31. Rick James Kidnapped a Woman And Held Her Hostage For Two Days
If this list has taught us anything it’s that rock stars really don’t have all that much respect for women. Especially not when cocaine is involved, but can narcotics ever be an excuse for kidnapping?
In 1991, funk pioneer Rick James was arrested for torture and kidnapping charges after he took a woman, Frances Alley, a prisoner in his home for two days whilst forcing her to have sex with him and burning her with a hot crack pipe. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he was busted for doing pretty much exactly the same thing to music executive Mary Sauger. We don’t care how good his music was or how prodigal he was, he should have been locked away the first time around.
32. Keith Moon And Mama Cass Died In The Same Apartment
Whilst the crazy rumors floating around indicating that Mama Cass of The Mamas and the Papas died after choking on a ham sandwich aren’t true, the rumor that Mama Cass and Keith Moon died in the same apartment is 100 percent confirmed. And that’s a little terrifying, don’t you think?
Both artists died in singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson’s apartment. Cass passed away in July 1974 whilst doing a run of concerts in London. It was confirmed that she died of heart failure, whilst the iconic drummer Keith Moon died from a fatal overdose in 1978 after taking a substantial amount of sedative. If that apartment was on some kind of tour, we don’t think we’d risk stepping inside of it. At least it’s still a more romantic story than Sid and Nancy.
33. Prince And Sinead O’Connor Got In a Fist Fight
It doesn’t seem in character with Prince’s flair to get in a fistfight with a woman. Then again, it didn’t seem likely that he would go door to door as a Jehovah’s Witness, but we’ve already seen that that’s true. It turns out that the incident in question occurred as Sinead O’Connor didn’t approve of Prince’s language after a discussion on who would use the lyrics to hit the song, ‘Nothing Compares to You’.
The fallout between the two iconic stars happened in the ’90s and was reported by Sinead O’Connor herself, who didn’t seem all too sorry for the fact that she spat all over him during the fight. Stay classy Sinead. Stay classy. We suppose if any song is worth fighting for, it’s that one.
34. Carlos Santana Credited a Spirit Named Metatron For His Success
We told ourselves that if this one is true we will love Santana even more than we already do (if that’s even possible). Turns out it is true! We’ve always seen Carlos Santana as quite an ethereal spirit, but now we just want to know how many drugs were taken before he comes up with this ungodly concept for inspiration.
Whilst it’s not all that uncommon for music artists to give credit to God for all of their musical notoriety, Santana took things to a new extreme and admitted in 1999 to Rolling Stone magazine that he took the inspiration for his comeback album ‘Supernatural’ from a metaphysical mystical spirit named Metatron. We’re all up for a bit of meditation, but this is just too much.
35. Serge Gainsbourg Sang About Incest With His Daughter
We have always been a firm believer in the fact that lyrics are very much open to interpretation, therefore as much as we don’t want to believe that the Serge Gainsbourg rumor is true, we’re probably going to have to accept the fact that it is.
The legendary French Pop singer was always a little ‘strange’ for lack of a better word, but to create a track called ‘lemon incest’ was a bit extreme. His young daughter even helped him out with backing vocals. The lyrics went a little bit like this: “The love that we will never have together is the most beautiful… Exquisite outline, delicious child, my flesh and my blood, oh my baby my soul, incest lemon, lemon incest.” It’s a little bit sick, don’t you think, Serge?
36. Whitney Houston Joined a Cult
Whitney Houston has never been one to stay out of the limelight for her crazy escapades – we suppose she felt compelled to upstage Bobby Brown and his rampantly questionable activities. But, of all of her questionable life choices, the one to join a cult has to be the most interesting.
Houston traveled to Israel back in 2003 to spend a significant amount of time with a pretty extremist cult labeled the ‘Black Hebrews’. If that wasn’t strange enough, the reason she made her pilgrimage wasn’t quite a journey of self-exploration. She just wanted to find inspiration for her next Christmas album. We don’t know if she missed out on the irony of spending time with Jewish people to get inspired about Christmas. At least she made it back in one piece.
37. Phil Spector Kidnapped The Ramones
It only takes a quick glance at Phil Spector to know that under that insane exterior is an equally tormented interior. Whilst he may be a legendary producer and songwriter, we’re going to be rather bold and say he isn’t quite all there. Which he proved when he kidnapped The Ramones. It turns out the rumors are in fact true!
The kidnap wasn’t Phil Spector’s first misdemeanor after he pointed a loaded gun at Leonard Cohen’s head (that’s not okay, Phil). He also waved a pistol around in front of The Ramones before locking them in the studio and making them play “Baby, I Love You” repeatedly until 4:30 in the morning when he was kind enough to let them leave. We would have been terrified and exhausted.
38. Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Izzy Stradlin Peed In The Galley Of An Airplane
Was it just an accident? Or did Izzy Stradlin just have absolutely zero respect for his fellow passengers? It turns out that it may have been both. During a flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, the Guns N’ Roses guitarist lost a little bit of patience waiting for the bathroom to become vacant.
Can you really blame him? When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. The FBI agent’s report indicated that Izzy got quite aggressive and aggravated during the incident before declaring that he wasn’t going to wait any longer before relieving himself in front of other passengers in the gallery. Their angel of a PR rep tried to excuse his behavior by saying it was a form of expression.
39. Boy George Handcuffed And Beat a Male Escort
Whilst Boy George has never been depicted as one of the most friendly creatures in Pop culture it’s almost a little hard to believe that this rumor is true. Sadly, it is. In 2009, the 29-year-old Norwegian male escort Audun Carlsen went to Boy George’s home with the intention of modeling for a naked photoshoot.
However, what he didn’t anticipate was Boy George’s intention to tie him to a wall fixture and then beat him repeatedly with a chain. It’s not surprising to hear that Boy George was under the influence of cocaine during the despicable performance that stripped him of any credibility he once had. He told the courts as he sat trial that he believed the escort to have hacked into his computer.
40. Skid Row Singer Sebastian Bach Bit a Pub Owner’s Hand
We’ve all been there, right? When pub owners annoy us so much we’re driven to bite them? No? Just Sebastian Bach it is. On a trip to the pub in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario in 2010, the former Skid Row singer got enraged by the fact that the musicians on stage and the owner of the pub weren’t too keen to share the show with him.
Rather than accepting the rejection of their impromptu proposal, Bach and Co. decided to sit and heckle the performers before proceeding to throw ice cubes at them. After the group was requested to leave for their arrogant behavior, things got a little hairy as the pub owner waited for the police to arrive. Bach bit the owner in the meantime.