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.
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.
- 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 bannana 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.
- Author Existence Failure
- 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.
- 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.
- Blasphemous Boast: GG would proclaim to be Jesus, God, and Satan rolled into one.
- His father even named him as such.
- Chorus-Only Song: "Castration Crucifixion."
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- Hot Blooded
- 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.
- 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.
- "I Want" Song: "I Wanna Fuck Your Brains Out," "I Wanna Rape You," and "Eat You Out."
- Looped Lyrics: "SUCK MY ASS IT SMELLLLLLLLLLS....."
- 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.
- Male Frontal Nudity
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- Refuge in Audacity: His songs discussed pedophilia, racism, and rape in a positive light.
- Serious Business: To him, anyway (as well as some of his most diehard fans).
- 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 the end of a warehouse.
- What Could Have Been: Obviously, his suicide, but reportedly on the night of his overdose, he was talking to friends about touring in Europe.
- Would Hit a Girl: Anyone in his audience was fair game to punch.