G.G. Allin's Murder Junkies (a.k.a. Merle Allin's Meal Ticket) to Play in Scottsdale this Week

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Due to being dead for almost 18 years, G.G. Allin will NOT be appearing with his Murder Junkies this week.

Next month marks the 18-year anniversary of punk pariah G.G. Allin's death.

Yes, G.G. Allin is dead, but that hasn't stopped his older brother Merle from using his name to try and make a living. You may have noticed a band called "G.G. Allin's Murder Junkies" are playing this Thursday at Chasers. And while the Murder Junkies have their original bassist (Merle Allin) and drummer (Dino Saches), calling the band "G.G. Allin's Murder Junkies" instead of just "Murder Junkies" is misleading. That would be like the Stooges touring without Iggy Pop and calling themselves "Iggy Pop's Stooges," or Queen touring without Freddie Mercury and calling themselves "Freddie Mercury's Queen."

I'm not saying G.G. Allin was ever a frontman of Pop or Mercury's caliber, either -- my point is that Merle Allin is using his brother's name solely to try and sell show tickets. And false advertising is so not punk rock. The Murder Junkies were G.G. Allin's backing band from 1991 until his death in 1993, and after G.G.'s fatal heroin overdose, Merle decided to continue with the band, but under just the moniker Murder Junkies. There's only one reason to add the G.G. possessive to the band name, and that's to mislead new school punk rockers who were in diapers when G.G. died and wish they could've seen one of his shows.

Let's contrast, then, what a G.G. Allin show was like, versus the handful of G.G.-less Murder Junkies shows I've seen. 


G.G. Allin: Probably never played a show that didn't end with him covered in blood and pants-less. He was known for assaulting audience members in a variety of ways, whether it was throwing glass bottles or his own poop at people's heads, or punching people who ran up on stage to "dance." There were no casual (or remotely sane) observers in the front rows of a G.G. Allin show. You went to get maimed and messy. Allin often exposed himself to audiences, but alas, never made good on his promise to kill himself on stage one day.

G.G.-less Murder Junkies: Merle Allin and company play a lot of old G.G. Allin songs ("Bite It You Scum" is almost always a guarantee), but you're not going to see the kind of carnage there used to be at G.G. Allin shows. The worst I've ever seen at a Murder Junkies show was Merle Allin taking a swing at some girl's head with his bass when she jumped onstage to dance at a show in Indianapolis (he missed). On the upside, the Murder Junkies actually sound better than when G.G. was alive and singing for them, half-swallowing the mic in a haze of heroin and distorted guitar feedback. So if you want to actually hear some G.G. Allin songs that don't sound like they're being performed in an airplane hangar, go see Murder Junkies. Then again, having "good acoustics" isn't exactly punk rock, either.

G.G. Allin's Murder Junkies are scheduled to perform Thursday, May 12, at Chasers Bar & Night Club in Scottsdale. Admission costs $10.
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JCAllin
JCAllin

"Using his brothers name to try and make a living"??? Your an uneducated clown. Merle doesn't know any other way than to fucking rock the road and he is keeping his brother's music and legacy alive while he is doing it. I hope GG's ghost shows up at your house and shits in your mouth while you are sleeping. Kill Yourself.

Punk
Punk

Merle is a phoney. He makes GG Allin masks now.. Ridiculous.

Easy Bake
Easy Bake

The Murder Junkies are nothing but a poor excuse to sell merchandise... for the "we work harder..." how can you when everyone in the band is spread across the country? Dino's in no shape to play drums, Merle CAN'T play bass, and the guitar and vocal slots are just like being in MENUDO... you are replaceable. Defend all you want PP, just remember that when the "shit" hits the fan, you'll be on your own, as Merle and Dino pull away in the van leaving you stranded...Merle is in it for himself and NO ONE else... do you really think Merle gives one shit about you??? think again...

Ppduvay
Ppduvay

to the dumb fuckin shit that wrote this article.we havent played bite it in 4 years.we have a new record out and we work hard.harder than most.keyboard warriors like yourself are worthless dumb shits who have watched hated and know nothing else.someone should stab your mother for raising a coward who doesnt know shit about anything-   ps we never use gg name on the flyers.the promoters do as a way to make money.get your shit  right before you spout bullshit out of your hole nikki-you are either a dumb dick or a dumb cunt-pp duvay

VicD
VicD

When they played St. Pete last month they didn't use GG's name. And it was the best rock show I've seen in years. 

Friendly Everett
Friendly Everett

"The worst I've ever seen at a Murder Junkies show was Merle Allin taking a swing at some girl's head with his bass when she jumped onstage to dance at a show in Indianapolis (he missed)" - sounds about right. Although at 60 years of age Merle "Pinky" Allin is lucky he didn't end up in a wheelchair, never mind knock his hat off to expose his meager combover. GG's elder brother Pinky is a shameless moneygrabber who had little to do with (in fact was embarrassed by) his talented little brother for years until - having failed to make it himself - he realised he could piggyback on GG's notoriety. A businessman with a smile as fake as that of the coldest-hearted politician, Pinky will pocket your cash and move onto the next sucker. The joke is on him though... a 60 year old fake, living vicariously off his late baby brother who was left to destroy himself while his sibling  heartlessly looked on from the backing band. GG has a daughter. How about she gets some of the money this nasty little phony is pocketing?

Wabsnazsm
Wabsnazsm

Fuck you! Nobody is going to the shows expecting a GG lite performance. We go because this is a powerful band in it's own right.

Fred785
Fred785

i used to be pretty friendly with pinky in the late 90s. that is, until i made contact with some folks who were around gg in the day, and i learned that almost all of them think pinky is the biggest fake out there. he had nothing to do with gg for years, and was embarrassed by him. then he switches around. he basically is a coat tail rider to his younger brother, copying his interests, and getting reflected glory. what anyone who doesn't believe me should do is check out the cover of the THRILLS 7" the band pink was in. there he is in a pair of tv screen size eyeglasses, and sensible sweater. this asswipe was new wave to the bone, still is, and it is now a well known fact that he is all over depeche mode and the like (when everyone is out of earshot). gg even called him 'the 4th member of depeche mode'. ask the guy who filmed them over the last 2 years (not lenny or evan - although they would probably confirm it as well). as has often been pointed out gg's daughter get NONE of the profits pinky makes by disrespecting his younger brothers memory. i can believe he is now making gg masks. anything for profit but always with a smile

JCAllin
JCAllin

@Easy Bake Go listen to Green Day or Anti Flag you fuckin clown. I'm sure you know Merle so well that you can bash the shit out of him just for doing what he loves. Loser

JCAllin
JCAllin

@Ppduvay Fuck these morons PP, you guys just keep on killin it like you always do and us true fans will always be there.

FG1
FG1

WHATS FUNNY IS THAT THIS PP (SHOULD RENAME HIMSELF PG) DUVAY IS TRAWLING THE INTERNET FOR BAD REVIEWS OF HIS BAND!! FACE IT, GENIUS, YOU'RE NOT GONNA FIND TO MANY GOOD ONES WITH YER TIRED GG IMITATION. CAN IT NEGRO!

Ricky rome
Ricky rome

to Harold 'PP Duvay' Rogers .... whether or not 'Bite it you Scum' is or isn't in your current set is not the point when your set is made up of GG songs .. (too bad Niki isn't one of the 10 people that turn out to validate the important point)... get your own style you stupid 'keyboard warrior' (look in the mirror Harold, i think you just made online threats to the author of this article). keep the cussing up though, it's scary

JCAllin
JCAllin

@Fred785 Merle has handled all GG's merchandizing since the beginning of his career at the request of his brother. GG always encouraged Merle to make everything they could off the band and the name you fucking moron. He keeps his brothers legacy and music alive and has since forever so go fuck yourself

Fred785
Fred785

p.g duvay goes on the internet and wishes physical violence on the author of this article (who makes a few legit points), and then calls her a 'keyboard warrior'??? it's the other way around you stupid jack-ass!!

JCAllin
JCAllin

@Ricky rome their set isn't made up of GG songs pinhead. They play their own material and then will usually end the night with one or two GG tunes. Fucking kill yourself

lloorren
lloorren

@Ricky rome If you have forgotten, GG did write a lot of songs, but he wrote them WITH the Murder Junkies. The Murder Junkies were first formed when GG was in prison, and when he got out he did add lyrics and his piece to the music that they had... When GG died, they didn't want to stop getting paid for doing the shit that they loved, so what? Why don't the people on this thread quit whining and put yourself in Merle's shoes.

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