Crazy Clown Time

Crazy Clown Time
Crazy Clown Time
Studio album by David Lynch
Released 7 November 2011 (2011-11-07)
Recorded 2011
Genre Alternative rock, electro-pop
Label Play It Again Sam
Producer Dean Hurley

Crazy Clown Time is the debut album by American film director David Lynch. It was released in 2011 on the Play It Again Sam record label.



Crazy Clown Time is the first solo album by Lynch. Two songs, "Good Day Today" and "I Know", were released in November 2010.[1] The album contains music that evolved from "home-studio jam sessions and sporadic experiments" which Lynch says he will not attempt to recreate in a live setting.[2][3]

The album features the voice of David Lynch and guest vocals by Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, over "reverb-soaked guitar twangs" and "electronic washes".[4][3]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork (6.1/10)[8]

The album received mixed to positive reviews. Metacritic assigned it an average score of 65 out of 100, based on 25 reviews.[5] A BBC music critic writes that the album "hangs together" and "transfers something of Lynch's uncanny cinema to the musical medium" but it is "not without its duff tracks" in particular, the song "Strange and Unproductive Thinking", which includes lyrics about Transcendental Meditation read through a vocoder machine.[4] Another music critic described it as "unsettling, brilliant, beautiful, everyday, avant-garde vision" that is "close to Electro-Pop" and yet "unlike any Electro-Pop".[1] A critic at Time Entertainment commented: "though it won't make you think that he's a musician first and a filmmaker second... this disc is at least worth picking up" even though at times the album gets too weighed down with "bluesy weirdness" and other sounds instead of coming up with memorable lyrics that "keep the listener in the world".[9] Other critics have referred to the recording as "untranscendental, unmeditative", "transfixingly odd", and "the white man's blues" with a "sameness to the musical bed and feeling" on a lot of the musical tracks.[10]

Chart performance

On November 13, 2011, the album debuted at number 91 on the UK Top 100 chart.[11]

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Pinky's Dream"   4:00
2. "Good Day Today"   4:39
3. "So Glad"   3:35
4. "Noah's Ark"   4:54
5. "Football Game"   4:20
6. "I Know"   4:03
7. "Strange and Unproductive Thinking"   7:29
8. "The Night Bell With Lightning"   4:59
9. "Stone's Gone Up"   5:21
10. "Crazy Clown Time"   7:00
11. "These Are My Friends"   4:58
12. "Speed Roadster"   3:55
13. "Movin' On"   4:14
14. "She Rise Up"   5:16
15. "Sparkle Lounge Blues (iTunes bonus track)"   3:49


Chart (2011) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[12] 68
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 96


  1. ^ a b Shaw, Andrew (November 8 2011) MUSIC REVIEW: DAVID LYNCH - 'CRAZY CLOWN TIME' Buzzine
  2. ^ deFore, John (November 8 2011) "To Lynch’s long, weird résumé, add a rock recording" The Bulletin
  3. ^ a b Smirke, Richard. "Q&A: It's Crazy Clown Time". Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Louis Pattison (November 4, 2011). "David Lynch Crazy Clown Time Review". BBC. 
  5. ^ a b Crazy Clown Time at Metacritic Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Crazy Clown Time". Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (November 6, 2011). "David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Powell, Mike (November 8, 2011). "David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Kivel, Adam (November 8 2011) David Lynch's Crazy Clown Time Is Just as Creepy As You Thought It Would Be Time Entertainment
  10. ^ Willman, Chris (November 9 2011) "David Lynch Makes Untranscendental Unmeditative, Transfixingly Odd Solo Album" The Wrap
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b " - David Lynch -Crazy Clown Time" (in Dutch). Ultratop. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / Retrieved 19 November 2011. 

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