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Blowfly - Weird World

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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, Clarance's freaky alter ego and the original X-rated rapper. This film 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 2 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, this film celebrates his musical and cultural significance as a rapper and soul music legend.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Blowfly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MAINTAIN CREATIVE CO
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057O6IFA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Why didn't this documentary get a wider national release? Every bit as funny & real as many other "Rockumentaries" the last few years, a well deserving subject gets a well made - "warts n all" look at his music & life. Worth a look even if you are only familiar w/his Blowfly persona. Take into account Clarence Reid's hundreds of writing & production credits on Southern R&B and Miami Funk hits of 1960's & 1970's and you have yet another look at an American Original; a talented, quirky, ground-breaking artist paid too little and unsung for way too long.
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A must for fans of the classic MIAMI FUNK SCENE, and also of Clarence Reid/BLOWFLY, himself.
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First, its great to finally get to learn a bit more about the legend behind the mask... second, the film seems almost as much a self promotional vehicle for his jerky (I can't use the other word on Amazon) drummer and his pals. There are some interesting interviews -- but mainly what we see is an old man who was exploited back in the day, and seems to be the subject of exploitation today.

He can still perform.... but the film in is in-dignifying. He's treated not so much as a "legend" but as a cranky old man who simply won't cooperate with the Bowker the drummer/manager's scheme of helping him break through to the next generation by playing new stuff that he's written. In between, there's clips of his gigs (playing mainly before young white audiences, some who do and some who don't seem to know who he is.)

The film reveals interesting stuff about him... including that he's very religious and also has issues with black people, which is a shame,
because if he actually had some brothers of his generation (or people who appreciate his peers of that generation) -- and if he was surrounded by musicians who genuinely respected him and weren't butt heads, perhaps he'd be able to work the RIGHT circuit and be right up there with other R&B legends (or even working the black comedy circuit.

There's also very little footage of him performing back in the day (probably because very little exists), minimal interviews with the artists he worked with -- and the film is totally all over the place, even though its nicely shot and edited.
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