Gary Puckett

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Tom named Gary Puckett (from Gary Puckett and the Union Gap) as the "sleaziest rocker of all time" on August 5, 2003, on the basis of his several songs arguably condoning intercourse with underage girls. Puckett beat out the likes of GG Allin, Gene Simmons, Nico and El Duce from the Mentors to win the dubious honor.


Pure Filth

The lyrics to Puckett's hit song and FM oldies radio staple, "Young Girl," appear to be emblamatic of a disturbing, predatory worldview:

Young Girl, get out of my mind,
my love for you is way out of line.
Better run, girl,
you're much too young, girl.

With all the charms of a woman,
You've kept the secret of your youth.
You led me to believe you're old enough to give me love
and now it hurts to know the truth.

chorus

Beneath your perfume and make-up
You're just a baby in disguise
And though you know that it's wrong to be alone with me,
that come on look is in your eyes.

chorus

So hurry home to your mama
I'm sure she wonders where you are.
Get out of here before I have the time to change my mind
'cause I'm afraid we'll go too far


"Young Girl" can be seen as part of a trilogy of lecherous songs detailing Puckett's barely contained, seeming predilection for underage girls, along with "Lady Willpower" and "This Girl is a Woman Now." The following lyrics of the latter song nearly made Tom throw up on the air:


Our thoughts told us we were right
and on that sweet and velvet night
a child had died
a woman had been born


During the 08/05/03 broadcast, an unidentified 53-year-old caller attempted to defend Puckett, claiming he had used the rocker's lyrics to endear himself to a 14-year-old girl while attending vo-tech 31 years earlier. While the caller insisted no statutory rape ever took place, he did admit to having once been arrested for "making love to a car."