Growing up, my uncle used to play these really strange and perverted yet funky albums by a brother named Blowfly. Now, many, MANY, years later, Blowfly is back. This time with a movie and SHOW! Amazing! We have to go to this for sure. Join us.
The Weird World of Blowfly tells the story of Miami musician Clarence Reid and his alter ego Blowfly, the original dirty rapper. At 69 years-old, with a gold-spangled superhero costume and a catalog of the world’s raunchiest tunes, Blowfly continues to record new material and tour the world, struggling for success and recognition.
Date : Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 9:55 PM
Location: 34 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th)
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Biography from Wikipedia.org:
Blowfly is the stage name and alternate persona of Clarence Reid (born February 14, 1945 in Cochran, Georgia), who was a songwriter for many hit R&B acts in the 1960s and 1970s. As Blowfly, he has recorded numerous albums, mostly of sex-based parodies of other songs, as well as original raps themed around sex. His stage name originated from hisgrandmother, who overheard him as a child singing “Do the Twist” as “Suck My Dick”, and said “You is nastier than ablowfly.” An alternate spelling used for his name on some of his early recordings is Blow Fly.
Reid started off writing songs for artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, and KC & the Sunshine Band. He also recorded many songs of his own in the ’60s and ’70s including “Nobody But You Babe”.
Reid would write sexually explicit versions of hit songs for fun but only performed them for his friends at parties or in thestudio. In 1971 he along with a band of studio musicians recorded a whole album of “dirty” songs under the name “Blowfly”. Back then, no record label would release profane material so he distributed the records himself on his ownindependent record label, Weird World.
The album, The Weird World of Blowfly, features Reid dressed as a low-rent supervillain on its cover. Reid created this alter ego to protect his career as a songwriter. Reid continued to perform in increasingly bizarre costumes as his Blowfly character. The albums were widely popular as “party records” in the ’70s.
Many of Blowfly’s songs featured his style of talking in rhyme which can be considered a primitive form of rapping. After rap music hit the mainstream with Sugarhill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight“, Reid recorded a profane version of “Rapp Dirty” titled “Blowfly’s Rapp [sic]”. The song was a hit and helped the album, Blowfly’s Party, reach #26 on Billboard magazine‘s Black Albums chart and #82 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1980. “Rapp Dirty” was sampled by The Avalanches on the song “Electricity” from their 2000 album Since I Left You, and is among Blowfly’s songs to have been sampled in numerous hip hop and electronic songs.
Blowfly’s profane style earned Reid legal trouble. He was sued by songwriter Stanley Adams, who was ASCAP president at the time, for spoofing “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes” as “What a Difference a Lay Makes”.