Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

Ben’s Ten: Volume III

1. David Bowie — “Ziggy Stardust” (1972) To the casual listener, the Bowie classic “Ziggy Stardust” may sound simply like the story of a rock star, his rise to fame and ultimately his tragic decline. Upon closer inspection, there’s so much more. Ziggy is actually an alien being sent to Earth with a message of hope, peace and love. The …

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Coat Hanger Cadaver

It’s a pretty good story … We got wasted in an alley, started a game called “piss foot fighting,” and there was a weird guy there named “Christopher Reeves” who claimed that when he died he wanted to be taxidermied (real word?) so his family could use him as a coat hanger. Fun night!

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Best cover band names EVER

Zoo Fighters Foo Fighters cover band devoted to combating circuses, carnivorism and animal confinement. Ten percent of all proceeds are donated to PETA. Nine Inch Rails Nine Inch Nails cover band with an unhealthy addiction to Peruvian marching powder. Murl Jam Septuagenarian cop-fronted ensemble covers “Even Flow” and “Jeremy”. Lady Ga Ga Goo Goo Toddlers playing Lady Gaga. Buns ‘n’ …

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