Blowfly

Blowfly

Real Name:
Clarence Reid
Profile:
Blowfly is the stage name and alternate persona of Clarence Reid (born February 14, 1945 in Cochran, Georgia; died January 17, 2016 in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida), who was a songwriter for 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.

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".

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.

In 2008 Blowfly toured Germany with Die Ärzte.

Blowfly performed at Big Day Out 2010, which is a music festival undertaken in Australia and New Zealand every year in January.

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Blowfly/Reid died in a hospice home in Florida on January 17, 2016. He was 76.
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Blowfly Discography

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WW-2020 Blowfly The Weird World Of Blowfly (Album) Weird World WW-2020 US 1973 Sell This Version
WW-2022 Blow Fly* On Tour (Album) Weird World WW-2022 US 1974 Sell This Version
WW-2021 Blowfly Blowfly On TV (Album) Weird World WW-2021 US 1974 Sell This Version
WW-2023 Blowfly Zodiac Blowfly (Album) Weird World WW-2023 US 1975 Sell This Version
WW-2026 Blowfly Oldies But Goodies (Album) Weird World WW-2026 US 1976 Sell This Version
WW-2025 Blowfly Butterfly (Album) Weird World WW-2025 US 1976 Sell This Version
WW-2024, LPS—2024 Blow Fly* At The Movies (Album) Weird World, Weird World WW-2024, LPS—2024 US 1976 Sell This Version
WW-2028, LP—2028 Blowfly Disco (Album) Weird World, Weird World WW-2028, LP—2028 US 1977 Sell This Version
WW-2031 Blowfly Zodiac Party Weird World WW-2031 US 1978 Sell This Version
WW-2032 Blowfly Blowfly's Disco Party (Album) Weird World WW-2032 US 1978 Sell This Version
WW-2035 Blowfly Rappin', Dancin', And Laughin' (Album) Weird World WW-2035 US 1980 Sell This Version
2034 Blowfly Blowfly's Party (Album) Weird World 2034 US 1980 Sell This Version
2036, WW-2036 Blowfly Porno Freak (Album) Weird World 2036, WW-2036 US 1981 Sell This Version
83/232 Blowfly Fresh Juice (Album) Oops! Records 83/232 US 1983 Sell This Version
FY-8401 Blowfly Funk You! Volume 4 Metrovynil FY-8401 US 1984 Sell This Version
LP-103 Blowfly Blowfly In The Temple Of Doom (Album) Oops! Records LP-103 US 1984 Sell This Version
BB 9004 Blowfly Electronic Banana (Album) Oops! Records BB 9004 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
LP-104 Blowfly Blowfly On Tour '86 (Album) Oops! Records LP-104 US 1986 Sell This Version
LP-105 Blowfly Blowfly's Freak Party (Album) Oops! Records LP-105 US 1987 Sell This Version
BCM 33241 Blowfly Blowfly For President (Album) BCM Records BCM 33241 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
OP-3007 Blowfly The Twisted World Of Blowfly (Album) Oops! Records OP-3007 US 1991 Sell This Version
OP-3007 Blowfly The Twisted World Of Blowfly(LP, Album, Promo) Oops! Records OP-3007 US 1991 Sell This Version
9013 Blowfly 2001: A Sex Odyssey(CD, Album) Hot Productions 9013 US 1997 Sell This Version
VIRUS 331 Blowfly Fahrenheit 69 (Album) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 331 US 2005 Sell This Version
VIRUS 367 Blowfly Blowfly’s Punk Rock Party (Album) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 367 US 2006 Sell This Version

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dwugzhh

dwugzhh

April 19, 2016
R.I.P.! Blowfly one of the og's of comedy rap! Rest in peace you fucking legend.

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