Jul 02, 2009

Navigating GG Allin’s discography can be perilous. People will tell you that it’s not worth the effort. On the other hand, there are people who believe the man did no wrong. The reality is somewhere in the middle. These three tunes he recorded with the Carolina Shitkickers—Antiseen’s Jeff Clayton and some other rednecks—are an essential stop for anyone interested in hearing what GG could do. Recorded not long before his overdose exit, these songs represent his outlaw country side. On the A side, you get GG the scumfuc storyteller. “Layin’ up with Linda” is a murder ballad that is disturbing in its absolute coldness. After getting bored and deciding to kill the woman he was shacking up with, the narrator’s only regret is that they had some fun together—doing drugs and fucking—and they wouldn’t be able to anymore. The B side is the best, closing out with GG’s cover of David Allan Coe’s “Long Haired Redneck,” renamed and rewritten as “Outlaw Scumfuc.” GG’s version cranks up the antagonistic attitude of the original. The only thing keeping it from sounding flat-out belligerent are the little details here and there that are almost endearing, like how, between talking about fighting and drinking whiskey by the gallon, he adds, “I live on peanut butter sandwiches, I don’t care.” Details like that—reminders that GG was a human and not a circus freak—are hard to come by in his music. That’s why this record is essential.

 –mp (Zodiac Killer)