Insane Clown Posse - "Leck Mich Im Arsch"

It was only a matter of time before cult schizo-rappers Insane Clown Posse and rock baron Jack White collaborated to cover Mozart, and now, finally, the end result is here! No, but seriously, this happened. Jack White produced it and JEFF the Brotherhood plays as the backing band. Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J engage in a ribald discussion — “I heard Mozart was deaf!” “Def as in dope?” — where they surmise that Mozart’s “underground” hit “Leck Mich Im Arsch” translates to “Like My Ass.” Seriously, I couldn’t even make this up, and I’m really good at making stuff up. I better let you at it. There might be a lot of explaining to do. It’s out on White’s Third Man Records in a couple of weeks.

And here’s the video teaser for the song from Third Man’s official YouTube channel.

You can check out the full press release below, but I’m not sure it will help…

In the grand tradition of peanut butter meeting Iggy’s chest or Bing Crosby getting down with David Bowie, Third Man Records is ecstatic to present the latest in a long-line of unexpected musical pairings…Insane Clown Posse and Mozart.

Back in ’82, ahem, 1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote a piece that’s been left out of the spotlight ever since. The title of the piece is “Leck Mich Im Arsch” or literally translated to English as “Lick me in the arse.” Understandably this piece has figuratively been swept under the rug. So who better to give this piece it’s due respect than the wildly successful, much misunderstood, and divisive Southwest Detroit rappers Insane Clown Posse?

With fellow Southwest Detroit-born Jack White at the production helm and musical backing by Nashville’s very own Jeff the Brotherhood, this 2011 version of “Leck Mich Im Arsch” marries Mozart’s melody (and lyrics sung in operatic German) with ICP’s poignant lyrical addition in English and Jeff the B’s monster-riffs, letting the whole thing tie together in the most beautiful of ways.

The b-side “Mountain Girl” finds Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope telling tall tales about a shotgun wedding, meth problems and moonshine…all pretty common-fare for a twangy country song birthed in Nashville.

The 7″ single and iTunes digital download of “Leck Mich Im Arsch” will be available for sale on September 13th. One-hundred Tri-color versions of the single will be available from the Third Man Rolling Record Store at the MI Fest in Brooklyn, Michigan on September 17th and another 50 Tri-colors will be randomly inserted into mail orders dispatched by Third Man Records.

(Release via YANP)

“Leck Mich Im Arsch” will be on sale 9/13 through Third Man Records.

Comments (82)
  1. “Well, it’s about time.” – Earth

  2. This would play on repeat in my Hell. Commence sin repenting.

  3. did this really happen?…..you guys?

  4. It is April 1, right?

  5. this is the biggest setback to human civilization since hitler

  6. Jack White jumps the shark. How many more of these nonsense publicity stunts do we have to pay attention to? This is the musical equivalent of streaking naked during a high school softball game. Yes, Jack. We remember you exist. You don’t have to keep reminding us every week by releasing some crazy bullshit. Go away now. Please.

    • Jack White is the new Rivers Cuomo.

      • I’m pretty sure that Jack is fucking with us. This is his way of pointing out that he can do literally whatever the fuck he wants now. I can imagine Jack sitting around one day a TMR and thinking of some crazy hyperbole about the two most opposite ends of the musical spectrum coming together, then just doing it. Jack’s very pragmatic, its all about DOing something.

        • Doing things are good as long as that thing you did was good. This thing is shit. “Fucking with people” is the lowest form of art. ICP is the lowest form of rap. Pork roll is the lowest form of breakfast sausage.

        • You seem to have this all figured out. So does ICP know about this clever joke? Or Jack wasted their time by fucking with them, too?
          Hyperbole your ass.

    • Not to say he didn’t come up with the idea, but ICP did hire Jack. It is possible that they realized jack has done things no one else could and thought he was the only one to do what they wanted on the track

  7. does this mean JEFF the Brotherhood is not cool anymore?

  8. Still somehow better than that James Blake/Bon Iver collaboration lol

  9. I never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever thought I would learn anything about Classical Music from ICP or Jack White. Fancy that.

  10. I love that jokes about Beethoven being deaf are no longer limited to Beethoven. “I heard Jack White is deaf!” “Def as in dope?” “Fuck yeah man.”

  11. I’ll bet you Jack White’s career that the comment of the week comes from this thread.

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  13. “ICP’s poignant lyrical addition in English”

    Quite possibly the only time the word “poignant” was used this close to the acronym “ICP”

  14. The article forgot to state that this is sponsored by Qdoba.

  15. Ha, I actually really like this. It’s really funny.

  16. the backing track sounds kind of weird somehow, almost like something is being played in reverse. anyone want to reverse the track and post the results?

  17. Afraid they’re not “surmising” anything. Mozart’s love of scatological humor is well documented, both in pieces such as this one, and in his letters with friends and family. (His father, in particular.) This piece was cleaned up and expanded into “Let Us Be Glad” after his death, but beforehand, it served as one of several gross-out pieces he used to pull out at parties.

    Toilet humor has a long-standing tradition in areas that we have recently come to consider the “fine arts.” Moliere, Cervantes and Chaucer and Joyce are just a few authors who have snuck poop humor into the literary canon, and Mozart wasn’t the only foul-mouthed composer by a long-shot, though his sense of humor was perhaps the most pronounced, and certainly the most notorious.

  18. maybe Jack will be the special guest of next Gathering of Juggaloos

  19. this is the biggest setback to human civilization…ever
    icp has never had any integrity( coming from a guy who used to listen as a young teen) and now, jack white has thrown all his out the window. it’s a shame.

    • I don’t know I think Jack knows how terrible ICP are and he knows that everyone realizes they are terrible and hes just stirring the pot and probably laughing.
      Not to the bank though, because theres no way in hell this song would make money.

  20. Did the US gov’t use this song to get Noriega to surrender?

  21. what a great prank.

    kudos jack and icp.

  22. THE WORLD IS NOT READY!

  23. Fuck not being ready, I’ve been waiting for this since Pitchfork first started wanking on about White Blood Cells.

  24. This collab is going to be the best thing since sliced bread…and by “sliced bread,” i mean that time your face spontaneously lit on fire and we put it out with a baseball bat.

  25. hell yell mozart was so punk before anybody else!

  26. Wasn’t April Fool’s, like, five months ago?

  27. Can’t we just accept that good musicians make shit sometimes? Also, am I that out of touch with reality that I didn’t realize deaf=dope? Guess I gotta start drinkin Faygo to get in touch with the kids.

  28. I find the name of this group offensive. I am going to start an online petition for them to change their name to Mentally Ill Clown Posse,

  29. I actually think this makes total sense.

  30. What is this I don’t even

    That’s literally all I have to say to this.

  31. Don’t hate a man for being creative and having some fun. Of course this isn’t going to be a good song, get over it.

  32. What the fresh hell. I nearly choked on the irony here. Seriously though Jack, Dadaism? It’s not art, it’s just lazy..

  33. So glad I paid a shit load of money for the Third Man singles club because I can’t wait to hear that new Nickelback 7inch Jack’s producing.

    • If I had a record label, in addition to releasing music I actually liked, I would also have some fun with it and release some novelty stuff because I have a sense of humor. How anyone can take this seriously and be upset about it is beyond me.

  34. That is the dumbest thing ever. This has to be a joke, right?

  35. This would have been funnier if it happened a year ago, when “Miracles” came out. At this point, it seems like a very stale idea.

  36. Why is everyone so mad? I thought hipsters were supposed to understand irony?!?!

    • For this to be ironic it would mean that Jack was intending for this to be a serious project. Unless you think this song is actually good and his intentions were the opposite. Thats how situational irony works. If anything Jack probably thought this collab would be camp.

      • There are different possibilities for ironic humor in this situation, but your definition allows for only one. What you’re saying would mean that the only things that are ironically funny are unintentionally so. If that were true, there would be virtually no British comedians and no Andy Kaufman. It would be ironic humor if Jack is intending for this to be joke but superficially presenting it as some serious project, which is what he is doing. Jack knows the song is bad, but he is not going to admit it and stupid people are going to continue to get upset while he is off somewhere quietly chuckling about it.

  37. I have to agree. When I hear thing, I really hope the Greys are really close to releasing the Human/alien hybrid……

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