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GG Allin and Milwaukee were a bad match.
GG Allin and Milwaukee were a bad match.

Remember when GG Allin crapped on stage?

The other day, my friend’s toddler took off his swimming suit and pooped on the sidewalk in his backyard, just a few feet from his little blow-up pool. Without missing a beat, my friend said, "Who do you think you are, GG Allin?"

It had been years since I thought about the notorious GG Allin show at the long gone Odd Rock Café (originally Café Voltaire), 2010 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

I didn't attend the Allin show -- it took place before I figured out how to weasel my underaged self into clubs -- but I have heard a lot of shocking stories from that evening.

In March of 1989, Allin -- a punk rock shock performance artist -- caused quite a commotion when he crapped on stage and then threw his feces at the audience. This was nothing new for Allin, who had a history of including blood, urine and fecal matter in his live shows.

Jack Koshik, the owner of the Odd Rock, allegedly stopped the show. A couple of years later, Allin was charged with disorderly conduct and public indecency in a Milwaukee courtroom, and he was sentenced to 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.

After his sentencing, Allin wrote the song "Shove That Warrant Up Your Ass," that specifically mentions Milwaukee.

According to Wikipedia, Allin was born to an abusive and religious father who named him Jesus Christ Allin. His name was later shortened to "GG" when his younger brother couldn't pronounce "Jesus." The family lived in a cabin without electricity or running water in rural New Hampshire.

Allin threatened to commit suicide on stage on Halloween Night, 1990, but did not follow through. Instead, he overdosed in 1993.

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Hero11007 | Sept. 10, 2008 at 8:19 a.m. (report)

It's Good Punk Rock!! ...and the whole sh*tting thing , well he said " I'm giving my fans communion".

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deaconkennedy | Aug. 25, 2008 at 3:17 p.m. (report)

I arrived at that all-ages show just late enough to be told by a fleeing patron in the parking lot that the performance had been stopped, because "dude already @$#%* on everybody."

And the story already has been committed to film. If you can find a VHS copy of the documentary "Hated - GG Allin and the Murder Junkies," you might want to check it out from the sanitary comfort of your own living room. But it probably won't make you love him more...

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Shcro1 | Aug. 25, 2008 at 1:24 p.m. (report)

I just heard of this guy about 5 mos ago. He was truly disturbed. He hated the human race and himself. What a tragic and disgusting end to a tragic and disgusting existence.

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college_dave | Aug. 23, 2008 at 10:55 a.m. (report)

36224 It was an all-ages show. I'm glad I missed that one since my friends had ^%*& thrown on them from the stage. Yuck.

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zima927 | Aug. 23, 2008 at 9:20 a.m. (report)

Wow! How ironic that you would mention this story today; I just told it last night at a party! It's always a classic! G.G. was the culprit for not allowing me to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Odd Rock shortly after the feces-throwing incident, which hit the local news pretty hard and did little to convince my mom to let her high school sophomore son attend a show at that particular venue. How cool would it have been to see the Peppers at a time and place such as Odd Rock Cafe in the late 80's? Whether an appropriate comparison or not, for me it would have been like seeing the Beatles in Liverpool in the 1960's. Oh well, if nothing else, it makes for another interesting footnote in an already captivating story. Thanks G.G.!

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