Ugliness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and everyone has a different opinion on what constitutes "ugly" I recently asked some of the Internet's top music sites to answer the following question:
"Who do you think the ugliest musician/band ever to walk the planet
is and why?"
I took the responses I received and shared them with a large group of music loving friends who then voted on the submissions. After the votes were counted I put the selections in order from ugliest to least ugliest. The resulting list contains the top dozen ugliest musicians, or the real "Dirty Dozen."
Please remove all sharp objects and children from the room before viewing the pictures displayed below. (Click images for expanded versions)
1. Shane MacGowan (The Pogues)
Looking for the ugliest rock star is something of a fool's adventure. After all, rock isn't about being pretty. If Keith Richards looked like Hugh Grant, the Rolling Stones might've gone the way of Herman's Hermits. Ugliness denotes disregard for the bourgeoisie ideas of beauty, it suggests defiance in the face of the photogenic, it is emblematic of "listen to the music, man". Beautiful people seldom make stirring music, in much the same way as the handsomest jock and prettiest cheerleader seldom had anything interesting to say in high school. So with these caveats in mind, I'll say the most heroic rock performer is none other than Irishman Shane MacGowan of the Pogues. The Irish have produced many a handsome lad, and many a fair lass, but MacGowan got one of the most asymmetrical heads, biggest flappy ears, and worst teeth from his genetic pool. Makes me all that more convinced the Pogues were a great band.
Selected by uao of Freeway Jam
2. G.G. Allin
GG (born Jesus Christ Allin) started out sort of homely, but through a lot of effort, made himself truly ugly - which was a reflection of the world as he saw it. He often performed naked and would cut huge gashes in his face and body on stage. He'd urinate and deficate on stage, and then throw his feces at the crowd. A self-described asshole, GG didn't just do this as a performance, he lived his life that way. A friend was a potential enemy, but the audience was the ultimate enemy. He was famous for endurance, in the amount of damage he would inflict on himself. He once bashed a microphone against his mouth repeatedly until his front two teeth were knocked in. He promised suicide on stage, but ended up dying in a friend's apartment in 1993, of a heroin overdose after escaping naked from a police-raided show nearby.