Last year Games Workshop celebrated Christmas with a limited edition miniature of Da Red Gobbo dressed as Santa (opens in a new tab), and this year followed with another promotional oddity. The Goff Rocker (opens in a new tab) is a leather-clad ork with a guitar and a grenade for a microphone who looks like a cross between Lemmy from Motörhead and Slash from Guns n’ Roses and has his own theme song to the tune of Jingle Bells called ‘Era We Go (opens in a new tab). (It is actually attributed to Jonathan Hartman, composer of Warhammer series such as Angels of Death, Interrogator and Hammer & Bolter.)
The Goff Rocker is a nice reference to an obscure piece of Warhammer 40,000 from 1991, when the tabletop wargame supplement ‘Ere We Go: Orks in Warhammer 40,000 introduced the rules of the Goffik Rok Band. This trio of orks carrying “Rok guitars” were the Doof warriors of their time, playing music to keep the army pumped up on the march. Mechanically they placed orks within 12 inches on the table, so excited they could fire twice per turn, but at -1 to hit thanks to their over-enthusiasm.
In the 1990s, Games Workshop ran a label called Warhammer Records, signing hard rock bands Wraith and D-Rok to record 40K-themed music. Prior to this, the company worked with metal band Bolt Thrower, licensing them to use 40,000 artwork for their Realm of Chaos album cover, and offered a “flexi-disc” of the song Blood for the Blood. God from the thrash band Sabbat with a number from White Dwarf.
I can’t imagine a new Christmas song marking a return to the world of rock ‘n’ roll for Games Workshop, but I certainly wouldn’t mind if it did. There is a fake tour poster (opens in a new tab) for Goff Rocker’s “Festive Tour M41” with special guest Sloppity Bilepiper, a reference to a demonic Nurgle Herald playing a grotesquely organic bagpipe playing that came across as a Magic: The Gathering card (opens in a new tab) as well as a miniature (opens in a new tab)and I would absolutely listen to any music produced by this thing.
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