I Hate You When You're Pregnant is scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 23.
It's been going on five years since Flagstaff musician Phil Buckman subjected Valley audiences to his outlandish alter ego I Hate You When You're Pregnant, and, boy, have a handful of local fans been jonesing for another fix. It's with good reason, as their minds are likely etched with colorful memories of the off-the-wall antics unleashed by this one-man tornado of techno-rock terror. A standard IHYWYP show saw Buckman, typically clad in children's underwear or an equally outlandish outfit (including duct tape and gold lamé bodysuits), roaring side-splitting lyrics filled with pop cultural non-sequiturs or bizarrely braggadocious stories to drum machine beats and hurling his largish 6-foot-5 frame around venues. After inducing excitement in audiences throughout Arizona — and getting ink in such publications as Wired — Buckman took a few years off from the project in 2005 to work on other bands, leaving his rabid following to console themselves with a library of his self-produced MP3 demos (which one can download from fan site www.hotdogstorm.com/IHYWYP) and the occasional performance in his hometown or Tucson. When he announced a long-awaited return to Phoenix last month on local music/culture Web board The Shizz, whose regulars include a majority of his fanbase, the response was fairly enthusiastic. One poster stated rather succinctly: "about time."