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The punk rock icon G.G. Allin had always been a controversial figure in the world of rock, but his early drug-induced death cut off his legacy before he reached the mainstream. Since then, the legend of G.G. has only grown larger as influential hard rock musicians such as Mike Patton and Rob Zombie have come out as fans and a documentary has been made about his life. Public Animal #1, a fairly obscure album from 1984, enjoyed a re-release since his passing. And although his later material was both more offensive and abrasive, this may actually be the most audibly pleasing album he ever made. Poppy, Ramones-influenced tracks such as "You Hate Me and I Hate You" and "NYC Tonight" are memorable anthems that are not as offensive as Allin's later material. But no G.G. album would be complete without a few songs that live up to his terrifying reputation, and the most blatant of these tracks is "I Wanna Rape You." Like many of his later songs, this is filthy and only of interest to his sickest fans. But oddly enough, this is a listenable and enjoyable album that is only dragged down by the juvenile lyrics. But that may be half the reason people buy this album, so just be warned that this is not for the faint of heart. A short radio interview is included as the last track.


Born: 29 August 1956 in Lancaster, NH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

To some, G.G. Allin was the ultimate symbol of rock & roll rebellion, taking it to extremes that no one else was dangerous enough to explore. To others, he was a lunatic whose attempts to shock and disgust were too ham-fisted to be taken seriously. Wherever the truth lay, there can be no doubt that Allin was the most spectacular degenerate in rock & roll history. Music was almost incidental to his violent, scatological stage act, which got him arrested over 50 times for a litany of offenses, and...
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