Insane Clown Posse - The Great Milenko(Review)[Musical Monday]
I know I am going to catch a lot of flak for this, but I stand by what I am going to say. Back in 1996, a band known as Insane Clown Posse released The Great Milenko which was part 4 of 6 of their Joker Card series. It was by far their best album, and nothing they released since has come close to touching this.
Fronted by two men in clown makeup,,Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, ICP was not a band most did not take seriously. They were seen as just two scrubby guys, their lyrics were labeled as crude and dismissed, and it became popular to hate them. But due to all that, that did not stop their rise to stardom. They are still producing music to this day. While their product is questionable at best...back in the late 90s, they had a magic about them. Despite the reputation they had, they had messages to spread. Messages against hate, racism and bigotry. Messages that urged people to look in themselves to see how they would be judged. The Joker Cards were more so the judge jury and executioners of the souls who had passed on. Depending on the actions, the dead would either find themselves in Shangri-la or if they would find themselves in Hell's Pit.
The Great Milenko gained more notoriety due to the fact it was banned as soon as it was released. What happened is it was released by Hollywood Records which was owned by Disney. At the time, they were dealing with fallout from Southern Baptists. So Disney decided to cut the fat. Eventually the album got re-released under a label called Island Records. It was also an album that featured guest stars such as Alice Cooper providing the narration of the intro, and guitar work from Steve Jones and Slash. Everyone that was everyone was listening to this album or at least knew a song or two from it.
There are 16 tracks on this album, and each of them are likable...yes they can be immature and crude such as the infamous "Neden Game". But you do have the awesome rendition of the Three Little Pigs fable called "Piggy Pie". They actually had to tone this one down to get it released due to the subject matter being about murdering cops. But there is something that can taken from each of the tracks as they all have a story to tale. And there are skits here and there that add a little humor aspect to the whole bit.
This is something horror fans can appreciate. Forget the fact that the band members are portrayed as murderous clowns. The songs in themselves are full of horror elements, such as murder, death, monsters that are human or otherwise, and other things that would be found in your average schlocky horror film. This album was a great influence on me...this was around the time I was discovering the evil clown subgenre(such as Pennywise), and ever since, I became one of those weirdos who were more fascinated by evil clowns than being afraid of them. So discovering music that had two wicked clowns in it was right up my alley. I still bump this album hard to this day.
Till next time, Happy Halloween and stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-