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16 things you might not know about about GG Allin

GG Allin is one of rock music's most divisive figures. From his very non-PC lyrics to his forays into coprophilia and self-mutilation onstage, the New Hampshire punk did everything in his power to piss people off. 

Despite threats to kill himself onstage for much of his career, GG passed away in 1993 as the result of a heroin overdose. The jock-strapped skinhead has left behind a legacy of disgrace and depravity, which has become part of heavy music folklore, with bands such as CKY and Faith No More covering his music.

If you're new to the man and the madness, or are a devout Scumfuc follower, here are sixteen things you might not know about GG Allin.

1. His real name was Jesus Christ Allin. His brother started calling him ‘Je Je’, because he couldn’t pronounce ‘Jesus’. This then became GG.

2. Allin’s controversial stage act included such low key practises as coprophagia (the consumption of fecal matter) and self-mutilation.

3. His first band were called Little Sister’s Date, and covered songs by Kiss and Aerosmith.

4. His lyrics were renowned for being anything but politically correct. For proof, just read the words to Ass Fuckin’, Butt Suckin’, Cunt Lickin’ Masturbation or Die When You Die. Not really for the easily offended. But good to play if you wanna annoy your neighbours.

5. Allin introduced his famed ‘poop punk stage movement’ in 1985 at a show in Peoria, Illinois. When he literally – and deliberately – shat himself onstage, there was a near riot, as people tried to get away from the stench.

6. Allin always claimed he was the last true true rock and roller, out to reclaim rock music as the real art form of rebelliousness.

7. Allin idolised country star Hank Williams, and covered Family Tradition by Hank Williams Jr., although he retitled it Scumfuc Tradition.

8. In 1989, Allin said he would commit suicide onstage on Halloween that year. But he was in jail, so unable to carry out his threat. Despite repeating the claims of his impending suicide in front of an audience, Allin never even tried to follow this through, once telling an interviewer that he would only do it when his powers were at their peak.

9. One of the most hysterical rumours about GG Allin was that he guested on the debut solo album from Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw, titled Girls With Guns. When asked about the validity of the story, Shaw laughed and said: “I wish it were true, but it isn’t”.

10. Allin had a daughter, Nico, born in 1986. This was from a relationship with Tracy Deneault.

11. In his last interview, given just a few days before his death, Allin admitted to being arrested 52 times, and claimed he had raped both women and men onstage.

12. Allin died from a heroin overdose on June 28, 1993. After all his suicide threats, it was accidental.

13. He was buried with a bottle of Jim Beam, as he had requested.

14. His song When I Die was an eerie acoustic blueprint for the way Allin wanted to be remembered after his death.

15. Clean cut southern rockers Drive-By Truckers wrote a song called The Night GG Allin Came To Town. This was based on what happened when Allin and his band The Murder Junkies played at the Antenna Club in Memphis on November 16, 1991 Among other things, he shoved a microphone up his arse.

16. If you are so inclined, a GG Allin Bobblehead toy is available to purchase online. Produced as a hand-numbered, limited edition of 2000, the doll sold out a long time ago, although originals and replicas regularly show up on eBay.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.