Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Scoot Inn Summer of Soul: Clarence “Blowfly” Reid


The Scoot Inn Summer of Soul: Clarence “Blowfly” Reid

Austin, Texas (May 24, 2012) – The Scoot Inn Summer of Soul series continues Saturday night June 9th, when legendary soul vocalist/producer/songwriter Clarence Reid brings both sides of his public persona to the Scoot Inn Bier Garten stage with a set of his '60s R&B hits followed by a full set of the funky, filthy rhymes of his alter ego, the one, the only, the legendary godfather of Hip Hop, Blowfly.

According to his Wikipedia entry, “as Blowfly, Reid has recorded numerous albums, mostly of sex-based parodies of other songs, as well as original raps themed around sex. Reid started off writing songs for artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, and KC & the Sunshine Band. He also recorded many songs of his own in the '60s and '70s including the hit ‘Nobody But You Babe.’

“Reid would write sexually explicit versions of current hit songs for fun, but only performed them for his friends at parties or in the studio. In 1971, he recorded a whole album of 'dirty' songs under the name Blowfly. At the time, no record label would release profane material so he distributed the records himself on his own independent record label, Weird World.”

This will be Blowfly’s first Austin appearance since his sold-out show at Emo’s during South by Southwest 2010, when Reid was in town to promote the internationally-acclaimed documentary The Weird World of Blowfly.

D-Madness Project opens the show at 9, with Subkulture Patriots playing the after-show set inside at 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Presented by Mal Thursday, in association with The Scoot Inn, Atomic Jukebox, Black Media Council, Fleshlight, and Blowfly International.

The Scoot Inn Summer of Soul continues July 14th with Texas soul legend Roy Head (“Treat Her Right”). The Scoot Inn is located at 1308 East Fourth Street in Austin.

J.M. Dobies
Industrious Media, Austin, Texas

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