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How Do They Work?

I’m not sure how many of you have heard of “The Insane Clown Posse.” I’m also not sure how to explain them to those that haven’t, partly because I am not terribly familiar with them, but also because they are so hard to explain. In any event, I guess they are theoretically gaining relevance, because I saw this video this morning on MTV. Let’s see if we can work through this together…

0:21 – I am fairly certain that the sun is not “closer that it’s ever got”, but I am not the one in the video wearing clown makeup. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

0:26 – “Crud” and “hood” could technically rhyme, if you tried harder. I’m disappointed, ICP. I expected more from you.

0:41 – Those are the only two choices in an ICPocalypse.

0:57 – Mad scientist-themed keyboard player? Check.

1:14 – “The Devil’s in the sky.” Again, fairly certain this is not his assumed location. Strike two on the fact checking, ICP.

1:21 – That just makes no sense, meteorologically speaking.

1:58 – I was starting to wonder why they hadn’t let this guy rap yet.

2:14 – Now I know why.

2:19 – As opposed to non-apocalypse situations, when everyone knows exactly how and when they’ll die.

2:24 – Shit gets real.

2:32 – So, God declares nuclear war? Or was it the aliens? Or the angry residents of whatever planet we bumped into after spinning out of orbit? This is pretty heavy, there’s a lot to take in. Maybe the world of ICP is more complex than I thought.

2:48 – I’m actually going to go with “living a happy, normal, non-interrupted-by-the-apocalypse life” would be second best to seeing the world begin.

2:57 – I guess this pick up move might theoretically work for a guy wearing clown face paint during the apocalypse…

3:05 – …or not.

3:07 – This can’t be real. He’s just shouting out any word that ends in “osions.” Fortunately, I guess, most of them are somewhat apocalyptic, though “corrosions” just makes me think of rust.

3:22 – Here’s where ICP realizes they still have $850 of their $900 special effects budget left, and make no mistake, these guys came up with this video before they came up with this song.

My takeaways here are that I can’t tell if this is sincere, or some of the greatest performance art I’ve ever seen, and that this is definitely the worst song I’ve ever had stuck in my head. Or it's the best song I've ever been tricked into thinking was a bad song. Which would be the exact kind of intellectual trickery you'd expect from the Insane Clown Posse. Damn, these guys are good. Or are they? I'm more confused now than before I saw this video.

You win again, ICP. You win again.


Anonymous said...

Well, you've done it. You have now contributed to the hit-count and thereby made ICP a tiny bit of money. Which they do not need as they are super-paid. The low-budget feel of the video is totally geared to their demographic. They could afford Peter Jackson to direct if they were so moved.

You are a rebellious, disenfranchised 13 year-old "loser" from Overton, Nebraska. You have decided that you do not "fit in" and need, in lieu of an actual family - which you have been denied because of divorce, drugs etc. - something to fill in and qualify your nihilistic take on things. Then some dudes in their 30's from Detroit who wear clown makeup feel your pain , and proceed to provide for you everything you need to create your own, private, mind-garden of inclusiveness. Finally you have a family.

"All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi, and she wouldn't give it to me."

Plus, the "what the hell is up with ICP" meme reached it's apex last year with the whole "Miracles" thing.

Read up on your read ups.

GhostOfTyrone said...

Well golly, Anon - I guess I should have checked with you before I posted this.

It's just taken me this long to figure out how magnets work, so I guess I've been out of the "I work in IT, and therefore create/am aware of every internet meme that exists" loop.

My bad.

Thanks for reading.



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