UPDATE: With the help of some loyal fans, Blowfly has raised enough money to keep a roof over his head. He's now doing what he loves the most, touring and performing for the people who enjoy his music.
Clarence Reid and his alter ego Blowfly have released hundreds of songs and albums since starting a recording and songwriting career in Miami in the early '60s.
From straight ahead pop hits like Betty Wright's "Cleanup Woman," to groundbreaking classics like "Rapp Dirty," he's been cited as an influence by the likes of The RZA and Snoop Dogg, both of whom grew up listening to his dirty party records.
And now, he needs the world's help to raise $11,000 and save his house from reposession by the County tax appraiser. Here's what Blowfly and his manager/bandmate Tom Bowker had to say about the situation and their Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund his way out of it.
New Times: So, explain what's goin' on.
Tom Bowker (manager): Clarence bought the house for his mother 24 years ago. When she passed in 2011, the mail was going to his dead mother. And the county doesn't differentiate between the living and the dead. They just want the taxes. The lady at the county literally said, "We don't care about your story. We just want the money." So we're gonna keep The Fly from being homeless.
What's the tax for?
It's a property tax for Dade County. The bill was addressed to the wrong person. He lives there with a bunch of family, and it probably got thrown away. Once you go delinquent, it just adds up, then the interest hits, and it's a mess. It's bad news.
How much does he owe?
We have to cough up $8,699.33. That's what you can lose your home for in Dade County if you're not careful. These banks are just gutter snipes.
How old is Blowfly?
He is 75 years old.
How long you been touring with him?
I been with him 11 years. We've done about 450 shows, 4 albums, and one movie on 4 continents.
Where's Blowfly at, can we ask him some questions?
Yeah, hold up, let me go over to his room. It's hot as hell in this bitch. Let me stick a shoe in the door so I don't get locked out.
("Hey Clarence." Knock, knock, knock.)
What do you think about this bullshit?
Blowfly: About the house? I wanna know what the fuck this happening. I been paid for it. I did all the paying.
You have a song for these motherfuckers tryina take your shit?
(singing) I tear up they ass, the bitches have no class/Gonna say it with my mouth/They tryin to take my house/But instead they gonna take this/They gonna take my big dick/Cause once they call me a bastard, my dick rise up, and I become the incredible fuck/Shit/What motherfuckin luck/I think they ought to have something stuck/up they ass/not a dick or a tongue/but a fuckin tree trunk!