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Kill A Clown (No, Not Really)

by Mike Daly & The Planets

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"'Kill A Clown' by Mike Daly & The Planets is a delicious slice of power pop out of New Jersey with chunky guitars and perfecto vocals. Daly sneers it good like the clown killer he is. Complete with kazoo break and gunshot, it's a visceral blast of goodtimey violence. Please note that no clowns were harmed during the recording. Daly's a cross vocally between Graham Parker, Elvis Costello and/or Joe Jackson.". -- MIKE GREENBLATT, Atlas Jams

"The New Jersey band Mike Daly and The Planets has created a theme song for those of us who have never liked Bozo or any of his ilk. I’ve been afraid of them (clowns, not Mike Daly and The Planets) since I saw a TV show as a child where some guy was haunted by a ghost clown. 'Kill A Clown (No, Not Really),' has a catchy, guitar-driven arrangement reminiscent of Webb Wilder or possibly ZZ Top, along with some exuberant backup vocals. It’s filled with funny lyrics about offing people with fake red noses like, 'I killed a clown in Kalamazoo/Made him choke on his own kazoo' and 'Killed them clowns in Zanzibar/Ran them off the road in that tiny car.' " -- TERRY FLAMM, Broken Hearted Toy


I am a peaceful man
I do the best I can
But when the pain starts rainin' down
I find me a circus and I kill a clown

Take a painted-on smile
And turn it upside down
Yeah, it's fun
Grab a gun
Kill a clown

I killed a clown in Kalamazoo
Made him choke on his own kazoo
I killed ten clowns in Zanzibar
Ran 'em off the road in their tiny car

Take a painted-on smile
And turn it upside down
When you're bored
Grab a sword
Kill a clown

I killed a clown from outer space
'Cause he was all up in my face
I killed a clown from the underground
It took a lead red shoe to bring him down

Take a painted-on smile
And turn it upside down
Take a sock
Full o' rocks
Kill a clown

Soon the cops were on my trail
They picked me up and they put me in jail
Five minutes later, the chief came down
He said "Let the man go -- he only killed a clown"

Take a painted-on smile
And turn it upside down
Don't be scared
No one cares
Kill a clown


released December 1, 2011
Mike Daly (guitars, lead and backing vocals, kazoo); Jim Van Sickle (bass, backing vocals); Jim Smith (drums, backing vocals). Produced by Mike Daly and Jim Van Sickle for Pop Goes The World. Recorded 2011 at The Jerk Store, Haledon, NJ. Mastered by Steve Turnidge at UltraViolet Studios, Seattle, WA. Cover art design by Alicia Daly. Special thanks to Chuck Daly, Tim Gillespie and Bobby Butchka for helping to bring this song to life with their guitars on stage. Thanks also to "Anything Anything with Rich Russo."


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Mike Daly & The Planets Hawthorne, New Jersey

Mike Daly & The Planets, based in New Jersey, USA, made their live debut opening for The Smithereens in 2011. Their self- titled first album was issued in 2017 to rave reviews. For 4 straight years (2016-19), they’ve been chosen to play the International Pop Overthrow Festival in NYC. Three of the band’s members were previously in Every Damn Day.
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