In most cases, formerly dangerous is code for sellout. While the artists on this list may not all have totally reneged on their creative integrity, what they all have in common are careers that (1) started amidst controversy, legal troubles, and/or rumors and reports of literally dangerous (to fans and musicians alike) living, on and off stage, and (2) careers that have slowed to a drip in light of adult responsibilities and ultimatums from loved ones and physicians alike. For better or worse, the debauched antics and controversial posturing that endeared many of these artists to millions of their fans were financially and physically unsustainable.
Not surprisingly, the majority of bands and frontmen profiled here play(ed) punk rock or heavy metal music; many are considered pioneers in their respective genres, but all have become more symbolic figureheads or bobble-headed caricatures of hard rock culture. Many still record and perform, but none of these artists still instill fear in the hearts of overprotective parents or anxiety in concertgoers seated in the pit, pre-mosh. Of course, an unincarcerated, boring rockstar is better than a dead or otherwise silenced one; hence, value judgments aside, here are 10 Bands That Used To Be Dangerous.
10 Ozzy Osbourne
Soldiers in the KISS Army a.k.a. fans of the band are much less likely than either the Insane Clown Posse's posse or Satanic black metal fans to actually commit crimes at concerts; even if all three acts wear the same leather, spikes, and so-called "corpsepaint" makeup. Between literally putting their own blood into the printing press that ran off copies of KISS comics, and guest voicing their comic book characters in a spooky animated Scooby Doo movie, this band may have seemed dangerous to parents when they first came on the scene, but quickly revealed the shock-value to be pure marketing strategy.
5 John Lydon
4 Marilyn Manson
3 Green Day
1 The Offspring
Only in 2006 at the Rock Am Ring festival did this originally-hardcore punk band from Orange County finally play the less popular, more aggressive tracks from their runaway hit album Smash. Leading up to and during their first tour for this record, The Offspring's shows, as with the rest of the late-80's So Cal punk outfits, quickly gained a reputation for getting rowdy to the point of violence. Mellowed moshpits aside, lyricist Dexter Holland started with songs about presidential assassination and racist police brutality, the latter involving racial slurs, and ended up half-rapping about "Cruising California" and recording ballads like, "Kristy, Are You Ok?"
Sources: Snopes, TheTopTens, ToneDeaf
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