The Twelve Scariest Bands
Texas' Butthole Surfers: Kinda terrifying.
Seeing that Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson hit the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie this evening, we thought it would be a good time to compile a list of the scariest acts in music. Scary can be a relative term. One person's demented can be another's delightful, but each of these 12 scary acts has a unique way of assaulting their audience.
12. Butthole Surfers - When Gibby Haynes and crew first started back in 1981, shows by the Butthole Surfers were some of the best/worst acid trips imaginable. Beyond the strident psychedelics of the music itself, there was the stage presentation. Performing to old reruns of Charlie's Angels is one thing; playing in front of a screen showing a penis reconstruction film is quite another.
11. Suicide - This highly influential New York duo scared the shit out of audiences in the '70s and the best of their studio work still has a frightening edge missing from electronic music today. Check out Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" for the creepy evidence of this decadent duo's daring depravity.
10. Iggy and the Stooges - Whether rubbing peanut butter all over his body or cutting himself with shards of glass, Iggy Pop has always been one of the most uncompromising and genuinely scary individuals ever to take a stage.
9. The Misfits - Sure, the songs were campy horror tunes about "Teenagers from Mars" and going to "The Devil's Whorehouse," but on stage, Glen Danzig was a raging beast of a frontman and the original Misfits followed suit. Intense and intimidating, The Misfits' best shows were both funny and frightening.