Mojo Nixon: The Irreverent Voice Behind ‘Elvis Is Everywhere’ Passes Away at 66

Mojo Nixon, the irreverent musician and satirical force in the music industry, has left the building. Known for his humorous lyrics, scathing critiques of pop culture, and unique blend of punk and rockabilly, Mojo Nixon carved out a niche that defied convention. Let’s take a closer look at the life and legacy of this iconoclastic artist.

Quick Mojo Nixon Biography

Name Mojo Nixon
Father’s Name Neill Kirby McMillan Jr.
Profession Musician, Radio Host
Net Worth $1.4 million
Wife Name Adaire (Newman) McMillan
Date of Birth August 2, 1957
Place of Birth Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
Date of Death February 7, 2024

Early Career and Unconventional Beginnings

Neill Kirby McMillan Jr., born on August 2, 1957, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, embarked on his musical journey in the early 1980s. He teamed up with Skid Roper, and together they released their first album, Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper, in 1985. The duo’s debut single, “Jesus at McDonald’s,” hinted at their irreverent style.

“Elvis Is Everywhere” and MTV Stardom

Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper’s third album, Bo-Day-Shus!!! (1987), featured the unforgettable track “Elvis Is Everywhere.” This satirical anthem playfully deified Elvis Presley and became an alternative hit on MTV. Nixon’s personal religious trinity? Presley, Foghorn Leghorn, and Otis Campbell.

Controversy and Creative Outbursts

Nixon didn’t shy away from controversy. His solo album Otis (1990) continued his assault on pop culture. The song “Don Henley Must Die” caused a fresh round of uproar, even prompting his record company to beg radio stations not to play it. Nixon’s irreverence knew no bounds.

Severing Ties with MTV

During the late 1980s, Nixon and Roper lampooned contemporary celebrities. “Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin” took a jab at MTV VJ Martha Quinn, while “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child” hilariously skewered pop stars. MTV’s refusal to air the latter video led Nixon to sever ties with the network.

Legacy and Beyond

Mojo Nixon’s legacy extends beyond music. He dabbled in acting, appearing in films like Great Balls of Fire! and Super Mario Bros. His voice even graced video games like Redneck Rampage. In the late 1990s and 2000s, he hosted radio shows on SiriusXM, including “The Loon in the Afternoon.”

Farewell to an Icon

Mojo Nixon’s passing on February 7, 2024, leaves a void in the music world. As he once sang, “Since Elvis is everywhere, we know he was waiting for him in the alley out back.” Heaven help us all.

Mojo Nixon Songs List (Greatest Hits)

Album Release Date
Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper 1985
Get Out of My Way! 1986
Frenzy 1986
Bo-Day-Shus!!! 1987
Root Hog or Die 1989
Unlimited Everything 1990
Otis (Solo Album) 1990
Whereabouts Unknown 1995
Gadzooks!!! The Homemade Bootleg 1997
Mojo Nixon Live at The Casbah December 28, 2003 (MP3 Only Release) 2003
Whiskey Rebellion 2009


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