The Ringmaster – Ramblings of a Madman
Greetings, and welcome to the 1st edition of Ramblings of a Madman with ScottyBallz. Being how this is the week leading up to Juggalo Day/Weekend, I thought I might delve in to some history and thoughts pertaining to the Ringmaster album, the Second Jokers Card of the first deck brought to us by the Insane Clown Posse.
The Ringmaster was released on March 8th, 1994. I’m not gonna even front and say I grabbed it on its release day. I didn’t get this album until about 1997, before The Great Milenko came out. I was just starting to get in to the wicked clowns shortly after Riddle Box was released, so I heard Ringmaster AFTER Riddle Box. I had a girlfriend at the time who was in love with “Mr. Johnson’s Head”, and it started to stick on me also. I had to hear the rest of this album. Now, during this time, I was a full blown metal-head. I was far into bands like Korn, Marilyn Manson and Tool, so hearing a group like Insane Clown Posse was ….different. I have always had a great appreciation for music, over many different genres, but ICP just totally stuck out to me.
The Ringmaster album was purchased, and the headphones were ready. I laid down in my bed, closed my eyes and hit play. I was not prepared for the journey I was about to go on. Wax Museum introduced me to the one who would be my guide for the carnival.
The Ringmaster took me through exhibits of the Dark Carnival, in tracks such as “Murder Go Round“, “Wagon Wagon“, and “House of Mirrors“. “Southwest Song” stuck out as one of those songs you could swear you’ve heard before. “The Dead One” kept me on the edge of my seat as I felt like I was slipping out of reality. For an album to have this much impact on me,it made me realize I knew I was on the right path in my life’s journey.
I remember reading on a website long ago that if you listened to Ringmaster’s Word on repeat in pitch black dark, that something supernatural was supposed to happen. I had to try it, so I had a couple of friends take part in this ritual. It was haunting and ended up really freaking one of my friends out. I remember it would start over and over, and we eventually stopped when it became uncomfortable for everyone. We definitely felt something not of this world.
The Insane Clown Posse were truly on to something remarkable. Soon after that, the story of the wicked clowns, the Dead Carnival, Jokers Cards and Faygo would begin to consume me. I knew after listening to The Ringmaster, this was more than just music.