The band, recently up for a Juno Award (Canada's answer to the BRITS) for best band, and who walked off with the best video gong at the ceremony for their Rat Fink
song, had a slot in their European tour free and were keen to return to the scene of their previous triumph.
A fan of artist Ed Roth's Rat Fink
work, he embraced the 1960s hot rod culture.
The Moldy Marvin's 8th Annual Rat Fink
Party & Kustom Kulture Extravaganza -- a tribute to street racing icons who continue to influence extreme-sports culture today -- will start with a 2 p.
His latest namesake is the coolest of the cool, the Electra Rat Fink
and Pink Fink, adorned with no other than Rat Fink
himself, the Roth-created grinning, fly-pestered image who is an icon of the Southern California car scene and beatnik years.
Around him are several of his comic monster creations, including his most famous, Rat Fink.
He and his staff cast pieces such as miniature fuzzy dice, fish and even caricatures of Rat Fink and Ed "Big Daddy" Roth themselves.
His Rat Fink
skateboard team, plastic nazi helmets, and socially satirical art work such as "Sidewalk Surfer" caused Time magazine to once malign him as being the "supply sergeant to the Hell's Angels.
828 prototype was on display recently in California at the annual Rat Fink
gathering of custom cars and hot rods.
More than 70 custom and classic cars and motorcycles from around Southern California will show and race at the seventh annual Rat Fink Party, which also features a roller-derby roller-skate race, a benefit art auction, and music by eight bands.
His most popular monster was the bug-eyed Rat Fink, usually depicted speeding in a hot rod.
The sixth annual Rat Fink Party and Kustom Kulture Extravaganza and charity art auction Saturday at the Los Angeles County Raceway raised money for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children's Cancer.
His most popular monster character was the manic, bug-eyed Rat Fink, usually depicted speeding in a hot rod.
The sixth annual Rat Fink
Party and Kustom Kulture Extravaganza and charity art auction Saturday at a Palmdale drag-race course is expected to draw cars, motorcycles and even custom bicycles from all over California and as far as Phoenix.
Considering that the list includes Rat Fink
(5), the cartoon character that adorns hot rods (not to mention a glove), it makes perfect sense.
Roth went on to insert his ideas into other areas of pop culture with car-related Rat Fink
logos and Weird-Os plastic model kits, while designers such as George Barris drove the race for wackiest-looking motorcars onto film and television lots (``It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,'' ``The Beverly Hillbillies,'' ``Batman'').