The Wagons Roll On

In early 2020, fear and confusion swept the globe, and everyone grasped desperately for direction as the COVID crisis spread. Large touring groups and festivals were in an especially difficult spot, forced between risking the health of crew and fans by remaining open, or sacrificing significant money by pulling the plug too early.

Many were surprised when the Insane Clown Posse were among the first voices of reason—cancelling their long-standing annual Gathering of the Juggalos pre-emptively in the interest of keeping their fans safe.

So, when ICP announced in 2021 that the Gathering would be coming back in August, the Juggalos were rightly eager to return to their favourite place, their family reunion—or as most of them would call it, home.

It was with this spirit of renewal that the 2021 Gathering of the Juggalos began, but it took little time for an unexpected change to call all of that into question. During the ICP seminar—an annual ‘State of the Family’ address made by ICP to the Juggalos in attendance—Violent J dropped a bombshell on the crowd. He’s been suffering with heart failure, and would need to step away from full-time touring in the near future.

Although the band promised a worldwide farewell tour, and to continue annual events, the Juggalos—in attendance and following around the world—were understandably devastated. While the news wasn’t all bad—it’s not a fatal condition, and can be managed—it represented to many a loss greater than regular concerts.

To anyone in attendance, and countless Juggalo the world over, the Insane Clown Posse means more than music or shows. Concerts and Gatherings aren’t just parties, they’re an opportunity to get together with like-minded people. For many, it’s a chance to feel at home that is rarely afforded elsewhere in life.

Whatever the path people take to embrace ICP and call themselves a Juggalo, what they find in the carnival grounds tends to be defined by a pervasive sense of community, understanding, love, and unconditional acceptance. The Dark Carnival is a deliverance from a world that might otherwise be cold and cruel, and a chance to speak up against the hate that pervades other communities. As such, any ICP event thusly becomes a sort of baptism by Faygo—a cleansing, rejuvenating experience.

To be sure, this world has grown beyond the wildest dreams of ICP, and the Juggalos have long been hailed as the main attraction at any ICP event. Nonetheless, at the head of this strange menagerie since the beginning have been ICP themselves—Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J. Together, the two of them created a musical saga like no other in history, and built a refuge for weirdos, freaks, and loners in the process.

Their music has been the soundtrack to countless lives, and it is their constant hard work, planning, and creativity that have provided the backdrop of many Juggalo’s favourite memories.

To have this change is a scary thing, and worse yet is the fear over one of the beloved band members—Violent J. But while a ‘Farewell Tour’ sounds like the end, the band have promised ongoing activities, and increased musical output. Since the early 90’s, ICP have boldly claimed that, ‘the wicked clowns will never die’, and their ongoing determination to carry on the best they can and deliver for the Juggalos lends credence to that boast.

Still, many wait anxiously to see what the future holds. Change is never an easy prospect, and loss is far worse.

So, uncertainty prevails for now, and we all hold our breath and hope for the best. Until then, this Juggalo remains eternally thankful for the journey so far, and eager for the rest as the wagons roll on, wherever they may go.

-Brad OH Inc.

The Gentleman Juggalo: The Wraith: Hell’s Pit

The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast just released its ninth episode, ‘The Wraith: Hell’s Pit’. We’re also happy to share that ‘The Gentleman Juggalo’ is now available on Spotify!

In this episode of The Gentleman Juggalo, Brad and Scott discuss the second half of the sixth Joker’s Card, The Wraith’s exhibit of Hell’s Pit. They discuss a return to ‘insanity’, what makes ICP work for Scott, and request input from listeners about what they’d like to hear going forward.

Check it and other episodes out at The Gentleman Juggalo!

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-Brad OH Inc.

The Gentleman Juggalo: The Wraith: Shangri-la

The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast just released its eighth episode, ‘The Wraith: Shangri-la’. We’re also happy to share that ‘The Gentleman Juggalo’ is now available on Spotify!

In this episode of The Gentleman Juggalo, Brad and Scott discuss the first half of the sixth Joker’s Card- The Wraith’s exhibit of Shangri-la. They discuss Brad’s first Gathering, why Scott isn’t a Juggalo, and ask listeners for their stories about hearing The Wraith for the first time.

Check it and other episodes out at The Gentleman Juggalo!

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-Brad OH Inc.

The Gentleman Juggalo: The Amazing Jeckel Brothers

The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast just released its seventh episode, ‘The Amazing Jeckel Brothers’. We’re also happy to share that ‘The Gentleman Juggalo’ is now available on Spotify!

In this episode of The Gentleman Juggalo, Brad and Scott explore the fifth Joker’s Card, The Amazing Jeckel Brothers. They discuss the ongoing Joker’s Card saga and speculate on what’s to come, while Brad talks about how he got into ICP, and Scott explains why 1999 was the downfall of humanity.

Check it and other episodes out at The Gentleman Juggalo!

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-Brad OH Inc.

The Gentleman Juggalo: The Great Milenko

The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast just released its fifth episode, ‘The Great Milenko‘. We’re also happy to share that ‘The Gentleman Juggalo’ is also available on Spotify!

In this episode of The Gentleman Juggalo, Brad and Scott listen to fourth Joker’s Card, The Great Milenko. They explore the impact of signing with Disney, demonic visitations, and a key turning point in the Dark Carnival mythology.

Check it and other episodes out at The Gentleman Juggalo!

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-Brad OH Inc.

The Gentleman Juggalo: The Riddlebox

The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast just released its fifth episode, ‘The Riddlebox‘.

In this episode of The Gentleman Juggalo, Brad and Scott explore the third Joker’s Card, the Riddle Box. They say farewell to the old ways, describe Brad’s favourite scar, and discuss a potential death on a boat.

Check it and other episodes out at The Gentleman Juggalo!

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-Brad OH Inc.

The Gentleman Juggalo: The Ringmaster

In case you’ve missed it, the Gentleman Juggalo Podcast has been up and running for several weeks now, and just released its fourth episode, ‘The Ringmaster’.

In this episode of The Gentleman Juggalo, Brad and Scott explore the second Joker’s Card, The Ringmaster. They explore the developing sound of the Wicked Clowns, possible influences, and the quickly improving production quality.

Check it and other episodes out at The Gentleman Juggalo!

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-Brad OH Inc.

The Gentleman Juggalo… Podcast

On Friday, Jan. 31st, Scott and I released the final Episode of ‘Tell Me a Story with Bo and the Juggalo’. This episode featured a great discussion of the game which aptly calls itself the “end to boredom”, ‘Morton’s List’.

Coming sooner than you think…

While this was a great closer to one fun project, I’m happy to share that like the old saying goes, every ending is also a beginning. Starting on Wednesday, Feb. 19th, we’ll be releasing the first episode of ‘The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast’. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

 

-Brad OH Inc.

Coming Soon… The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast!

What’s up ninjas,

It’s been a minute since we’ve posted anything under our ‘Gentleman Juggalo’ category, but have no fear! We here at Brad OH Inc. will never forget the Juggalo family, and we have some exciting things coming your way soon.

Some of you may have noticed that my former podcast, ‘Tell Me a Story- With Bo and the Juggalo’ has wrapped up, but I’m happy to announce that it’s only stepped out of the way for something bigger and far more fresh.

That’s right, coming soon you can hear The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast. We’ll explore the early years of ICP, and try to get in depth with some of their career moves, artistic choices, and underlying meanings as I take a non-Juggalo newbie (Bo) through the mysterious world of the Dark Carnival!

Do you have any specific requests? Things you’ve always wondered, or ideas you’d like another opinion on? Is there a particular song you think Bo should listen to—strapped down Clockwork Orange style? Let us know in the comments below, or by clicking here.

Until then, stay tuned to Brad OH Inc. for more news on when you can hear new episodes of The Gentleman Juggalo Podcast!

Whoop Whoop,

-Brad OH Inc.

‘Flip the Rat’- Review

Last week, we reviewed ‘Fearless Fred Fury’, the fourth Joker’s Card of the Second Deck by the Insane Clown Posse. This week, we are exploring its companion EP, ‘Flip the Rat’.

Flip feeds off the fear instilled by Red Fred, and opens with a series of songs describing Fred’s character, and the destructive power of violent fury. These were perhaps attempts at album openers, eventually replaced by ‘Red Fred’ and ‘Fury’ as the Joker’s Card’s introductory songs.

They feature varied and interesting rap-styles, and one of the biggest disappointments of either album is that ‘Revenge’ was not a 6-minute song.

The middle section of the album features many of the ICP standards one might expect on a Joker’s Card—sex songs, shit-talking songs, and guest features.

‘Friend Request’ depicts terrible people reaching out for connection, putting a comical spin on the darker aspects of our world before calling these into a clearer focus and calling them out directly.

The fact that these standards appear on Flip is an obvious result of the more focussed nature of Fearless Fred Fury in both sound and tone.

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Moving into the final third of this impressively lengthy EP, ICP deliver some long and very interesting songs, exploring new territory and key connections to the main album alike.

‘Hawking’ in particular is an fascinating piece. Covering every imaginable conspiracy theory about controlling groups and lack of hope—this song takes the idea behind FFF’s ‘Satellite’ and Flips it on its head. The songs compliment each other well, showing us that when looking at the big picture, the lens makes all the difference. While ‘Satellite’ looks at the wonder of being alive and gives a sense of unlimited potential, ‘Hawking’ looks at the paralyzing fear of feeling out of control and victimized.

‘Tha Dogg’ is a gritty rocker of a song, telling the story of an abused child growing up to seek violent revenge on his parents, and anyone else in his way.

Either of these two songs may have found a place on the main album—perfectly capturing the precipitous balance between taking actions to change your life, and losing yourself to violence and self-loathing.

The EP closes with ‘Be Safe’, a love song to Juggalos and to each other. It’s an anthemic ode to friendship, love, and togetherness, stressing the importance of key connections in life, and driving home the wisdom of eschewing the dangers and violence depicted throughout the preceding albums.

In a particularly moving moment, J gives a shout out to Cannibal, a Juggalo who died in 2015 defending a mother and her infant child from a violent mugger.

It’s a testament to the beauty of life, and all the things that can keep us from the self-loathing and desperation the rest of the albums take aim at. It’s a fitting ending to the series, and show the importance both of Flip the Rat as a balancing companion to Fearless Fred Fury, as well as the import of the decision to close FFF with ‘I Like it Rough’ rather than ‘Be Safe’.

Taken as a whole, ‘Fearless Fred Fury’ and ‘Flip the Rat’ cover a lot of ground, and work in tandem to present a compelling perspective on self-efficacy and empowerment, contrasted with the desperate, violent, and loathsome results of a failure to appreciate them.

It’s a powerful Joker’s Card and EP combo, and heralds a thrilling era that brings back much of the anger and hard-hitting tracks that some Juggalos have felt were lacking on previous albums. It goes all-in, and gets pretty dark at times, but as is the case with most Joker’s Cards, it has a crucial thread of positivity and appreciation sewn throughout for those who care to search.

665!

-Brad OH Inc.

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