The Twelve Scariest Bands

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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.

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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.



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16 comments
garlandsucks
garlandsucks

i think the fans at slayer concerts pre 2000 should be on this list, somebody kicked me in the back of the head in a slayer pit once when I was young. And I was standing up.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

mumford should have topped this list..their shitty music will give you blood clots and a bad incurable case of douchebaggery

xuco1
xuco1

I know this is a list of scary bands but Ween's Spinal Meningitis is pretty creepy.

Bryan Coonrod
Bryan Coonrod

Is this a joke? those bands are angels compared to some bands out there...GG Allin, Piledriver, GWAR, Mayhem just to name a few

yoyoyoyoyo
yoyoyoyoyo

Burzum?  Or Meat Loaf.  Meat Loaf is pretty freaking scary.

xuco1
xuco1

Tom Scharpling has the Frankie Teardrop challenge, walk around the woods or a scary neighborhood at 2am or 3am while listening to Frankie Teardrop, it clocks in at 10 min and 26 seconds. I might try someday.

p-man
p-man

lame list is lame.  no gorgoroth?

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

Sometimes when I am facing a tough decision in life I ask myself: What would G.G. Allin do?

Steve
Steve

Iggy and Alice aren't about Poison & Peanut Butter.   It's their conviction, their demand that the audience participate, even psychologically.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

@Bryan Coonrod somebody shitting on stage and smearing it on you...nothing scarier....gg allin concerts are funny to watch club will have 40 people in the back with no one near the stage.

darrylrs
darrylrs

yes, i totally spaced on g.g.allen. he should be on the list. as should the meatmen. except both tesco vee and allen are more gross than scary.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@darrylrs Yes, but with G G you get not only a feces throwing heroin junkie that wants to rape, but your local police department tear gassing the place too.  And the clubs he played in were pretty sketchy too.

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