On stage, circa 2005.
|Birth name||Clarence Reid|
|Born||February 14, 1939|
|Origin||Cochran, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||Comedy, Funk, Soul, rap|
|Occupations||comedian, vocalist, songwriter|
|Labels||TK Records, Alternative Tentacles|
Clarence Henry Reid (born February 14, 1939, Cochran, Georgia, United States), is an American musician and songwriter, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly. Reid wrote many hit R&B acts in the 1960s and 1970s. As Blowfly, he has recorded numerous albums, mostly of sex-based parodies of other songs, as well as original raps themed around sex. His stage name originated from his grandmother, who overheard him as a child singing "Do the Twist" as "Suck My Dick", and said "You is nastier than a blowfly." An alternate spelling used for his name on some of his early recordings is Blow Fly.
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 "Nobody But You Babe".
Reid would write sexually explicit versions of hit songs for fun but only performed them for his friends at parties or in the studio. In 1971 he along with a band of studio musicians recorded a whole album of "dirty" songs under the name "Blowfly". Back then, no record label would release profane material so he distributed the records himself on his own independent record label, Weird World.
The album, The Weird World of Blowfly, features Reid dressed as a low-rent supervillain on its cover. Reid created this alter ego to protect his career as a songwriter. Reid continued to perform in increasingly bizarre costumes as his Blowfly character. The albums were widely popular as "party records" in the '70s.
Many of Blowfly's songs featured his style of talking in rhyme which can be considered a primitive form of rapping. Many rappers consider Blowfly to have been the first rapper in existence, rapping even before the Sugarhill Gang. Reid recorded a profane version of "Rapp Dirty" titled "Blowfly's Rapp [sic]", which was a hit and helped the album, Blowfly's Party, reach #26 on Billboard magazine's Black Albums chart and #82 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1980. "Rapp Dirty" was sampled by The Avalanches on the song "Electricity" from their 2000 album Since I Left You, and is among Blowfly's songs to have been sampled in numerous hip hop and electronic songs.
Blowfly's profane style earned Reid legal trouble. He was sued by songwriter Stanley Adams, who was ASCAP president at the time, for spoofing "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" as "What a Difference a Lay Makes".
Reid's daughter is former WNBA player Tracy Reid.
After 17 years of sporadic touring and occasional re-recording of his classic raps, Blowfly signed with Jello Biafra's independent Alternative Tentacles label in 2005. His first album for Alternative Tentacles, Fahrenheit 69 (2005), featured appearances from Slug of Atmosphere, King Coleman, Gravy Train, and Afroman. Other recent tours have included a headlining appearance at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans and shows with Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite), Devin The Dude, and Blueprint. In March 2007, Blowfly completed his first tour of Australia.
Blowfly's second Alternative Tentacles release is Blowfly's Punk Rock Party. The album features several punk classics given the Blowfly treatment, including a rewrite of the Dead Kennedys song "Holiday in Cambodia" recast as "R. Kelly in Cambodia", that features Biafra (the song's composer and original singer) playing a trial judge.
Blowfly performed at the Big Day Out 2010, a music festival held in Australia and New Zealand every January.
A documentary about Blowfly, The Weird World of Blowfly, directed by Jonathan Furmanski, premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest film festival. It was released in theaters and on DVD in September 2011.
- Dancin' With Nobody But You Babe (as Clarence Reid) (1969)
- Weird World of Blowfly (1971)
- Blowfly on TV (1974)
- Zodiac Blowfly (1975)
- Oldies But Goodies (1976)
- Blowfly's Disco Party (1977)
- At the Movies (1977)
- Porno Freak (1978)
- Zodiac Party (1978)
- Blowfly's Party (1980) #82 US, #26 Black Albums
- Rappin Dancing & Laughin (1981)
- Butterfly (1981)
- Fresh Juice (1983)
- Electronic Banana (1985)
- On Tour 1986 (1986)
- Blowfly and the Temple of Doom (1987)
- Blowfly for President (1988)
- Freak Party (1989)
- Twisted World of Blowfly (1991)
- 2001: A Sex Odyssey (1996)
- Analthology: The Best of Blowfly (1996)
- Blowfly Does XXX-Mas (1999)
- Fahrenheit 69 (2005)
- Blowfly's Punk Rock Party (2006)
- Live At the Platypussery (2008)
- Black in the Sack (2012)
- "Rapp Dirty" 12"/7" (1980)
- "Disco Party" 7" (1980)
- "Christmas Party/New Year's Party" 12" (1980)
- "Incredible Fulk" (1980)
- "Electronic Pussy Sucker" 12" (1983)
- "Funk You" 12" (1984)
- "Butt Pirate Luv" b/w "F U In The A" (2006) (Cheerleader vocals by Shannon Thier aka "Sheigh Zam" & Amy Pomerant)
- "Burning Pussy" b/w "Destructo Cock" - Split single with ANTiSEEN (2008)
- "Hole Man/ Hold On It's Running b/w Movie Maniac Medley (2008)
- "Bios". BlowflyFilm.com (official site, documentary The Weird World of Blowfly. 2011. Archived from the original on September 15, 2011.
- Mason, Stewart (1945-02-14). "Blowfly - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- The New York Times
- The Los Angeles Times
- Sun Sentinel
- Blowfly’s Party: Cinema Dates Confirmed for ‘Dirty Rapper’ Documentary MusicFilmWeb.com Retrieved 8 August 2011
- His MySpace Page
- Blowfly Video Interview with Mixery Raw Deluxe.TV
- in this recent interview (2011) Blowfly has a special message to Tech N9ne
- MusicFilmWeb.com interview with Jonathan Furmanski, director of the documentary The Weird World of Blowfly
- Rapp Dirty