Listening to underground music, you occasionally discover bands that go on to have wide mainstream success and you either say “Hey, good for them”, or if you’re a total dick you gripe because they belong to you and nobody else and why didn’t you just tie them to your bed and break their ankles like Annie Wilkes?
However, sometimes you find a band in the underground scene that you absolutely hate, and they go on to become an obnoxious popular act that just gets bigger and more unavoidable. You don’t need to make an effort to know to their songs, their music just sort of exists places and you know the words even though you never wanted to *cough*home*cough*philip phillips*cough*. You wish you had done something when you had the chance. You become that intelligence officer who knew the Vietcong were planning something big on Tet, but figured everybody had to know because Jesus Christ, how could an attack so big fall off the radar, and why won’t this song go away? *cough*philip phillips*cough*home*cough*.
We knew the Insane Clown Posse was terrible back in 1996. They were already branding themselves with goofy monikers and building a fan base from local methadone clinics and clods who were too drunk to stumble from the parking lot into the Korn concert. But we did nothing to stop it. 17 years later, the Gathering of the Juggalos has become an annual spectacle, where people from all over the internet gather to watch the folks from peopleofwalmart pack their Honda Civic with cheese doodles and meth and head out into the Illinois woods for a weekend of yellow sweat.
As they do every year, “Shaggy 2 Dope” and “Violent J” have released the official “Gathering of the Juggalos” infomercial, highlighting the music festival’s various cultural offerings and amenities…
In the words of the Chez Quis maitre-d: