100 Clown Songs

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Inspired by buying the Hollies For Certain Because.... and coming across 'the Clown' yet another version of the Tears of a Clown trope; so:

1) Tears of a Clown - Smokey
2) Death of a Clown- Kinks
3) The Clown - Hollies

are there a hundred? a thousand?

sonofstan, Thursday, 30 October 2008 21:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

4) Send in the Clowns -- Stephen Sondheim

big louie moilolnen (dan m), Thursday, 30 October 2008 21:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

5. Dwight Yoakam - Pocket of a Clown

I love a man in chloroform (salsa shark), Thursday, 30 October 2008 21:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

6 - "Cathy's Clown", The Everly Brothers
7 - "Ha Ha Said The Clown" - Manfred Mann

snoball, Thursday, 30 October 2008 21:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

8) "Under A Clown" - xinlisupreme

Sébastien, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

8. "Cathy's New Clown," John Wesley Harding

slugbuggy, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

whoops, 9.

slugbuggy, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

10. Clowntime Is Over, Elvis Costello

Rock Hardy, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oops.... wrong board. if a mod could move it to ILM?

sonofstan, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

ha, I didn't even notice what board it was on. Moved.

Rock Hardy, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

11.Ha! Ha! Said The Clown - The Yardbirds

siskin/skulls, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Barnum & Baileys Favorite- Karl King

siskin/skulls, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

13. John Wayne Gacy, Jr. - Sufjan Stevens

loderunner, Thursday, 30 October 2008 22:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

14. KKKlown - Meta-Matics

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

15. Charlie Brown--The Coasters (He's a clown, that Charlie Brown)

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

16.Rambozo the Clown- Dead Kennedys

Vision, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

17. Julius Fučík - Entrance of the Gladiators (aka that scary weird music they play at the circus when the clowns appear). Um, does that count?

Matt #2, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

can't remember if "The Leather Clown" is a King Missile song or a Kramer/John S. Hall tune

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

19. The Dickies - Killer Klowns

Matt #2, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Back in elementary school
Fourth grade, I think it was
I had this friend, Ethan
During lunch hour
We used to go to eighth street
For pizza and jelly donuts
Sometimes we got an orange Julius
Instead of a donut
Sometimes we got the donuts
But instead of eating them
We'd put them out on the street
And wait for cars to drive over them
But the most fun we ever had was
After eating
Sitting on a stoop
Exchanging sexual fantasies
Sometimes they involved
One of our classmates
It was a movie star
And sometimes
It was our teacher
Who we both suspected
Was sexually repressed
Sometimes I claimed
My stories were real
Like the story about the leather clown
She had short, spiky black hair
Small, but perfectly formed breasts
And was always kitted out
In the same outfit
Leather skirt
Fishnet stockings
Floppy shoes
A big, red nose
A pair of leather wrist bracelets
With spikes
A big, red smile painted on
And a big, shiny horn
Which she would honk and honk during sex
Until she had an orgasm
Whenever the circus would come to town
I would tell Ethan all kinds of kinky
Clown-domination stories
Involving the leather clown
Like the time
She forced me to have sex with her
In the little car
Or the time
She kept spraying me
With the seltzer bottle
Until I obeyed her every command
Ethan and I
We laughed and laughed at these tall tales
But I could tell
Deep down
He was wondering
Whether the leather clown
Was really real or not
And I would let him wonder

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

20. Crispin Hellion Glover - Clowny Clown Clown

Matt #2, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

21. "Kinko the Clown" - Ogden Edsl

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 30 October 2008 23:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

22. "Clown in Broad Daylight" - Ron Sexsmith
23. "Lay it Down Clown" - The Replacements

staggerlee, Friday, 31 October 2008 00:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

24. "See the Funny Little Clown," Bobby Goldsboro

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 31 October 2008 00:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

25. Negativland "clowns and ballerinas"

Ragnar's Savoury Pockets (If You Whiz) (Mackro Mackro), Friday, 31 October 2008 00:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

26. Cocteau Twins - "Fifty-Fifty Clown"

LeRooLeRoo, Friday, 31 October 2008 00:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Velvet Underground "Femme Fatale" and "All Tomorrow's Parties" both mention clowns for some reason. I don't really understand the use of that word in the lyrics of either, frankly.

Dog/Face/Chain (res), Friday, 31 October 2008 01:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

29. you am i - cathy's clown (different song to the similarly titled one upthread)

thereminimum chips (electricsound), Friday, 31 October 2008 01:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

30. apartments - not every clown can be in the circus
31. springfields - clown
32. kevin hewick - cathy clown

who the fuck is this cathy and why do we care about her clown?

thereminimum chips (electricsound), Friday, 31 October 2008 01:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

33. Moe Bandy - Bandy the Rodeo Clown
34. Joe Stampley - Hey Barnum and Bailey

xhuxk, Friday, 31 October 2008 01:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

35. Magnetic Fields - I Looked All Over Town
36. Magnetic Fields - Promises of Eternity
37. Carney Hild Kramer - Clown
38. Happy Flowers - I Crush Bozo

dad a, Friday, 31 October 2008 02:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

39.Death of a Clown - Kinks

niceboy, Friday, 31 October 2008 02:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

39.Virgo The Clown - Van Morrison

niceboy, Friday, 31 October 2008 02:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

41. XTC - Dear Madam Barnum

Hideous Lump, Friday, 31 October 2008 02:50 (nine years ago) Permalink


dude, ALLLLL lighthouses are haunted. (PappaWheelie V), Friday, 31 October 2008 02:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

43. the laughing clowns - the laughing clowns (did yer know they've reformed for the aus ATP?)

nonightsweats, Friday, 31 October 2008 06:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

44. MX-80 Sound, "Clown Sex"
45. Lounge Lizards, "My Clown's On Fire"
46. Residents, "Dumbo The Clown (Who Loved Christmas)"
47. Charles Mingus, "The Clown"

Myonga Vön Bontee, Friday, 31 October 2008 08:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wait, why did I think I Crush Bozo was a song and not an album? Replace that with:
38. "She's A Clown" by Daniel Johnston.

dad a, Friday, 31 October 2008 13:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

48. Clowns - Too Much Joy
49. Carousel - Mr. Bungle ("look in the mirror and see the clown in yourself")

kingkongvsgodzilla, Friday, 31 October 2008 13:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

50. july - my clown

one of my fave psych songs of all time:

scott seward, Friday, 31 October 2008 15:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

51. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am "Stuck in the Middle With You"

mottdeterre, Friday, 31 October 2008 15:15 (nine years ago) Permalink


mottdeterre, Friday, 31 October 2008 15:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

52. 'Vesti la giubba', Pagliacci, Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Michael White, Friday, 31 October 2008 15:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

53. When I was down, I was your clown etc - Elton + Kiki "Don't go breaking my heart"

NickB, Friday, 31 October 2008 15:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

^^^ that whole July album is amazing

zappi, Friday, 31 October 2008 16:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

54. Little Fluffy Clowns

NickB, Friday, 31 October 2008 16:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

55. I Want You--Elvis Costello

"Oh no my darling, not with that clown"

kornrulez6969, Friday, 31 October 2008 16:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

56. Harry Nilsson, 1941

"When he looked around, he saw a clown
And the clown seemed very gay
And he set out that night to join that circus clown and run away"

Ich Ber ein Binliner (Tom D.), Friday, 31 October 2008 16:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

this album creeps me out. exploito orchestral acid circus music:


scott seward, Friday, 31 October 2008 17:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

companion album to three ring circus (same guy made it with bob of sesame street and "groovin' on the sunshine" appears on it as well. some good woozy acid pop on here.):


scott seward, Friday, 31 October 2008 17:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

and everyone needs this too (courtesy of rca records too. they had a fondness for trippy clowns):


scott seward, Friday, 31 October 2008 17:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

you can hear the klowns here:

scott seward, Friday, 31 October 2008 17:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

The Who, "Dreaming From The Waist"

"Here comes the morning, here comes the yawning, demented clown."

Sara Sara Sara, Friday, 31 October 2008 18:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

A Flock of Perversions

Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 31 October 2008 18:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

57 - Bones & the Smiling Mackerel - Kleenex girl Wonder

"A genius from a clown, a city from a townnnn"

hugo, Friday, 31 October 2008 19:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

58. Harpo - "Rock 'n' Roll Clown"

xhuxk, Saturday, 17 January 2009 16:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

59. Eire Apparent, "The Clown"

Really disturbing.

Joseph McCombs, Saturday, 17 January 2009 17:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Clown Woman"-Montrose

Bill Magill, Saturday, 17 January 2009 17:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

José José - Payaso.

Women can be captains too, you know? (jim), Saturday, 17 January 2009 18:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

"In Dreams"--Roy Orbison, especially as sung by Dennis Hopper. Brrr...

"A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
Go to sleep. everything is all right.

ellaguru, Saturday, 17 January 2009 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

63. You Killed The Clown - Thompson Twins
64. The Show Must Go On - Leo Sayer

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 17 January 2009 20:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

antexit, Saturday, 17 January 2009 20:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

66. Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Everybody Loves A Clown

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 17 January 2009 20:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

67. Goldfrapp - Clowns

Yehudi Menudo (NickB), Sunday, 18 January 2009 22:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

68. Fancy Clown - Madvillain
69. Clownmaster - Sugar

Wax Cat, Sunday, 18 January 2009 22:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

70. Harlequin - Genesis
71. Cirkus - King Crimson
dunno if this counts but 71.5. Through Electric Gardens - Andy Partridge

open wide, come inside, it's apple butter (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 18 January 2009 22:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

Well, given that the thread title is "Clown Songs"...

72. The Clown Song - Thin White Rope

Eli JR, Monday, 19 January 2009 22:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

really, thread is this old without Be A Clown? 73:

dad a, Monday, 19 January 2009 22:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

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