Last Night: Insane Clown Posse At Warehouse Live

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Forty minutes or so into the Insane Clown Posse's show Tuesday night at Warehouse Live, Aftermath relapsed. Not with drugs or drinking, mind you, but with our love of the Posse, which we had all but forgotten. As one song transitioned into another, we heard the beginnings of the backbeat to "Homies," a simple, upbeat ditty about being yourself and keeping good company, and at that point we lost our composure.

We made our way into the mosh pit, found an old juggalo friend and began stomping in the Faygo puddles while screaming and bouncing off fellow juggalos. And, of course, while all of this was happening, we all had enormous smiles on our faces. Now that we think about it, maybe that's what the clown makeup is about: No matter your mood, when you're a juggalo, you're always smiling.

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A lot of people just don't understand it and simply consider the Posse and its fans pin-heads or degenerates, but anyone who's ever attended a show or listened to ICP knows better. They may not be able to put it into words or succinctly describe what it is about the group that makes them all so happy, that makes them all feel like family, but that's exactly it: It's a feeling.

This is more than music. For many, this is a religious awakening. Most people put on a tie and go to church once a week, but juggalos have a different kind of worship service, and they're happy to share it with anyone who's willing to keep an open mind and an open ear.

Say what you will and feel free to use the anonymity of YouTube and the comments-section on this very blog to spew your hate, but the juggalo family will not and cannot be fazed. They may get a bad rep in the news, because it's easy for the media to say, "Look at this piece of trash who robbed a liquor store. He's wearing makeup, and it's different from what we look like, so let's all ridicule and be afraid of him." But that's not a fair representation of what ICP or their fans are all about.

If you fall down in the mosh pit, people will pick you up. If you spill your drink on someone, they'll smile and give you a hug. They may chant along about killing piggies, chugging 40s and seeking revenge on those who have done them wrong, but most juggalos, from what we can tell, live vicariously through the songs that ICP sing, and that's where it all ends.

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Danielo
Danielo

Damn good article. I'm so pissed I missed the show. I thought it was 11/04. booh.

Chris
Chris

>music journalist, and it's my job to go to each and every show with an open mind, hoping to >find something of redeeming value.  That would be the job of an industry shill. The most salient definition of journalism that Websters provides is "writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation." While you should have an open mind, you don't have to find something redeeming in every show. I thinkthat it adds to your (the music journalism profession) if you just report accuratly, Not every show in Houston has to be great.  I actually liked this review even though I don't think that you mentioned one song title.

Del Richard
Del Richard

i was there at 11:30 in the mornin the warehouse is the shitICP is the Shit the whole damn day was  awesome thanks for having the clownsBTW i rode a greyhound from Louisianajust to be thereMCL whoo whoop

ClownVid
ClownVid

This is one of the best articles I've read about an ICP show, thanks for tellin' it like it is.  THIS people THIS!

Zombiechad
Zombiechad

Great article. Thanks for an actual commentary on what happens at an ICP or juggalo concert, instead of hateful rambling. :D Much clown love whoop whoop!

Ryan
Ryan

Personally I've never really given ICP a good listen as it's not really my style, but I def want to come out and check a show and see how these folks take a thing like music and make it their life.

It's a shame that the Juggalos get so much static by people stereotyping. I can't imagine the backlash if people referred to "blacks" and "rap music" with the same broad strokes as applied to "juggalos" and "ICP".

30 years ago the punk scene was fighting this exact same battle:http://cheunderground.com/blog...

Connecting someone's love for music to their education level, skin color, geography, social status, clothing or weight will be the death of all things sans pop music. Glad to see the Press taking a balanced approach.

rob
rob

Despite these dudes being marketing geniuses, the bottom line is that their music is terrible. Maybe that's just my opinion, but as someone who did listen to ICP when I was 12, I think I have some credibility. I'm almost positive their raps are ghostwritten by monkeys on pcp and their beats made by just-paroled meth heads who hadn't seen a musical instrument of any sort since before their 10-year bid on child molestation charges.

KwlnNinja
KwlnNinja

yes all Juggalos are brainless your right I was at the show last nite being I am a juggalo down for 15 years.I have a job in the IT field making 6 figures. so ya I'm a dumb ass!!!

ClownVid
ClownVid

Whoop Whoop!  IT Ninjas FTW!

Guest
Guest

How can you make six figures without ever learning to punctuate?

Dicky
Dicky

People seem to under-estimate how many Juggalos there are. Not all of them are as stupid as you make them out to be. Just so happens, people can listen to ICP AND get a college education! Crazy right??? Whoop whoop fam!!!

Lu Breezy
Lu Breezy

And haters....thanks for sharing, we will see you at our next show, rite?!

Lu Breezy
Lu Breezy

Thank you Houston Press for being fair about your views on our Family. Whoop Whoop to you guys and gals!

furioso ateo
furioso ateo

I think ICP does a great service. They make it easy to spot which dudes you should never engage in brainkilling conversation with, and which chicks you should absolutely use protection with. To be safe, you should probably also pull it out through your boxer fly rather than take the boxers off, and make sure to burn the boxers, bed, and house when you're through.

Championshipvinyl73
Championshipvinyl73

Thanks for the invitation Matt, don't mind if I do. No need for anonymity either. My screen name is my gmail address so anyone can feel free to retort to his or her hearts content. This isn't "more than music..." it is much, much less. I won't go into a lengthy tome about the juggalos per se, because in the end if it makes people or a group of people happy then it is at least viable in that nature and it takes all kinds to make the world. But I will take absolute umbrage that it is "music". Seeing this, and some of the other articles you have written, I kind of have a barometer for what end of the musical depth pool you swim in. (kudos are deserved, too for an excellent write up on discovering Nico Vega, like the rest of us) ICP is to music as the WWE is to the sweet science of boxing. They take place in the same or similar venue, but only one is fake, contrived, and playing to the most rudimentary of palates. This should be in an entertainment category because to say that ICP is musically retarded is to offend musically retarded people everywhere. As for the juggalos, well, the slideshow kind of makes any point that anyone may have on a personal attack type-level, especially the one where the girl misspelled "Faygo" in marker on her arm...

mbkeever
mbkeever

I'm not sure whether you're making fun of me or if I'm supposed to be flattered, but I'd prefer to think the former and not get on the defensive, so I'll just say thanks for the compliments - Nico Vega is, after all, a fantastic group. I was just listening to their album today, actually. "Beast" goes hard.

Regarding your views on the Juggalo family and the qualms you have with what I've written... What you have to remember is that I'm a music journalist, and it's my job to go to each and every show with an open mind, hoping to find something of redeeming value.

After all, if Ke$ha is selling out the Woodlands Pavillion, if ICP is packing Warehouse Live, and if Skrillex is selling-out Verizon Wireless Theater, they  must be doing something right, because that's a lot of paying customers. And although none of the aforementioned artists make regular appearances on my iPod, that doesn't mean they aren't worthwhile and that I can't have a good time at their shows.

Trust me, it would be MUCH easier to go to any show and say, "Well, this sucked, that sucked, the drinks were expensive, the vocals were not as clean as they could have been, and the fans were annoying and drunk. Blah, blah, blah!" But that isn't my job. That isn't my responsibility as a journalist.

As far as my musical palette is concerned, I definitely have a preference when it comes to genres and even specific artists when I'm driving around town, at the gym or just looking for something to listen to around the house, but that doesn't mean that any other groups aren't doing what they do well.

Different music speaks to different people. And sure, it's easier to poke fun at and ridicule those who are different, but I'm taking a different approach. If you come to an ICP show, I guarantee you'll have a good time. And if you don't, then there's really no need to comment on their performance, is there? Because you have no idea what it is.

Amy Shields
Amy Shields

Well said Matt. I had a person who decided that they would unlike us (Warehouse Live) on Facebook and never attend another one of our shows because we were not only promoting the show at our venue, but that we had them play our venue.

Sure, I don't like every artist we bring to Warehouse Live but that doesn't mean that I won't promote the ones I don't like any less than the ones I like. I have even warned people that post rude comments about shows or other people on our Facebook page that their comments would be deleted & depending on how mean their comments are banned from posting again. If that makes us lose some customers than that is a shame because we have a lot of amazing shows coming up.

Keep up what you are doing. Stay strong my friend.

Ghest
Ghest

Replace "juggalo" with "furries" in this article and it's pretty much the same stuff you hear.

YOU DON'T GET IT IT'S OVER YOUR HEAD YOU'RE AFRAID OF SOMEONE WHO IS DIFFERENT WE ARE AN OPPRESSED PEOPLES!!!1

I don't like ICP because it's just terrible fucking music and the juggalo thing is absolutely ridiculous.

I also understand they are somehow popular with somebody, but I still have never met anyone in real life who actually likes them.

BABBYFACED KILAH
BABBYFACED KILAH

U DON UNNERSTAN, BICH!!!!! TH FAMLEEZ BOUT JESUS, BICH!!!!DWTMFC 4EVR!!!!!!

Guest
Guest

"I'm a morbidly obese kid who dropped out after fifth grade, and I'm a Juggalo."

"I LIVZ N da TrAiLaH, NInjA!!! N wHeN I THINQ, everthin iZ spelld LIK dis N MY HED, HOMIE!!!"

"I once raped a retarded girl, and I'm a Juggalo."

Mannix_87
Mannix_87

...but you have to have a high school diploma to join the army and go to Iraq. And retarded girls need loving too, after all she had you :P and I don't live in the trailer nor suburbs or not even white.

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