That's one way of putting it.
"With GG, you don't get what you expect. You get what you deserve."
A deceased punk rocker known for obscene lyrics, infamous lifestyle, and subversive live shows.
GG was born Jesus Christ Allin, so named by his Christian father, who claimed to have had a vision of his son being a powerful man, likened to the Messiah.
(The shortening of his name to "GG" was born out of his brother Merle's mispronunciations.) His name was changed to Kevin Michael Allin by his mother, who left the marriage and took GG and Merle with her, to avoid him being bullied in school. Inspired by rock & roll at an early age, GG began playing drums for local bands, which eventually resulted in him fronting The Jabbers and their releasing of Always Was, Is, And Always Shall Be
in 1980, which remains likely his least
Allin's increasing mental instability and drug abuse eventually resulted in him splitting from the Jabbers. GG went on to front several underground punk
bands, such as the Scumfucs and the Cedar Street Sluts, and recorded numerous albums that are now out of print. As the 1980s progressed, his live shows became more extreme in nature thanks to GG's desire to shock and provoke, culminating in his infamous coprophagia. His philosophy had become extremely individualist and anarchist, once calling himself the 'last true rock & roller.'
One of his most infamous claims was that, on Halloween in 1989, he would commit suicide on stage, in order to make a statement about choosing your own fate and ending when one is at one's peak. He was in prison when the day arrived, and in fact, a similar situation would repeat for a few years afterward, and when asked why he didn't follow up on the threat, he responded with the quote at the top of the page. Due to his antisocial behavior on stage and off, he wound up serving several jail sentences, one of which was for the alleged assault of a fan. GG never did wind up making his grand exit: on the morning of June 28, 1993, GG was found dead of an overdose. He was 36.
GG Allin, alongside one of his most famous backing bands, the Murder Junkies, were the subject of the documentary Hated.
Check out a transcript of The GG Allin Manifesto here
, to get GG's own take on his music and outlook.
Partial Discography note
- Always Was, Is, And Always Shall Be (1980)
- E.M.F. (1983)
- You Give Love A Bad Name (1987)
- Hated In The Nation (a partial live album) (1987)
- Dirty Love Songs (compilation) (1987)
- Expose Yourself To Kids (EP) (1988)
- Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies (1988)
- Suicide Sessions (1989)
- Banned In Boston (compilation of early tracks) (1989)
- Doctrine Of Mayhem (compilation) (1991)
- Anti-Social Personality Disorder (live) (1993)
- Brutality And Bloodshed For All (1993) (last studio album of GG's lifetime)
- Hated (compilation of songs used in the GG documentary of the same name) (1993)
- Carnival Of Excess (country album) (1996)
- The Troubled Troubadour (country album) (1996)
- Res-Erected (compilation) (1999)
GG Allin provided examples of:
- The Alcoholic: And how. In the song "When I Die," he asked to be buried with a bottle of Jim Beam beside him, as "it was my only friend".
- According to reports of his funeral, that was exactly what happened... and since it basically turned into a party, people stole the Jim Beam, drank from it, and when he was buried, there was just a tiny bit of the liquor left in the bottle.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Guess what his first instrument was.
- Anti-Love Song: "I love nothing, nobody, nowhere."
- Anything That Moves: He liked women but it wasn't uncommon for him to perform sexual acts with male members of his audience. The documentary Hated had a photo of a male fan performing fellatio on him.
- Ass Shove: During a performance at New York University, he shoved a banana up his own ass and threw it at the audience. He was kicked off campus and told to never come back.
- Attempted Rape: GG would sexually harass women and men during his sets. According to him, he had forced penetration a few times. There is no evidence of this besides his boasting.
- There is the occasional forceful grab of a woman in the occasional concert video, but he's usually distracted by several other fans beating the hell out of him immediately afterwards.
- The Band Minus the Face: The Murder Junkies have toured and recording without GG since his death. This has had a rather varied reception from fans.
- GG's first backing band, The Jabbers, reunited long after GG's death with Queers members Wimpy Rutherford and Harlan Miller replacing GG and former Jabbers guitarist Rob Basso, respectively.
- Beneath the Mask: For all his anti-social behavior onstage and in public, a series of phone calls between GG and his manager (taped without GG's knowledge) reveals him to have been a quite intelligent guy with an agenda. Among other things, he revealed a love of classic country music (some fans have speculated he was toying with going in this direction) and went into great detail about setting up tours and tracking record sales. He even revealed that while in prison, he would act a different way every single day to keep the other inmates from messing with him.
- Berserk Button: It didn't take much to set him off but in the documentary Hated, a female fan stepped onto stage while he was in a (somewhat) good mood and asked him why he didn't kill himself on Halloween as promised. He immediately began punching her in the face and dragging her across the stage by her hair until another fan came to her rescue.
- Black Comedy: In an era where parents would actually sue metal bands, claiming the music made their children kill themselves, GG, seemingly out of spite, wrote "Commit Suicide." It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Blasphemous Boast: GG would proclaim to be Jesus, God, and Satan rolled into one.
- His father even named him as such.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Coming from a guy who was literally crazy, this isn't much of a surprise. Heck, it's a good bet that he may be the most foul-mouthed rock vocalist that ever lived.
- Contemptible Cover: Brutality And Bloodshed For All◊.
- Country Matters: Pretty liberal with this.
- Country Music: GG was a huge fan, and even recorded a full length country album. It was pretty good.
- Cover Song: GG did a lot of semi covers/parodies/rip offs of other songs. He admitted this in interviews, but always took writing credit in his albums.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His birth father was nuts; even aside from his aforementioned delusions, he'd threaten to bury his entire family in a grave he dug. GG himself did poorly at school and was constantly bullied for not fitting in, to the point that he'd start rebelling by showing up to school in drag. GG's take on his and Merle's youth:
"Very chaotic. Full of chances and dangers. We sold drugs, stole, broke into houses, cars. Did whatever we wanted to for the most part - including all the bands we played in. People even hated us back then."
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Once claimed in an interview that "Sex is better with someone you hate, but I still prefer jerking off over any of it." He even wrote "I Wanna Fuck Myself" about the subject.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be is not only less harsh in terms of music and lyrics than his more notorious output, but it's interesting to just look at the clean-shaven GG with no visible tattoos on the cover in contrast to how he looked at the more (in)famous part of his career.
- It's also worth noting that his earlier music tends to do better with critics than the rest of his discography.
- Full-Frontal Assault: He got naked or mostly naked at every show and would often try to fight audience members while in this state.
- The Fun in Funeral: His funeral became a wild party with his friends posing with his corpse, placing drugs and whiskey into his mouth. He was buried with a bottle of Jim Beam in his hand.
- Harsh Vocals: Depending on the album.
- "I Am Great!" Song: Plays this trope disarmingly straight with songs like "Blood For You" and "Highest Power."
- I Am the Band: It didn't matter if he was playing which of his many bands was backing him, people came to see GG.
- "I Want" Song: "I Wanna Fuck Your Brains Out," "I Wanna Rape You," and "Eat You Out."
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Most of his vocals during concerts were this due to GG's usual on-stage debauchery.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: GG Allin was backed by The Murder Junkies, The Scumfucs, The Jabbers, The Holymen, AIDS Brigade, The Disappointments, and more.
- Intercourse with You: Unfortunately, the songs under "I Want" Song are what passes for this trope in GG's mind.
- Ironic Name: Born Jesus Christ Allin, he certainly didn't seem to have much in common with his namesake.
- Listing Cities: "Shove That Warrant Up Your Ass."
- Lolicon: "Expose Yourself To Kids," "Young Little Meat" and especially "Master Daddy" just beg for some Brain Bleach afterward.
- Looped Lyrics: "SUCK MY ASS IT SMELLLLLLLLLLS....."
- Lyrical Cold Open: "Sluts In The City."
- Made of Iron: Practically every concert involved him getting naked and rolling around on broken glass before picking a fight with his entire audience. Sometimes it also involved him cutting himself with knives, setting himself on fire, and other stunts. In fact, many videos feature him performing for a few minutes until all hell breaks loose for the rest of the set.
- Madness Mantra: "SUCK MY ASS IT SMELLLLLLLLLLS....."
- "I hate you motherfuckers, I hate you motherfuckers, I hate you motherfuckers....."
- Male Frontal Nudity
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Subverted in Real Life, as shown in the documentary Hated. While the off-stage GG was certainly calmer, more clearheaded, and, by various accounts, more approachable, he always prided himself on being a total dirtbag. A psychological evaluation revealed he had a mixed personality disorder with narcissistic, borderline and masochistic tendencies.
- Metal Scream: Mainly latter-day material. He was able to carry a tune during his time with the Jabbers, but by the late 1980s, alcohol and drug abuse took their toll on his throat; not that this bothered GG, who by then had took to growling and screaming his lungs out on virtually every song. One critic has commented that his vocal style sounds like vomiting.
- Miniscule Rocking: "SUCK MY ASS IT SMELLLLLLLLLLS....."
- Misanthrope Supreme
- Misogyny Song: Too many to list. "Automatic" is an infamous example, featuring the lyric "Don't go playin' with me emotionally, or I will make you bleed internally."
- Basically, most if not all of Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be is devoted to his degrading views of women.
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: His early years with the Jabbers were a 9, but once he really went off the deep end he wedged himself firmly between 10 or 11, and relished every second of it.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: His straight punk songs are at least a 7, but his forays into Country Music drop him down to a 2.
- N-Word Privileges: Averted in true GG fashion.
- Nightmare Fetishist: On his birthday, some of his friends got a stripper to urinate in his mouth.
- Outsider Music: In a sense he is. His music is so inaccessible that people rather came to watch his shows for all the audacious stuff that was going on than for the performance, which even Allin himself acknowledged were garbage.
- Parental Incest: "Kill Thy Father, Rape Thy Mother."
- Refuge in Audacity: His songs discussed pedophilia, racism, and rape in a positive light.
- Rock Star Song: "1980s Rock & Roll."
- Sanity Slippage: Most of his discography. Come on, it's GG Allin we're talking about!
- Serious Business: To him, anyway (as well as some of his most diehard fans).
- Something Completely Different: His country ballads. Although with songs like "Fuck Authority," "Watch Me Kill" and "Guns, Bitches, Brawls And Bottles," the difference was definitely more in style than in substance.
- Studio Chatter: Pops up here and there mostly thanks to the obviously quick n' dirty recording process. One example is "Abuse Myself, I Wanna Die," featuring a false start and the band quickly starting over.
- Teeny Weenie: He wasn't afraid to show it off.
- Three Chords and the Truth: Played straight with his punk songs. They sound very dirty and distorted; as if they were recorded by a crappy tape deck at a rest stop bathroom.
- Villainous Friendship: GG admired outcasts, and even made friends with John Wayne Gacy - yes, the pedophile clown - who eventually painted the cover art for the soundtrack to Hated.
- Would Hit a Girl: Anyone in his audience was fair game to punch.
"Hopefully in a hundred years, people will look back at GG and say, well, he's the one who started this whole... y'know, rebellion, and... y'know, and this whole war, and that's why rock & roll has come back around and evolved and gotten to be rock & roll again, y'know?"
~ Merle Allin, from the documentary Hated