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|Birth name||Eldon Wayne Hoke|
|Also known as||El Duce|
March 23, 1958|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
April 19, 1997 (aged 39)|
Riverside, California, U.S.
|Genres||Heavy metal, punk rock, shock rock|
|Labels||Ever Rat Records, Mentor Records, Metal Blade, Mystic|
|Associated acts||The Mentors, Gardy Loo!, Coven, The Screamers, Chinas Comidas|
Eldon Wayne Hoke (March 23, 1958 – April 19, 1997), nicknamed El Duce, was best known as the drummer and lead singer of the shock rock band The Mentors. He was part of other acts, including Chinas Comidas and The Screamers before that.
Hoke and the Mentors worked to gain attention through farcical demonstrations of political incorrectness. Their guitarist renamed himself "Sickie Wifebeater", and the group often appeared in public wearing black executioner hoods.
During the 1985 U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's hearings into the proliferation of "obscene" lyrics in popular music, the Rev. Jeff Ling recited the lyrics to the Mentors song, "Golden Shower" to musician Frank Zappa, who opposed the hearings. The lyrics, which included the line, "Bend up and smell my anal vapor/Your face is my toilet paper" prompted Zappa and others to denounce the hearings as a farce.
In addition to his musical career, Hoke also worked as an extra in television (such talk shows like "Hot Seat with Wally George" and "The Jerry Springer Show"), movies (including the science fiction musical "Population: 1", starring his fellow bandmate Tomata Du Plenty; "Two Idiots in Hollywood", directed by Stephen Tobolowsky and "Du-beat-e-o", starring Joan Jett), and music video productions.
In the mid-nineties, after the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Hoke began making the claim that Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, had offered to pay Hoke to kill Cobain. Hoke promoted his story in such media outlets as TV's Jerry Springer Show, The National Enquirer weekly tabloid, and in Nick Broomfield's documentary film, Kurt & Courtney. El Duce claimed in the film, Kurt & Courtney, that he knew who killed Cobain (giving the name "Allen"), but said he would "let the FBI catch him".
In 1998 "Backstage Sluts" (lately shortened and re-edited as "Backstage Pass: Uncensored"), directed by Matt Zane, was released - the movie wherein famous rockers (including members of Motorhead, KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Sugar Ray and Insane Clown Posse) recount their wildest sexual moments, while actual porn stars acted them out. Also this film contains one of the last known footage of El Duce, with his penultimate interview from 1997, in which he drunkenly declares his taste in the opposite sex: "I like nasty women. I like... homeless women."
On April 19, 1997, one day after his final performance and two days after filming his interview for the Kurt & Courtney documentary, Hoke was found dead on the railroad tracks in Riverside, California, "decapitated in the accident - he was hit full on by a freight train doing 60 MP/H", according to Steve Broy, the Mentors' bass player. Subsequent tests indicated a high blood alcohol content and thus Hoke's official cause of death was given by the coroner's office as "misadventure". However, Al Jourgensen (of the industrial metal band Ministry) wrote in his autobiography that El Duce was killed by the train when some fans on the other side of the railroad tracks called his name and, as he attempted to cross to meet them, his foot became stuck in the track. However, due to the timing of his death, conspiracy theorists have postulated that his death was related to the statements he made for the Kurt & Courtney documentary.
- 1991 - The Man, The Myth, The Legend
- 1992 - Booze and Broads
- 1993 - Musical Pornography
- 1993 - Slave to thy Master
- 1995 - Buttfucking Man
- 1996 - Lock Up Yer Daughters
- 1997 - Karaoke King I
- 1997 - Karaoke King II
- 1997 - Perverts on Parade
- 2010 - God (recorded in 1996)
- 2011 - El Duce's XXX-Mas (recorded in 1996)
- 2018 - Have Scum Will Travel (compilation of outtakes)
- Get Up and Die (1983)
- Mentors Fuck Movie (1987)
- A Piece of Sinema (1990)
- The Wretched World of The Mentors (1990)
- Mentors Tour De Max '91 (1991)
- El Duce, The Man. The Myth. The Video (1993)
- Mentors – El Duce Vita DVD (2007)
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