Today Marks The 20th Anniversary of Insane Clown Posse Double LPs Bizzar &Bizaar

Holy shit ninjas, twenty years has gone by just as quick as wave of a wand! Today on Halloween 2020 is the official 20th Anniversary of Insane Clown Posse double LP’s “Bizzar” and “Bizaar”! Yep! “Bizzar” and “Bizaar” officially  dropped on Halloween in the year 2000 on a Tuesday at midnight! And its release proved that the Insane Clown Posse were destined to be the leaders of underground gutter wicked hip-hop with its raw experimental rocker take that  served as the official soundtrack for the Juggalo misfits of the world whom were the outcasts of society!

“Bizaar”and “Bizzar” had a few early indications of the future of Psychopathic Records. Since they weren’t true Jokers Cards, a bit of experimentation was allowed.  The closing track for “Bizzar” was “Crystal Ball”, a collaboration between Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid, tagged as a Dark Lotus track. Obviously, Dark Lotus’ debut album hadn’t been released yet; however, the lengthy “Crystal Ball” was a solid indication of the direction they wanted to go, with its eerie tones yet insightful messages. This was one of many early Dark Lotus tracks from before the debut album, such as “Echo Side” and “I Don’t Care”, plus many others In regards to Dark Lotus, what many don’t know, is that Esham was a very brief member of the supergroup. When Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid tried to find more members to fit their group, they had a revolving door of artists in the early days. First was Myzery, whom seemed too inconsistent with his involvements back then. Vampiro was another brief member, only showing up on one track on Twiztid’s “Freek Show”. And of course, the whole Marz story. But with Esham, he managed to record one song in that era, titled “Whut”. The final version would appear on Bizaar; however, the demo version had a verse by Esham, stating proudly that he was a member of Dark Lotus.  Obviously, for various reasons, that didn’t work out.

“Bizzar” contained a grand head banging cover of Sly Fox’s 1985 moderate hit “Let’s Go All The Way”. Looking into more of the past Psychopathic Records. Another artist that didn’t work out was a rock band called Perpetual Hype Engine. In 1999 and 2000, Violent J seemed to have an obsession with the aggro metal/rapcore movement. He wanted to incorporate a rock band, and work with them directly. Perpetual Hype Engine contributed the instruments to the Sly Fox cover. However, a rock star mentality and creative disagreements forced Perpetual Hype Engine to distance themselves from Psychopathic Records. Violent J would ultimately get his wish with the band Zug Izland, becoming a major factor in their music. But the Wicked Clowns did such a fresh cover they totally made the track sound so fresh in fact, it was as if Insane Clown Posse were the true orignal creators! No disrespect to Sly Fox, but its the truth. And the video for “Let’s Go All The Way” featuring  the Juggalo’s marching the streets of  the fake normal society alongside the Dark Carnival parade with Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J leading the march, was so damn inspirational, as the video made you want to rise up and help change the harsh world for the better! While its counterpart “Bizaar ended the LP with the ever-so haunting track “The Pendulum’s Promise”. A track so lyrically haunting in fact, it  made first time listeners instantaneously  start thinking about their negative life choices and realizing that if they didn’t change, negative consequences  would soon grab hold of them like a demonic chokehold strangling them to death for eternity but inside the song its a pendulum torcher blade slowly cutting you for your wicked ways.

Sharon Osborn (Ozzy’s wife) infamously bet Violent J $50,000 that ICP’s upcoming album (which turned out to be Bizzar and Bizaar) would not sell more than 200,000 copies, as well as laughably claiming the record would be subsequently dropped from its distributor. Violent J with pure bold confidence increased the bet, predicting that the group’s next album would sell at least 500,000 units. The album ended up selling  400,000 units (A little short of J’s prediction), thus proving Sharon was  wrong and she still owes the Insane Clown Posse some cash on her end! With that being said, do you remember where you were when ICP dropped both Bizzar and Bizaar? How did you react to the album in general and which tracks from the double album  do you still bump on the daily? Leave your thoughts below! Staff Reactions To “Bizzar” and “Bizaar”:

Scottie D: The Bizzar/Bizaar and Freekshow album release was still pretty early on in my Juggalo experiences.  It was October 31st, 2000, and the first time (to my knowledge) that any store in Dallas did a midnight CD release for ICP.  It was a place called CDX in Hurst, TX and there were a grip of fuckin’ Juggalos there that night.  Everyone was prepared to cop 1 of each of ICP’s Bizaar and Bizzar as well as Twiztid‘s Freekshow!  It was a tiny CD store and we were herded in and out of there like cattle.   This store actually had one of those fresh spinning promo Bizzar/Bizaar cardboard wheels that I knew I had to have.  I hounded that store for months and months on end before they finally gave up and said “just come fuckin’ get it.”  That’s besides the point.  We all picked up the albums for about $30.00 total and rushed out to our cars to give them a listen.  These three albums would become the soundtrack to our Juggalo lives over the next several months.  With the Eminem beef being fresh on everyone’s minds, there were entire songs dedicated to dissing him.  There are some absolute Juggalo classics on this pair of albums though!  We’re talking “Tilt-a-whirl“Let’s Go All the Way”“Rainbows And Stuff”“Cherry Pie”“My Axe”, and so many more!  This also led to a national tour that was absolute insanity!

A 20 year-old Scottie D and crew before the Bizzar/Bizaar tour!

ICP rolled through Deep Ellum Live in February of 2001 and though I had a Gathering under my belt already, the crowd in Dallas was fucking intense!  Cops were called before the show even started.  Maybe it was warranted…maybe not.  It was so hot in there that I remember nearly passing out in the pit.  Totally worth it.  Being a Juggalo is fuckin’ awesome…always has been. But there was a particular type of magic in those pre-6th era days.

Chad Thomas Carsten: I actually didn’t bump either “Bizzar” and “Bizaar” until October 2006. I was pretty much lost after high-school. Not feeling great about my life as I just felt stuck. Not knowing what to do for a career at age 18. While my family didn’t have much money after losing their house to the city of Flint, Michigan and moving to the woods of Northern Michigan. But I was proud that I graduated and I received a decent little laptop as a gift for Graduation. One day hanging out with a friend in the woods of Michigan, my friend was borrowing  both copies of “Bizzar” and “Bizaar” from another friend of ours to burn onto CD-R and he was only able to do that with my laptop. So both “Bizzar and Bizaar” ended up on my laptop and it was those albums were the only music on it for awhile. That same week my Father insisted I go try carpenter work with him and I absolutely hated it because I was surrounded by nothing but drunk obnoxious people. Now I first heard ICP lyrics via kids singing the hook to Chicken Huntin on a Church Bus back in 1999 and seen “Fuck The World” on the Woodstock 1999 VHS release. But I had never heard a full LP before. But at night while staying in an RV onsite at the house my Father was building with his crew of 12 people, I would constantly bump both “Bizzar” and “Bizaar” for three weeks straight to help escape the bullshit I had to deal with while failing to grasp life of a carpenter. I became obsessed with these two ICP releases and their rebellious lyrics spoke to me in a way another other recording artists didn’t. I was now a new huge ICP fan!  Soon after, I wasn’t working with my Father anymore and was finally attending college. With left over College grant money I scooped up 2005’s “Forgotten Freshness” Volume 4 and saved the rest  to purchase five tickets to finally see Insane Clown Posse live in Detroit Hallowicked 2007 for myself, my little brother, and three friends! And that show is still in my top 5 concert experiences  ever!  Nuff said!

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