“Mad World” – feat. Puddles Pity Party & Haley Reinhart

We’ve got a new video today, and this one combines two popular PMJ favorites: the notorious “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” Puddles Pity Party, and chart topping PMJ chanteuse Haley Reinhart.  Watch them on “Mad World:”


 

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This remake came together quite quickly; Puddles stopped by unannounced, in typical Puddles fashion (he also surprised us at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago just recently!), so I decided to give Haley a call to see if she was around to stop by, perhaps while wearing a fun hat.

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This arrangement was inspired by the tradition of vaudeville variety acts; the idea of putting a heavily contrasted duo onstage together has been around for ages and still lives on today.  In this case, she’s a bubbly, extroverted performer, and he’s… a 7 foot tall sad clown. The contrast here couldn’t be any clearer, as Haley tries her best to shake Puddles out of his sad sack mood and embrace the existential whimsy of it all.   She may have even taught him a few new dance steps in the process.

I chose “Mad World” because it’s simply one of the darkest, gloomiest songs to ever become a hit, and certainly a song that would resonate with Puddles.  Although it was originally penned by Tears For Fears in 1982, the somber Gary Jules cover from “Donnie Darko” is probably the most well-known version.

This site is going to be where new PMJ videos get released first; it’s about time that PMJ had a proper home, and I’m going to do my best to update this blog daily (or at least five days a week).  I want this to feel like home to you, too, so feel free to add your comments here and/or visit the forum.

Enjoy!

-Scott

@scottbradlee

  • Chadwise

    That was simply fantastic… Kudos to you all!

  • Clinton

    To say I love it is an understatement. Thank you all.

  • Donna

    This was beyond incredible. I am addicted to PMJ this adds one more song to the loop.

  • Gwen!

    I approve. This was perfectly arranged and executed. Yay

  • Rafael C

    <3 WOW! I freaking love PMJ, and so much more Haley !!
    I just knew that sad clown with the golden voice thanks to this glorious cover! I LOVE YOU GUYS!
    I hope to see you soon at Mexico!

  • Ian Horsfirld

    Awesome, looking forward to the UK Tour

  • Lee

    Amazing

  • Ryan

    Puddles continues to hold my fascination with his character and talented voice. Haley shows she is a stunner in anything, but more importantly has the ridiculous chops and stylistic knowledge to back it up. Your back up horns are the best as always. Thank you for bring them together and boosting their careers as much as your own!

  • Gee wizz I enjoyed that.

  • Naomi

    Absolutely beautiful. So glad I found you.

  • David Kaminsky

    I was surprised how much I loved this. What a wonderful treat. They both sound so great together and I love their little dance. Thanks for this.

  • Liz Minogue

    Always feel a little uneasy seeing Puddles (mild coulorophobia) but Reinhart is a superb complement to his voice – and what’s not to love about the little soft shoe interlude.

  • Jesus Gonzalez

    I need to be able to buy your music on physical form! I want your music on either cd’s or vinyl or something physical that I can hold in my hands

  • There are no demographic boundaries for what you do. As a lifelong musician and professional performer, I can only say “Wow”…An AMAZING product Scott Bradlee. Nothing short of genius. Haley, Puddles, and all guest performers are quality artists in their own right. PMJ allows them to shine BRIGHTLY! I can’t say enough. JUST AWESOME.

    • Budley Dooright

      >>There are no demographic boundaries for what you do.>>>

      Love it too, but i disagree. Maybe not boundaries, but the attraction drops-off when people are unfamiliar with the songs they cover. It’s like listening to a remake of Stan Kenton hits…nobody knows how they went the first time…much less a remake!

      It is mind-boggling how wide the cross-over potential, if they added tunes from the 80’s-90’s. Hot-Blooded done New-Orleans style! A doo-wop version of Hot For Teacher.
      Or even some 70’s stuff: Smoke On The Water done Haley-style!

      Thik on it!
      Thanky 🙂

      • Bushi

        Interesting take!

        (More so I’m curious where in the line this comment posts as it is a reply to a reply)

  • Absolutely fantastic as usual, looking forward to seeing PMJ in Belfast in the New Year!!

  • Anna Shatz

    This is a really dark time in my life right now, but It’s my birthday today, and I got to see this first thing waking up: thinking about how I can’t wait to see you all in March. So thank you so much for making my day a little better! 😀

    • Shannon

      Puddles will do that for ya!! He seems to be a healing salve for darkness….be well

  • Matt

    Simply amazing twist on this song! Talk about opposite sides of the same coin. Well done, each and every one of you!
    Hope the next time you all do a Canadian run-through, I can make it to a show.
    Safe travels and enjoy the rest of 2015!

  • Gail

    That was terrific as always. Such a clever contrast. That song has always fascinated me. Thank you once again.

  • Maryhelen

    Soooooo looking forward to your “party” with us in a couple of weeks in SF!!! Love this video….

  • Billy Allison

    Certainly is a mad world. But I’m very much looking forward to seeing you lot in Glasgow in March.

  • As a drummer, I’ve been meaning to mention this for a while: stop hiding your talented stick men. Please bring them out of the background!

  • Angela

    Caught you guys in Boston this year and it was an amazing show! Found PMJ after you posted the first couple videos and have to say it has been amazing watching the journey. Love Puddles and Haley’s voice always gives me goosebumps(and yes I have openly admitted I have a huge crush on her) keep playing the music PMJ!

  • Julie

    That was awesome ! 🙂

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  • J’aime

    I absolutely love this. Haley and Puddles together is stunning. Keep up the great work!!!!

  • Bryce Alan Katz

    Not gonna lie: I’ve been picturing some sort of dance number during the musical break from the very first time I heard this. That was perfect!

  • Jessica

    PMJ never disappoints! Haileys voice mixed with Puddles couldn’t be a better combination! Awesome job guys!

  • Charles F.

    Wow…it’s as if somebody finally got oil and water to mix.

  • Marta

    I’m so in love with PMJ!
    This is just perfect, I actually adore the new website, I’m so proud of you all!!
    Thank you for being able to share such powerful emotions!
    I’ll see you next April in Milan with my boyfriend <3
    Greetings from Italy

  • I can’t really add any new accolades other than “drop my drawers, shut the door… that was awesome!”

  • FBaldo

    The original song is by Tears for Fears from 1983 https://youtu.be/SFsHSHE-iJQ

  • PJ

    Love it! nice new site too 🙂

  • Aoife

    Well that was incredible!

  • Carla

    This song always makes me remember the film Donnie Darko and this version is fantastically side B , as the film !

  • Kevin Sestig

    I love this song, this one goes in my playlist

  • Joe

    Awesome! Any chance of a karaoke track being available? My wife and I would love to sing this!

  • Ben Pribel

    Wow, by the reading the blog post, it sounds like you just slapped it together, and it still sounds incredible! Thanks for making my day today!

  • David Perth WA

    Haley and Puddles dish up a brilliant rendition of Mad World it is pure perfection can’t wait to see the PMJ crew again in 2016!

  • Ron Skinner

    Maybe the best yet!

  • Nick Bowman

    Superb. As usual. Looking forward to seeing you all in England next year

  • Kenny Poo

    Love, love, LOVE!!!

  • Arvind Mallya

    Absolutely fantastic! They both have such a melodious voice! Keep it up!

  • Glen Eastman

    PMJ has a refreshing sound; throw-back music originally enjoyed by folks my parents age, they would have been 97 and 96 respectfully. My Dad played jazz piano during the big band era. I feel like I grew up listening to PMJ. I, like thousands of men out there, have a humongous crush on Haley Reinhart. She can sing anything; however, the PMJ style is a perfect fit for her beauty, raw talent and sexy way. Thank you PMJ and thank you, Haley.

  • Magnus Bergqvist

    Very nice. How do you choose which songs to cover, and in what style? And I can’t wait to see you again in Gothenburg.

  • RetrogalLisa

    I’m super addicted to Haley Reinhart’s voice! Love the vaudevillian style of it. Fun to watch Scott!

    • Lorrin Montag Sr

      Santa listens and watchs as many Haley Reinhart’s songs as possible…!

  • Two of my favorite PMJ voices, this is such a treat!! Love the little dance as well 🙂
    Also I find it great that PMJ now has a “home”!

  • Mad4tunes

    Amazing. I love this!

  • Naddia

    Simply amazing

  • janedoenut

    Brilliant!

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  • Alejandra

    You guys blow my mind every single time! I love Mad Worlds and seeing it performed by Puddles and Haley is a treat. I discovered PMJ when Haley sang Creep (which became a favorite song of mine specially for karaoke night) and I have loved every single song you guys have released. Thursday is a favorite day because of PMJ!

  • Trish

    Loved it!!! Thanks again for coming to York, Pa. Everyone loved the show, and you couldn’t be a nicer group of people. We hope we can have you back next year! Wishing you all a great tour and safe travels!

  • Crook

    All I can say is thank you. Thank you.

  • This is fantastic! Clearly Puddles is the best!

  • Ron K

    LLLOOOOVVVVEEE it!!

  • Jimmy

    Brilliant…..

  • Brian

    That sounded so good. Beautiful blend of voices.

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  • bluejay

    I’ve seen Puddles’ version of this song before, and as expected he’s fabulous. But I cannot stand Haley Reinhart. She has only one emotion/performance style: sex kitten. It works for some songs, but not for this.

  • Ashlie AnnMarie Davis

    Is there sheet music for this version?