Acclaimed Miami musician Clarence Reid could easily be your cranky grandfather... until he puts on the gold-spangled superhero costume of his alter ego, Blowfly, and starts singing some of the filthiest songs you've ever heard in your life. A major force in the Miami soul scene of the 60s and 70s, Reid wrote Top-10 songs for some of the greatest R&B acts of the era, while at the same time, his X-rated recordings and stage antics as Blowfly made him a star of the "party record" scene. Having changed the game in 1965 with what might be the world's first rap song, Blowfly has shocked and grooved audiences for over forty years since. Today, he is still on tour, struggling for success and recognition after 50 years of making music. An intimate and revealing portrait, The Weird World of Blowfly celebrates Reid's musical and cultural significance, and paints a picture of an unheralded, hilarious, and stunningly profane man that is as touching as it is obscene.
- Jonathan Furmanski
- Clarence "Blowfly" Reid, Chuck D, Ice-T
Somehow Mr. Reid has an ability to push so far into the depths of stupidity that he breaks out the other side, making you laugh in spite of yourself.Paul Brunick, New York Times, 09.15.2011
Hanging out with a 1970s cult figure of raunchy R&B "party records" is less fun than one would expect in The Weird World of Blowfly.Dennis Harvey, Variety, 09.12.2011
What ends up on screen is less a story than a string of depressing, offensive or depressingly offensive scenes.Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 09.22.2011
Although its subject is never less than captivating, Jonathan Furmanski's film is frustratingly unfocused, a scattershot collection of candid footage and biographical information. Thankfully, Blowfly's world is weird as promised.Eric Hynes, Village Voice, 09.13.2011