Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Today in Music History:

In 1975, Captain and Tennille started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Neil Sedaka song 'Love Will Keep Us Together', it made No.32 in the UK.

Violent J and Shaggy 2 DopeSince my last couple of posts featured fluffy pop music I was thinking I'll go in the extreme opposite direction today. Insane Clown Posse are a cartoonish metal/rap band with a vaunted live show that featured open fires, chainsaws, liters of soda dousing the audience (Faygo being the group's favorite brand). Not many people are interested in overweight, dreadlocked jackasses in clown makeup, spewing juvenile vulgarity and spraying their audience with cheap soda, but darnit I'm a big fan of juvenile vulgarity. For the most part I really can't stand any form of rap music. I do make exceptions now and then and evil clowns Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are one of them. ICP make me laugh, and some of their songs have some great hooks. Definitely not for everybody but take the music for what it is and don't get too serious about it and you might enjoy a few tracks from these guys. They can be side-splittingly funny for a couple listens--and pretty good with the beats and samples besides. I know that there are many that hate ICP and think they are nothing but White trash redneck drivel, but you don't just sell one million copies of a record by accident (so there are some people out there who're lying). The mythology behind the six "joker cards" (albums) with the sixth one supposedly signifying the apocalypse and their fan base known as juggalos make for interesting reading. I'll showcase a track from the fourth jokers card from The Great Milenko today. The wife detests rap music but even she likes this track.

Hokus Pokus by Insane Clown Posse

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