Band Behind Tiger King Joe Exotic’s Music Hope To Get Signed After Netflix Docuseries

by : Cameron Frew on : 29 Mar 2020 16:55
Band Behind Tiger King Joe Exotic's Music Hope To Get Signed After Netflix DocuseriesBand Behind Tiger King Joe Exotic's Music Hope To Get Signed After Netflix DocuseriesNetflix

The band behind Joe Exotic’s aspiring country music career are hoping for a record deal following Tiger King’s popularity on Netflix. 


The eccentric figure at the centre of the streaming platform’s latest binge-able docuseries is on everybody’s minds. His love of big cats is one thing, his murder plots are another – but most hilariously of all, people can’t stop humming his tunes.

For Joe – real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage – no ambition is too stark, no dream too far. However, his attempt at becoming a country star is tinged with a lie: he isn’t actually singing or performing whatsoever.

Alas, the real talent behind Joe’s I Saw A Tiger comes from The Clinton Johnson Band. One half of the duo, Vince Johnson, told TMZ that since the docuseries dropped on Netflix, he’s been inundated with calls, emails and messages from media outlets – but he’s hoping a music label will join their ranks soon.


Unfortunately, the other half of the band, Danny Clinton, passed away last October from a heart attack. However, before he died, they managed to record three albums worth of songs.

The band, from Vancouver, Washington had some minor success prior to the exposure of Tiger King, having featured in a number of films and TV shows such as Justified.

As for their working relationship with Joe, Vince explained that it all began when they responded to an ad to make a theme tune for his GW Exotic Animal Park – a 16-acre ranch Oklahoma where he kept more than 1,200 animals, mainly made up wild cats and bears.

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This lead to a fairly illustrious portfolio of around 20 songs for Joe. He’d send over a theme to Vince, who’d then write the lyrics which Danny would sing. As far as Vince is aware, Joe has never sang or played a musical instrument professionally – he’d just pretend.

Still, it hasn’t curbed people’s obsession with I Saw A Tiger. It seems they can’t get enough of the inspiring lyrics: ‘Well, I saw a tiger, now I understand. I saw a tiger, and the tiger saw a man.’


Others have even covered the track, with American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham and Midland creating their own versions of the ridiculous ballad. If you want to explore Joe’s other songs, make sure you listen to Here Kitty Kitty, Because You Love Me and My First Love.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to stream on Netflix now.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BCTJ-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and took up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Film and TV, Country Music, Documentary, I Saw A Tiger, Joe Exotic, Netflix, The Clinton Johnson Band, Tiger King


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