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"
(2004)
"Clown Prince"
(2006)
"The Hard Road"
(2006)

"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]

Sampling[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - Clown Prince". Australian Charts.com. 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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