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Best known as being shock rocker G.G. Allin's last backing band, the Murder Junkies carried on even after their leader's drug-induced death in June of 1993. When Allin emerged from prison during the early '90s and wanted to resume his recording/touring career, his brother, Merle Allin, assembled a band for him. Included was Merle himself on bass, drummer Dino Sex, and guitarist William Weber (the latter of which moonlighted in another group, the Chrome Cranks). G.G. Allin & the Murder Junkies managed to complete several tours together from 1991 through 1993, as well as issuing an official studio album (Brutality & Bloodshed for All), and was featured in the excellent G.G. documentary, Hated. As evidenced in Hated and the post-mortem release, Res-Erected, former Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone was a brief member of the Murder Junkies, as a guitarist.
After G.G.'s passing, the Murder Junkies carried on with several different singers, the first being Antiseen frontman Jeff Clayton. Although the Clayton-led version of the band completed a two-week tour during mid 1995, the singer was still a member of Antiseen, and returned back to his original band immediately afterwards. Weber hooked the Murder Junkies up with their next frontman, former Pagans member Mike Hudson. But like Clayton, Hudson's tenure only lasted a short while. Next up to occupy the vacant frontman position was newcomer Mike Denied, but the band hit a snag when Weber split from the group during late 1996, to return back to the Chrome Cranks full-time. The Murder Junkies have issued a pair of releases thus far, the seven-track EP Feed My Sleaze and the three-track single The Right to Remain Violent, while Merle also runs a tape-selling business on the side, specializing in videos of his notorious older brother.
The Murder Junkies is an American punk rock band, best known for having been GG Allin's final backing band before his death. They perform songs from Allin's back catalog as well as their own original material. They are the third GG Allin backing band to bear the name.
Earlier bands bearing the name
The original Murder Junkies was a Texas band formed independently of Allin which performed as his backing band for several live dates in the late 1980s. (See Allin's unfinished autobiography for further brief details).
The second Murder Junkies was a studio band including Allin's friend Mark Sheehan on guitar which recorded the Watch Me Kill 6-track EP, released on Fuckin' A/Stomach Ache Records in 1991.
Formation and career with Allin (1990–1993)
Murder Junkies mark III – the subject of this article and a distinct entity from the other two bands of the same name – was formed in 1990 as Allin's new backing band, and rehearsed while he concluded his prison sentence. The original line-up consisted of guitarist "Chicken" John Rinaldi (later a San Francisco mayoral candidate in 2007), GG's elder brother Merle Allin on bass, and drummer Donald "Dino Sex" Sachs.
Rinaldi left the band later in 1991, and voiced negative opinions about the experience in Todd Phillips's documentary Hated: GG Allin And The Murder Junkies. He was replaced by William Weber. Dee Dee Ramone was also recruited to play guitar at the same time as Weber, but quit shortly thereafter, without playing any live dates with the band.
GG Allin and the Murder Junkies recorded their sole studio album, Brutality and Bloodshed for All, for Alive Records in April 1993. Their subsequent tour – shortly succeeded by Allin's death from an apparent drug overdose on June 28 – was chronicled by roadie Evan Cohen in the slim volume I Was A Murder Junkie: The Last Days Of GG Allin.
Activity after Allin's death; breakup (1993–1999)
Dino, Merle, and Weber decided to continue the band, and recruited new singer Mike Denied, vocalist with New York City band The Denied. They released a mini-album Feed My Sleaze in 1995. "The Right To Remain Violent", a 7" single, appeared the following year.
The Murder Junkies toured as a GG Allin tribute band throughout the 1990s and went through several more vocalists, including Mike Hudson, formerly of Pagans, Jeff Clayton of Antiseen, and J. B. Beverley, a musician from the Washington, D.C. area. They broke up in 1999.
Reformation, subsequent activity (2003–present)
The band reformed with Clayton singing for a tour in April 2003, the 10th anniversary of GG Allin's death. They performed alongside a version of Allin's first band, The Jabbers, for several shows.
In 2005, they completed a tour of continental Europe. In 2006, they appeared at two shows supporting CKY, and toured as the opening act for Hank Williams III.
The band currently features Merle Allin, Sachs, guitarist Benjamin "FC Murder" Bunny (formerly known as "Sonny Harlan"), and new singer Harold ("PP Duvay") Rogers. This line-up released the album Road Killers in 2011.