Top Ten Weird and Goofy Alt-Rock Anecdotes

By Brent Chittenden

I am so sick… stupid summer cold decided show and is taking most of my brain and lung capacities with it’s arrival. This lead to a jumble of ideas and thoughts… which some how lead to this list.

Being a music nerd means you run into a lot of… useless information. Bits of trivia and small stories that are kind of cool… but don’t really lend themselves to a full length article. When your boss is Alan Cross, you pick up even more of these little bits and bobs. And now I’m going to share my ten favourite Weird Rock Anecdotes.

10) Al Jourgensen & Gibby Haynes Melt A Bus

I’ve mentioned this in various places the past few weeks so I thought I would elaborate. Ministry was on tour, Gibby Haynes was on the tour bus and at some point they bought fireworks. One particular big firework that Jourgensen was told would turn into a sailboat. During a long stretch of road, firecrackers were tossed into bunks and eventually the big one got fired off… in a tour bus. the tour bus caught fire and MELTED!

[Gibby once towed another van from Texas onto the lawn of Michael Stipe in Athens, Georgia, and set it on fire. I’d like to see his insurance premiums. – AC]

9) Alan Moore teams with Bauhaus bassist for Sinister Ducks

David J is best known for being the bass player in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets. Alan Moore is best known as one of the most influential writers in comic books. Alan wrote Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing and numerous others. The two men have worked together on a few musical projects including a duo called The Sinister Ducks.

8) There Is A Sequel To “The Monster Mash”

Almost no one believes me when I tell them this but there is a sort of sequel to The Monster Mash. And it’s a Christmas song.

7) Col. Sanders Appeared In A Movie With James Brown And Ed Sullivan

The Phynx (which is finally available on dvd) was a film (according to imdb) about “A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they’re sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.” The fact this exists makes me smile.

6) Steven Segal’s Band Has The Best / Worst Name Ever!

5) Sisters of Mercy Lead Singer Fired… Himself?

This was something I learned from Alan years ago and it’s a little complicated but stay with me. Goth rockers Sisters of Mercy has had a large amount of line ups over the years but the “classic” line up was made of three guys: Andrew Eldritch, Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams. Hussey and Adams left to form The Mission (which in itself is a great story) and Eldritch stayed behind and locked himself into a record deal with a division of Warner Bros called EastWest. This relationship eventually went south and as a ploy to break the contract, Eldritch (allegedly) fired himself from the band as lead sing (but not song writer or band member) which in theory would dissolve the band and release the Sisters from their contract. To my knowledge, it didn’t work but it’s a good story.

4) Henry Rollins Does Voice Work In Cartoons

Beyond being the godfather of American Hardcore and an alternative music icon, Henry acts and does a fair amount of voice work. He’s appeared in a lot of DC Comic based cartoons like Batman Beyond, Teen Titans Go! and Green Lantern.

3) Courtney Love Was In Faith No More

For a very, very brief amount of time Love was the lead singer of Faith No More… then she was kicked out… that’s pretty much the entire story.

2) Billy Corgan Likes Pro Wrestling… A Lot

Billy Corgan is a big fan of pro wrestling. Over the years he’s been involved in angles with the original ECW, AAA (out of Mexico) and has even started his own wrestling promotion, Resistance Pro.

1) Damon Albarn Was A Tea Boy For “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

Well known for his work with Blur and Gorillaz, Damon was a tea boy during the recoding of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas. He’s even visible in one or two of the video clips.


And there’s tons more where those came from and I invite you to share your own tidbits below. If we get enough of them, we’ll do another list like this at a later date. One last personal anecdote, I make a very, very brief appearance in the live video to Moist’s Resurrection. It’s around the 2:40 mark and you can see the back of my head. I’m beside the tall guy who’s name is Gavin.

Brent Chittenden

Brent Chittenden is a freelance writer with a gift for the geek. Currently a writer with A Journal Of Musical Things and a podcaster with True North Nerds, he's also written for Comic Book Daily, Explore Music and a dozen other places. Currently, he is the co-host of the True North Nerds podcast. You can find out more at

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