(həd) Planet Earth
Hed PE (also known as (hed) Planet Earth and stylized as (həd) p.e. or as (Hed)pe or (Hed)PE) is a Punk Rock band from Huntington Beach, California. Their style of music, dubbed "G-Punk", draws mainly from Punk Rock and Hip Hop, touching upon Hardcore Punk, Reggae, and occasionally Funk, Jazz and Heavy Metal.
Their lyrical subject matter is quite diverse, ranging from some of the more frivolous subject matter of Gangsta Rap (pot smoking, sex, etc.) to more political topics. Vocalist Jared is also heavily interested in conspiracy theories, like government cover-up of alien life, the Illuminati, etc.; because of this, Hed PE is often overlooked or downright condemned, despite the diversity of their music.
Members: The band has had many line-up changes over the years; this list may or may not be the current line-up.
- Jared Gomes (also known as MCUD (MC Underdog), Jared Shaine and his birthname, Paulo Sergio Gomes): Vocals (founding member)
- DJ Product © 1969 (Doug Boyce): Turntables (founding member)
- Mawk (Mark Young): Bass (founding member)
- Jaxon (Jackson Lee Benge): Guitar (since 2004)
- Trauma (Jeremiah Stratton): Drums (since 2009)
- The Finger: Keyboard (1994-1996: founding member)
- Chizad: Guitar (1994-2002: founding member)
- Wesstyle (Wes Greer): Guitar (1994-2003: founding member; current touring guitarist for Korn)
- B.C. Vaught: Drums (1994-2003: founding member)
- Sonny Mayo: Touring guitarist (2002-2003; formerly of the band Snot)
- Christopher Hendrich: Drums (2004)
- Moke: Drums (2004-2006)
- Devin Lebsack: Drums (2006-2007)
- Tiny Bubz: Drums (2007-2008)
- Church of Realities (1995)
- Hed PE (1997)
- Broke (2000)
- Blackout (2003)
- Only in Amerika (2004)
- Back 2 Base X (2006)
- Insomnia (2007)
- New World Orphans (2009)
- Truth Rising (2010)
The band members themselves/live performance
- I Have Many Names: Most current and former band members have aliases.
- Juggalo: Jaxon has the Hatchetman painted onto his guitar, and the entire band has performed in face paint; although Jared had performed in face paint since the band's debut, the entire band had not.
- Revolving Door Band: The band has frequently changed line-ups over the years, with the only consistent members being Jared, Mawk and DJ Product.
- The Stoner: Entire band.
- Tribal Face Paint: Often worn by Jared since the band's formation, this has recently extended to the rest of the band, especially when playing for Juggalo audiences, and comes into play heavily on some music videos, like "Here And Now".
- Arc Number: The band often refers to the year 2012, and draws lyrical themes from various theories surrounding the year.
- Erudite Stoner: Jared, in real life.
- Esoteric Motifs: Various.
- I'm Going to Hell For This: "Amerikan Beauty" features this line.
- Intercourse with You: Quite a few of Hed's songs are about this. And not in a subtle or metaphorical way, either. "Work On This", for example, contains a female vocalist singing the lyric "I don't wanna love you, I just wanna fuck you".
- One-Woman Song: "Sophia"
- Political Rap
- Shout-Out: Quite a few.
- "Feel Good": "Satan laughing, spreads his wings and gets a new tattoo"
- "Crazy Legs": The entire chorus originated from a line in Slick Rick's "La Di Da Di".
- "Boom (How You Like That)": "You're in the jungle, baby, you're gonna die!"
- "The Box": "No woman - no cry - know why? Cuz e'rythings gonna be alright" (taken from Bob Marley's song of the same name)
- "Daze of War": "But we don't give a fuck if you don't give a fuck" (alteration of a Snoop Dogg lyric)
- "Game Over": "it was all a dream, I was smoking all the finest weed, like a Kottonmouth King." Sid Vicious is also referenced.
- Something Completely Different: Every album contains a somewhat different sound, in addition to their general Genre Roulette. For example, New World Orphans focuses heavily on the band's Hardcore Punk influences, and Truth Rising focuses more on the band's Heavy Metal influences.
- This Means War: This line occurs in the song "War".
- Bonus Material: Each of their albums has bonus tracks on international releases, usually on the Japanese editions. New World Orphans was originally released in three different versions, each containing unique bonus tracks; when it was reissued on iTunes, its only bonus track was the single "Here And Now". Fans who preordered Truth Rising received a Skull and Bonus CD, which contained exclusive songs, remixes and an interview with Jared in which he discussed the 9/11 Truth Movement.
- Cover Version: A few, including "Crosstown Traffic" and "For What It's Worth" (retitled "Children" by the band). In concerts, the band has covered songs by Rage Against the Machine and Bob Marley.
- Genre Busting
- Genre Roulette
- Hardcore Punk
- Harsh Vocals: Aside his occasional growling, he sometimes performs bluesier harsh singing.
- Hidden Track
- Their self-titled album contains one dubbed "Tits, Clits and Bong Hits" by fans
- Broke has some studio outtakes
- Insomnia has audio of a newsreport involving an explosion at a THC extraction lab operated by then-Methods of Mayhem leader and former Hed PE member Tim Murray. The most revealing part of the audio is when the reporter specifies that manufacturing marijuana is more illegal than selling or possessing it.
- Hip Hop
- Lucky Charms Title: The band's name includes a schwa, a letter used in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: It's not unusual for Hed PE to begin a song with a Hardcore Punk lead, switch to rapping over a Hip Hop beat, then jump into another style.
- Punk Rap
- Punk Rock
- Three Chords and the Truth
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "(həd)"