“Leck Mich Im Arsch” was one of Mozart’s much lesser known and lesser appreciated canons, in B-flat major with six voices singing in German. And, yes, it literally translates to “Lick me in the arse,” a phrase at the time believed to be used similarly to today’s “kiss my ass.” As we have all heard that Mozart was essentially the badass of his time, it wouldn’t be hard to believe that he may have written this piece for his friends as a sort of party anthem.
So, really, who else would we expect to bring back the kiss-my-inappropriate-ass party vibe other than the vulgar bad boys themselves, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope? When Jack White contacted them about producing this on his Third Man Records, they knew better than to pass up such a golden opportunity. Acknowledging themselves as some of the most hated musicians in the world, they were honored to be able to work with one of the most respected musicians in the world. In an interview with MTV, they stated that they “wondered what it was like for a guitar god–a genius–to work with a genius like that in that studio.”
The track starts with the vocals of Mozart’s canon, with Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope discussing Mozart and explaining that the name of the song translates to “Lick My Ass.” Jeff the B adds in instrumentals over the Mozart track, and the wicked clowns come in with some of their grating and very inappropriate rap lyrics. Basically, the track is describing how to get one’s backside licked. Needless to say, it is outrageous, graphic, and quite unnecessary. But, really, wasn’t Mozart just as controversial in his time as ICP is now? Okay, I won’t compare these guys to a musical genius again, I promise.
This is obviously no musical masterpiece. It is, however, probably the most I have ever enjoyed Insane Clown Posse – not that that is really saying much at all. If nothing else, this song was an elaborate (and successful) publicity stunt; though, I can’t tell if it’s on the part of White or ICP. Regardless, this has gotten a ton of attention and no one can really blame people for being curious about such an unexpected combination. As horribly coarse and tasteless as it is, it is pretty interesting.
Some people are understandably disappointed with Jack White, saying he has sold out or that they have lost respect for him as a musician. As for me, I am just considering this to be a bit of a joke. It’s nice to see that despite all his success he still has a good sense of humor, what with this and his stint on the Colbert Report. Regarding those hating on Jack, ICP stated: “Man, he’s having fun. It’s not like it’s on his new album or something. You know what I mean, we did it as fun.”
Though I’d only recommend checking it out for the sheer novelty of it, “Leck Mich Im Arsch” will be available for purchase on September 13th.