Kevin Michael "GG" Allin's enduring rock and roll legacy was built on mythically extreme live performances. As the mercurial frontman for such bands as the Texas Nazis and the Murder Junkies, Allin did things on stage that ranged from disgustingly vile to outright illegal - the latter of which landed him in jail dozens of times.
Sometimes referred to as the "Madman of Manchester," Allin's exploits made him a legend in the world of punk rock, cementing his reputation as a rock star without equal when it came to what he - often quite literally - left on the stage. Allin was not without his controversies, though, having had several run-ins with the law as well as being deemed by some to be a fraud, using shock value to cover up his sub-par music. Nonetheless, the man did some truly out-there things, both on- and off-stage, that will leave you in a state of both awe and revulsion.
Here are just some of the craziest GG Allin facts and stories.
His Real Name Was Jesus Christ
GG Allin was born on August 29, 1956, in Lancaster, NH. He was the second son of Merle Colby Allin and Arleta Gunther - a deeply religious couple who lived in a two-room log cabin with no electricity or running water. The name "GG" actually came from a nickname he received from his older brother, Merle Jr., who had some difficulty pronouncing his given name, Jesus Christ, pronouncing it as "Je-Je."
As it turned out, Merle Sr. had visions that GG was to be the next savior, hence his not-so-subtle name. Throughout GG's early years, his father would become more and more unhinged, at one point even digging the family's graves in the cellar and threatening to carry out a murder-suicide. His mother filed for divorce shortly before GG started school, and legally changed his name to the more nondescript Kevin Michael Allin.
He Routinely Defecated On Stage
GG Allin cycled through about a half-dozen bands, at least partially due to his volatile stage antics, which - to put it politely - weren't for everybody. When Allin took to the stage, he wanted to leave a lasting impression - and those who were able to see him live would probably attest that he succeeded in doing so considering that he started straight-up pooping on stage around 1986.
Beyond defecation, Allin willingly secreted other bodily fluids (pretty much all of them) on stage quite frequently. He would also strip nude and start fights with members of the audience in an inventive bit of crowd-work.
He Had A Thing For Very Young Women (They Were Girls)
Somewhat unexpectedly, Allin spent about five years - October 1980 to some point in '86 - living like a normal person. He married Sandra Farrow, whom he had known since high school. As his brother Merle describes, "Sandy had him p*ssy-whipped. He was wearing button-down shirts and taking out the garbage."
That marriage dissolved, at least in part, because Allin began a relationship with Tracy Deneault, a teenager at the time. Deneault got pregnant in '85 and, in '86, gave birth to a daughter, Nico. Allin and Deneault never married. Though many sources decline to state Deneault's age other than to mention she was a teenager, author Pamela Des Barres says Allin was involved with a 13-year-old during his split with Farrow (whom De Barres doesn't mention by name). This may or may not be Deneault.
Speaking of GG's relationship with Deneault, his brother Merle said "GG liked 'em young. Ha-ha."
When Allin died, he was was dating 17-year-old Liz Mankowski (pictured above on The Jerry Springer Show with Allin). Allin was 36 at the time.
At some point during the 1980s, GG Allin struck up a pen-pal relationship with convicted serial murderer John Wayne Gacy. The two eventually became close enough friends that Gacy gladly designed the poster that was used in the documentary about Allin's life, Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies. Gacy's artwork also landed him what is essentially an executive producer credit on the film. Prints of his work were sold at $15 a pop and ended up raising around $12,000, which covered a bulk of the documentary's production costs.see more on John Wayne Gacy