Sunday, May 19, 2024

Who ARE These Clowns?

Not for the coulrophobic!  Stinky and I have been trading pictures for awhile of some of the rock bands and singers who have painted their faces over the years.  Some are famous, others less so.  Some had a moment in the spotlight but may have been forgotten by all but their devoted fans.  Some constructed elaborate personas with costumes, stage names, and back stories.  Others just put on clown makeup for an album cover or music video.  We'd send each other an image of one of these strange (and sometimes creepy) album covers with the caption, "Who ARE these clowns?"

One idea for a mix (shared here today) was to feature some of these singers and groups, from far back (Leon Russell, Leo Sayer, Alex Harvey, and The Hello People), far afield (Secos & Molhados), far out (Fad Gadget, Klaus Nomi), and far-fetched (Clownvis Presley, Mac Sabbath, Yeastie Boys).

As mentioned, some of them only donned greasepaint or clown masks for an album cover (Gary Lewis, Frank Sinatra, The Armed), while others have made a career out of it (Puddles Pity Party, Slipknot, various juggalos).  Oh yeah, forgot to mention: there be juggalos.

Our other idea for a mix (coming up soon) is songs about clowns.  Like-minded music fans such as yourselves will have no trouble thinking of clown songs, but hopefully we've found a few surprises.  Stick around and see for yourselves!

33 comments:

  1. https://tinyurl.com/ClownRock

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    1. NEW LINK (fixed): https://tinyurl.com/ClownsV1

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  2. Do you have a favorite clown-themed album cover or artist? Or one that's particularly strange?

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    1. Randy Newman's Born Again was a bit of a shock...

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    2. Randy Gets $aved! A classic cover image (for those who haven't seen it):

      https://www.discogs.com/release/864496-Randy-Newman-Born-Again

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  3. Nektar - Down To Earth - 1974

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    1. They look like Clown College students on a field trip! https://www.discogs.com/master/25995-Nektar-Down-To-Earth

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    2. OK, they were prog rockers, hence the college look. But on this album they were joined by Robert Calvert. So for this album they could have really been clowns. Nelly The Elephant was a favorite song.

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  4. I completely overlooked BORN AGAIN! Good one pontyboy! - Stinky

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    1. Peut-être. I won't pooh-pooh the suggestion.

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  6. No wonder clowns are having such a bad reputation these days! Right now I can only think of the classic Tears of a Clown...
    This post is so scary: https://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_horror_of_clown_themed_album_covers

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    1. "Relax With My Horns"? No, thanks! I will never. Relax. Again.

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  7. My friend from high school (first punker) wants to play your game as last week he posted this one last week that is thee best 'clowns' tune done in symphonic perfection!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W3v2RC8PcY love this theme guys!

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  8. Man, those ARE some scary clowns, Koen. - Stinky

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  9. Om - Cerberus (CH avant-fusion 1980)

    https://www.discogs.com/release/2257922-OM-Cerberus

    Musically disappointing compared with their previous three, and with that cover.

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  10. I had a cassette by Insane Clown Posse.

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  11. Dude, if you want a scary-looking clown-themed cover, look no further than this:

    https://www.discogs.com/fr/master/298947-Cheap-Trick-Woke-Up-With-A-Monster/image/SW1hZ2U6Mzg3ODg2OQ==

    I'm not even sure the clown is the scariest thing on there, might be the ladies' ass cheeks...Jeez, what the hell were they thinkng when they cooked this up. Did the Trick want t compete with grunge bands?

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    1. Yikes! Reminds me of Bobcat Goldthwait's movie "Shakes The Clown". I was listening to a lot of Stranglers records recently, and realized that their visual image had a duality similar to Cheap Trick. JJ was dark and handsome, and Hugh was reasonably good looking. On the other hand, Dave Greenfield had a pudding bowl haircut, and he and Jet Black used to wear mechanics' coveralls. Cheap Trick had an album called "In Color"... and The Stranglers had "Black And White"!

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  12. ONE BUCK GUY has found the one I can't believe I missed (as a CHEAP TRICK fan.). Well done! I feel like the joke is that both the clown AND the stripper may have WOKE UP WITH A MONSTER! - Stinky

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  13. Songs about clowns:

    "Something Bad Happened To A Clown" immediately comes to mind. Personally, I think it's one of Warren Zevon's weakest songs, musically and lyrically, but it definitively fits the bill...

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    1. “That’s just weak songwriting! You wrote a bad song, Warren!”

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    2. You know, for years, I was on the Warren Zevon message board and any suggestion that he wasn't a total genius 100% of the time and all of his songs were totally awesome was usually not taken well...obvious is probably the word that most comes to mind...

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  14. Death of a Clown by The Kinks - 1967

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  15. O.K. got one finally for ewu clownekneeze … Johnny Dee And The Rocket 88s have one member in an alien mask and costume complete on their 1980 self titled album. Viacom

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    1. https://www.discogs.com/release/7020781-Johnny-Dee-And-The-Rocket-88s-Johnny-Dee-And-The-Rocket-88s

      They sure do!

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  16. I Am A Clown - David Cassidy

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  17. Might not fit the mood of most Jon-Ky comps but Mingus' "The Clown" is a great one with improvised narration by Jean Shepherd: https://youtu.be/f-b9I_UrRe4?si=EgCpeSXkn--qPXw1

    Cheating I found more "clown" songs than can fit in the proverbial clown car and eventually gave up trying to sort through them.

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    1. Would you say, then, that clowntime is... over?

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  18. I just downloaded volume 2 and then came here for volume 1, but there's nothing in the zip file for volume 1

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    1. You're right -- sorry about that! I just zipped the songs again, re-upped the file with a new link. Tested it, and it works fine now.

      NEW LINK for Vol. 1: https://tinyurl.com/ClownsV1

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    2. Yes! It worked. Thank you again!

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