Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Insane Clown Posse - Miracles
This video, wow, where do I even begin? It operates on more levels than an elevator and a Japanese RPG combined. First and foremost, I find the song and video to be completely hilarious - not to take anything away from ICP, but they take this music stuff seriously, this isnt some sketch comedy album. These guys have made millions of dollars with their music, and they have thousands of fans from around the world. Most of all, I am entertained by this video. They are entertainers, I am entertained: great success. Do I think that ICP make great music? Well, yes and no. Obviously, the people who bought the albums think its great and Im happy for them that they can enjoy the music in different ways than I can. Unfortunately for me, I cant enjoy it as purely music - I mean, is there even a melody? In terms of musical content, this registers on about the same level as closing a car door or sharpening a pencil - but couldnt you say the same thing about Brian Eno?
This song, "Miracles," has less melodic and rhythmic depth than a shampoo commercial - its literally a default demo beat for a drum machine played on a continuous loop. The lyrics are truly genius, although the guys cant rap for shit and their idea of rhyming is creative at best. There are many people who would argue that Insane Clown Posse are one of the worst musical acts in the history of the profession. I refute these arguments, and take the position that Insane Clown Posse are legitimate, talented artists with a unique vision which I happen to not share completely yet find totally hilarious: this isnt audiophile lie down on the carpet and turn the speakers up music, this isnt put on the headphones and bop to the beat inside your head music, this is get another can of cheap light beer and pass the joint music - and theres a time and a place for that, and I respect it. I mean, how the fuck do magnets work, really?