GG Allin
Anti-Social Personality Disorder – Live


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Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
May 27th, 2012 | 27 replies | 3,528 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where everything you think could go wrong with a live album goes wrong.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

There’s nothing too complicated about what to do with hardcore punk rock, it’s all about the intensity of the music being retained, and the only logical direction to go with the music in order for an artist to best oneself without getting experimental, is by making it more intense and adrenaline pumping. So to keep classic hardcore punk fresh, different, and moving forward in the only real direction it could move, it’s not so much about the music itself, but doing the same thing more powerful than before. It’s all about the insanity and the energy, so what matters to the die-hard fans is a race about who can become the most extreme at this, and loosing themselves in that power is all they really care about. The crazier the better.

The rush of punk can be limited and contained within the confides of an album, so punk was never really about the records, as to truly enjoy and get the fully desired effect that punk could offer, the visual experience of the live shows where a necessity, as they went beyond what a record could accomplish in terms of experience outside of just listening. This is the reason the Sex Pistols only released one album aside from them being together for only 3 years, punk is best live because of the insane showmanship that compliments the unbound and unrestrained rawness of live energy, and brings the music to its real intended level.

GG Allin was all about this, making himself as disgustingly controversial and publicly obscene as possibly, getting more offensive in live stuns and lyrics as he could imagine in a clearly insane mind. To understand what he was really about, it wasn’t the audio you listened to, listeners needed to attend a live show and see the unbelievable and disturbing acts he committed on stage that aid the music and convey his message. It’s questionable whether or not it’s enjoyable, or if he was just a laughable druggy stumbling about in a state anything but sober at all times, but whether you enjoyed it or not, it was undoubtedly forgettable.

Now, because in the case of live GG Allin shows, since all sense of musicality doesn’t just take a back seat to his stage antics while performing live, they get in the trunk, you really need to be there live for it to count or anything at all and be somewhat interesting even if you’re nothing be repulsed. Even releasing a DVD would at least give a visual of the show, but wouldn’t be the same as actually physically being there in the atmosphere for being for whatever would unfold to be an impactful moment for attendees to interpret for better or worse.

Keeping all of this in mind, it’s possibly one of the stupidest ideas ever to release a GG Allin live album. Anyone who experienced this tour will remember it for being there and seeing it happen in real life, and take it as a live show or an epidemic, and a DVD would be contained and look stupid, but it would at least give a visual so one could see the point of GG Allin’s live shows and why he caused a lot of talk in the first place, so people could then argue if the content is ballsy or just gross, but with live albums that like Anti-Social Personality disorder, any person who has ears will agree that this is one of the worst sounding listening experiences of all time.

The idea of releasing only a recording of his live shows, an experience limited to only listening to the audio, is completely missing the point as it is. GG Allin was controversial because of his stage antics, he made seeing him live, actually about SEEING him live, not just hearing the songs played, watching him do stuff. So, since GG Allin threw all musicality out the window when performing and concentrated on acting like a madmen, and if we can’t see this, we are left with music that wouldn’t even be recognizable as human let alone GG Allin.

Without his live shows, GG Allin’s music is the same as all other hardcore punk artists, a random blur of furious guitars with no sense to grasp, the only thing that makes him distinguishable that isn’t visually based is his lyrical subject matter, which put quite a few panties in a knot, so only hearing this music which isn’t his focus but a foundation, is pointless on it’s own, but only HEARING it performed this terribly, and captured in this bad of quality, brings it down to a depth of hell all on its own.

This album has remarkably bad recording quality, it can seriously be debated about whether or not a potato was indeed involved in the recording of this show. It sounds like everything that could go wrong with recording a bootleg, it is muffled, static-soaked, and flat out indistinguishable noise at frequent times. Everything couldn’t have been performed worse, Allin is the polar opposite of sober in all regards, and mumbles and whines in a drugged out daze, sounding close to a painful agonizing death quite a few times. With this being standard hardcore punk already, it doesn’t help that we are forced to heard only this especially when it’s played this badly and recorded this poorly. Forget about GG’s subject matter making the music stand out here, as he is in such a state, that he can barely form words as it is. It’s good that there’s a track-list, otherwise is would be impossible to tell where each song ends, let alone what songs he’s playing, though he himself probably didn’t even know at the time of the performance.

This would have been a better DVD, as we’d get to see this happening at least, but since we only have a recording, we are forced to listen to something that is basically unlistenable and anything but enjoyable. This is not something anyone will want to hear on repeated listens, it’s not a pleasing listen, it is painful and illogical to try to make it through this for any other reason than criticism, it is just a terrible listening experience in every way imaginable, a fast and incomprehensible blur of drunken noise in poor quality, and that’s it. It really couldn’t have gotten any worse in terms of something just plain bad to hear. It should of been a DVD so we aren’t left with just this, but the funny thing about all this is, if GG Allin where alive today, he would have wanted this to sound even worse than it is.



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Ire
May 26th 2012



41754 Comments


gg ruled

Eclecticist
May 27th 2012



3863 Comments


I wonder if this guy literally just read in the news about how Psychopathy was no longer considered a disorder to the American Psychiatry Association and was changed to Anti-Social Personality Disorder with the publication of the (at that time) newly revised, 4th edition of the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual.

It seems historically possible given the date of this albums release and the fact that anti-social/psychopathic tendencies have always been of interest to artists and the layman alike.

Haz
May 27th 2012



268 Comments


yeah GG wasn't that educated

breakingthefragile
May 27th 2012



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

@Ire Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't consider myself a fan, but like everyone else, I too love Freaks, Faggots, Drunks and Junkies, but this there is nothing good at all about how this sounds, it shouldn't even have to only be about how the live performance sounds with GG Allin, GG Allin live albums shouldn't even exist.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2012



18306 Comments


I KILL EVERYTHING I FUCK

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cameraeye
May 27th 2012



41 Comments


This is like his worst album. Why this one?

breakingthefragile
May 27th 2012



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

@cameraeye What do you mean? Why review it? It didn't have an album page, let alone a single review, and also I just heard it, and it's really one of the worst albums I've ever heard in my life, and this is the only old album I'll review, because this was just so bad, and stuck out to me so much, that I felt I needed to review it and vent since it seems that no one else has.

Eclecticist
May 27th 2012



3863 Comments


@Haz yea, based on the contents of this album I think he definitely should have done his homework

cameraeye
May 27th 2012



41 Comments


I can think of worse albums, but yeah, it's definitely the shittiest in his discog.

cameraeye
May 27th 2012



41 Comments


Pos'd

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2012



50093 Comments


I hate this guy

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InvertTheInverted
May 27th 2012



614 Comments


Hey, if it isn't GG Allin. Christ himself. xD

Pentagon
May 27th 2012



1998 Comments


This guys a joke

linchpin313
May 27th 2012



813 Comments


A joke that got a little too serious

Thane
May 27th 2012



2161 Comments


i spotted a lot of typos but i guess you cant edit it. otherwise good job!

gg ruled

The7thVermicide
May 27th 2012



925 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Omg, the entire discography of this junkie comes from the 9th circle of the hell

DeadGuy
May 27th 2012



377 Comments


haha GG still had a lot of good releases though

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xfearbefore
May 27th 2012



1245 Comments


>Throw on GG Allin live album
>Expect anything other than an amusing clusterfuck disaster of epic proportions

I'm not sure GG Allin is for you. How can you not love a song called "Expose Yourself to Kids"?!

breakingthefragile
May 27th 2012



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

@xfearbefore I don't think you understand, There's a lot of GG Allin that I like, I'm not criticizing this album for anything other than it being a completely useless release. It's in unbelievable terrible recording quality, and hearing GG Allin performing as fucked up as he is here isn't worth it without the visul. It's just something that sounds incredibly awful and unpleasing, and I'll criticize it as such.

xfearbefore
May 27th 2012



1245 Comments


Incredibly awful and unpleasing seems like it would be exactly what Allin would be shooting for though. Like, that was his thing. He was trolling motherfuckers before people knew what trolling was.



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