The Pendulum

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The Pendulum
File:The pendulum.jpg
Compilation album by Insane Clown Posse
ReleasedAugust 20, 2002
GenreMidwest hip hop, indie hip hop
LabelPsychopathic Records
Insane Clown Posse chronology
Forgotten Freshness Volume 3
(2001)Forgotten Freshness Volume 32001
The Pendulum
Forgotten Freshness Volume 4
(2005)Forgotten Freshness Volume 42005
Professional ratings
Review scores
RS Album Guide2/5 stars[1]
The Pendulum
Publication information
PublisherChaos! Comics
FormatLimited series
GenreDark fantasy
Publication dateJanuary 2000 – December 2001
Number of issues12
Creative team

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The Pendulum is a 12-issue miniseries of comic books based upon the Dark Carnival universe, a mythology detailed in the music of the Insane Clown Posse. Distributed by Chaos! Comics, the series was published from January 2000 until December 2001. A graphic novel containing all 12 issues was released on August 20, 2002 along with an album featuring most of the Pendulum singles.


In 1999, Chaos! Comics signed on to publish a 12 part comic book series about Insane Clown Posse.[2] After choosing Jumpsteady as the writer for the series, the group decided to release new singles with each issue.[2] However, due to other responsibilities, the duo was unable to record new material for several issues.[2] Each 32 page issue of the comic was polybagged with a CD single in a cardboard sleeve; the reverse of all 12 sleeves could be combined to form a poster.

The first issue was released with a variant cover featuring art from The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, advertised as 1 in every 4 issues. On August 20, 2002, a graphic novel of all 12 issues entitled The Pendulum Tome was released.[2] A prologue, special Halloween comic issue, and full length album was released with the novel.[2] The album featured all of the singles released with the comic book issues, with the exception of the three singles from The Pendulum #7 which was replaced with a spoken word intro.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The miniseries details Insane Clown Posse's attempts to stop a demon named Killnor from destroying a priest named Father Jesus, who possesses miraculous healing powers.[2] Killnor summons the undead duo Twiztid, a crazed police SWAT team, and a host of demonic minions to stop the clowns. Insane Clown Posse call upon the assistance of the Joker's Cards to overcome the minions. An all-out showdown takes place at the demon's earthly headquarters with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance of the Pendulum.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Several songs were also featured on several other albums. The songs "The Amazing Maze" and "$50 Bucks" appeared on the 2000 compilation album Psychopathics from Outer Space. Run!, Superstar, Confessions, and Nuttin' But A Bitch Thang were later featured on Forgotten Freshness Volume 3. The song "Toxic Love" was also the 2000 Hallowicked single. An alternate, cleaner version of "The Greatest Show" was used as the entrance music for the professional wrestling stable Oddities in the World Wrestling Federation.[3][2] The song was featured on the album WWF The Music, Vol. 3.

The song "I Don't Care" was originally slated for Dark Lotus' debut album Tales from the Lotus Pod, but instead appeared on Twiztid's Cryptic Collection Vol. 2.[2] The song was later used in Juggalo Championship Wrestling's highlights video on JCW, Volume 2.[2] The song "Ain't Nuttin' But a Bitch Thang," originally released on Insane Clown Posse's website, is a diss track directed toward rapper Eminem.[2] The songs "What Rydas Do Fo Money," "Who Wanna Flex?," "I Don't Wanna Die" were originally intended for solo albums by each member of the group Psychopathic Rydas, but the idea was scrapped.[2]

Track listing[edit]

The Pendulum Tome
2."I Don't Care" (featuring Twiztid)3:45
3."The Great Show"4:37
4."Toxic Love"4:17
5."R.U. Wicked"3:57
6."Ain't Nuttin' But a Bitch Thang"4:24
7."$50 Bucks"4:05
8."Skantaclaws" (featuring ABK)3:40
9."The Amazing Maze" (featuring Jamie Madrox)4:41


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