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The Weird World of Blowfly (2010)

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Clarence Reid is a musician who wrote and produced romantic and spiritual songs for some of the greatest Southern soul and R&B acts of the 1960s and '70s. He is also the gonzo performer ... See full summary »

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Steve Alaimo ...
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Bela B. ...
Himself (as Bela B. Felsenheimer)
Greg Bell ...
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Jello Biafra ...
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Tom Bowker ...
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Greg Byers ...
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Taylor Byrd ...
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Willie Clarke ...
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Bo Crane ...
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Norwood Fisher ...
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Joe Galdo ...
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Rodrigo González ...
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Clarence Reid is a musician who wrote and produced romantic and spiritual songs for some of the greatest Southern soul and R&B acts of the 1960s and '70s. He is also the gonzo performer Blowfly, Clarence's freaky alter ego and the original X-rated rapper. "The Weird World of Blowfly" explores both sides of this hilarious and controversial artist, providing a rare, inside peek at the infamous linguist's daily life. Now 69-years-old, with a gold-spangled superhero costume and a catalog of the world's raunchiest tunes, Blowfly tours the world, still struggling for success and recognition after 50 years of making music. The film highlights both Clarence's and Blowfly's unique contributions to music history, including Top-10 R&B hits and what might be the world's first rap song, recorded in 1965. Shot over the course of two years, the film follows Clarence at home and around the world, featuring dozens of classic Blowfly songs as well as new hits. A revealing portrait of an unheralded man,... Written by Blowfly Film

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$1,036 (USA) (16 September 2011)

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$1,721 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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The first scene for this documentary was also the first scene shot for this film. See more »


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Porno Freak (Instrumental)
Written and Performed by Clarence Reid (as Blowfly)
Courtesy of Henry Stone Music USA, Inc.
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An excellent, affecting, and illuminating portrait of a singular musical artist
3 February 2016 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Clarence Reid first established himself as a singer, songwriter, and producer of perfectly acceptable and respectable mainstream commercial R&B fare in the 1960's and 1970's, but it was as his outrageously crude, lewd, and rude alter ego of proto-rapper and parodist Blowfly whereby Reid made his most strong and lasting impression as one hell of a colorful and hilariously raunchy dude.

This documentary follows Reid and his band as they embark on a grueling tour in which they largely perform at seedy half empty dives before going to Europe in an attempt to introduce Blowfly to a new younger crowd. Frequently butting heads with concerned, but long-suffering manager and drummer Tom Bowker, this doc doesn't shy away from showing Reid in a warts'n'all manner in which he occasionally comes across as an impatient and cantankerous old grump complete with a bum knee, money problems (Reid doesn't make any royalties from various musical artists who sample his song due to the fact that he sold his catalog for a pittance in 2003), and estranged children from a failed marriage. It's the way this documentary's incisive fly-on-the-wall perspective depicts the still sharp sick humor and wounded humanity of Reid which in turn makes it so touching and involving. Moreover, it's a treat to see such rap icons as Ice-T and Chuck D. give Reid the props that he richly deserves as a true pioneer in the rap music genre (Reid's song "Blowfly's Rapp" has been widely cited as the first ever known instance of a rap song in existence). Of course, the footage of Blowfly performing his uproariously nasty numbers on stage is every bit as gut-busting as one would hope, but it's the underlying sense of tragedy and melancholy just below the surface of all that bawdy fun that enables this documentary to be so much more than some fawning puff piece on Reid and his unique place in music history.


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