HOMEREVIEWSCONTACT LINKSARCHIVES FORUMS

Compiled/written by Jason Litchfield

GG Allin – Live Fast Die Fast EP (7-inch)
Label: Black And Blue 410017
Year: 1984
Tracks: Live Fast Die Fast / Livin’ Like An Animal / Loudenboomer / I Need Adventure
** Also released as handmade cassette

Rhode Island-based GG collaborator/producer/public relations man Peter Yarmouth started up his long-running Black And Blue label with this radio-friendly, curse-free EP (pretty much universally hailed as GG’s weakest effort). The record seems chronologically out of place, following up two crap-fi, profanity-laden efforts. But, seeing as 1984 was the the infancy of MTV and the signing of new “alternative” and heavy metal bands, it’s possible this EP was a last gasp for commercial viability. Christ, an inadvertently hilarious/gawdawful video of “Live Fast Die Fast” exists! The backing band on this release is New Hampshire hair-metal band the Flyin’ 69 (with the addition of Alan Chapple on bass), who recorded a little-known EP in 1986, and twenty years later provided the artwork for LiveFastDie’s EP on Douchemaster. “Fuckin’ The Dog” is cleaned up and reworked into “Livin’ Like An Animal,” while “I Need Adventure” borrows some of the lyrics from its original 1980 incarnation and grafts them onto a hard rawk tune with a totally different chorus. “Loudenboomer” is supposedly a Steppenwolf cover (“Earschplitten Louden Boomer”), but I’ve never heard the original. MP3 anybody? First pressing copies are on white paper, and subsequent pressings are on blue paper with insert featuring extensive GG press clips. The handmade cassette version sports exclusive mid-period GG photos. One of the hardest to find GG items is an extremely rare alternate sleeve, possibly whipped up prior to the proper sleeves being printed, for friends or local stores. This is pure speculation, as I have only ever seen two of these, both of which surfaced on ebay. The cover artwork is from the inside of the next EP, with the song titles “Live Fast Die Fast” and “Livin’ Like An Animal” written in black marker on each side of the cover. Oddly, the vinyl enclosed in my personal copy is actually the subsequent Scumfucs EP instead of the “Live Fast” record.


First press Live Fast Die Fast sleeve - front

"First pressing copies are on white paper..."

First press Live Fast Die Fast sleeve - back
Blue variant - Live Fast Die Fast sleeve

"...and subsequent pressings are on blue paper..."

Alternate sleeve - front

"One of the hardest to find GG items is an extremely rare alternate sleeve, possibly whipped up prior to the proper sleeves being printed, for friends or local stores."

Alternate sleeve - back

"The cover artwork is from the inside of the next EP, with the song titles “Live Fast Die Fast” and “Livin’ Like An Animal” written in black marker on each side of the cover."

Handmade cassette version

"The handmade cassette version sports exclusive mid-period GG photos."




RETURN TO THE GG GUIDE MAIN PAGE




HOME