|Single by Insane Clown Posse|
|from the album Hell's Pit|
|Genre||Alternative hip-hop, horrorcore|
|Writer(s)||Esham, Joseph Bruce|
|Producer(s)||Mike Puwal, Insane Clown Posse|
|Insane Clown Posse singles chronology|
"Bowling Balls" is a song written by Esham and Joseph Bruce for Insane Clown Posse's 2004 album Hell's Pit, and the fourth single released by the group that was not produced by Mike E. Clark. The song's lyrics describe decapitation and murder. A short film of the same name was produced in association with the album, appearing on a special edition. Bowling Balls was the first 3-D film shot in high-definition video.
Music and lyricism
As with the rest of the album, "Bowling Balls" features a hip hop oriented sound and features none of the rock influence of The Wraith: Shangri-La. As opposed to The Wraith: Shangri-La, which focused on the positive aspects of life and death, Hell's Pit focuses on darker subject matter such as hell, murder and psychosis. As produced by Esham, "Bowling Balls" was intended as a throwback to the latter half of Carnival of Carnage, which featured a dark, modest sound. "Bowling Balls" samples the drum beat of Madonna's "Justify My Love," which was based upon Public Enemy's instrumental "Security of the First World", which was in turn based on the end drum break of James Brown's "Funky Drummer". A remix of the song was produced by Monoxide of Twiztid; it appeared on the remix album The Wraith: Remix Albums.
|Directed by||Paul Andresen|
|Produced by||Alex Abbiss
Steven R. Stone
|Written by||Joseph Bruce
|Music by||Jim Manzie, Pat Regan|
|Release dates||August 31, 2004|
|Running time||22 min.|
In promotion of the song and album, Psychopathic Video produced a short film of the same name based around the song, directed by Paul Andresen. A long form music video and comedy horror film, Bowling Balls was the first 3-D film to be shot in high-definition video. The film's cast includes Mark Jury, who later appeared prominently in the Psychopathic film Big Money Rustlas.
The film was released as part of an alternate special edition of Hell's Pit, packaged with a pair of 3-D glasses. 3-D and standard versions of the film were featured on the DVD. The standard version of the film was reissued as part of the compilation Psychopathic: The Videos.
Two girls are driving to Daytona when their car breaks down. Rather than sit in an old broken down truck in the middle of nowhere while they wait for their friends to come pick them up, they decide to go with J (Joseph Bruce), a clown, who invites them to his bed and breakfast. However, J's ulterior motives are revealed when his retarded hunchback brother, Shaggy (Joseph Utsler), decapitates one of the girls. The girl's friends head to pick them up, and each are murdered by the clowns.
- Violent J – J
- Shaggy 2 Dope – Shaggy
- Krista Kalmus – Amy
- Lindsay Ballew – Stacy
- Kathlyne Pham – Tiffany
- Damian Lea – Brad
- Sabin Rich – Carl
- Mark Jury – Guy In Car
- Roxxi Dolt – Girl In Car
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