Probably my biggest musical regret in life was the brief period in high school when I listened to the Insane Clown Posse. Now while it is pretty clear to most humans why this band is absolutely terrible, I do have to say that the two shows I went to were super fun, and their third album, The Riddle Box, is still pretty enjoyable. The thing about ICP is that some of their songs are like little horror mini horror movies via song. Their first two albums were so horribly produced and by their fourth album they started adding hard rock elements and went even further over the top, but that third album is pretty interesting. Anyway, enough defending a pretty defenseless band, instead I want to talk about the 10th Annual Gathering of The Juggalos.
I remember the 1st one of these happening. I had pretty much stopped listening to them by then, but my friends and I wanted to go anyway. It was like this big festival in the middle of no where and you could get all this exclusive merch that everyone wanted, because that band is less about the music, and more about buying their expensive shit. 10 years later the festival has turned into a clown filled Woodstock and strikes me as either the worst possible thing you could ever do, or the best.
You have to watch this trailer. It is the funniest damn thing. It is really long, but you have to watch it all, it just keeps getting funnier. The two hosts are the lamest people on Earth and they keep trying to get you psyched about stuff like hay rides and Beach Boy thing BBQs. In this official trailer they can’t even get ICP to show up, they talk to them via telephone. Seriously, this thing is priceless. It also looks like something I really, really, really want to photograph. Normally concerts like this suck for me, because I have to cover all the bands, but I don’t want to see ANY of the bands (Maybe Ice Cube and I would like to see people throw shit at MC Chris). I could just shoot the wrestling and the wet tshirt contests, and the guy shooting himself out of a cannon and the crazy rednecks on drugs. The thing is BYOB and the website tells you they do a visual check of your car which basically means they are encouraging you to bring all the drugs you can hide. I can’t even imagine how great the photos I could shoot there would be. Alas, it is in the middle of nowhere, costs $150, and is taking place while I am going to be on a fishing trip.
Anyway, you need to watch this whole video (make sure you get to the 2:20 mark at least, thats when the hilarious fucking hosts come in.), I swear it keeps getting better. It is like a parody. I mean Rowdy Roddy Pipper is wrestling AND doing stand up comedy! JJ from Good Times and Pauly Shore will be there! Coolio & Vanilla Ice!! I mean Jesus Fuck, this is party time. And I am down with the clown, till I am dead in the ground. Juggalo 4 LIFE, ninja!
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