Ben’s 10 Volume LXXXVI:

Moments of Lunacy with Mr. Moon
Ben Allen, music editor

 

All right, it’s the Space Issue. The moon is a celestial body and The Who’s infamous drummer Keith Moon was undisputedly a lunatic, a term originating from the 16th century referring to intermittent insanity caused by the moon. Moon was arguably the wildest man in the history of rock and roll, conducting chaos and anarchy with a unique brand of madness wherever he went.

 

Driving a Rolls Royce into Motel 6 Pool

Moon celebrated his 21st birthday by ingesting a ridiculous number of chemicals and alcohol, starting a huge food fight, then driving a Rolls Royce into the motel’s pool. After managing to escape from the sinking vehicle, Moon casually returned to his birthday party, soaking wet.

 

Dressing Like a Nazi

After a photoshoot dressed in a Nazi uniform, Moon was so inspired by the outrage it caused others, that he kept in character for a week. In a malicious move, Moon drove through a heavily Jewish neighborhood in London, just to get a reaction.

 

Blowing Up Drums on Stage

For their American television debut on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Moon thought he would really make a “bang,” by climaxing “My Generation” with enormous explosions.

 

The Gong Show

Moon and John Entwhistle managed to rig up a pulley system to fuck with their opening band Herd in 1967. Anytime Herd drummer Andrew Steele went to hit his gong during their set, it would “mysteriously” move just out of reach.

 

Riding an Elephant

At the premiere of “Tommy” at Hollywood’s famous Chinese Theatre, Moon made quite the entrance while riding an enormous elephant into the proceedings, all the while, chugging from a bottle of whiskey.

 

Cross Dressing

Costumes were a favorite of Moon’s, and dressing as a woman appealed to him. “It’s just comfortable, mate,” Moon explained when asked about his attraction to dresses.

 

Toilet Annihilation

No hotel room or bathroom was ever safe when The Who was on tour. A favorite prank of Moon’s was to drop cherry bombs into the plumbing, then witness the inevitable explosion of water and plaster.

 

Passing Out During a Performance

Whoops! Maybe it’s not a great idea to eat a handful of horse tranquilizers chased with Brandy before going on stage? That’s exactly what Moon did in 1973 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

 

Urinating on Elton John

“That Elton is a twat,” Moon uttered one obliterated evening as he stumbled over to John’s table at The Troubador in L.A. He proceeded to unzip and piss all over Elton’s appetizers and margaritas.

 

Trouser Quality Control

One afternoon Moon entered a clothing shop with pal Larry Smith of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Explaining to the shop owner that they weren’t certain of the quality of a pair of pants, they proceeded to rip them apart. Luckily, Moon’s limo drive entered and, saying he was in search of a pair of one-legged jeans, purchased the pants, pacifying the irate shopkeeper.

About 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.”

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