This brilliant Puddles Pity Party Crazy Train cover was inspired by plans to see the Joaquin Phoenix movie “Joker” while a train passed loudly outside the clowns window.
Puddles the clown and his friend, guitarist RL Martin then decided to record a little unrehearsed jam session, which turned out to be this beautifully stripped-down acoustic version of the 1980 Ozzy Osbourne classic.
A Quick Highlighted Backstory:
Originally, Puddles was “clowning” for The Shriner’s Hospital for Children but he eventually found himself developing into Puddles Pity Party the distinctively sad white-faced clown.
Michael Geier now considers himself and Puddles, two entirely separate people, and absolutely refuses to break character, for anything.
Puddles has an overly depressed persona and refrains from speaking on stage or even giving interviews, tried and failed!
Puddles Pity Party performed in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force 2010 tour.
In October 2013, Big Mike (as he’s known by friends) recorded a cover of Lorde’s “Royals” with Postmodern Jukebox on YouTube. As of August 2019, the video has been viewed over 27 million times and counting.
Since 2014, Geier has toured the world, playing concerts in the States, UK, Belgium, and Australia. On September 27, 2014, his live performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, was filmed by director Gary Yost and was later described as “A Strange Kind Of Beautiful”.
In 2017 Mike, as Puddles, participated in season 12 of the reality series America’s Got Talent. He advanced to the quarterfinals at the Dolby Theatre, where he performed his version of “Royals” and received an “X” from Simon Cowell. He was ultimately eliminated.
In October 2017 Geier, as Puddles, made an appearance in a Cartoon Network ad promoting new episodes of Teen Titans Go! and OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.
In January 2019 Geier, as Puddles, began a headline act residency at Caesars Palace in Vegas.
If Crazy Train wasn’t weird enough for you…
Get a load of this Ronnie James Dio cover!