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BEING UNTALENTED IS NO LONGER WES SCANTLIN’S BIGGEST CRIME

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An unfortunate number of you probably remember Wes Scantlin, who is the guitarist/vocalist from Puddle of Mudd, and a dude whose genius was to realize that there was a market for frat boys who liked Nirvana, but just wished that Kurt Cobain had worn a backwards baseball cap instead of flannel shirts. The band was fucking horrible, so of course they were signed by Fred Durst, released a bunch of whiney songs about girls are so mean! n’ feelings are hard! n’ stuff, and became huge.

But hopefully now Scantlin will be most famous not for his awful music and horrible sense of fashion, but, rather, for being a crook. From TMZ:

“Puddle of Mudd front man Wesley Scantlin must have been a pretty busy man in 2009 — because the government claims he forget to pay more than $60k in federal AND state taxes that year.

“According to documents filed with the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office, Scantlin screwed Uncle Sam out of $44,726.23 … and stiffed CA to the tune of $17,323.51.”

Of course, I have no idea what Scantlin’s current financial situation is like, but 60k is probably chicken feed to a dude who was lucky enough to get famous right before the music industry collapsed. So, alas, he will most likely not serve any jail time for his “oversight.” Which is really too bad, ’cause Scantlin has a purdy mouth, and I know a few dudes in California correctional institutions who I think would really enjoy his company, and could teach him to, uh, like, loosen up a little. Then he’d really have something to sing about.

-AR

[via Noisecreep]

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