By now, all true Juggalos and Juggalettes knows that next Monday’s performance by their beloved Insane Clown Posse has been moved to the Fillmore Auditorium. The announcement came yesterday, disappointing area ICP fans who looked forward to enjoying songs about cannibalism, brutality and necrophilia while surrounded by the natural beauty of Red Rocks.
The move to the smaller venue was surely a letdown for the band as well, especially after having their profile raised in recent months by the proliferation of their “Miracles” video and its subsequent Saturday Night Live parody.
This particular ICP video has been especially ridiculed for its use of the line “Fucking magnets, how do THEY work?!” (In the SNL version, “blankets” is substituted for "magnets.")
On this point, however, I have to side with ICP. As Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler (AKA Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope) surely know, the mysterious functioning of magnets was one of the fundamental concerns of early philosophers, especially those of the pre-Socratic variety.
In my forthcoming book, ICP and Philosophy, I explain how this was a particular concern of Thales of Miletus, who was an influence on Aristotle and is widely regarded as the founder of Western philosophy.
According to Thales:
1. Anything which has a motor has a soul.
2. Magnets have motors.
3. Therefore, magnets have souls.
So when the Insane Clown Posse follows up its magnet line with “I don’t want to talk to a scientist / Ya’ll motherfuckin’ lying and getting me pissed,” they’re really just echoing the new age spirituality and cosmic humanism of a large portion of the Manitou Springs population.
Meanwhile, look for our no-less-profound interview with the Insane Clown Posse in tomorrow’s Independent.