Who tops rock excess

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 21 06:03:50 CDT 2004

>From The Evening Standard at:

Who's the baddest? 
By Anne Campbell, Metro 
21 June 2004 
Drugs, booze and sex are rock'n'roll staples but one
band beats them all when it comes to outrageous

If you're talking about degeneration, The Who lay
waste to such notorious hellraisers as Ozzy Osbourne. 

The 1960s rockers came out top in a poll with an
impressive history of drug-taking, brawling on stage
and, legend has it, driving a Rolls-Royce into a
swimming pool.

At the centre of the mayhem was Keith Moon, the
ferocious drummer whose prodigious talent was matched
only by his appetite for hard living. 

He once arrived at a tennis match in a tank, dressed
as Rommel. He died of an overdose aged 31 in 1978. 

The KLF took second place for reputedly burning
£1million in cash on a remote Scottish island in the
name of modern art. 

The men behind the band - Bill Drummond and Jimmy
Cauty - also left a dead sheep outside the Brit Awards
in 1992 and shocked the audience by firing machineguns
loaded with blanks into the crowd. 

Ozzy Osbourne, the former Black Sabbath singer, took
third place. 

A renowned drug abuser, he was arrested in 1982 in the
US after getting drunk and urinating on a memorial to
the Alamo in Texas. 

He was wearing his wife Sharon's clothes at the time. 

That charming man Morrissey makes a surprise
appearance in the fourth spot. During a concert with
The Smiths, the vegetarian frontman was pelted with
sausages while performing the track Meat Is Murder. 

The list of ten favourite moments of rock excess was
compiled by the BBC digital station 6 Music from
listener votes.

-Brian in Atlanta
The Who This Month!

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