Saturday, January 23, 2010

GG Allin - The Troubled Troubadour + Bonus Tracks (1996)

GG Allin's infamous performance antics have probably overshadowed his recorded output, which includes numerous releases of gritty hardcore punk. In 1990, after a stint in jail for sexual abuse, GG put out one of his lesser known pieces, The Troubled Troubadour. Originally released on 7 inch vinyl, it included three Country-Western-inspired singer/songwriter numbers.

In 1996 the EP was repackaged with several out takes and live recordings, a few spoken word numbers and some lengthy recorded phone conversations that show a different side of GG. The whole album, in fact, could be described as showing a different side of him. Sex, drug abuse, alcoholism and other anti-social behavior take the forefront once again, but on these songs his words feel completely sincere. The exagerated depravity of his heavier material is absent.

There are certainly some good songs to be found here, particularly "When I Die," which is known from the Hated soundtrack. Any one interested in GG's legacy should try out this record.

Download it here.

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