What's Up With Crazy Town These Days?
[Editor's note: Tonight's show with Crazy Town at the Observatory has been postponed.]
Come, my lady. Come, come, my lady.
Rock-rap outfit Crazy Town will be performing at the Observatory tonight. Didn't know they were back together? Didn't know they were broken up in the first place?
Well, before their 2001 hit "Butterfly," they toiled in the Los Angeles underground for years, anticipating the rise of nu-metal.
But their career mellowed after that; two of their members passed away, and their front man Shifty Shellshock was in a coma a couple years back.
This reunion tour has been rumored for seven years and is finally happening. Here's what you need to know to adequately prepare for a voyage into Crazy Town.
They're Focused on Rapping This rehearsal video shows the gang is taking their second wind seriously. They've had years of experience on the road, having toured with both Red Hot Chili Peppers and briefly as part of Ozzfest.
It's Shifty and Epic with All New Members While the rappers remain the same, the rest of the line-up features new faces, due to the passing of members DJ AM in 2009 and guitarist Rust Epique in 2004. But don't count out Shifty and Epic, who have credibility, including Epic's time producing for Bel Biv Davoe, MC Lyte and MC Serch.
They're Working on a New Album Originally announced so long ago that it was on their MySpace page, Crazy Town has apparently finally putting the finishing touches on Brimstone Sluggers. It's their first project since 2001's Darkhorse. (But don't forget about Shifty's 2004 solo album Happy Love Sick), which included the Paul Oakenfold collaboration "Starry Eyed Surprise" - it charted in six countries and lent itself to an iconic Diet Coke commercial.)
They're Going Back to Their Roots The new album's title comes from the group's original name when it was just the rap duo of Shifty and Epic. Coincidentally, the album's much more hip-hop oriented. The two have insisted in recent interviews that they aren't a rock band, but rather the hardest in hip-hop. They also probably no longer live next to Puffy.
Ever wanted to ask CrazyTown a question or have them give you free stuff? You're in luck! While the two would have a lot to brag about - including "Butterfly" hitting #1 in four countries and their debut The Gift of Game selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide - they mostly discuss their current projects.They're Approaching the Avant Garde
The first new Crazy Town song in some time, "LemonFace" isn't a mere music video, but an "Official Visual Experiment." Instead of girls turning into butterflies and D.A.R.E. shirts, "Lemonface" looks like what would happen if Stan Brakhage directed Aha's "Take On Me."
Shifty Shellshock Overcame Death to Perform On StageIn 2012, we reported that Shifty beat his coma. Two years later, he's on-stage at the Whisky. Pretty hardcore.
This Would Give You a Legit Reason to Go As Crazy Town for Halloween This Year As opposed to when I went as Crazy Town's Bret "Epic" Mazur in 2011 for no reason. (Right.) Three (3) people got it.
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