Tears Of A Clown- The Beat (1980)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the 1980 hit, Tears of a Clown by English 2-Tone and ska revival band, The Beat. The vinyl single has been reworked into a silhouette of Pierot the white faced, crying clown from the opera Pagliacci.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of The Beat,  Ska, Clowns, The Opera Pagliacci or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a satin wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Tears Of A Clown
Media Artist/s: The Beat
Record Label: Two-Tone
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Ska

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Additional information about this, The Beat vinyl art.

The Beat – The Artist

The Beat (known in the United States and Canada as the English Beat and in Australia as the British Beat) are a band founded in Birmingham, England, in 1978. Its music fuses Latin, ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock. The Beat, consisting of Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa a.k.a. Lionel Augustus Martin (saxophone), released three studio albums in the early 1980s and a string of singles, including “Tears of a Clown”, “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “Save It for Later”, “Too Nice to Talk To”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Hands Off, She’s Mine”, and “All Out to Get You”.

Tears Of A Clown – The Song

“The Tears of a Clown” is a ska-flavored cover version of the Motown hit by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Originally written by Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder and originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for the Tamla Records label subsidiary of Motown, first appearing on the 1967 album ‘Make It Happen’. Stevie Wonder wrote the music for the song and on hearing it, Smokey Robinson thought the melody sounded like a circus and consequently wrote the lyrics that reflected his vision. In the song, the character is sad because a woman has left him, and he compares himself to the characters in the opera Pagliacci, in which clowns hides their hurt and anger behind empty smiles.

The Clown – The Shape

Modelled into a silhouette of Pierot the white faced, crying clown from the Italian opera Pagliacci. Pagliacci (literal translation, “Clowns”) is an Italian opera in a prologue and two acts, with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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