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Insane Ian is a guy who writes comedy songs about video games, sci-fi TV shows and movies, comic books and various other nerdy subjects. He also likes writing s
DiG DuG (parody of "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha)
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Guitar Hero (parody of "JukeBoxHero" by Foriegner)
Peak position #45
Guitar Hero (parody of 'JukeBoxHero' by Foreigner)
Insane Ian is a comedian/writer from Baltimore MD who has been in several bands and enjoys writing third-person bios about himself. In 1997 I.I.'s first real band began in college. Named after a line in fellow college band Satellite Feed's song "Einstien", the band was known as Insane Ian and Crotch. Meeting up with guitarist Ernie Fowler in 2000 proved fortuitous, as the pair would form an acoustic folk duo known as Dick Snorkel. Amidst this musical deviation, Double I worked on some songs solo as a band called Evil Petting Zoo. Unfortunately, he didn't have much musical skill to begin with, so this was short-lived. From 2001 to 2003, Insane Ian and his best friend DJ Wes K decided to enter the realm of comedy hip-hop, and thus PuddinG CapacitY was born. Realizing the irony of two white guys from the suburbs doing hip-hop, the duo enjoyed some small success with underground comedy and internet radio, fueled by the production prowess of DJ Wes K. Wes would also assist I.I. with various solo songs performed at Science Fiction conventions for "costume calls" or Masquerades...some which actually won awards. There were also various alter-egos for PC (created to do songs that PC wouldn't) such as Dirty Sanchez & Hot Carl and the infamous and mysterious group known only as The Arabian Goggles, who recorded songs written on a dare. The two still occasionally work together on songs, but are better known as hosts of the in-need-of-a-new-episode Bad Idea Cast podcast. In 2004, Insane Ian once again teamed up with a musical prodigy, this time arming himself with guitarist Mark Stevens to form Hint of Pledge, a band originally formed solely to cover "Albuquerque" for the "Weird Al" Yankovic tribute album Double I was producing. Over the years, I.I.'s voice has improved, as well has his writing (though his writing is still the better of the two). Using the past years and various band experiences (as well as some of the songs he's written with them) he is now once again performing as a solo act (tho he has help from Benjamin Stahl and Michael S. of Baltimore metal band Scoundrel assisting with music). Simply known as Insane Ian, he released his musical comedy on the world in a 6 song EP released in January of 2009, in order to raise money for his wedding entitled "Please Buy This EP So I Can Pay For My Wedding". In March of 2009, his first full-length CD entitled "n3rds0ngs" (featuring Dr. Demento's #11 most requested song of 2008, "Guitar Hero") was released to much critical acclaim from the two guys who follow Ian around and like his stuff. His next CD, 'The Last Arcade" is set to release in April 2010.
Band/artist history
Insane Ian & Crotch (1997 - 1999) Dick Snorkel (2000) Evil Petting Zoo (2000) PuddinG CapacitY (2000-Present) The Arabian Goggles (2000) Hint of Pledge (2003) Insane Ian & The MusicIANS (2010)
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I do! I perform either with my band as Insane Ian & The MusicIANS or by myself and my MP3 player as just Insane Ian! Started doing stand-up comedy, then improv, and now the whole funny music thing. And it's awesome.
Your musical influences
"Weird Al" Yankovic (obviously), The Presidents of the United States of America, They Might be Giants, Barenaked Ladies, Tenacious D, Stephen Lynch, the great Luke Ski, Devo Spice, Worm Quartet, MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Schaffer the Darklord
What equipment do you use?
NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, GBA SP, DS, DS Lite, DSi, VirtualBoy, Atari 800, Atari 2600, Atari Lynx, Atari Jaguar, PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, 3DO, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Game Gear, Intellivision, Telestar Colortron, Nokia N-Gage QD...oh, wait...did you mean MUSICAL equipment?
Anything else?
I enjoy waffles, zombies, and Christina Ricci. OH! And video games...