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 1   Historic Over There / "The Sturge" Radio-WA3D FM / Re: Bonkava's Song of the Day  on: Yesterday at 10:09:56 PM 
Started by Bonkava! | Last post by Bonkava!
I described this CD today as 'haunted' by which I mean it sounds like something made up for a creepypasta, but it's 100% real. So here's my attempt to explain what the CD is, how I got a hold of it, and why it is so creepy.

So, back in like 2008 or so, the local record store by my house would give out these samplers of songs from recent releases. Typically, the songs were mostly alternative rock songs with the occasional hip-hop or dance song thrown in, and through these CDs my family discovered a lot of bands who have since become some of our favorite acts. One of these CDs contained a track called "Commercial Word," which it detailed as coming from the "G.R.I.M. Retailers CD That Dirty Clown," but with no artist information given - only the song title, album title, and label - a label which I would later find was impossible to track down. This track fascinated my siblings and me, considering it's a minute-long blurb and advertisement for a doll, in the likeness of one Dirty Clown Jr.. A number of clues within the spiel suggested that the doll was fictitious, and that the ad was part of some other mythology - possibly a rock opera - if only we could find the CD.

I forgot about it for a while until 2013, when I was at the record store where we had originally gotten the sampler, and I remembered the song. I went to look for the CD, and sure enough, there were about ten mint-condition copies of That Dirty Clown sitting on the shelf - and just as the sampler had suggested, no artist information to speak of. The CD contains a suite of music which could be called a rock opera, in the loosest sense, though 'rock' is a generous term. The album is fourteen tracks, all of which - except Commerical Word - are slow, eerie dirges played on out-of-tune pianos and bells, heavily distorted drums, and digitally altered vocals. The lyrics tell the story of a woman named Becky, who becomes pregnant with the child of a scarred and emotionally-withdrawn clown, who leaves her before knowing she will bear his kid. The kid is born with a big red nose, just like his father, and tells his mother that he is destined to follow in the footsteps of his father, the Dirty Clown. The mother, desiring that the father see his son, eager to bring him pride and joy, bakes a devil's food cake (Dirty Clown's favorite food) in a hail Mary attempt to bring him back into her life. Dirty Clown returns to Becky just in time to see their son, Dirty Clown Jr, perform live on television... though Dirty Clown Jr's TV special was actually an orchestrated public suicide. After watching their son kill himself on television, Dirty Clown also kills himself, and Becky exiles herself to the sea where she pines away in the agony of a broken heart until passing away herself.

When I first listened to this album, it felt like Halloween in June. It is not a good album - there is nothing astonishingly musical or inventive about any of the tracks on this album. But it's unique in its mystery and in its creepiness factor. As someone who listens to a lot of creepy music, this CD probably takes the cake. And the question about who made it remains as well. A closer inspection of the CD itself reveals the creator to be a musician named Kacy Ross. Google reveals Kacy Ross to be the name of a prominent musician having shared the stage with "Warren Zevon, The Police, Cheap Trick, Todd Rundgren, and countless others." By that same token, he allegedly led the seminal alternative rock band Deloris Telescope, a band which is apparently enormously popular in Tampa Bay. However, a Google search for Deloris Telescope reveals very little information, especially for a band which is supposedly a 'household name' in a major town in Florida. On top of that, none of Kacy Ross's official websites or press releases make any reference to That Dirty Clown.

The CD is a total anomaly. Its almost near-existent web presence might lead some of you to believe I'm making this up, but I assure you, this CD is very real. And while usually I keep it in the very back of mind, it is there, gnawing away at me until once a year or so I am forced to listen to it out of sheer disbelief. That's, unfortunately, where the creepypasta ends. I never ended up with a Dirty Clown Jr. doll that stared at me while I slept or woke up with a big red nose. I have not wandered by bakeries peddling devil's food cake before significant traumas in my life. There is no hex or juju, as far as I can tell, instilled in me for having heard the album. All that said, knowing the album exists and not knowing where it came from is curse enough.

Today is 8/20/18, That Dirty Clown - Clown Queen Clown

Recommended if you like: Devendra Banhart, Ween, Sparklehorse


 2   Historic Over There / "The Sturge" Radio-WA3D FM / Re: Bonkava's Song of the Day  on: August 18, 2018, 10:16:59 pm 
Started by Bonkava! | Last post by Bonkava!
So I remembered that I loved this song but I didn't remember how much I loved this song and now I've melted and I'm a puddle. Or maybe that's just the heat.

Today is 8/18/18, Mono Puff - Don't I Have The Right?

Recommended if you like: Bright Eyes, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Brothers

FUN FACT: This song is sung by Nancy Lynn Howell.

Scene at the taco festival:
Yidu: "It's hot."
Me: "It's Los Angeles in August, what did you expect?"
Yidu: "We shouldn't have worn black."
Me: "That's what we get for being metalheads I guess."

Tomorrow is 8/19/2018, Khemmis - Bloodletting

Recommended if you like: Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Electric Wizard

FUN FACT: Khemmis is the ancient Greek name for the Egyptian city Akhmim.

 3   Historic Over There / "The Sturge" Radio-WA3D FM / Re: Bonkava's Song of the Day  on: August 18, 2018, 01:07:24 am 
Started by Bonkava! | Last post by Bonkava!
When you're playing chess and you're backed into a corner and just trying to survive as long as possible and end up queening two pawns and taking over the whole board while your opponent is focused on keeping you in check and you win the whole game

Today is 8/17/18, The cast of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Slipping

Recommended if you like: Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Ramin Djawadi

FUN FACT: In 2018, Neil Patrick Harris was cited as saying he had "no idea" if there would ever be a Dr. Horrible 2. News outlets immediately began running the story that this was confirmation that a sequel was in the works, cuz, y'know, post-truth.

 4   Historic Over There / "The Sturge" Radio-WA3D FM / Re: Bonkava's Song of the Day  on: August 16, 2018, 09:55:25 pm 
Started by Bonkava! | Last post by Bonkava!
Other songs I had stuck in my head today: Justin Timberlake - Body Count, They Might Be Giants - Kids Go, Marck Rivers - Secondhand Smoke Break, Luther Allison - Cherry Red Wine, but I chose this one.

Today is 8/16/18, Andrew Jackson Jihad - Temple Grandin Too

Recommended if you like: Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Rilo Kiley

FUN FACT: Temple Grandin was one of the first autism spokespeople and the inventor of the "hug-box."

 5   Strongbadia / Sightings / The History of Comedy on CNN  on: August 16, 2018, 03:20:14 am 
Started by Gir | Last post by Gir
The History of Comedy briefly shows a clip of Homestar Runner in its episode on animation (specifically in the section about Flash and the Internet).

Just remember that Homestar Runner is still important.

 6   Historic Over There / Fighting Growlbacks Bottomless Spirit Pit / Re: cossack good? nope  on: August 16, 2018, 03:16:59 am 
Started by Bonkava! | Last post by Gir
BHZ was down for a bit and I was worried that we had lost an important part of net history. Glad we are back again.

 7   Historic Over There / "The Sturge" Radio-WA3D FM / Re: Bonkava's Song of the Day  on: August 15, 2018, 09:41:56 pm 
Started by Bonkava! | Last post by Bonkava!
home again home again jiggedy jog

Today is 8/15/18, They Might Be Giants - Los Angeles

Recommended if you like: Paul McCartney and Wings, The Fratellis, The New Pornographers

FUN FACT: This song has historically also been called "West Hollywood House Of Blues" and simply "Hollywood."

 8   Historic Over There / "The Sturge" Radio-WA3D FM / Re: Bonkava's Song of the Day  on: August 14, 2018, 10:32:14 pm 
Started by Bonkava! | Last post by Bonkava!
See that girl
Watch that scene
Dig in the disco queen

Today is 8/14/18, Popa Chubby - Daddy Played The Guitar And Mama Was A Disco Queen

Recommended if you like: Molly Hatchet, Butthole Surfers, Soundgarden

FUN FACT: Popa Chubby played guitar for Richard Hell, who invented the punk rock aesthetic. All of this is stuff I did not know until right now.

 9   Historic Over There / "The Sturge" Radio-WA3D FM / Re: Sonic's Song of the Day  on: August 14, 2018, 04:19:08 pm 
Started by Sonicface.jpg | Last post by Sonicface.jpg
J. Cole- "Kevin's Heart"
Genre- 20/4

Fun Fact- During one of his early stand-up sets, a heckler threw a half-eaten chicken wing in Kevin Hart's face.

 10   Historic Over There / "The Sturge" Radio-WA3D FM / Re: Bonkava's Song of the Day  on: August 13, 2018, 09:52:14 pm 
Started by Bonkava! | Last post by Bonkava!
There should be more songs that are both fun and beautiful like this one

Today is 8/13/18, Le Juki - But Now I Trip

Recommended if you like: Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, Ella Fitzgerald, Grateful Dead

FUN FACT: Le Juki's Lee Westwood has released several albums of original Classical music.

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