Hello there Grue-lings, it’s Thakgore and today I bring you a song from possibly the most infamous band in the world, Insane Clown Posse. Whether you are “down with the clown” or not should be irrelevant to your enjoyment of today’s Dirge in the Dark. “Amy’s in the Attic” is a grim, frantic confession of a man driven mad by an accident he’s tried desperately for years to forget. A sin that could very well doom him to face……
You’ve heard of concept albums I’m sure, but there are also concept bands. Acts like GWAR, KISS and more recently the Swedish band Ghost, style their entire personas around a mythology they create for themselves. Insane Clown Posse, or ICP, are no different. Conceptualized as prophets of an apocalyptic “Dark Carnival” that will one day “come over the hill” with their wagons and take us all away to meet our eternal judgement. In the Dark Carnival the wicked and evil are punished for their sins in various attractions and rides. One such ride, The Terror Wheel, is the particular doom that may await the singer of “Amy’s in the Attic”.
The song is the story of the narrator who once had a friend named Amy long ago that he used to play with. One day they played a little too rough and poor Amy slipped and hit her head. Thinking that she was dead, the narrator secreted her body away in the attic of his home to cover up his crime. In the intervening years he has been driven insane by the thought that maybe Amy wasn’t dead when he hid her and now is shuffling around in the attic feeding off the “rodents and filth” just waiting for him to come and face her. The song has a magnificent hook, a sampled line from Disney’s The Black Hole, that perfectly captures the narrator’s increasing madness. The song is reminiscent of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” insofar as the narrator is confessing to a terrible crime because he can’t take the guilt anymore, a story that the duo would more directly reference in the song “Ol’ Evil Eye” on their next album Riddlebox.
I’ve always felt that ICP is a criminally overlooked group, especially in horror circles. Their influences are classic and their imagery is often as twisted as the most depraved horror out there. “Amy’s in the Attic” is a favorite of mine because of how seriously they treat the material. It isn’t silly, goofy, or even profane (there’s not a single curse word), but a serious tale of severe guilt and the maddening consequences it can have. I really encourage you to give it a listen and decide for yourself.
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