The Detroit Free Press takes a look at the entrepreneurship of the Insane Clown Posse, the Motor City duo who head up an empire that brings in—please take a second to finish whatever beverage you’re drinking—upwards of $10 million a year. They have the Gathering, of course, as well as tie-in DVDs and action figures and T-shirts and a forthcoming sequel to their 2001 film Big Money Hustlas. The combination of capitalist force and music-business longevity has even garnered them something that’s more priceless—respect! More »
Last night I had a dream that I was trapped in a hotel that was subsidizing its rates with advertising in the lobby. Among the commercials was an extended spot for the Insane Clown Posse in which they a) announced that they were recruiting for their own personal police force and b) covered, quite faithfully and with great gusto, the Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out).” This dream—which, I should add, was not the result of a Faygo-and-Molson pre-bedtime cocktail—made me wonder if any of you out there have had similar moments in which cover versions that are odd even for this genre-crossing moment in pop music have sprung from your subconscious. To get your mind rolling, I’ve placed a very special cover after the jump! More »
In case you were wondering what it might be like to attend The Gathering Of The Juggalos, artist Derek Erdman went, video camera in tow, and chronicled the Faygo-fueled masses’ trek into the deepest woods of Illinois. I… really don’t know what to say, although I really do hope that the guy cracking about breaking his parole for the purposes of making his pilgrimage was joking. [YouTube via The Awl] More »
The 14-minute infomercial for the 10th-anniversary edition of the three-day Gathering Of The Juggalos—think a hybrid of Burning Man and Coachella in the Illinois woods, only with more Faygo, lots more clown makeup, and a Rowdy Roddy Piper appearance (?!)—has been making the Internet rounds for the past couple of days, resulting in LOLs a-plenty from the peanut gallery. Sure, the Insane Clown Posse and their fans have owned the title of “Most Mocked Musical Subculture Out There” pretty much since the band’s inception (and despite a late charge from brokenCYDE). But what if they’re, as the infomercial brazenly states at its outset, “the most misunderstood people of all time” because no one realizes that they’re actually in on the joke? More »
An Insane Clown Posse fan is suing the half of the horrorcore duo who goes by the name Violent J, as well as a venue in Fargo, N.D., after sustaining injuries during a 2007 show thanks to an errant two-liter bottle of Faygo that got thrown into the teeming masses of Juggalos rushing the concert’s stage. John Antonelli is looking for at least $50,000 from Violent J and the venue after suffering a fractured bone near his right eye.
Despite my previous issues with the Phoenix New Times, I was actually excited to see what appeared to be wide-ranging coverage of the local Juggalo community this week. Many of us don’t understand the phenomenon at all. And with seemingly thousands of Faygo-chugging malcontents around these parts, there had to be a story there. Right?
The Detroit Metro Times asks Insane Clown Posse’s… More »