Clown Prince

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"Clown Prince"
Clown Prince (Hilltop Hoods album) coverart.jpg
Single by Hilltop Hoods
from the album The Hard Road
Released 20 January 2006
Recorded X Bred Production Studios
Genre Australian hip hop
Length 3:54
Label Obese Records
Writer(s) Don Argott, Barry Francis, Matthew Lambert, Daniel Smith
Producer(s) DJ Debris
Hilltop Hoods singles chronology
"The Nosebleed Section"
"Clown Prince"
"The Hard Road"

"Clown Prince" is a single released by Australian hip-hop band, the Hilltop Hoods. The single, the first from the 2006 album, The Hard Road, reached #30 in the ARIA charts, becoming the first Hilltop Hoods song to appear on the ARIA Singles Chart.[1] The song also charted at #23 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2006 list.[2]


The main bassline used for "Clown Prince" is sampled from "Laying Pipe" by Pornosonic.[3] It was previously used in a 70's pornographic film, featuring Ron Jeremy.[4]

You'd have to ask DJ Debris how that happened. I think it did come from his personal collection. I'm really putting him in it, aren't I? The film was called Laying Pipe; it's about a plumber. Some kind of theme movie, I'm told. I haven't seen it, but I've heard the audio. It's pretty funny.

— Daniel Smith (Pressure)[3]

It also contains vocal samples of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Things Done Changed" and A Tribe Called Quest's "Excursions". A remix of the song featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra was also released on the Hilltop Hoods' 2007 remix album The Hard Road: Restrung.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song solely features animation.[5]

CD single track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Lambert (Suffa), Daniel Smith (Pressure), Barry Francis (DJ Debris) and Don Argott[6][7].

Clown Prince
No. Title Length
1. "Clown Prince" 3:54
2. "Clown Prince" (Radio Edit) 3:53
3. "Clown Prince" (Instrumental) 3:52
4. "Clown Prince" (Trials Remix) (vocal) 3:36
5. "Clown Prince" (Trials Remix) (radio edit) 3:32
6. "Clown Prince" (Trials Remix) (instrumental) 3:33


  • Artwork (Graphic Design) - Benjamin Funnell
  • Artwork (Illustration) - John Engelhardt
  • Mastered - Neville Clark

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia 20 January 2006 Obese CD OBR 041
12" vinyl OBR 041-2


  1. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - Clown Prince". Australian Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  2. ^ "hottest 100 2006". triple j. ABC. 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Coleman, Tim (21 July 2006). "Gold in them thar hills". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Don Argott a/k/a "Pornosonic" Receives First Gold Award Plaque". Bernard M. Resnick - Attorney at Law. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - Clown Prince". NovaFM. dmgRadio Australia. 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  6. ^ ""Clown Prince" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  7. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - Clown Prince". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 

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