I’m currently doing some research to beef up The Radioactive Chicken Heads' Wikipedia page and I stumbled across this neat little gem.
On January 17, 1998, the Chicken Heads (then called Joe & the Chicken Heads) declared war against The Aquabats on an episode of The Ska Parade radio show, in what was called The Battle of the Millennium!. The feud was even reported in the OC Weekly newspaper! This was the Chicken Heads’ declaration of war:
There comes a time when the underground underdog anti-heros have to stand up for their rights, their respect, their publicity stunts. When certain so-called super-heroes from the island of Aquabania use crooked tactics to annihilate their adversaries as part of their abominable plan for world domination, a suitable course of action must be taken. Thus Joe and the Chicken Heads have to recourse to force of arms in an all-out poultry uprising under the command of Sgt. Psychlopps with the support of the Chicken Heads militia.
The history of the Aquabats is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the Chicken Heads. To prove this, let these Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The Professor invited the Chicken Heads onstage to jam with them at the Mesa Theatre on August 9, 1997, only as a deception for the Aquabats to attack us by spraying the stage with some super slippery stuff and attack us with drop kicks and low down dirty tricks!
The Aquabats’ Caped Commander pulled one of the eyes off the Cockroach!
The Aquabats’ Cat Boy ripped the beak from Kung Pow Chicken and victoriously raised it like a trophy!
They dissed us in front a quadrozillion people!
They’ve repeatedly avoided our challenges for a rematch!
They included a song about us on their latest album that glorifies the eating innocent chickens!
At some of their concerts, they’ve even savagely tossed chicken nuggets into the audience!
They formed an alliance with our sworn enemy, the despicable Colonel Sanders and his army of chicken murderers!
We’re jealous that they’re more popular than us!
Therefore, the Chicken Heads consider themselves henceforward in state of war with the Aquabats and the nation of Aquabania. As war exists, and, notwithstanding all our efforts to avoid it, exists by the act of the Aquabats themselves, we are called upon by every consideration of duty and patriotism to vindicate with decision the honor, the rights, and the interests of all chicken-kind. We, the mutant products of Clucky Farm, are conscious that the war that we have declared is our last resort, but also a just one. All systems go, so the world will know the Aquabats are just a super fad, super fad, Super FAD!
They devised a website entitled The Anti-Aquabats, Pro-ChickenHeads, Un-Official Official Web Page! (on GeoCities, natch). It’s nothing fancy, but it’s a fun little tongue-in-cheek site, featuring a slanderous re-imagining of The Aquabats’ origins and a re-working of the lyrics to “Idiot Box!” (“Turn off that idiot band/You should be listening to the Chicken clan!”).
Most interesting is the extraordinarily long guestbook, in which a good number of Aquabats fans reacted quite hostile towards what was obviously a joke rivalry (choice quotes: “you know that if you were ever along with crash from the bats he’d beat the living f*** out of you and shove a chicken head down your t rought”….”I first became a cadet for one reason, to support my favorite band. But now I’ve got a new reason…KICKIN’ YOUR A**!!!"…"the chicken heads will never be near what the bats have, the bats have millions more fans and millions more dollars.”….”I haven’t been so sickened since Clinton was re-elected”, etc.)
This all happened shortly after the infamous GWAR vs. The Aquabats debacle. I have no idea (yet) if The Aquabats and The Chicken Heads ever squared off, either on stage, online or on Ska Parade, but I’ll definitely keep my ears and eyes peeled. If there’s one thing I truly love in life, it’s looking at archived GeoCities pages for costumed punk bands.
The Chicken heads were genuinely hurt and confused by the way The Aquabats treated them at this show at the Mesa Theater. The Aquabats use to actually list Joe And The Chickenheads on their website on the friends and foes page under “Friends” before all of this went down.
To my knowledge though from talking to the chickenheads, The Aquabats still to this day have never apologized for damaging their heads…etc