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Clarence Henry Reid (February 14, 1939 – January 17, 2016) was an American musician, songwriter and producer, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly. He is known as the original dirty rapper and for writing such songs as "90% of Me Is You". His life is documented in The Weird World of Blowfly (2010). His music has been sampled numerous times. "Upgrade U" samples Betty Wright's 1968 song "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do", co-composed by Clarence Reid.



During the 1960s and 1970s Reid wrote for and produced artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Bobby Byrd, and KC & the Sunshine Band. During this period he was also a recording artist, cutting many of his own songs, including "Nobody But You Babe".

Reid wrote sexually explicit versions of hit songs for fun but only performed them for his friends at parties or in the studio. In 1971, he along with a band of studio musicians recorded a whole album of dirty songs under the name Blowfly. The album, The Weird World of Blowfly, features Reid dressed as a low-rent supervillain on its cover. He created this alter ego to protect his career as a songwriter, and continued to perform in bizarre costumes as his Blowfly character and continued to record sexually explicit albums throughout the 1970s/80s. The albums were widely popular as "party records". The explicit version of his song "Rapp Dirty" (a.k.a. "Blowfly's Rapp") helped the album Blowfly's Party reach #26 on Billboard magazine's Black Albums chart and #82 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1980.

Blowfly's profane style earned Reid legal trouble. He was sued by songwriter Stanley Adams, who was ASCAP president at the time, for spoofing "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" as "What a Difference a Lay Makes". Reid's own compositions have been sampled by dozens of hip hop, R&B, and electronic artists (such as Beyonce, Wu Tang Clan, DJ Quik, DMX, Method Man & Redman, Main Source, DJ Shadow, Eazy-E, RJD2, Jurassic 5, Big Daddy Kane, Mary J. Blige, Brand Nubian, and the Avalanches) but Reid has received almost no money from sampling due to signing away most of his royalties.

21st century

After 17 years of sporadic touring and occasional re-recording of his classic raps, Blowfly signed with Jello Biafra's independent record label Alternative Tentacles in 2005. Fahrenheit 69, the first album under the new contract, featured appearances from Slug of Atmosphere, King Coleman, Gravy Train, and Afroman.

Blowfly's Punk Rock Party, a 2006 album release from Alternative Tentacles, features several punk rock classics given the Blowfly treatment—including a rewrite of the Dead Kennedys song "Holiday in Cambodia" recast as "R. Kelly in Cambodia", which features Biafra (the song's composer and original singer) playing a trial judge. Blowfly completed his first tour of Australia in March 2007, and toured Germany with Die Ärzte in 2008. He performed at the 2010 Big Day Out music festival, held in Australia and New Zealand.

The Weird World of Blowfly, directed by Jonathan Furmanski, premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 and received a wider release in September 2011.


On January 12, 2016, Blowfly drummer "Uncle" Tom Bowker announced in a statement on the Blowfly Facebook page that Reid was suffering from terminal liver cancer and had been admitted to a hospice facility in Florida. According to Bowker, the singer will release his final LP – entitled 77 Trombones – in February of 2016.

On January 17, 2016, a further update to the Blowfly Facebook page announced Reid's death.


Reid's daughter is former WNBA player Tracy Reid.


Albums as Clarence Reid

  • Dancin' with Nobody But You Babe (1969)
  • Running Water (1973)
  • On the Job (1976)

Albums as Blowfly

  • The Weird World of Blowfly (1971)
  • Blow Fly on TV (1974)
  • Zodiac Blowfly (1975)
  • Oldies But Goodies (1976)
  • Blowfly's Disco Party (1977)
  • At the Movies (1977)
  • Porno Freak (1978)
  • Zodiac Party (1978)
  • Blowfly's Party (1980) #82 US, #26 Black Albums
  • Rappin' Dancing & Laughin (1981)
  • Butterfly (1981)
  • Fresh Juice (1983)
  • Electronic Banana (1985)
  • On Tour 1986 (1986)
  • Blowfly and the Temple of Doom (1987)
  • Blowfly for President (1988)
  • Freak Party (1989)
  • Twisted World of Blowfly (1991)
  • 2001: A Sex Odyssey (1996)
  • Analthology: The Best of Blowfly (1996)
  • Blowfly Does XXX-Mas (1999)
  • Fahrenheit 69 (2005)
  • Blowfly's Punk Rock Party (2006)
  • Superblowfly (2007)
  • Live At the Platypussery (2008)
  • Black in the Sack (2012)

7" Singles as Clarence Reid

  • "Push A Little Harder"/"Like White On Rice" (1963)
  • "There'll Come A Day"/"I Got My Share" (1964)
  • "I'm Your Yes Man"/"Your Love Is All The Help I Need"
  • "I Refuse To Give Up"/"Somebody Will" (1965)
  • "Gimmie A Try"/"Part Of Your Love" (1966)
  • "I'm Sorry Baby"/"Let Those Soul Sounds Play" (1967)
  • "Along Came A Woman"/"Something Special About My Baby" (1968)
  • "Nobody But You Babe"/"Send Me Back My Money" (1969)
  • "Part Time Lover"/"Fools Are Not Born (They Are Made)" (1969)
  • "Master Piece"/"Down The Road Of Love" (1970)
  • "Chicken Hawk"/"That's How It Is" (1970)
  • "I'm Gonna Tear You A New Heart"/"I'm A Man Of My Word" (1970)
  • "Miss Hot Stuff"/"Mr. Hot Stuff" (1971)
  • "Direct Me/You Knock Me Out" (1971)
  • "I Get My Kicks"/"Gotta Take It Home To Mother" (1971)
  • "You Got To Fight"/"Three Is A Crowd" (1971)
  • "Good Old Days"/"Ten Tons Of Dynamite" (1971)
  • "I'm Gonna Do Something Good To You"/"A Real Woman" (1972)
  • "Till I Get My Share"/"With Friends Like These (Who Needs Enemies)" (1973)
  • "Funky Party" (1974)
  • "When My Daddy Rode The West/Rockin Chair" (1974)
  • "See Through" (1975)
  • "Baptize Me In Your Love"/"Whatever It Takes" (1975)
  • "Shake Your Butt" (1976)
  • "I'm Excited"/"Just Another Guy In The Band" (1977)
  • "You Get Me Up" (1979)
  • "Funny Money"/"Little Girl Rap"
  • "Primetime"/"Gas Guzzler" (2007)

Singles as Blowfly

  • "Rapp Dirty" 12"/7" (1980)
  • "Disco Party" 7" (1980)
  • "Christmas Party"/"New Year's Party" 12" (1980)
  • "Incredible Fulk" (1980)
  • "Electronic Pussy Sucker" 12" (1983)
  • "Funk You" 12" (1984)
  • "Butt Pirate Luv" b/w "F U In The A" (2006)
  • "Burning Pussy" b/w "Destructo Cock" – Split single with ANTiSEEN (2008)
  • "Hole Man/Hold On It's Running"/"Movie Maniac Medley" (2008)

Selected songwriting credits

  • "Chills and Fever" performed by Paul Kelly
  • "Rockin Chair" performed by Gwen McCrae
  • "It's Worth The Hurt" performed by Gwen McCrae.
  • "90% Of Me Is You" performed by Gwen McCrae.
  • "It Keeps On Raining" performed by Gwen McCrae.
  • "Let Your Love Do The Talkin'" performed by Gwen McCrae
  • "You And I Were Made For Each Other" performed by Gwen McCrae
  • "Damn Right It's Good" performed by Gwen McCrae
  • "Love Without Sex" performed by Gwen McCrae
  • "Love Insurance" performed by Gwen McCrae
  • "Cradle Of Love" performed by Gwen McCrae

See also

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