Murder Junkies

European Invasion 2005

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By 2005, G.G. Allin had been dead for 12 years. But with interest in rock's most confrontational live performer at an all-time high, most of the surviving members of his last-ever backing band the Murder Junkies set out on their first-ever European tour that same year. A compilation of the tour's standout performances could be sampled a year later, with the release of the European Invasion 2005 DVD. With singer J.B. Beverley taking Allin's spot and Scotty Wood taking guitarist William Weber's spot, the only two original Murder Junkies left in attendance are Merle Allin (G.G.'s brother) on bass and the notorious Dino Sex on drums. Still, the group does a fine job of re-creating the fury of G.G.'s music -- but without the blood, scars, and lumps that used to go hand in hand with Allin's over-the-top performances. Most of the track list is comprised of G.G. Allin classics ("Highest Power," "Die When You Die," "Bite It You Scum") as well as a few newly penned tunes by the Murder Junkies ("Dopesick"). And if you get to the end of the performance footage and find yourself missing ol' G.G., don't fear -- an especially violent/confrontational vintage spoken word performance from 1989 is included as a bonus bit.

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