There is nothing that Howard Stern loves more than a freak show, and on one episode in 1999 he put one together with three of the most controversial bands at the time — horror rappers Insane Clown Posse, first-gen nu-metalers Coal Chamber and nine relatively unknown newcomers in a little band called Slipknot.
The setup of the showdown is this. ICP had recently embarked on a headlining tour with Coal Chamber who were promoting their sophomore album, Chamber Music. Depending on who you believe, Coal Chamber were kicked off or dropped off due to a bad contract or for putting on a subpar show, and ICP would go on to replace their spot with Mindless Self Indulgence.
ICP show up to the interview two hours late, according to Stern, who accuses them of smoking weed before the gig. Shaggy 2 Dope scolds Stern, "We don't smoke weed. We do pills."
Members of Coal Chamber then lob accusations of jealousy and a bad contract that limited their merch sales at ICP, who deflect with jokes. As tension builds, Stern teases that a scary group of nine dudes in masks want to confront ICP.
"These are the guys we needed security for!" says one of Stern's employees. And yet, Slipknot finally arrive only for then drummer Joey Jordison, who's riding atop Shawn "Clown' Crahan's shoulders, to declare that they've never met ICP but "we have nothing but respect for Insane Clown Posse."
Stern and his sidekick ask if they are a band that just wear clown masks. "We only have one clown," they reply.
You've gotta see the whole thing to believe it — including the random Coal Chamber fans Stern invites in to berate ICP. Watch above via YouTube.