Just because a star was bred in Hollywood doesn't necessarily mean he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Just take Mickey Avalon, the unlikely king of Los Angeles' swanky clubs. He came from beginnings far beyond dubious and well into deranged, a fact he's celebrated in his music. His unique glam-punk take on hip-hop features lyrics forged of the most brutal honesty you've ever been bludgeoned with.
Avalon has come a long way from selling himself for his next fix, but grime and grit remain his stock in trade. And his live shows continue to be the notorious displays of debauchery that made him famous (or infamous) in the first place. Avalon's upcoming sophomore release (tentatively titled Electric Gigolo) bears newfound focus, with a high-priced producer (Dr. Luke, who has worked with Britney Spears and Katy Perry) and a point of view now fixated on a distinctly more normal life. Still, he promises all the edge that fans have come to expect. And to think, he seems like such a nice, wholesome guy when he speaks.