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04-19-2010

The Detroit Free Press Names And Faces

• Southfield-based WPON-AM (1460) is to launch "Spooky Talk" at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Hosted by Dearborn resident Clyde Brown, "Spooky" is a family-oriented talk show, centered on all things supernatural that is to run weekly from 5-5:30 p.m. For more, www.spookytalk.com.

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10-27-2009


NEWS
ALLEN PARK: Pumpkin patch brings smiles, raises money for special-needs children
Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ALLEN PARK: Pumpkin patch brings smiles, raises money for special-needs children
Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

By Angie Favot


ALLEN PARK –– Mark Bailey spent one morning turning 1,000 pumpkins upside down last week after rain came through.

Bailey, McNally’s Shoes owner, has organized the Allen Park Elks Pumpkin Patch for the past 21 years and dedicates his falls to planning the event.

Bailey said his favorite part about the event is when school buses drive by while he is setting up for the event and he can see children’s faces pressed against the windows.

“I do it for the smiles,” he said.

The event started as a small function on Halloween to benefit special-needs children. It has turned into a two-mile storefront trick-or-treating event along Park Avenue.

Bailey said the outside event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Trick-or-treating begins at 3 p.m. at Park Avenue storefronts from Southfield Road to Regina. Between Philomene and White streets is the “grand area” with entertainment. The Southern Heat concert will begin at 5 p.m., and everyone is encouraged to wear a costume.

This year’s master of ceremonies is Creepy Clyde, host of “Spooky Talk,” a variety program on WKBD-TV (Channel 50).

In the Elks Lodge, 6605 Park Ave., members host a party for special-needs children and adults from around Downriver.

“When I joined the Elks Club in 1989, the president asked me if I’d start the Pumpkin Patch inside the Elks,” Bailey said. “All of a sudden, I thought to myself, ‘What about all the people outside?’”

In 1989, Bailey went to the City Council and asked if he could host an outside function. Council members said no, but when he showed them the money he already had collected from donors, they told him to come back at the next meeting.

“At the next meeting, they said, ‘OK,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m going to do this for 20 years,’” he said.

This year is Bailey’s 21st.

Local businesses donate $50 in money, materials or prizes to help make the event fun and safe for everyone, he said.

Jim Johnson, senior manager of creative programs at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, works with Bailey to donate the thousands of pumpkins that line Park Avenue.

He said that after each Sunday’s Halloween program in Greenfield Village, the village would compost the pumpkins and carve new ones.

“So, they provide a better alternative to them,” Johnson said.

Mayor Gary Burtka goes with Bailey and other volunteers every Sunday to pick up the pumpkins the village does not need anymore; this week, they did not get back until midnight, Burtka said.

“I think the event is great,” he said. “It’s great for the community to be involved in a safe Halloween.”

He said 10,000 people visit Allen Park on Halloween night.

“It’s a safe and fun Halloween,” Burtka said. “We need to thank the Elks and Mark Bailey.”

Look for Burtka on Halloween night giving out candy, although he did not say whether he would be in costume.

Bailey said he is looking for volunteers for construction, to hand out candy on Halloween and cleanup crews.

Call him at 1-313-382-4258 for more information.

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03-13-2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008
It's alive! Wolfman Mac brings horror B-movie classics back to local TV
Susan Whitall / The Detroit News
Tucked away on a quiet street in a Warren industrial park, a $14.95 skeleton from Wal-Mart is having a shrieking argument with a plastic plant. The two are sitting in a vintage hearse, with a husky wolfman at the wheel.
"There's a weed whacker in the trunk!" the skeleton taunts the plant. A violent fight breaks out.
"If you two don't knock it off, I'm going to turn this car around," the werewolf warns. Then he grins at the TV camera, howls and delivers his tagline: "Hey kids, it's time to lock the doors, pop some popcorn, roll out the sleeping bags and watch 'Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema.'"

This is Stage 3 Productions, and original, local television is being created as Wolfman Mac, Detroit's first horror movie host in decades, films a show late on a snowy Thursday.
"Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema" premieres on TV 20 Friday night at 1 a.m. (technically Saturday morning), with a furry, wisecracking host presenting the best of the worst black-and-white horror movies, as well as demented skits. It's a return to the kind of local programming that used to be a staple of the TV dial in the early days of the medium in the 1950s and into the '60s, but was largely dumped by local stations for syndicated fare in the '80s.
Detroiters older than 40 who grew up with Morgus, Sir Graves Ghastly and The Ghoul will understand Wolfman Mac, while younger viewers who have seen the Johnny Depp movie "Ed Wood," about the eccentric horror movie director, have a good head start.
"I thought this kind of TV was a thing of the past," says production assistant Mark Davis, 43. "I was probably the last generation to see The Ghoul. So to be connected to a local horror host like this is great."
Mac Kelly has been honing his Wolfman Mac act since he started doing it a few years ago on Bay 3 TV in Bay City, when he was an FM disc jockey in Saginaw.
"I wanted to create a character, so I wrote everything down on a pile of napkins, took the napkins around and tried to talk people into it," Kelly says. "I said, 'I don't have money for a crew, but this is what I want to do.' And from that I just got an entire cast and crew that have volunteered their time."
Kelly brought the concept to cable access in Metro Detroit, where he has been airing on some 20 suburban public access channels since July 2007.
He'd been shopping the show, unsuccessfully, to commercial TV. "I went to (Channels) 50, 2, 4 and 7," Kelly says. "Channel 20 gave me a break. They liked the idea that it's something local."
The werewolf next door
Kelly plays Wolfman Mac as the guy next door, a suburban Detroit werewolf who screens movies like "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space" in the dusty, cobwebbed projection room of an abandoned drive-in theater.
His sidekick is "Bony Bob" the skeleton, who Kelly voices as a wise guy with a New York accent that occasionally morphs into Groucho Marx. Production assistant Bryan Larsen spoke the plant's lines in a squeaky, high-pitched voice (and yes, the dialogue included "Feed me!").
With or without the face fur, Kelly, 42, really is the guy next door; he lives with his wife Yvette in Warren (she plays the disembodied head in a skit about "The Brain That Would Not Die"). His two daughters, age 23 and 20, live in Sterling Heights.
Kelly grew up at 15 Mile and Harper in Clinton Township, watching Sir Graves Ghastly on Saturday afternoon and The Ghoul on Friday night.
"The Ghoul was on at midnight, so we'd have to watch him when my parents were out and my sister was babysitting," Kelly says. "I watched the awful Godzilla movies, watched him put Froggy in a blender. The Ghoul is still on, you have to pay something like $9 to watch him on the Internet. I've paid my $9!"
The life-changing incident for Kelly as a child -- his personal "Rosebud" moment -- was the time he sent Sir Graves Ghastly a crayon drawing of a werewolf. "He showed it on the air!" Kelly says.
Having grown up with such kid-friendly '60s hosts, Kelly will push the envelope with his skits, but he won't be showing any modern, slasher-type films. "I'm trying to bring back the innocence," he says.
Indeed, Kelly frets that the kids who've seen him on public access cable TV and send him their own crayon drawings might not be able to stay up until 1 a.m. to catch his show.
Well, the world has TiVo now, which means the youngsters can get their sleep andsee Wolfman Mac.
"It makes you feel like you're a child again," says production assistant Davis, 43, of Auburn Hills, who hadn't even seen a Wolfman Mac show when he e-mailed Kelly asking if he could come watch a shoot.
"He e-mailed back, 'Sure, come on down, I might even let you move a light or something and get a credit.' So I help with the sound boom, I've gone to buy more hairspray."
A volunteer cast and crew
On this particular night, Davis and another production assistant was crouched on the floor, out of camera range, rocking the hearse back and forth to feign movement while Kelly sat in the vehicle with Bony Bob and the monster plant.
In the show's opening segments, Mac and Bony Bob are also riding in a hearse, but that will soon be replaced with something a little less expected, something that says "Detroit." Wolfman Mac's "real" car is going to be a jet-black 1963 Plymouth Fury convertible. The Fury would have been at Stage 3 on this snowy night, but it's having mechanical issues.
But even if they have to push it, the Fury will be on the street by August; everyone is determined that Wolfman Mac will drive it in the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Along with the skits, Kelly airs old TV ads (one for the game "Mystery Date"), vintage music videos, cartoons by Creepy Clyde and film shorts, and he'll feature local bands.
"We only have two or three minutes for these things, but I'm putting the call out to local filmmakers," Kelly says.
Post-production, by Dark Haus Sound & Film of Bay City, adds artiness and oomph to the final product.
The cast and crew of 25 are all volunteers. Davis is a sheriff's deputy; "Big Mike" Murphy, who plays Son of Froggy, is a registered nurse who has to get to his hospital job by midnight, and "Morbid Melvin," aka Adam Showers, is a striking American Axle worker.
Kelly works as a wedding DJ. "Do you know who gets married in February? Nobody!" he exclaims. "In the summer, I'm Donald Trump. In the winter, it's, 'You got a dollar?' "
Most of Wolfman Mac's cast and crew do double, or even triple duty. Larsen is typical; he hammers away at sets, helps pick the films, plays minor characters and pitches in on the writing (along with Ron Morelli, Corey Hall and Noelle La Prise-Helferich). Amy Williamson plays the show's film critic, "Dr. Jacklyn Hyde." (Half of her loves the movie, half hates it )
Several cast members are veterans of The Ghoul's crew. Murphy played "Son of Froggy" on The Ghoul's last show to air in Detroit. "Sometimes my sides would hurt, from laughing so much," Murphy says. "Creepy Clyde," a former advertising storyboard artist, is part of The Ghoul's current crew, which produces the online show (at theghoul.com).
A shot on local TV
Although Channel 20 is giving Kelly his shot on local TV, "Business is business I will have to get sponsors. But because I own the time slot, we set the rates." Kelly is anxious to get sponsors so he can pay his cast and crew at least minimally. "The beauty of the setup with Channel 20, I'm telling these small business guys, is that for $75 or a couple hundred dollars, you can have an ad on this show. And we'll do commercials for them in character, like maybe 'Drac' will do a commercial for a dentist, because he's got a toothache."
One big difference between the modern horror movie host and those of the past is of course, the Internet. Kelly's Web site, nightmaresinema.com, is constantly touted on the air, and there are clips of him and his cast all over YouTube.
It helps the show's bottom line that most of the films Wolfman Mac shows are in the public domain, and thus don't cost anything to air.
But Kelly says he might soon have access to the Universal Pictures vault, so he could be presenting some classic Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff movies by Halloween. Still, he delights in the awfulness of the public domain, Ed Wood/Roger Corman/William Castle films.
"In 'Plan 9 From Outer Space,' the flying saucers are held up by string," Kelly says. "It's so campy, so bad, that it really is like happening upon a car accident. You don't really want to stay and watch because you know it's wrong, but you just can't walk away."
You can reach Susan Whitall at (313) 222-2156 or swhitall@det news.com.

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10-30-2007

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Creepy Clyde
By Stephanie Schneider
Oct 30, 2007, 12:04

KEEPING IT CREEPY
Clyde Brown, AKA “Creepy Clyde.” real detroit.com

I met Clyde Brown in a cemetery. (“Do you have any cemeteries near you? The older, the better!” was his exact phraseology.) My boyfriend and I warily sought him out, using a flashlight to guide us through Royal Oak Cemetery on Main. Finally, we came across an SUV and three lawnchairs—sitting in one of them was the tuxedoed figure of “Creepy Clyde.”

“Hello, hello!” he crooned, in his characteristic deep-and-suave voice. “Before we start, can I sing you a song?” He motioned to us to sit, as he switched on his amplifier and grabbed his microphone. In the cemetery. At 10:00 p.m. Soon, he was singing a bizarre lounge tune called “Roll Over in Your Grave,” with a voice like Sinatra and the look of Dracula’s long-lost cousin.

Of course, Brown wasn’t always “Creepy”—in name, anyway. He started out as a storyboard artist for an advertising company. However, when his position was eliminated, he thought a return to his roots might be in order.

“When the other kids were playing football and baseball, my buddy and me would be…listening to records, weird things.” One of them was a Spike Jones horror song album.

“One rainy night,” Brown began ominously, “my dad took me to a pharmacy, and I saw a magazine, a horror comic sort of thing. And I was hooked. I got into horror enthusiast magazines, and one of them had an ad for ordering the Spike Jones album. It was so cool,” he said with reverence, “and, boy, those songs really inspired me to write and perform spooky tunes.”

Soon, Brown was writing and performing his horror novelty songs, beginning with a stint at a short-lived restaurant called Transylvania House--where he was paid, but only in food. Since then, his reputation has grown, and he performs at private parties, as well as having year-round gigs at Screams Ice Cream in Hell, MI. Halloween is busy, with seasonal engagements at several haunted attractions, and he is also playing in “Sea of Fools” at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea.

Unfortunately, none of these gigs quite pays the bills. Brown also does local and national voice-over spots (including some for White Castle and Ford), and performs at Potbelly Sandwich Works in Dearborn. But it’s still the creepy stuff he really loves, of course; you can tell by his tuxedo. In 2000, he trademarked the name Creepy Clyde, and since then has published the odd, irresistibly catchy album “Spooky Town.”

“I do get some cash in hand,” he said, “but it’s weird. It’s not the money that keeps me going. I guess I’m just stuck, stuck devoting my life to spooky tunes, silly spooky songs. It’s what I love.”

Nevertheless, songs are still not the full extent of Creepy Clyde’s  realm. Brown has also ventured into the world of horror-movie hosting, repackaging B movies (such as “The Brain that Wouldn’t Die” and “Revenge of the Zombies”) with his own skits and songs. Thanks to a group of “attention-starved hams” called The Horror Host Underground, Brown’s shows have been aired across the country—although sadly, never in Michigan. “They’re kind of conservative, the local cable channels here,” he remarked. “I’ll have to work on that.”

IN case you’re wondering who the “real” Clyde Brown is, his “creepy” side isn’t all an act. He enjoys eating lunch in cemeteries, and can see real beauty in a chainsaw massacre movie. It’s this offbeat sense of reality that defines him.

.“I love the 70s horror movies. There’s beauty when he’s got the axe, and there’s blood, and hair, and blades of grass on it…oh, I just love the axe things. Camp is really fun, fun, cool stuff. It’s hard to describe, it’s hard to put a handle on it, but I like it! There’s something beautiful about it. And that’s what’s involved in the whole Creepy Clyde experience.”

As we sit in the cold October wind, watching the lights from the Burger King drive-thru play across the tombstones, I can see what he means. There is beauty in the creepy--and his heroes, the Ghoul and Sir Graves Ghastly, would surely agree.

In the end, Brown left me some advice—and for anyone who has forgotten the true meaning of Halloween, you would do well to listen.

“What a great holiday! It’s about the freeness, the freedom to go where you want, and be anyone. It’s a weird night, and it doesn’t exist all over the world. Turn your lights on Halloween. Keep them on. Just give it a shot, hand out some candy, go to a party. Don’t let it pass you by.” | RDW

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05-09-2006

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SPOOKY TOWN CD


Written by Nathan Marsak

May 9, 2006, SCRAM MAGAZINE, ISSUE #22, LOS ANGELES, CA

Those of us who cotton to horror schlock and Hallowe'en hack are routinely subjected to the endless parade of dreadful vintage "Frankenstein at the Hop" Doo Wop or some ubiquitous surf track with its addition of "creaky door soundeffect #11." Oh yeah, and a hatful of grindcore. But slip on the title song of CC's Spooky Town and you'll be bobbing your head along with what's a surprising baritone over some pretty sophisticated arrangements. nothing challenging, but it's the most finger-snapping fun I've had with the genre in a good spell. Sea monsters suggestively grab girls by the hips, there's champagne glasses filled with blood, oh, and blood drops onto the blouses of young ladies, and did I mention Clyde's admonition to take up weaponry against the impending zombie attack? There's no end of the fun when Creepy Clyde ("The Country Vampire," though there's a distinct lack of steel guitars in favor of swingin' saxophones) belts out these and other good tales that are intended fo the good children of Dearborn, Bless their hearts. They probably think they're cooler listening to Exhumed, sure, but they'll never be haunted by that as they will by Clyde's rather strange Jethro Tull-meets-Standard Ridgway tale of the "Twisted Man."

The Creepy Clyde Show, Episode One, Presents HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL DVD (Burke Video)

We may never return to the days when Ghoulardi blew sh*t up to the roulades of the Rivingtons, and so from where the Crampseses and Pere Ubi of our future will get thier terrible souls, I don't know. But God willing, the odd history of TV horror hosts has maintained its importance to American young'ns. Creepy Clyde's gags are self-consciously terrible, the sets worse, and while Clyde's acting-class-reject vampirettes lack Elvira's giant breasts, there're three (sadly underused!) of these Brides of Clyde. No great surprises: Clyde sings along to his own cartoons and has puppet pals, so yeah, the great head scratcher here is, again, he's a frickin' poetry-writing Country Vampire. In Michigan. And if that isn't your bag, then go back to watching Robert Osborne, ya pansy.

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03-02-2006

MIRROR PHOTO BY J.L. BARDELLINE

Clyde Brown gives Katy Trudeau a personal show while performing at Royal Oak's Potbelly Sandwich Works restaurant last Friday.

Musician brings his 'creepy' charm to eatery
BY J.L. BARDELLINE
STAFF WRITER

Some nights Clyde Brown is just a local performer, but other nights he's a vampire with a country drawl.

Brown, 45, sings and plays guitar regularly at Royal Oak's Potbelly Sandwich Works.

But when he transforms into Creepy Clyde, the Country Vampire, he dons a black cowboy hat, vest and cape, and sings about a monster under his bed and drinking blood.

Brown created the Creepy Clyde persona in 2000, inspired by local horror hosts such as The Ghoul.

Creepy Clyde isn't a scary guy, though.

Slipping into character, Brown's voice takes on a Southern accent.

"I love blood. But I also love apple pie. And a good rib sandwich," he said.

On his first DVD release, Creepy Clyde hosts the Vincent Price horror film "The House on Haunted Hill." During breaks in the film, Clyde puts on skits featuring the three Brides of Clyde, fortune teller Madam Nina and Clyde's Moldy Mailbag.

Creepy Clyde also has a CD, "Spooky Town," which is a collection of original cartoony-spooky songs with titles like "The Carp that Ate Detroit" and "Man-Eating Plant."

Both are available at Thomas Video in Clawson, which has played host to The Ghoul on numerous occasions.

When performing at Potbelly, Brown leaves the cape and horror songs and cape at home and plays tunes from the '20s to today using his guitar, melodica and iPod.

While using his melodica, a hand-held keyboard played by blowing into it, he might stray from the corner stage to play behind the counter or slide into a booth with customers and give them an up-close show.

He started playing at Potbelly in Royal Oak (31991 Woodward) in 2003 and performs every Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

In between songs he'll slip in commercial jingles or play songs based on what he sees.

If someone walks in with a baby, he'll play "Rock A Bye Baby," and anyone celebrating their birthday at Potbelly gets a "Happy Birthday" performance.

"I just like pushing the funny envelope," he said.

(248) 546-4900 ext. 230 jbardelline@mirrornews.com

Originally published March 2, 2006

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02-28-2006

Creepy Clyde Spooky Town

If you like well-written, well-performed and well-produced songs about monsters and vampires and man-eating plants and other such spooky stuff, well then, Creepy Clyde's your guy hands-down! Best played in the dark when you're home alone. John Wood, kidzmusic.com.

John Wood is a recording engineerin North Hollywood, California. He created and produced the annual Theatre Arts Festival For Youth for 10 years in Agoura, California and co-hosted "Open House At The Hollywood Bowl" for 22 years.

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08-04-2004

Familiar FACES, CLYDE BROWN

He strums, sings while you lunch
By L.M. Smith
Press and Guide newspapers

DEARBORN--Clyde Brown is watching you and the back of your neck.

Rest easy. Creepy Clyde (one of the Screen Actors Guild member's alter egos) isn't stalking you. He's entertaining you while you wait in line for a sandwich at Potbelly's Sandwich Works on Michigan Avenue.

Tuesday through Saturday from 11a.m. to 1:30p.m., Clyde, his guitar and his wit appear at the restaurant -- a popular Dearborn lunch spot.

"I try to respond to the crowd, play some commercial jingles, favorite tunes, et cetera," Brown says.

One day, while dining at Potbelly's with a coworker, Clyde reworked a song into something about the Dearborn Press & Guide.

Diners at Potbelly's can look forward to this sort of random improvisation during thier lunches.

"It's background music, so if I don't know the words, I can just mumble," Brown chuckles.

Residents may recognize Clyde Brown from a previous gig he held at the now-closed Transylvania House.

"I played there every night, only for tips," Brown laughs.

Horror films are Clyde Brown's first love. His love of horror films, coupled with his offbeat sense of humor, spawned his alter ego, Creepy Clyde.

Brown is currently in pre-production to bring Creepy Clyde to local airwaves via Comcast. He envisions the show as a half-hour program where he appears as Creepy Clyde.

In addition to performing locally, Clyde Brown's voice-work has been featured on "Xena: Warrior Princess."

For the program, Clyde recorded vocals for songs that were sung in musical episodes of the show. His voices were later dubbed over less gifted performers.

This year, Clyde and his wife Maryanne will celebrate thier 20th wedding anniversary. They have two children, Ryan, 16, and Emily, 12.

Ryan is a student at Dearborn High and Emily attends Stout Middle School.

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09-03-2003

CHARACTER SKETCH
Clyde Brown, what a creep!

By Jason Webber, contributing writer

Clyde Brown swears by black L'Oreal hair dye, dresses in all black clothes, has been known to wear black lipstick and nail polish and likes to be interviewed in a cemetery. And yet-swear to God-he doesn't own a single Sisters of Mercy album.

Brown, 42, writes his given name on legal documents, but when there's no dotted line to sign, he¹s known as Creepy Clyde, singer of spooky songs, close friend to famed horror-movie host The Ghoul, and an in-demand voiceover actor.

All this and he¹s a nice guy, too. Brown sits crossed-legged on top of a grassy hill in Northview Cemetery in Dearborn, absently picking blades of grass as he tells his stories. His hair, normally dyed jet black, has been allowed to return to its natural color, brown and gray, since he heard a rumor that black hair dye causes cancer.

³But I love black, man,² he says, a smile plastered on his face. Since 2000, Brown has married his passion for music and horror films into his persona of Creepy Clyde, a Gomez Addams-meets-Tom Jones crooner who released his debut album, Spooky Town, last fall.

Creepy Clyde has also made his ghostly presence known in several Downriver restaurants and watering holes, performing his revue of both original and classic spooky songs. The Creepy Clyde Show (if you will) includes such pop-horror favorites as 'Monster Mash' and 'Dinner with Drac.'

'I love singing. I just really love singing the spooky songs.' he says. 'I love hearing people laugh and kind of shock them a little bit. Kind of make 'em go, What the hell is that?'

But there's more to this lifelong Detroit-area resident than just
kid-friendly songs about zombies and goblins. Underneath the horror shtick is a hard-working man who just wants to support his wife of 19 years. Maryanne, and their two kids. Brown was employed for 18 years as a graphic artist with Doner Advertising in Southfield, but was laid off in 2001. Since then, he's kept busy with freelance graphic-design work and lending his baritone voice to radio and TV commercials. Recent jobs include commercials for Big Boy Restaurants and and Lincoln-Mercury. In all, Brown has done over 100 voiceover jobs this year.

'Freelancing suits me. Things have been really good lately,' he says, a content smile on his face.

The voiceover work and graphic design may pay the bills, but with a few dabs black nail polish and a quick application of L'Oreal hair dye, Brown transforms into Creepy Clyde. Clyde was 'born' in 2000, when Brown debuted the character at City Coffeehouse in Allen Park, an establishment operated by his best friend Frank Bogya, who also plays drums on Spooky Town.

'He's so multi-talented. He can pick up any instument and learn it in no time,' says Bogya, 42. Who¹s been friends with Brown since they were both 6 years old. 'He'll bend over backwards for you. He's just a great guy.'

Currently, Brown and Bogya perform together every Tuesday evening at the Double Olive, 22027 Michigan Ave. In Dearborn.

Creepy Clyde has also joined forces with Cleveland-based horror host The Ghoul, occasionally acting in skits and serving as a production assistant on his show. Since 2000, the duo has teamed up to throw an annual Halloween party to raise funds for The Knights of Columbus.

'What a great thing it is to be involved with The Ghoul. It's a great honor that he allows me to be involved with his group,² says Brown, whose Jeep Cherokee sports a 'Ghoul Power' bumper sticker.

A lot of people dig horror films, but not with the passion and fervor that Brown digs them. His face lights up as he discusses the recent Rob Zombie horror film House of 1,000 Corpses. He spends close to two minutes discussing the lighting used in that film and many other '70s horror classics such as The Last House on the Left and one of his absolute favorites, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Though money has been tight in recent years, Brown still has a ghoulishly good time with his life. He says that he's 'happy all the time,' a trait that reveals itself when he says the word 'yeah.' His voice drops to a near whisper, filled with a mixture of awe and excitement. He sounds like an 8-year-old who's just been asked if he wants to go to Cedar Point.

'Life is so short. I don¹t give a f**k if I'm acting like a complete ass with the black mascara and lipstick,² he says with a chuckle. 'It gives you the balls to says,"C'mon, everybody! Let's have some fun!"

-Jason Webber, Real Detroit Weekly, 9-3-2003

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02-06-03

Business Roundup
by Nancy Kaffer
    Ever wonder what Transylvanian food tastes like?
    Well, apparently neither did anyone else, because Dearborn novelty restaurant Transylvania House has closed after a short tenure at 22437 Michigan Ave.
    The restaurant featured transylvanian cuisine, which the Press and Guide newspapers is told bears some resemblance to Polish food, but with a good deal more mashed up corn.

(Photo heading):
The musical stylings of the entertainer known as 'Creepy Clyde' were regularly heard at now-defunct Transylvania House.

Excerpts from an article that appeared 02-06-03, Dearborn Press and Guide newspapers.

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02-00-2003

EH, February 2003 Vol. 18 No. 2 Jam Rag

CREEPY CLYDE

"Spooky Town"

IN CREEPY CLYDE'S world every day is Halloween. He's the Detroit-area troubador that regularly entertains at the Transylvania House in Dearborn.

When Clyde does his "hor-ror" schtick, it is more in the vein of campy comedy, like the Ghoul or Sir Graves Ghastly (remember him...?) than Stephen King or George Romero. The Creepy One has a deep, resonant voice that fits the cartoonish lyrics of songs like "Dracula¹s Castle" and "A Monster Lives Under My Bed" to a tee.

Musically the material is a nice blend of light rock and jazzy blues, with fine support from Michael King, Johnny Evans and Frank Bogya. This is cool stuff for young and old so don't wait until next Hallo-ween to give it a spin! EH

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12-00-2002


Jam Rag, December 2002 Vol. 17 No. 12

He's Creepy! Creepy Clyde is a musician who performs seven nights a week at Transylvania House in Dearborn.

He's released a debut CD entitled SPOOKY TOWN, which is a collection of spooky songs. Bandmates include Frank Bogya on drums, Michael King on guitar and flute and Johnny Evans (Howling Diablos) on sax. Songs include "I Just Want To Drink Your Blood," "Man Eating Plant," "The Carp That Ate Detroit," and "The Old Man From Kalamazoo." creepyclyde.com

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11-28-2002

Family serves Eastern European fare in ‘goulash' atmosphere

By TAMARA WARREN
Correspondent

When Cornelius Nicolaescu opened the doors of the Transylvania House in March, he brought the Old World to Dearborn, his new hometown.

Given the family¹s roots, tha Transylvania House features nightly performances by an appropriate figure, Creepy Clyde, who does an endearing monster act year round. Nicolaescu says Vlad's castle was just 20 miles from home in Romainia.

By Tamara Warren, Correspondent
OBSERVER AND ECCENTRIC NEWSPAPERS, Thursday, NOV. 28, 2002

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08-29-2002

Young Goths love Creepy Clyde


Speaking of creepy things, I met Creepy Clyde. Clyde is a singer of spooky songs and is a most interesting fellow. He sings quietly, kind of eerily and kind of like Frank Sinatra.
Young Goth people with black fingernails love him. Old ladies with their hair sprayed stiff can't get enough of him.
He sings seven nights a week at a little Transylvanian Restaurant just off Michigan Avenue, next to the Dunkin Donuts in Dearborn. For more information call Clyde at (313) 555-5555 or see his web site at www.creepyclyde.com.
Benny E. Jet, Michigan community newspapers, 8/29/02

"If you like well-written, well-performed and well-produced songs about monsters and vampires and man-eating plants and other such spooky stuff, well then, Creepy Clyde's your guy hands-down! Best played in the dark when you're home alone…" John Wood, KIDZMUSIC.COM, 02-28-06.

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08-16-2005.

GO TO HELL & SEE CREEPY CLYDE!
Written by dtownkitty, virtualtourist, on August 16, 2005.

by dtownkitty

Creepy Clyde is a "Singer of Spooky Songs". He sings everything from commercial jingles to the Spider Man theme song in a spooky, sultry, lounge style. And of course he sings spooky standards. I saw him sing at a restaurant called "Transylvania House" and almost peed my pants. Adults and kids of any age can appreciate him and new immigrants don't know what to think. He is currently performing in Hell, Michigan. It's an hour long drive from Detroit. It is a scenic drive and you can drop your friends a postcard from Hell. Hopefully he gigs in Detroit Metro again soon.

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03-28-2002

Dearborn restaurant offers a taste of Transylvania
By STEVE VELDHEER Staff Writer
If Count Dracula, Count Orlock and the Vampire Lastat were looking for a place to grab a bite while on their way through Dearborn, you might want to point them toward the Transylvania House, 22439 Michigan Ave.

Offering authentic Romanian-American cuisine, the Transylvania House has meals you can really-uh-sink your teeth into. In addition to the authentic Romanian dÈcor and cuisine, the Transylvania House offers customers a nightly floor show, which is not really Romanian, but entertains nonetheless, said Nicolaesceu.

Creepy Clyde comes in every night and plays a variety of music -American songs, spooky music, light rock, country, it’s great.
Draped entirely in black, and strumming a guitar featuring a giant spidar web, Clyde ‘Creepy Clyde’ Brown, the self proclaimed ‘Master of Monsterous Melodies’ adds a unique vampire-ish quality to the Transylvania House during the dinner hours, between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Photo caption:
Clyde ‘Creepy Clyde’ Brown entertains diners with his unique musical stylings at Transylvania House every day from 6;30 to 8:30 p.m. ‘The Kids love him, owner Corneilius Nicolaesceu said of the ghoulish crooner. The Transylvania House is open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

-Steve Veldheer, Dearborn Press and Guide Newspapers, 03-28-02

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10-16-2002

Creepy Clyde
Spooky Town

This 13-song disc of lounge-y schmaltz comes from a guy called Creepy Clyde, a self-described ‘master of monsterous melodies’ Indeed, he sounds creepy, but not in a Halloween-y sort of way; he’s more on the smarmy side, like a Dave Vanian at the height of his Elvis fixation. And Creepy Clyde sounds like Vanian, too, crooning steady streams of sap like ‘Man-Eating Plant,’ ‘The Carp That Ate Detroit,’ ‘The Old Man From Kalamazoo’ that would sit quite well should you find yourself drunk in a Dearborn fern bar on Halloween night. Strangely, all of this makes Creepy Clyde good and Spooky Town oddly satisfying, whether or not Clyde had intended the irony. Get thee to HYPERLINK "http://www.creepyclyde.com" www.creepyclyde.com.

-Brian Smith, Music editor, Metro Times, 10-16-2002

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10-10-2002

Excerpts from a Dearborn Press & Guide Newspapers article,

Ghoul Power alive in Dearborn

Ever feel the need to be 12 years old again, or at least to act it for a few hours? Well, your chance is here.

Hiya, hiya-The Ghoul is back in town.

The former Detroit horror movie host is hosting a party Oct. 18 at the Father Patrick O'Kelley Knights of Columbus hall in Dearborn. The bash starts at 8 p.m., and The Ghoul takes the stage at 9.

Those were the days of local movie hosts like Sir Graves Ghastly, Rita Bell and Bill Kennedy. But none of them drove around the streets in a miniature van, or covered studio guests in Cheez Whiz and Silly String.

Now hosting a television show in Cleveland, Sweed made a return to metro Detroit last year at the O'Kelley K of C. That was fun. The group of five who went with me last year has grown to a dozen, mainly due to my haranguing them about what a good time they're sure to have next Friday.

The party is again hosted by Creepy Clyde, aka Dearborn resident (and former Press & Guide cartoonist) Clyde Brown. The advertising artist by day puts on a cape and top hat and becomes Creepy Clyde at night, singing and playing monster-related songs on his guitar at Transylvania House, one of Dearborn's newest eateries.

So, all you 10-star generals in the Ghoul army, head to Father Patrick OíKelley K of C, 23663 Park St., west of Outer Drive and south of Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. For ticket reservation information, call 278-5600 10
a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays, or email creepyclyde@comcast.net .

-Tracy Balazy, Dearborn Press and Guide newspapers, 10-10-2002

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10-04-2001

The Ghoul coming to Dearborn

Former Detroit horror host says he misses area
By Tracy Balazy Editor

To anyone who misses late night pierogi eating contests, trips to Parma and on-stage pyrotechnics, there's good news.
The Ghoul is alive and well, and making an appearance in Dearborn Friday.

Ron Sweed, a.k.a. The Ghoul, will party with fans at the Patrick O'Kelley Knights of Columbus hall at 23662 Park, south of Michigan Avenue and west of Outer Drive.

The Ghoul says he's hyped for his Dearborn appearance Friday, where he'll bring out many of the features that made his show a favorite in Detroit in the early 1970's and early '80s.

Dearborn resident Clyde Brown, a.k.a. Creepy Clyde, is hosting the party Friday. Festivities start at 7 p.m.

"I believe this will be the most Ghoul-intensive Ghoul party, " Brown said, entailing such Ghoul classics as pin the tail on the pink flamingo, bobbing for pierogies in beer, and snacks like Cheez Whiz on Ritz crackers-"all the foods of the Ghoul."

Brown, an artist at W.B. Doner & Co. Advertising and a former Press & Guide cartoonist, said he was stunned when he realized the Ghoul was still around, after he saw ads for the 1996 special.

"I saw that and my heart just stopped, and I said, I'm going to try calling," he said. He showed up at the taping and was invited to take part in a skit in which The Ghoul put a pumpkin on his head.

"He put some Cheez Whiz on crackers and squashed 'em into my eyes," he said. "What an honor!" Brown performs his own "spooky songs" 9-11 p.m. Saturdays as Creepy Clyde at City Coffeehouse, located at 6623 Allen Road, west of Southfield in Allen Park. Sweed encourages fans and the just plain curious to come out Friday. "Detroit fans are just the most manic in the world, and very special to me," he said.

"Tell 'em to get out there, all those 10-star generals in the Ghoul power army, stand up and be counted!"

For tickets to Creepy Clyde's Halloween costume party featuring the Ghoul, Friday, call 313-555-5555 or go to creepyclyde.com. Tickets are $30 each and include food and an open bar.
-Tracy Balazy, Excerpts from a Dearborn Press & Guide Newspapers article, Thursday, October 4, 2001

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02-26-1998

Clyde Brown is finding his voice is as mighty as his pen
By Richard Marsh
Associate Editor

If you watched "Xena: Warrior Princess" Feb. 8, then you heard Clyde Brown sing -again and again and again.

You heard the Dearborn resident at least six times on that episode as he provided the singing voices for six of the characters, including a lion, bull, a warrior and a villager.
While his list of credentials is lengthy, Brown's other claim to fame in the performing arts locally is doing impressions and character voices for weekly segments on radio station WYCD's "The Eddie Haskell Morning Show." He has contributed his talents there since April.

Brown's regular job is as a storyboard artist for the public relations firm, W. B. Doner Co., whose local headquarters is in Southfield.
He also does some freelance work. Brown is a former editorial cartoonist for the Dearborn Press & Guide, too.
It was through Brown's conacts at the ad agency that he got started as a professional "voice."

It began in 1987 when coworker John Adams needed a song for a Pontiac automobile commercial for a dealer in California.
Brown was singing in a band at the time and Adams used Brown for the spot.
The person in charge of the music for the commercial was Joe LoDuca, who is based in the Detroit area.
In the years since, Doner has used Brown's talents beyond the ink pen for some of its projects.
The "Xena" work came about when LoDuca, who was doing the music for the series, needed singing voices for some of the characters. Enter Clyde Brown.

Brown's work in the performing arts actually began when he was in sixth grade at Whitmore-Bolles.
"I wrote and narrated my own play," he recalled. "Classmates performed it. It was called "The Pollution Monster'."
At Edsel Ford High School, Brown was a member of the vocal ensemble. He also played in several bands while in high school and the years beyond.

If one trend that seems to be manifesting itself continues, Brown may soon find himself working for Warner Bros., since the initials W.B. semm to play a prominant part of his life. (Whitmore-Bolles, W.B. Doner, recording the Xena songs at a private studio in West Bloomfield).

Brown and his wife Maryanne, have two children, 10-year-old Ryan and 6-year-old Emily. So far, Emily is the one who is more closely following in her father's steps.
"She's getting pretty good at doing voices," Brown said.
Brown does have a 24-hour tape line that features his announcer and character voices. He can be e-mailed at creepyclyde.com.

 

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