G.G. Allin

Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be

G.G. Allin - Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be ©1980 Orange Records
1. Bored To Death
2. Beat, Beat, Beat
3. One Man Army
4. Assface
5. Pussy Summit Meeting
6. Cheri Love Affair
7. Automatic
8. I Need Adventure
9. Don't Talk To Me
10. Unpredictable
11. 1980's Rock N' Roll

Throughout the mid to late 80s and into the early 90s era of his career, one would be hard pressed to find a performer as lewd and vile as G.G. Allin. If ever there was a musician who displayed his anger and hatred as publicly and in the same extremely offensive manner, I've yet to become aware of his/her existence. Known to many only for his reckless and incredibly violent performances, G.G.'s vast musical output is often ignored in light of his actions.

G.G.'s debut full-length Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be, originally released in 1980, is from a time long before the jailhouse tattoos adorned his body....long before his lifestyle involved anything above and beyond typical rebellious behavior. What this album captures is some of the most exciting, catchy, and well played music of its era.

Musically, the album is rooted firmly in punk though one can most certainly hear a large new wave influence, somewhat reminiscent of early Cars material. G.G.'s band at the time, The Jabbers, were a bit beyond the average punk band, emphasizing excellent musicianship all around. The solos sound spontaneous yet creative and there's even some electric piano thrown in the mix. Rumor has it that G.G. did all of the drumming on his early studio work, and if that is indeed true, his style comes across as being quite creative and rhythmic. Vocally, G.G. had a youthful yet smooth, rich voice. His delivery seemed quite genuine and much more listenable than some of the sneering, snotty sounding punk frontmen from the same era.

Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be is, for the most part, comprised of one outstanding track after another. "Assface", despite the less than stellar lyrical content (though it is pretty humorous especially when referencing his brother Merle), is an outstanding track with an infectious beat and a superb vocal performance from G.G. "Cheri Love Affair" sounds like something straight out of a 70s porn flick, and looking back it's very hard to envision the latter era G.G. ever singing such material (the same can be said for "Unpredictable"...I can't quite picture G.G. ever singing such a song). Lyrically, Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be contains subtle hints of the G.G. that was forthcoming. The excellent upbeat "Automatic" offers the following advice: "Makes no sense the things you do or say girl / Cause everything you say comes back to me / Don't go playing with me emotionally / Or I will make you bleed internally". "Don't Talk To Me", yet another infectious track, is a more youthful epression of G.G.'s evolving antisocial attitude. "1980's Rock N' Roll" and the aforementioned "Unpredictable" are both upbeat, fun songs, having absolutely nothing in common with G.G.'s later output.

Any fan of late 70s/early 80s punk or new wave will most definitely want to make this an addition to their collection. And I say to any of you who claim that G.G. was musically talentless and whom have not heard his early output, give this album a try. I think it might just change your mind. Though the original pressing of Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be was released by the now defunct Orange records, both Black & Blue and Halycon Records have done reissues and it should be fairly easy to track down. The material on the album is timeless, sounding as exciting today as I imagine it did when originally released - the title pretty much sums it up.

Review by Mike Rutherford

Review date: 09/2001

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G.G. Allin - E.M.F. ©1984 Black & Blue
1. Hard Candy Cock
2. Out For Blood
3. I Don't Give A Fuck
4. Drink, Fight & Fuck
5. Convulsions
6. I Wanna Fuck Your Brains Out
7. I'm Gonna Rape You
8. Teacher's Pet
9. Fuckin' The Dog
10. Cock On The Loose
11. Clit Licker
12. God Of Fire In Hell
13. Blow Jobs
14. Live At A7 Club In NYC

The early 80s seemed to be quite fruitful for Kevin "G.G" Allin. His band the Jabbers had released one full-length album (Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be), as well as several singles, each growing a bit "punchier" and more focused than their predecessors. As for his personal life, G.G. was beginning to settle down a bit, marrying his childhood sweetheart with whom he had a daughter. From what I gather, his wife was his one and only female love. Rumor has it that G.G. even attended Mass with her (imagine the sight of that!). However, fate, if you believe in such a thing, would prove to be less than kind to G.G. His wife soon left him, filed for divorce, took their daughter, and left G.G. increasingly heartbroken and bitter. And if that was not enough strain on the man, his band the Jabbers soon dissolved and G.G. suddenly found himself feeling alone, emotionally distraught and desperate. This is the point where G.G. began turning from a typically rebellious punk rocker to a socially vicious shock-rock animal. I've had it said to me from a source very close to G.G. that he never truly, not even in his final years, was able to get over the pain of losing his wife. Now I don't know how many of you have been through nasty break-ups, but I personally am very well aware of the insane amount of pain the process can sometimes ensue. Maybe G.G. simply found the heartbreak overwhelming.

E.M.F. (or "Eat My Fuc") was G.G.'s second full-length release. Original copies featured a hand-drawn cover by G.G. Supposedly, he was masturbating and he decided to trace his erect penis, adorning the album cover with this "masterpiece". The re-press album cover (and unless you already own an original or want to spend a pretty penny on Ebay, it's the version you will find) features a photo of a shirtless, quite youthful looking G.G. Also exclusive to the re-press is part of a Jabbers show at the A7 in NYC. Though the sound quality of the live tracks is pretty horrid, it's quite entertaining listening to a young G.G. and the audience trade insults.

Supposedly, G.G.'s backing band on E.M.F. was his infamous second "band", the Scumfucs. Though he did put together various backing bands and label them as the Scumfucs in following years, I'm of the belief that E.M.F. is pretty much a solo effort. Rumor has it that a couple of ex-Jabbers played on a couple of tracks, but to my ears, most of the stuff sounds as though it was recorded by a solo G.G. on a cheap four track. The back of the LP explains that following his divorce, G.G. retreated into the northern woods of Vermont where he recurred daily intoxication and recorded E.M.F. Judging by the various quality of the sound and the songs, I accept that explanation as truth.

E.M.F. starts out with a few of G.G.'s most well-known tracks (mainly due to their inclusion on ROIR's Hated In The Nation release). However, by the time "I Wanna Fuck Your Brains Out" makes its appearance, it becomes very apparent that the sound quality has taken a steady nose dive. The next two songs follow suit, employing a cheap, hissy, way too trebly and distorted sounding production that annoys me to the point of always skipping over this particular trio of songs. The last set of tunes seem to have been recorded by someone who forgot to center the pan levels on the four track during mix-down (most likely G.G. himself). It's really too bad because, though full of juvenile lyricism, the songs are quite catchy and clever in their own unique way.

E.M.F. is considered by many G.G. fans as one of his best. I'm really unsure as to why, personally feeling that the bulk of his other material is significantly better. I would not recommend E.M.F. as an invitation into G.G.'s recorded output. However, for the already initiated who have a pretty good idea of what they can expect (as no single review can fully detail the G.G. Allin experience), E.M.F. is an often-times fun, somewhat clever release from a man at the forefront of his steady downward spiral into total rock n' roll excess.

Review by Mike Rutherford

Review date: 01/2002

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