Jimmy Pop

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Jimmy Pop
Jimmy Pop.jpg
Pop performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJames Moyer Franks
Also known asJimmy Pop Ali (1991–1997)
Born (1972-08-27) August 27, 1972 (age 46)
Trappe, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Musician
  • singer
  • rapper
  • guitarist
  • songwriter
  • composer
Years active1988–present
Associated acts

James Moyer Franks (born August 27, 1972), better known by the stage name Jimmy Pop (originally Jimmy Pop Ali[1]), is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is best known as the former lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, and co-founder of the band Bloodhound Gang along with Daddy Long Legs.

Early life[edit]

Pop was born in Trappe, Pennsylvania, the son of Alice Ann (born Moyer) and Richard Lee Franks.[2][3][4] He was raised Lutheran, but ceased practicing as soon as his parents approved his request to do so. He 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 future Bloodhound Gang bassist Evil Jared Hasselhoff.[5]

Music career[edit]

Bang Chamber 8[edit]

Pop (then still going by his real name) played in a Depeche Mode cover band called Bang Chamber 8 with Mike Bowe (later known as Daddy Long Legs). Pop played guitar, while Bowe played bass and sang. In 1990, Bang Chamber 8 released a cassette of four original songs: "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "Birthday Boy", "Ice Cubes" and "War Chimes". These songs had nothing in common, lyrically or musically, with the Bloodhound Gang. "War Chimes" was written about Operation Desert Storm and featured a guitar solo from Pop at the end, who also provided the lead vocals. The synth line from "Birthday Boy" would be reused on a Bloodhound Gang track, "I'm the Least You Could Do", in 2005.

Bang Chamber 8 split in 1991. In 1992, Pop and Daddy started a hip-hop group called the Bloodhound Gang which later became more of an alternative rock band, where Pop continued to play guitar but Daddy left the Bloodhound Gang to start Wolfpac.

Bloodhound Gang[edit]

Side projects[edit]

Pop collaborated with Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo, and Jess Margera as The DiCamillo Sisters to record a Christmas single titled "But Why's It So Cold?" along with an accompanying video. 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 titled "The Shit That Killed Elvis", which was featured on their album The Ultimate Aural Orgasm. Bam Margera can also be heard in the song's intro. The song reached number 2 in the German Hip Hop chart 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.

Acting career[edit]

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 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,[6] 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".


Year Title Role
1995 The Chick That Was Naked Sleazy interviewer
1997 The Howard Stern Show Jimmy Pop
1998 Kin Don
1998 MTV Rocks Off Guest panelist
2000 Die Harald Schmidt Show Himself
2002 CKY4: The Latest and Greatest Jimmy Pop
2003 One Fierce Beer Run Himself
2003 - 2005 Viva la Bam Jimmy Pop
2004 Bam Margera Presents HIM: The Making of 'The Sacrament' Himself
2004 - 2008 Radio Bam Jimmy Pop
2005 TV Total Musical Guest
2005 Video On Trial Himself
2005 Cribs Jimmy Pop
2006 Howard Stern on Demand Jimmy Pop
2006 The Dudesons Jimmy Pop
2007 Bam's Unholy Union Jimmy Pop
2007 Die Niels Ruf Show Musical Guest
2007 Howard Stern On Demand Jimmy Pop
2008 Minghags: The Movie Paramedic
2008 Bam Margera Presents: Where the#$&% Is Santa? Jimmy Pop

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
1999 "Boys Don't Cry" Oleander Apartmant tenant
2000 "Forever as One" Vengaboys Himself

Personal life[edit]

Franks has German and American Indian heritage.[7] And he also has Jewish ancestry.[8][9]


  1. ^ SPIN Magazine. SPIN Media LLC. May 1997.
  2. ^ "Jimmy Pop brings R-rated rock". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. ^ "RICHARD L. FRANKS's Obituary on The Wellsboro Gazette". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Richard-Holcombe-PA - User Trees - Genealogy.com". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. ^ "James Franks (Jimmy Pop) op Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  6. ^ Minghags on IMDb
  7. ^ http://www.newstimes180.com 2005-12-30 "I have American Indian in me and lots of German, which works really well with the Jew. It's just a big mixed bag"
  8. ^ Jimmy Pop age, biography | Last.fm https://www.last.fm/music/Jimmy+Pop/+wiki According to an article by David Friedman, Jimmy Pop is not 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 ...
  9. ^ Jimmy Pop brings R-rated rock - NewsTimes https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Jimmy-Pop-brings-R-rated-rock-67263.php Oct 21, 2005 - Born James Franks on Aug. 27, 1972, Jimmy Pop is the son of Alice and Richard Franks . The couple has owned a resort in upstate Pennsylvania for the past 20 years. Before that, they owned a drug company; Richard used to be an auctioneer. Jimmy Pop's ancestors include Jews, Germans and Native ...

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