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Who Are the Most Evil Musicians of All Time? Round Two.

on October 17, 2013, 12:00pm
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Last Thursday, we asked you to put on your hero cap, revealed a startling lineup of eight musicians, and simply asked, “Who’s the most evil?” You voted, we tallied, and now the quest most go on.

This week, the match ups bring you Courtney Love vs. GG Allin and Gary Glitter vs. Insane Clown Posse. Personally, we were a little more terrified from Glenn Frey and Don Henley than Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, but hey, we’ll stick to the data.

Once again, revisit our arguments for the remaining four names and simply click to vote. You’ll have another week to decide until the following final bracket goes down next Thursday. If everyone stays sane, the final victor begins its reign of terror on October 31st.

So, lock your doors (again), bolt your windows (again), and turn off the lights (again)… and then vote (again).

GG Allin vs. Courtney Love

ggallin Who Are the Most Evil Musicians of All Time? Round Two.Born Jesus Christ Allin, after his father claimed the Son of God visited him in a dream, GG Allin, the Madman of Manchester (New Hampshire), was anything but anointed, unless of course you’re talking about covering oneself in blood and fecal matter. Called “uncontrollable, uncompromising and vicious” by his own band members, Allin fronted various acts all with subversive or shocking names: The Jabbers, The Cedar Street Sluts, The Scumfucs, and The Texas Nazis.

Addicted to heroin and alcohol, Allin took to consuming laxatives as he regularly began defecating on stage during his performances, often rubbing the feces on himself or throwing it on the audience he consistently attacked. His mantra? “With GG, you don’t get what you expect—you get what you deserve.” Every Halloween, he threatened to kill himself (only to get arrested every year), until he finally did, albeit by an accidental overdose of heroin, in the summer of ‘93. –Len Comaratta

courtneylove Who Are the Most Evil Musicians of All Time? Round Two.Widow to Kurt Cobain, former Hole singer, and freight train of madness Courtney Love has derailed countless times in her long-storied career. Her erratic personality and litany of substance abuse problems have created a sordid melting pot of chaos, which has boiled over from bad to really bad to out of control. In the past, she’s lost custody of her child, Frances Bean Cobain, attempted suicide multiple times, and attacked celebrities and fans both verbally and physically.

Reckless, tragic, and unpredictable don’t even begin to describe Love. Google her name and “crazy moments” and you’ll find more than a dozen lists all with various jaw-dropping stories, from being accused of killing her daughter’s pets to almost bashing a journalist’s head in with Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar. In the words of Johnny Carson, it’s all “wild and wacky stuff,” but whether or not she’s pure evil…well, that’s up for debate. Personally? She’s an anti-hero I’ve fallen in love with. –Michael Roffman


Gary Glitter vs. Insane Clown Posse

garyglitter Who Are the Most Evil Musicians of All Time? Round Two.“Rock and Roll (Part 2)” – also known as “The Hey Song” and best recognized as an overplayed stadium anthem that sits comfortably beside “We Will Rock You” in the pantheon of tunes that appeal to base instincts – emerged from the glammed up and twisted mind of Gary Glitter in 1972. Glitter was a man of few lyrics who hid something sinister behind his sculpted eyebrows and shiney stage jackets. The whispers of impropriety that followed Glitter for decades finally came to the public’s attention after a busted hard drive of child pornography was discovered by a PC World store employee. Glitter faced a bevy of kiddie porn charges in his native U.K. and also had his cameo being ripped from the final theatrical cut of Spice World.

Hey Now! The troubled singer took to the lam, embarking on a world tour to escape the authorities. But this twisted hideout across southeast Asia merely netted Glitter a string of even worse offenses as he engaged in sexual assaults with underage victims in Cambodia and Vietnam. Glitter was caught and served time in a number of countries, but oddly enough he is free at the moment and announced plans to record a new album. I hope I speak for all Earth’s citizens when I say “Gary, give it up and go away. The world doesn’t need a “Rock and Roll (Part 3)” and we could all stand to lose a man who harbors such sinister urges.” –Dan Pfleegor

icp Who Are the Most Evil Musicians of All Time? Round Two.Few bands can assert a claim to being evil on more fronts than Insane Clown Posse. Yeah, they’re thuggish bros in clown makeup, which fits the bill from the standpoint of gimmicky showmanship. But in an ugly case of art imitating life, Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, and others associated with the Posse’s crew have often stretched their seedy antics beyond the realm of entertainment value.

The duo were hit with a handful of battery charges in the late ’90s, and more recently they’ve been left to fend off accusations of sexual harrssment from a former publicist at their record label, the gross details of which have been aired out online for the world to see. Sure, it’s just an accusation at this point, but it still doesn’t do anything to clean up the band’s ugly image.

Of course, there’s the whole annual Gathering of the Juggalos, too. A hellhole of a festival that only sinks closer to the Earth’s core each year. –Ryan Bray

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