GG Allin: Remembering the GGreat American Hero
This past weekend marked the anniversary of the death of GG Allin. Described as "the most spectacular degenerate in rock and roll history," he died from an accidental heroin overdose on June 28, 1993. It's only proper that we remember his legacy on July 4.
Allin's onstage violence and off-stage antics were disgusting, to say the least. But don't take him too seriously. When we skim through the interviews of the past, we see him not as a coprophagous lunatic, but more as a troll -- perhaps one of the greatest trolls of all time, whether he knew it or not.
In honor of this patriotic holiday and the laws some of you will probably be breaking, we've compiled some of GG's most illegal songs. Unlike many other musicians who merely fantasized about committing crimes, Allin followed through on (almost) every lyric he wrote. So when you're setting off your fireworks in a county where fireworks are illegal, just remember the words of Allin, "Whether anyone likes it or hates it or shows up or doesn't, I'd still do it."
Of course, we areleaving out quite a few, since some of Allin's songs are too vulgar even for Rocks Off.
In this live recording, Allin asks female audience members if they have any desire to have sex. He then told them to make their way to the front of the crowd, adding "you're going to get raped anyway... you never know, you never know."
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Allin said that if he wasn't a rock and roll king (and according to him, he was theking), he probably would have been a mass murderer. He claimed that he would kill himself onstage on multiple occasions, but to many fans' dismay he never (technically) followed through.
He did so accidentally after a show, however, and his fans took pictures with him while he was dying, thinking that he was actually asleep.
This song is about decapitation and GG's obsession with murder. During one of Allin's many stays in jail, he was evaluated by a psychologist who claimed that Allin was not psychotic, but showed signs of borderline personality disorder and narcissism.
Allin did have a "romantic" liaison with a minor from Texas, with whom he had a child. He was notorious for trying to have sex with anything that presented itself to him onstage.
Another ballad for cop killers without limits or laws. Allin was constantly battling the law and the people who enforced them. He had been arrested well more than 50 times in 12 different states.
This one kind of speaks for itself. There will never be another GG Allin, and we probably wouldn't even want another one.
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