Opinion: Finally, what America has really needed

It was probably 25 years ago now. A musician friend was visiting from out of town and he wanted a taste of the Atlanta music scene, so I took him to the Star Community Bar in Little Five Points, one of my favorite musical hangouts at the time. The featured band that night was a break from the Star Bar’s usual rockabilly programming, a hard-rocking group by the name of Greasepaint, playing in full clown makeup.

To add to the strangeness, two of the guys in the band were massive human beings, closer to seven feet tall than to six. And as they came up to the stage, my friend Brian looked across the table at me with a look that said “You have to be kidding me. I wanted good music and you took me to a freak show?”

But what Brian soon learned is that these guys were good. As in very good. They were serious musicians playing serious music, they just happened to do it in clown costume.

The biggest clown in the band — and I mean that literally, not figuratively — was a man named Mike Geier, and Mike’s been working the music scene in Atlanta ever since, in a variety of musical genres and guises. It’s a tough way to make a living, but with equal parts persistence, creativity and business acumen, Mike has succeeded.

His latest musical iteration is as Puddles’ Pity Party, where he has become a bit of an Internet sensation. Earlier this week, he introduced himself to the nation by appearing on “America’s Got Talent!”, and, well, see for yourself.

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DeepStateDawg
DeepStateDawg

Good stuff Jay. That's some solid entertainment. 


I've seen dames aflame a few times and saw one of his burlesque shows at a private party where he did a strongman bit involving a tunic that was a bit too short. I laughed for a week after that.  

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Infraredguy

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MarthaJ.Sacco

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Mick11
Mick11

Good Morning dedicated purveyors of political debate!  It's saturday and rainy down here in paradise (hollywood Fl.) if it is likewise in atlanta or georgia today may I suggest a time travel experience courtesy of the magical youtubes?

Yes, these is an original concert with all these incredible artists on the same bill!!!

-donovan

-moody blues

-hermans hermits

-the animals

-the kinks

-the rolling stones

-the beatles


Fascinating?  you betcha and for my money there was a reason the fabs were at their live pinnacle!!!

The order of appearances is not what you'd expect, enjoy -

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geFglXSMZMc



TomGaff
TomGaff

@_GodlessHeathen_ @malisa_ Godless liberal, careful now, that is someone's daughter. Don't want a vivid 2 th Amendment guy to come looking for you, right?

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

In other pic from the album cover you see accompanying the video, everyone is laughing.
The story is that during the shoot, Duane ran off camera and grabbed something for the head from a "friend" and is clutching it in his lap in the photo.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@_GodlessHeathen_ 

Without a doubt, this is my favorite instrumental song ever.


And according to everything I've read from the band, Duane is indeed holding a bag of pot in that other picture.

2geniuses
2geniuses

Who can forget Mike's band Tongo Hiti holding down Thursday Mai Tai nights at Trader Vics? Actually, I might have forgotten a few. I blame the mai tais...


https://youtu.be/j2sFYv_VzMg

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Yeah, I'm slightly familiar with his work. Puddles is good. 

Didn't realize he was loco. Er, local.

gapeach101
gapeach101

I've seen him in December at Variety when he does the Elvis thing.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

What, no Trump rants, what's the Liberal world coming to ? 

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Love it. Mike and Kingsized played my wedding. Google Puddles doin Pinball Wizard.