For more than 10 years, GG Allin was known as the most hated man in punk rock, terrorizing fans and band members alike by hurling feces, fists, and bottles at anyone within range. For many, Allin was what he claimed, a rock 'n' roll messiah who brought danger back to the stage. Although it was his long-held intention to die violently onstage -- ideally taking his band and most of the audience with him -- he passed in 1993 by virtue of a decidedly mundane overdose, crushing the hopes and fantasies of his most rabid and morbid fans. Years have passed and his devotees have either followed suit or mastered their most self-destructive tendencies. The rest of us have had the opportunity to sit back in our armchairs and appreciate the man from safe-distance documentaries like Hate. It's obviously time to resurrect the scarred and mutilated corpse, but since these are kinder, gentler times the GG Allin cover band must be known as PG Allin. Watch as original members of GG's Murder Junkies (they have the shit-encrusted microphones to prove it) transform "I'm a Scumbag" into "I Got Cooties," "Gypsy Mother Fucker" into "T.V. Mother Father," "Ass Fuckin', Cunt Lickin', Butt Suckin' Masturbation" into "Ding Dong Ditch," "Tuff Fuckin' Shit" into "Tuff Titty," and "Die When You Die" into "Cry When You Cry." For true GG fans, diapers will be available. PG Allin performs at the Covered Wagon on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5; call 974-5906.
For those unfamiliar with the tremendous body of work created by Kurt Weill -- the renowned German composer whose left-leaning politics made him a target of the Nazi party in the 1930s -- 1997's September Songs was a revelation. On it Nick Cave sings Weill's "Mack the Knife," PJ Harvey sings "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife," David Johansen sings "Alabama Song," Betty Carter sings "Lonely House," and Charlie Haden sings "Speak Low." The compilation exemplifies the erudite composer's overwhelming compulsion to create songs that spoke to the working classes, the "applied music" he created for the cabaret with like-minded German literary master Bertolt Brecht and composer Hanns Eisler. Eventually all three artists fled from the National Socialists to the United States, where Weill became a staple on Broadway and Eisler won an Oscar for his contribution to Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die! During the McCarthy trials, Eisler was forced to return to East Berlin despite protests from Einstein, Chaplin, Cocteau, Mann, Matisse, and Picasso, but his impact was already evident in our popular music. Cabaret and opera singer Lauren Carley has long specialized in the stunning music of the Weimar Republic. Her new show, Venus Envy, brings to life the fabulous, often dark, characters created by these three geniuses, as well as the more lighthearted parodies written by Mischa Spoliansky and popularized by Marlene Dietrich. Carley performs with Daniel Lockert on piano and Nik Phelps on woodwinds at Piaf's on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; call 864-3700. For more Brecht events, see Night + Day, Page 30.
-- Silke Tudor