Pop singing in 2009 in the home shirt of the Denmark national football team
|Birth name||James Moyer Franks|
|Also known as||Jimmy Pop Ali|
August 27, 1972 |
Trappe, Pennsylvania, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, comedy rock, post-punk, rap rock|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, lyricist, composer, singer, guitarist, pianist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboard|
|Associated acts||Bloodhound Gang
The DiCamillo Sisters
Jimmy Pop (born James Moyer Franks; August 27, 1972) is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, and one of two founding members of the band Bloodhound Gang, the other being Daddy Long Legs from the band WOLFPAC.
Early life and education
Pop was born in Trappe, Pennsylvania, and is of Jewish, German, and Native American descent. He was raised Lutheran but ceased practicing just when his parents approved doing so. He mentions that he is of Jewish ethnicity but does not actually consider himself Jewish:
|“||I have the blood in me, but I'm not considered part of the tribe. When my family came over here, on my father's side they were all rabbis. They changed their name from Hershell to Hershey and one of their younger grandchildren or whatever became the Hershey Bar guy. I never got any money out of it... I have American Indian in me and lots of German, which works really well with the Jew. It's just a big mixed bag. Somewhere along the line, my parents were raised Lutheran and as soon as I didn't have to go anymore, I wasn't into it. So I wasn't raised Jewish, but being in the music business, of course, I have Jewish managers. So I'm always up for the holidays.||”|
Pop graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1990 and commenced studies in mass communication and history at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he met Bloodhound Gang bassist Jared "Evil Jared Hasselhoff" Hennegan.
Pop is a member of a Christmas band called The DiCamillo Sisters, along with Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo, and Jess Margera. Pop collaborated with dance artist Tomcraft for a song called "Broadsword Calling Danny Boy" in 2006. The song is featured on Tomcraft's official MySpace. In 2007, Pop collaborated with German group Scooter for a song called "The Shit That Killed Elvis", which was featured on their album The Ultimate Aural Orgasm. Bam Margera can be heard in the song's intro. The song reached number 2 in the German Hip Hop billboards and remained there for two weeks. In 2010, Pop collaborated with German group Die Atzen for an English version of the song "Disco Pogo" which was featured on the Jersey Shore soundtrack.
Pop made an appearance in the CKY series of films, during a shopping cart race scene and slap fight in CKY 4. He also appeared in an episode of Viva La Bam titled "Limo vs Lambo", in which Pop borrowed Bam Margera's Lamborghini without telling him, causing Bam Margera to accuse his close friends (specifically Ryan Dunn) of doing the deed. Pop also appeared for a total of about five seconds in the "State of Bam" episode of Viva La Bam. He also appeared in the Viva La Bam episode in which a scavenger hunt took place (which ended in the arrests of himself, Margera, Evil Jared Hasselhoff, and others). He also appeared on the Viva La Bam episode "Rockstars", in which Don Vito and Phil Margera attempt to become rock stars, leading Jimmy Pop to French kiss Don Vito onstage.
Pop can be seen twice in the final episode of Bam's Unholy Union. Pop can first be seen greeting Margera, and is later seen speaking with Dave England. Pop has appeared on The Dudesons, being one of the people throwing darts during the human dart board stunt with Jarppi Leppälä. Pop appeared with fellow Bloodhound Gang member Evil Jared Hasselhoff in the film Minghags: The Movie, directed by Bam Margera. They are credited in the film as "The Bloodhound Gang". The trailer for the movie was shown at most venues on one of the band's UK tour and featured Pop and Evil Jared as part of an ambulance crew. Pop also appears in Bam Margera's movie called Where The#$&% Is Santa?. He appears in the music video for the Oleander song "Boys Don't Cry".
Pop was a contributing writer to American pop culture satire publication POPsmear throughout the 1990s. He was an intern on The Howard Stern Show for a short period before being signed to his first record contract with Bloodhound Gang.
Pop is a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, and is often seen wearing a Phillies hat. He is noted for singing in a deep monotone in many songs, and for his Philadelphia accent (particularly the "Philadelphia A"), which can be heard in most Bloodhound Gang songs.
- "Jimmy Pop brings R-rated rock". NewsTimes. 2005-10-21. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- "Dave Friedman's Top Ten interviews of 2005". NewsTimes. 2005-12-30. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- "James Franks (Jimmy Pop) op Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- Tom Craft on Myspace
- Minghags at the Internet Movie Database
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