The other day, my friend‚Äôs 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 Caf√© (originally Caf√© 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 $1,000 fine.
After his sentencing, Allin wrote the song "Shove That Warrant Up Your Ass," that specifically mentions Milwaukee.
According to Wikipedia, Allin was born to an abusive and religious father who named him Jesus Christ Allin. His name was later shortened to "GG" when his younger brother couldn't pronounce "Jesus." The family lived in a cabin without electricity or running water in rural New Hampshire.
Allin threatened to commit suicide on stage on Halloween Night, 1990, but did not follow through. Instead, he overdosed in 1993.
It's Good Punk Rock!! ...and the whole sh*tting thing , well he said " I'm giving my fans communion".
I arrived at that all-ages show just late enough to be told by a fleeing patron in the parking lot that the performance had been stopped, because "dude already @$#%* 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...
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.
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.!
Show me the other 5 Talkbacks
10 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Molly Snyder
Published April 28, 2017
A new management software called Ideawake focuses on working with larger businesses to solve problems within the company. Ideawake is also using the software to address the community with important social and health challenges.
Published April 25, 2017
According to a sign on the door, G-Daddy's BBC, 2022 E. North Ave., is closed.
Published April 24, 2017
After recording with And DiFranco in New Orleans, Milwaukee's Peter Mulvey is ready to release his 17th album on Saturday, April 29 in The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee.
Published April 21, 2017
After 10 years in business, the Oakcrest Tavern in Shorewood is closed.
Published April 20, 2017
If and when marijuana is legalized in Wisconsin, what does this mean for Wisconsin - specifically the beloved beer industry?
Published April 19, 2017
Abby Walker loved wearing high heels, but did not dig the foot pain that went with it. So, she invented an insole that she says allows women to wear high heels four times longer than usual. Her company is called Vivian Lou Insolia.
Published April 14, 2017
Let's get New Age-y and math-y for a minute and find out the numerology of "414" on 414 Day!
Published April 14, 2017
In 1937, Alfred Woelbing began making Carmex by hand, pouring the lip balm into the familiar yellow-capped jars in his Milwaukee kitchen. Today the company is based in Franklin and owned by Woelbing's grandson who says, despite rumors, the product is not addictive.
Published April 14, 2017
Milwaukee needed a new toast for the city that was even more Milwaukee. After weeks of voting, you selected "414, Let's Have One More!" and Mayor Tom Barrett joined us to unveil it on Friday, April 14, which, of course, is "Milwaukee Day."
Published April 13, 2017
To celebrate 150 years of family brewing tradition, the Leinenkugels are throwing a party - and you're invited.