Geek Gala is Alien Invasion. How do you think Aliens would do if they landed in Hogsmeade?
You’re talking about a ground assault here, right? Not an alien like Galactus, or a Vogon destructor fleet? If so, Hermione Granger sated that the magical field is so intense around Hogwarts (and thus Hogsmeade) that most muggle technology simply doesn’t work. Depending on the technology employed by the invading aliens they might have a hard time of it. Even with advanced technology, I feel strongly that most wizards could put up a pretty good fight against many alien races. Though a sufficiently large group of Klingons armed with bat’leths could put up a pretty ugly fight. And those bugs from Starship Troopers? hmmmm.
For more information on the Blibbering Humdingers, please their website at http://camelot-treasures.com/humdingers.htm