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Who's The Scariest Musician Ever?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ozzy Osbourne

This week on Soundcheck, we're celebrating Halloween with our very own House Of Horrors. We've been asking our favorite musicians to share who they think is the scariest musician, and they've picked artists ranging from Ozzy Osbourne to, well, Avril Lavigne.

Now, Soundcheck wants to know who you think is the scariest musician ever. Tell us by leaving a message on our listener line at 866-939-1612, posting a comment below, or tweet to us at @Soundcheck using #ScariestMusician, and check out all our artist responses below.

Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels on Ozzy Osbourne:

"Even though he's a rock star -- his movements, the way he speaks, the records that he made -- even everything that happened in his real life, he's a monster!"


Composer and member of The National, Bryce Dessner on Slash:

"I ran into Slash from Guns N' Roses in the hallway of a festival in Ireland. He is an imposing figure: He was shirtless and he is incredibly muscular. I don't know that I would want to run into him in a dark alley way. He also has a scary name."


Steve Terebecki of White Denim on Avril Lavigne:

"The first person that came to mind was Avril Lavigne. I don't know why, but I guess part of it is the fact that she married Chad Kroger from Nickelback. She's in her early 30's and still acts like she's 17 years old. It totally freaks me out."


Pianist Valentina Lisitsa on Shostakovich's Sonata #2:

"How many pieces of music do you get to play where you actually have to graphically describe death? It's dying, it's a process of dying. It's a beating heart that stops. It's a copy of an EKG."


Roots rocker John Paul Keith on Jerry Lee Lewis:

"He's the killer, you never know what he's going to do. I do know there's some bullet holes in various buildings in Memphis that he's responsible for. You can't be the greatest rock n' roller that ever lived and be a safe, productive member of society."


Comments [10]

Souter Hammer

No time to read all the comments, but I'm sure you would agree with me, John, that Steven Stapleton's Thunder Perfect Mind or anything by him should be way at the top. It's truly blood curdling music from a self proclaimed DaDaist / occultist composer.

Nov. 03 2013 12:12 PM
jennie from san francisco

gg allin was scary.

Oct. 31 2013 06:56 PM
Brian from New Jersey

The scariest musician ever was definitely the composer Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613). Not only did he write some of the most harrowing and dissonant music ever, but he murdered his wife (who was also his cousin) and her lover in their bed, leaving the bodies in public for all to see. Even scarier was that he got away with it; his status as a nobleman granted him immunity.

Oct. 30 2013 10:06 PM
roger from new york city

A tie between Diamanda Galas and Motorhead

Oct. 29 2013 10:01 PM
v.d. king from Jersey City, NJ

bluesman pat hare for sure.

sang "i'm gonna murder my baby".... then he really did. and a cop too for good measure. :)

-v.d. king

Oct. 29 2013 09:22 PM
Carl Bishop from east village

Hands down, Ginger Baker. The doc "Beware of Mr. Baker" describes some of why.

Oct. 29 2013 09:15 PM
Joy Glidden from Brooklyn

Screamin Jay Hawkin's

Oct. 29 2013 09:13 PM
Jaime viñas from Tribeca, ny

Diamanda Galás.

Oct. 29 2013 09:13 PM
Nick from Seattle

Scott Walker-less as a person and more because of his output. Just listen to 'The Drift.'

Oct. 29 2013 09:11 PM
Mitchell Hegel from Winipeg

Varg Vikernes of the black metal band Mayhem. He wore corpse paint,tortured animals, killed his band partner and made a snuff film out of it, and arsoned about 20 churches.

Pretty scary to me.

Oct. 29 2013 06:23 PM

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