El Duce – A Man Among Men

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Eldon Ray Hoke (1958-1997), better known as “El Duce,” the lead singer and drummer of the Mentors, was essentially a highly misogynistic and pornographic heavy metal version of Phil Collins, except infinitely more entertaining and hilarious. El Duce and the Mentors started their XXX-rated musical careers in 1976 in Seattle, Washington. After moving to LA, the Mentors started playing the usual bush-league heavy metal and punk venues, gaining a name for themselves as much for their appearances and El Duce’s obscene bantering with the audience during live shows as they did for their distinctly non-PC songs. The band members all wore black hoods, while El Duce’s entire drum kit was festooned with tits, ass, and split-beaver shots clipped from dozens of different nudie and porn magazines. Additionally, El Duce’s side gig as the MC of the notorious Ivar Theater in Hollywood ensured a constant supply of strippers for their shows. No band more rudely and crudely epitomized the sex, drugs, and rock and roll ethos like El Duce and the Mentors.

 

During a 1992 interview with the infamous underground magazine Answer Me!, El Duce pontificated on topics and themes that have been on the front burner lately:

 

“When I become King of the Country, I’m going to blow up that Statue of Liberty, build a Berlin Wall across the Mexican-American borderline and enslave everybody and send them to work camps if they don’t have their Green Card. Then I’m gonna go to the welfare office and recruit people to go to the work camps.”

 

Hmmm…who does this guy remind me of? LOL

 

Their songs, the majority of which were written by El Duce, and occasionally by guitarist Sickie Wifebeater and bassist Dr. Heathen Scum, leave no doubt whatsoever about their attitudes toward the opposite sex: “4-F Club” (Find Her, Feel, Her, Fuck Her, Forget Her), “Free Fix For a Fuck,” “Woman From Sodom,” “Clap Queen,” “On the Rag,” “My Erection is Over,” and “Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em” (a song about getting drunk and beating up unfaithful women) eventually got them more gigs, and their appearances on local TV shows like “Hot Seat” made them more and more famous, and infamous, in the greater LA area:

 

Mentors on Hot Seat, Part 1:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xcZ5sGsINg

 

 

Mentors on Hot Seat, Part 2:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jswJ0r8BhBM

 

 

The Mentors finally got attention at a national level in 1985, during the Tipper Gore/PMRC hearings into how far into the gutter pop music had sunk. In addition to the committee lambasting songs by such acts as Prince, The Mary Jane Girls, Madonna, and Black Sabbath, a priest recited some lyrics to the Mentors song “Golden Showers,” and was hushed by a chuckling Senator Al Gore:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBatxGAmtVs

 

 

The Mentors continued to release studio and live albums, and toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. The onset of political correctness in no way impeded their progress, and El Duce made more headlines when he claimed to filmmaker Nick Broomfield that he was offered $50,000 by Courtney Love to kill Kurt Cobain. Tragically, El Duce was himself killed, perhaps appropriately, by a train while passed out drunk. Shortly before his death, he made an appearance on the Jerry Springer Show. When confronted by a woman who claimed to be a victim of a gang rape, El Duce’s reply was that he “thought she looked familiar.”

 

El Duce on Jerry Springer:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKN29tz0LhM

 

 

After being on hiatus after El Duce’s untimely death, the Mentors reformed, and continue to release material and tour to this day. They’ve had several lead singers since the death of the inimitable El Duce, but their main prerequisite is that they must sound and act like the original El Duce as much as possible. Unfortunately for them, nobody can truly sound and act like El Duce, but they get an “A” for effort nonetheless. Isaac Newton said that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and the formation of a female version of the Mentors, the aptly-named Womentors, further validates Newton’s time-tested theory. As time goes on, El Duce's status as a man, a Myth, and a Legend continues to grow. Fuck PC-ness!!! Long Live The Mentors!!!!

 

P.S. A very talented young filmmaker named April Jones made an excellent rockumentary about the band, check it out:

 

https://www.mentorsrockumentary.com/#!

 

Comments

James Travil Added Jul 25, 2018 - 11:51pm
I actually remember these guys, never saw them live, but I use to have a few of their albums, and I remember them on Springer. It figures they would be called out by the ridiculous Tipper Gore nonsense. Not a lot of bands or artists like them anymore for sure. 
Michael B. Added Jul 26, 2018 - 12:03am
@ James T. - I've seen them several times over the years, the first time in 1987. Then, as now, I've never thought of them as being anything more than a bunch of particularly dirty comedians that also happened to be a decent metal act, but the onset and entrenchment of that disgusting disease also known as general PC-ness warrants more and intense demonstrations of freedom...like The Mentors!
Stone-Eater Added Jul 26, 2018 - 4:50am
Cool band, really. No PC by far. Quite the opposite. I like that :)
Michael B. Added Jul 26, 2018 - 7:56pm
And there's going to much more of it coming from me from now on; WB is getting way too uptight and political, LOL.
Jeffrey Kelly Added Jul 26, 2018 - 9:07pm
LOL, I found some videos.  They’re great!!!!!!!
I wonder if we can get Ryan to view some...
Michael B. Added Jul 26, 2018 - 9:41pm
@ Jeffrey K. - LOL! I'm glad you are amused...why on Earth wouldn't any red-blooded dude NOT approve of The Mentors! Funny you mention Ryan; like many other WB veterans here, I seem to have an "understanding" with him. Also like many others here, we've certainly been at each other's throats, but eventually one grows to hear other people out, and even find common ground with them. To be perfectly honest, I'd sit down and have a beer with just about everyone I've encountered here.
James Travil Added Jul 26, 2018 - 10:48pm
I wouldn't call Ryan red blooded. A pansy like him is probably pink blooded, lol! 
Michael B. Added Jul 26, 2018 - 11:01pm
@ James T. - Oh, don't get me wrong...I've daydreamed several times about hog-tying Ryan and others like him and forcing them to watch a porn movie/Mentors gig a la A Clockwork Orange, LOL. To be fair, they've probably wanted to do the same to me, except that I'm forced to watch The Ten Commandments while Stryper is being blasted into my skull at 180 decibels!
Stone-Eater Added Jul 27, 2018 - 10:51am
Don't forget to link them here. Bible-Eaters aren't too good at finding such stuff :))
John Minehan Added Jul 29, 2018 - 7:43pm
I have to admit, the phrase, "El Duce got rail roaded" did come to mind. 
Michael B. Added Jul 29, 2018 - 10:06pm
@ John M. - Hilarious! Yes indeed, trains in many of their forms were a recurring theme in El Duce's life and death.
 
It started like this:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b3hTL1h9vA
 
But he wound up like this:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyxdeHTmb44&t=90s
 
LOL!