Jack White has produced a new single from Insane Clown Posse, backed by Nashville rock band Jeff the Brotherhood, of the rapping duo tackling a lesser-known Mozart song. The track is literally called "Leck Mich Im Arsch," which translates to "Lick Me in the Ass." This is a real thing.
White's Third Man Records label is releasing the 7" on Sept. 13. It will be backed by a B-side called "Mountain Girl," which is a series of "tall tales about a shotgun wedding, meth problems and moonshine," according to a release.
Stream "Arsch" below.
Aside from my initial reactions of "I just fell out my chair," "Jimmy Page is laughing somewhere" and "You're f*cking kidding me," I actually don't feel all that kidded. Judging from the promotional photos for the single, the joke isn't lost on White. And Jack White has never been one to shy away from comedy, considering the spoken-word output from Third Man, and his appearance on Stephen Colbert with his little witchy band the Black Belles.
And White doesn't mind that there's a flag down on the field for shark jumpage. I actually believe White legitimately likes ICP, though for what reasons I don't know -- is it "Miracles" meta-commentary? A comedy troupe? An unflinching, unthwarted pursuit of personal expression regardless of trend or decade? Performance art?
Personally, listening to ICP is akin to listening to a curdling Tubercular cough on scratchy tape loop. I'd just rather not.