A 7-foot-tall American clown has been chosen to provide the soundtrack for this year’s John Lewis Christmas commercial.
ike Geier, an artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joins UK music stars including Ellie Goulding, Lily Allen and Tom Odell in contributing to the retailer’s annual festival campaign.
His cover of All the Small Things, originally released by punk rock band Blink 182 in 1999, is accompanied by The Beginner – a 90-second story about a middle-aged man learning to skateboard before welcoming a new one. teenagers into the family home.
Despite his Pennsylvanian roots, Geier is based in Atlanta, Georgia and has resonated worldwide through his most critically acclaimed act: an ego-altering Pagliacci-type clown named Puddles Pity Party.
Standing 6 feet 8 inches tall, the 58-year-old is known for his careless, melancholy performance style, which often combines comedy and pantomime and captivates audiences with covers of his baritone songs.
In 1998, he formed a clown band with several other musicians in Atlanta, although the project later disbanded, paving the way for his “Pity Party”.
Geier is known to refer to his alternate self in the third person, and while performing as Puddles, he will refer to himself as Mike, also in the third person.
He rose to fame in 2013 after recording a cover of New Zealand artist Lorde’s Royals, with the Postmodern Jukebox.
As of October 2022, the clip has been viewed more than 32 million times, and Lorde is said to be her favorite cover of the song.
Since the video’s release, he has toured internationally and in 2017 he participated in the 12th series of America’s Got Talent, in which he advanced to the quarterfinals.
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In January 2019, Geier, as Puddles, began his residency at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.
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