Follow TV Tropes


Monster Clown / Music

Go To

  • Vocaloid: Kagamine Len, playing Lemy/Remy Abelard, in the Evillious Chronicles song Five the Pierrot/Gobanme no Piero, is a very unique example of this. First, he's just an assassin who has the nickname "Pierrot" and wears a clown outfit. Second, he's not really a monster. He's just been raised wrong by Santa/Julia Abelard, his adoptive mother and leader of the organization he belongs to, Pere Noel.
  • Advertisement:
  • The appropriately titled song "Clown" by the band Korn.
  • Insane Clown Posse obviously takes their image from this and have built a mythology around themselves called "The Dark Carnival." In the band's mythology, they're actually AntiHeroes or Sociopathic Heroes hunting their various villainous enemies. The afterlife story features an evil clown, Jack Jeckel and his good twin Jake Jeckel. Jack throws slippery, blood-soaked balls at Jake, each representing a sin. If Jake fails to juggle the balls and drops one, you're condemned to "Hell's Pit." Other Psychopathic Records artists that are examples of this trope include Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, and Twiztid. They started this persona on 1992's Carnival Of Carnage.
    • Boondox' status as this is questionable. From his songs (and upbringing) it's pretty evident that he's supposed to be a scarecrow.
  • Blind Guardian's music video for "Mr. Sandman" includes four monster clowns.'' Seriously, don't go to sleep after watching that.
  • Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot. All of his masks are clown-themed and take the concept to unique and disturbing extremes, from a relatively simple but ugly clown to one with a pentagram carved into its face to a BDSM mask.
  • From "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" by the Eels: "The clown with the frown driving down to the sidewalk fair / Finger on the trigger and I tell you it's quite a scare"
  • German Power Metal band Edguy's album Mandrake has a monster clown with a Slasher Smile on the cover. Some of the lyrics in the album also mention them.
  • Mr. Bungle's self-titled album has a monster clown on the cover. And "Carousel", a song comparing life to a Circus of Fear, contains a few references to a monster clown ("You know there's something lurking underneath the shape, with a mask over it's head and makeup on his face").
    • There's also some really creepy clowns in the video for Travolta; pretty par for the course considering the rest of the clip's visuals.
  • In the video for P!nk's song Please Don't Leave Me, the boyfriend tries to leave and the girl character goes Stephen King on him, starting with Misery and ending with an Ax-Crazy bit from The Shining. The more psycho the girl goes, the more her make-up goes Monster Clown, until she looks horribly like Pennywise from It. * brrr*
    • There's also a quick shot of one at :04.
    • More Pink: from the same album, the song Funhouse:
    This used to be a funhouse
    But now it's full of evil clowns
    It's time to start the countdown
    We're gonna burn it down, down, we're gonna burn it down.
    • And seriously, what more can you do with evil clowns, except Kill It with Fire? The video's pretty freaky too.
  • While the clowns in the video for the Arctic Monkeys' "Fluorescent Adolescent" aren't demonic monsters, given that the video is centered around a fight between two gangs of those wacky circus comedians, they're not exactly nice, either.
  • Alice Cooper's Can't Sleep, the Clowns Will Eat Me.
  • Ogden Edsl's Kinko the Clown is equal parts novelty song and Nightmare Fuel.
    But that was in Indianapolis, and thanks to the liberal reciprocity laws, Kinko can be with you boys and girls today or anytime.
  • Advertisement:
  • The label of some of Capitol and Wonderland Records' children's albums had two very odd looking jester heads blowing horns on top.
  • Check out Blotto the Clown from the cover of White Courtesy Telephone's (one and only) CD, "Everything is Fun".
  • Oingo Boingo recorded a song called "Clowns of Death" and performed under that name on a few occasions. Auxiliary band members would sometimes dress in clown costumes, billed as the Sad Klown Orkestra.
  • Esham, as "Homey The Clown" on Homey Don't Play and I Ain't Cha Homey.
  • Deadbolt have several songs that feature not only Patches, the murderous clown, but also a clown mafia and Mike Dugan, the Sociopathic Hero who dresses as a clown to battle them.
  • Poets of the Fall revisits the imagery over several albums.
    • Downplayed in "Carnival of Rust," as the singer Zoltar, an automaton performer in a Circus of Fear carnival, serves as an unusually eerie and foreboding Pierrot-figure. Though a Sad Clown, his obvious decrepitude and increasing desperation make the air of menace that much thicker.
    • The album art for Twilight Theater introduces Hamartia, the Slasher Smile-sporting jester with a Happy Harlequin Hat that terminates not in jingle bells, but a coiled serpent's head.
    • The video for Jealous Gods' "Daze" sees Hamartia reappear to sing it, this time as an even creepier Jester-King, with bells hanging from his hair, presiding moodily over a decadent Masquerade Ball until an attendee elects to leave without his say-so. He responds by setting everything on fire.
  • The cover and promotional campaign for David Bowie's album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and the video for its lead-off single "Ashes to Ashes", featured Bowie as a mysterious Pierrot. Look at the Live Action TV folder above for what Ashes to Ashes (2008) did with this one...
  • Dog Fashion Disco has a song called "Pogo the Clown", which is about John Wayne Gacy.
  • The video for Storytime by Nightwish has a group of these harassing a small boy.
  • Somewhat inevitably crops up in Sufjan Stevens song "John Wayne Gacy Jr.", though not played entirely straight as it centers on the communities Fridge Horror over the Values Dissonance in his two identities. Somehow made even creepier by making it sound kind of erotic though.
    "He dressed up like a clown for them, with his face paint white and red. And on his best behaviour in a dark room on the bed, he kissed them all"
  • The music video for Sublime's "Wrong Way" depicts Annie's abusive father as a clown.
  • Lordi on their album 'Scare Force One' have a song dedicated to this trope appropriately called 'Hell Sent In The Clowns', accompanied by Creepy Circus Music throughout the song.
  • The lenticular cover for the KISS album Psycho Circus features the face of one.


Example of: