History Music / RandyNewman

7th Sep '17 8:29:26 AM rzrettig96
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With his regular collaborator Lenny Waronker, Newman recorded and released many popular hit records, including "I Love L.A.", "Short People", "Political Science", "Marie", "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", "YouCanLeaveYourHatOn" (for which he is the TropeNamer), and the controversial "Rednecks". His solo albums (''Randy Newman, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, Little Criminals, Born Again, Trouble In Paradise, Land of Dreams, Faust, Bad Love'', ''Harps and Angels'', and ''Dark Matter''), have all received critical acclaim for the way in which his sardonic, witty lyrics and totally unique vocal delivery allowed his songs to be entertaining, musically excellent, but yet remain politically and socially aware.

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With his regular collaborator Lenny Waronker, Newman recorded and released many popular hit records, including "I Love L.A.", "Short People", "Political Science", "Marie", "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", "YouCanLeaveYourHatOn" (for which he is the TropeNamer), and the controversial "Rednecks". His solo albums (''Randy Newman, 12 Songs, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, Little Criminals, Born Again, Trouble In Paradise, Land of Dreams, Faust, Bad Love'', ''Harps and Angels'', and ''Dark Matter''), have all received critical acclaim for the way in which his sardonic, witty lyrics and totally unique vocal delivery allowed his songs to be entertaining, musically excellent, but yet remain politically and socially aware.
23rd Aug '17 2:53:48 PM Ezclee4050
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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: One of his favorite types of UnreliableNarrator. A good example is "The Story of a Rock and Roll Band", written in the character of someone who claims to be a big fan of Music/ElectricLightOrchestra but doesn't even know the names of the band members or what a cello is.
8th Aug '17 10:20:54 AM rzrettig96
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With his regular collaborator Lenny Waronker, Newman recorded and released many popular hit records, including "I Love L.A.", "Short People", "Political Science", "Marie", "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", "YouCanLeaveYourHatOn" (for which he is the TropeNamer), and the controversial "Rednecks". His solo albums (''Randy Newman, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, Little Criminals, Born Again, Trouble In Paradise, Land of Dreams, Faust, Bad Love'' and ''Harps and Angels''), have all received critical acclaim for the way in which his sardonic, witty lyrics and totally unique vocal delivery allowed his songs to be entertaining, musically excellent, but yet remain politically and socially aware.

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With his regular collaborator Lenny Waronker, Newman recorded and released many popular hit records, including "I Love L.A.", "Short People", "Political Science", "Marie", "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", "YouCanLeaveYourHatOn" (for which he is the TropeNamer), and the controversial "Rednecks". His solo albums (''Randy Newman, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, Little Criminals, Born Again, Trouble In Paradise, Land of Dreams, Faust, Bad Love'' and Love'', ''Harps and Angels''), Angels'', and ''Dark Matter''), have all received critical acclaim for the way in which his sardonic, witty lyrics and totally unique vocal delivery allowed his songs to be entertaining, musically excellent, but yet remain politically and socially aware.


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* EpicRocking: "The Great Debate" clocks in at just over eight minutes, making it his longest song on any of his studio albums by some distance.
5th Jun '17 9:11:43 PM Fireblood
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* [[GodIsEvil God Is At Least A Little Sadistic]]: "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)" depicts a God who is completely unsympathetic to mankind's suffering due to the atrocities we visit upon one another, and does nothing to help, while laughing over the fact they still praise him after he visits destruction on them. The refrain "That's why I love mankind" is no doubt intended facetiously, although it's possible the entire song is facetious. It may also be considered to be a ReligionRantSong.

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* [[GodIsEvil God Is At Least A Little Sadistic]]: GodIsEvil: "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)" depicts by Music/RandyNewman has several verses being sung from God's perspective which show him to be quite cruel toward humans. As is typical with Newman songs though, it's not entirely clear how serious he's being (since Newman is a "devout atheist" it's possibly serious). God who is completely unsympathetic to mankind's suffering due to in the atrocities we visit upon one another, song seemingly just despises humanity ("I recoil in horror from the foulness of thee/From the squalor and does nothing to help, while laughing over the fact they still praise him after he visits destruction on them. The refrain "That's filth and the misery"), and likes that living in these conditions makes people turn to him.
-->I burn down your cities-how blind you must be\\
I take from you your children and you say how blessed are we\\
You all must be crazy to put your faith in me\\
That's
why I love mankind" is no doubt intended facetiously, although it's possible the entire song is facetious. It may also be considered to be a ReligionRantSong.mankind\\
You really need me\\
That's why I love mankind
5th Jun '17 6:34:26 PM Fireblood
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* IsntItIronic (see below)
* LongRunner -- four decades of music, and still going.

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* IsntItIronic (see below)
IsntItIronic: See below.
* LongRunner -- four LongRunner: Four decades of music, and still going.



* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: "Political Science" pokes fun at the U.S.A. who are so angry that everyone seems to hate them that they decide to "drop the big one now". They will bomb the entire world, except for Australia, and "turn the entire world into one Americatown".

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* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: "Political Science" pokes fun at the U.S.A. , who are so angry that everyone seems to hate them that they decide to "drop the big one now". They will bomb the entire world, except for Australia, and "turn the entire world into one Americatown".



* PoesLaw: Newman wrote "Short People" to make fun of the mindset that discriminates against people for their appearance. He was promptly accused of being bigoted against short people. Also happened to him with "Rednecks", when people missed the satire and actually thought he was serious.
** Really, you'd think the line "We don't know our ass from a hole in the ground" would be a dead giveaway.

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* PoesLaw: Newman wrote "Short People" to make fun of the mindset that discriminates against people for their appearance. He was promptly accused of being bigoted against short people. Also happened to him with "Rednecks", when people missed the satire and actually thought he was serious.
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serious. Really, you'd think the line "We don't know our ass from a hole in the ground" would be a dead giveaway.
5th Jun '17 6:29:57 PM Fireblood
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* [[GodIsEvil God Is At Least A Little Sadistic]]: "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)" depicts a God who is completely unsympathetic to mankind's suffering due to the atrocities we visit upon one another, and does nothing to help. The refrain "That's why I love mankind" is no doubt intended facetiously, although it's possible the entire song is facetious. May also be considered to be a ReligionRantSong.

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* [[GodIsEvil God Is At Least A Little Sadistic]]: "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)" depicts a God who is completely unsympathetic to mankind's suffering due to the atrocities we visit upon one another, and does nothing to help.help, while laughing over the fact they still praise him after he visits destruction on them. The refrain "That's why I love mankind" is no doubt intended facetiously, although it's possible the entire song is facetious. May It may also be considered to be a ReligionRantSong.
24th May '17 6:50:23 PM NWolfman
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* UnpluggedVersion: ''The Randy Newman Songbook'', an ongoing series of albums where Newman, alone at the piano, plays some of his most beloved songs.

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* UnpluggedVersion: ''The Randy Newman Songbook'', an ongoing series of Songbook'' trilogy, three albums where Newman, alone at the piano, plays some of his most beloved songs.
28th Feb '17 9:47:28 AM Mdumas43073
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The son of the only Newman brother NOT to be a composer (his father was an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_medicine internist]]), '''Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman''' (November 28, 1943--) is arguably the most famous of the Newman musical family, but more for his song writing skills than his film music. Born in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles but raised in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, Randy was a talented pianist from an early age, and always seemed destined for a career in music, but during his formative years purposefully stayed away from Hollywood and concentrated on being a recording artist in his own right.

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The son of the only Newman brother NOT to be a composer (his father was an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_medicine internist]]), '''Randall Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman''' (November Newman (born November 28, 1943--) 1943) is arguably the most famous member of the Newman musical family, family headed by his uncle [[Music/AlfredNewman Alfred]], but one who's noted more for his song writing songwriting skills than for his film music. Born in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles but raised in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, Randy was a talented pianist from an early age, and always seemed destined for a career in music, but during his formative years purposefully stayed away from Hollywood and concentrated on being a recording artist in his own right.
20th Dec '16 9:22:38 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Mocked in "The Women In My Life".
17th Dec '16 6:17:32 PM ngh93
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The son of the only Newman brother NOT to be a composer (his father was an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_medicine internist]]), Randy Newman is arguably the most famous of the Newman musical family, but more for his song writing skills than his film music. Born in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles but raised in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, Randy was a talented pianist from an early age, and always seemed destined for a career in music, but during his formative years purposefully stayed away from Hollywood and concentrated on being a recording artist in his own right.

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The son of the only Newman brother NOT to be a composer (his father was an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_medicine internist]]), Randy Newman '''Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman''' (November 28, 1943--) is arguably the most famous of the Newman musical family, but more for his song writing skills than his film music. Born in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles but raised in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, Randy was a talented pianist from an early age, and always seemed destined for a career in music, but during his formative years purposefully stayed away from Hollywood and concentrated on being a recording artist in his own right.
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