Folsom Prison Blues/Pinball Wizard Mashup by Puddles the Clown

I’m not sure how I’ve never heard of Puddles the Clown, or more properly Puddles Pity Party. Dude can sing. I mean, he can sing. Check out his emo cover of Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me,” or holy heck, “Come Sail Away.” OK, fine. I have a thing for clowns, the more evil the better unless they jumped the shark and formed a posse. Puddles isn’t evil, but he’s a clown, and you add in that voice, and man, this guy is awesome. So anyway, the song that brought me to Puddles Pity Party is this mashup of “Pinball Wizard” and “Folsom Prison Blues” [via Boing Boing]. In the description he acknowledges that he got the idea from the late Gregory Dean Smalley, but one way or another it’s clever. One note, though: that big flourish in Pinball Wizard was originally John Entwistle’s bass, not a guitar. Everyone thinks it’s a guitar, but no, it’s a bass. I mean, whatever, right? Because Puddles’s guitar is made of paper, so really, my pedantry isn’t the point. Right? Fine. Whatever, I’ll just try and love it, because Puddles the Clown has the voice of an angel. 😂

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8 thoughts on “Folsom Prison Blues/Pinball Wizard Mashup by Puddles the Clown

  • Bryan, I think that is what I was trying to say too. OK, I’m not a musician but there were only 4 members of The Who, vocals, drums, bass guitar and guitar. No “rhythm guitar” as in many bands. So the “whole notes” are clearly played by the talented, statuesque but almost invisible Entwhistle.

    I was once onstage with The Who when they played this, and also “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. . Keith Moon gave me the (Koss) headphones he wore to keep time with the (synthesizer or tape-recorded?) track that had got damaged by an audience riot at the previous gig. I still think Townsend’s arm swing is the best …

  • Bryan, I’m pretty sure John Entwistle only played those notes live because there was no second guitar. If you listen to the original recording (I just did), those notes aren’t as powerful sounding as a distorted bass on the upper strings — just sounds like a guitar to me. Plus, the bass line comes in with the vocals while those notes continue. I think it’s more likely that it is an overdubbed guitar than an overdubbed second bass part. I’m willing to be proven wrong if you can link to something where Townshend or Entwistle talk about it.

  • Andrush, I was making fun of myself for my own obsessiveness. The bit I’m talking about in Pinball Wizard are the whole notes that come in on top of the guitar chords in the intro and in the breakdown. Those whole notes are John’s bass, but I’ve met people who think it’s a guitar. And Puddles is having his own bit of (very funny) fun with a paper guitar during those whole notes.

  • Bryan, great find …..
    and yes, never heard of this guy, but a good singer and an amazing performance of The Who’s Pinball Wizard in the Johnny Cash style and to one of his tunes ……

    Just curious about why you say that in The Who’s song the “big flourish” is something “everyone thinks it’s a guitar, but no, it’s a bass”. Clearly, the jangly intro is Townsend’s guitar, which means the “musical flourish” must come from elsewhere, which is Entwistle’s Bass Guitar. See:

    Then there’s the “visual flourish”, the arm swing while playing his guitar, characteristic of Townsend but not Entwistle. See: .

    So Puddles takes a fake guitar and swings his arm along with a “musical flourish” in the Johnny Cash song. An easy mistake to make, if you’re a clown and not a student of early British Rock ‘n Roll. If only Puddles had found a way to take that big wooden string bass in the background and swung his arm around that …….

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