List Mania 3: Hellraisers
I’ve gone off the rails a bit lately – and this weekend seemed to be the pinnacle of that. The highs have been very high and the lows have been horrid. Darks days.
Anyway more about that tomorrow…
For now I’ll give you some more Monday Night List Mania: Hellraisers. A list of my favourite troubled “artists”. The only rules are: 1. They must have been notorious troublemakers 2. They must now be dead.
Sebastian Horsley – funny artist from Soho, slept with 1000s of women. Died from a heroin overdose last year. My latest tattoo is dedicated to him.
Jim Morrison – lead singer of The Doors. Died at 27 (a dangerous age in rock & roll) after years of drug abuse. Visited his grave at Pere Lachaise in Paris when I was about 21.
Alex “Hurricane” Higgins – temperamental, alcoholic (and slightly camp) snooker player. Always in fights. Died last year.
GG Allin – hardcore punk rocker who died of a heroin overdose. Skipped bail to go on tour, famous for smearing himself in shit and attacking his fans. Another of my tattoos is dedicated to him
Gary Holton – star of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and singer with Heavy Metal Kids. My uncle once shared a bedsit with him. Died of a heroin overdose in the 80s (Gary Holten – not my uncle)
Phil Lynott – lead singer with Thin Lizzy (who rocked). Died of drug-related things in the 80s.
John Belushi – one half of The Blues Brothers, did a good Joe Cocker Impression. Starred in Animal House. Died after taking a “speedball”.
Francis Bacon – alcoholic painter from London. Painted some very dark things.
Oliver Reed – notorious boozer and brilliant actor. Had eagles claws tattooed on his dick.
Kerry Von Erich – aka wrestler, The Texas Tornado – a drug addict who shot himself rather than go to prison. Only had one foot.