Rock stars can have anything they want. That’s just one perk to having the ability to make people fall at your feet for creating incredible music. Some collect mild items you can find at the local hobby store – Rod Stewart likes to collect toy trains (not too sexy), and Ronnie Wood’s an avid stamp collector. But some rockers have some really bizarre stuff. Since money’s no limit for them, why not have an albino bat or prosthetic limbs? At least we don’t have to live with them. Here’s a list of rock stars and the strange things they’ve loved.
Kurt Cobain’S DOLL PARTS AND HEART-SHAPED BOXES FULL OF HAIR
Kurt Cobain was fascinated by human anatomy and deformed body shapes. The Nirvana frontman made that interest well-known through things like the band’s videos and the In Utero album cover. Cobain also collected baby doll heads, and had one very special doll — an adorably tiny Freddy Krueger, complete with a noose around his neck and one foot turned unnaturally in the wrong direction. Nothing to see here, just creepy bodies and heart-shaped boxes full of hair (Kurt and his wife Courtney Love both collected little boxes and stuck trinkets in them as love notes.)
And if you’re familiar with those cymbal-banging toy monkeys with frozen smiles, you already know they’re creepy. You can literally see death in their eyes. Kurt Cobain loved them too.
How the Gods Collect: Danzig’s crazy for Count Chocula
According to Consequence of Sound, when Glenn Danzig’s unoccupied Los Feliz, California home was recently put on the market “as is” for $1.2 million, it was found with a lot of regular stuff strewn about, such as Count Chocula and Franken Berry cereal—two “monster” kid cereals that are so very magically delicious. (Boo-Berry was conspicuously absent.) That alone isn’t that creepy, but a teddy bear holding a candy cane was found next to the boxes, watching over it all like a little lord of the cereals, so there’s that. According to Extra Crispy, in August, other junky items found there were The Land Before Time hand puppets made by Pizza Hut in the ‘90s, gargoyle candle dishes, metal skulls, and Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Who knew that all Glenn Danzig wanted was to be part of your world?
Marilyn Manson’s Sweet Collections (Are Made of These) Limbs
In a story by the Daily Record a couple of years ago, industrial noise and goth rock artist Marilyn Manson talked about how his new house was decorated with taxidermied items and prosthetic limbs, to emulate the show Hannibal. According to Manson — who like Lemmy Kilmister is also a fan of Nazi memorabilia — “I have a lot of taxidermy, a prosthetic limb collection and a seven-foot tall, 100-year-old skeleton I call Ernie. My cat, Lily White, likes to sleep in his pelvic bone.”
This pull quote from a story at Fuse about Manson’s collections — “I had gone to CVS to get a child’s paint kit” — brings up so many questions on its own. Did the cashiers know it was Marilyn Manson? When they saw he was buying a child’s toy, did that not send up massive red flags?
OK, maybe the cat doesn’t know he’s sleeping in an old skeleton.
Kirk Hammett has Some Kind of Monster Art Collection
But compared with the others on this list, the Metallica guitarist isn’t very scary. Hammett says he’s always been drawn to the macabre, and has an incredible collection of vintage horror movie posters. Among the Master of Posters’ items are creepy movie art of The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein and other classic frights from the early 20th century.
Hammett’s collection of artwork and sci-fi memorabilia is on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts (aka Witch City, USA.)
I Wanna Go Down to Johnny Ramone’s Basement
The Ramones’ guitarist, another pleasantly normal person on this list, is similar to Kirk Hammett with his own collection of vintage horror-movie posters. At one time he had covered his walls with art from movies like Bride of Frankenstein, The Day The Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet. He had the items auctioned off before he died in 2004.
Ramones co-founder was another weird-ish collector, but besides hoarding classic horror film posters, he was a staunch Republican also allegedly a fan of The Monkees. That’s all disturbing on its own.
The elephant in Jack White’s room
That kooky Jack White — always scheming to get an elephant head into his living room. The White Stripes founder likes to collect taxidermy; exotic animals like gazelles, antelopes and giraffes. In early 2012, the former White Stripes leader was seen on the TV show American Pickers, haggling over an elephant head.
“That’s the weirdest looking giraffe I’ve ever seen,” White quips in the video.
Guess it wasn’t enough to name an album after the kindhearted animal. He just had to have its head, too.
“No matter where I look, there are eyes staring at me. And they’re totally silent,” White told NME in 2001 of his stuffed animals. It’s because they’re dead, Jack. Dead.
Just avoid Johnny Depp at all costs
Technically, Johnny Depp is also a musician. In addition to being a member of the rock supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor is apparently a fan of clowns, and has collected at least one painting of a clown drawn by none other than serial killer and rapist John Wayne Gacy. Gacy murdered 33 boys and men in the 1960s. His drawings are highly disturbing and may just haunt your dreams.
Check out this interview of Depp by John Waters in which Depp confirms, “I like John Wayne Gacy’s paintings,” and Waters claims to have a Gacy painting too. According to Spotted Couch crime blog, the artwork allegedly disturbed Depp so much that he eventually got rid of it, while the Waters interview states no one in Depp’s orbit wanted the Gacy painting around. So the story goes he ditched it because it freaked everyone else out, not him, which actually makes a lot of sense.
Frank Zappa: Lunch Boxes en Regalia
The world wouldn’t be right if Frank Zappa hadn’t owned some weird shit throughout his life. Anyone lucky enough to take part in a Frank Zappa auction could bid on religious and symbolic items like southeast Asian tiger masks and an Indian Copper sacred cow statue, but it gets better from there. Zappa also had a tidy collection of items signed by porn icons like Larry Flynt and Ron Jeremy. Stay classy, Frank. In addition, he kept several vintage lunch boxes celebrating cultural TV and movie phenomenon like Pac Man, Scooby Doo, The Dark Crystal, The Secret of NIMH, Fozzie Bear, E.T. and The Dukes of Hazzard.
But the best Zappa item of all may be a display box with one taxidermied albino bat. Party at Zappa’s house!
Wacko Jacko’S collection StartS With the Man in the Mirror
Michael Jackson is well known for being eccentric, but just how eccentric?
Well, visitors entering Neverland were greeted with paintings of happy children in various stages of happiness/crankiness. The King of Pop was also a fan of — who else? — The King of Pop. In a story on Bizar Bin, Jackson owned portraits of multiple Michaels in various stages of royal dress — such as being knighted or crowned – as one does when one is a pop icon. There are also oil paintings of him with kids. Enough said.
If we needed any more evidence of his strangeness, Jackson also collected creepy-looking dolls, and had a life-sized statue of Batman and a gold bust made in his likeness. There’s also a Macaulay Culkin finger painting that looks like it belongs in the trash. But beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, right?