"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 controversial album.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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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?"