History Music / TomLehrer

30th Nov '16 9:19:58 PM Xtifr
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'''Thomas Andrew Lehrer''' (born April 9, 1928) is an American satirist who managed to achieve remarkable popularity and impact on popular culture, despite having produced only three albums' worth of material in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] and [[TheSixties '60s]] before retiring to a life in academia as a mathematician. Lehrer's pieces often take the form of witty parodies of various popular song forms. Other common themes in his work are disapproval of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking nuclear war, Cold War politics, and folk singing]]. Of course, he undercuts that last by putting forth as perfect a rendition of such songs as can be done with only a piano ("imagine that I am playing an 88-string guitar", as he said in his intro to "The Folk Song Army," on his 1965 album ''That Was the Year That Was'') as accompaniment.

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'''Thomas Thomas Andrew Lehrer''' Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American satirist who managed to achieve remarkable popularity and impact on popular culture, despite having produced only three albums' worth of material in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] and [[TheSixties '60s]] before retiring to a life in academia as a mathematician. Lehrer's pieces often take the form of witty parodies of various popular song forms. Other common themes in his work are disapproval of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking nuclear war, Cold War politics, and folk singing]]. Of course, he undercuts that last by putting forth as perfect a rendition of such songs as can be done with only a piano ("imagine that I am playing an 88-string guitar", as he said in his intro to "The Folk Song Army," on his 1965 album ''That Was the Year That Was'') as accompaniment.
13th Nov '16 9:35:07 AM nombretomado
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[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Weird Al" Yankovic]] cites Tom Lehrer as one of his inspirations, while Creator/DrDemento has described him as "the greatest musical satirist of the 20th Century." Lehrer's own inspirations notably include Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, DannyKaye and Music/ColePorter. He also claimed to have invented the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin_dessert#Gelatin_shots Jell-O shot]] as a way of circumventing military base regulations, though the idea goes at least as far back as the 1862 book, ''How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivantís Companion''.

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[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Weird Al" Yankovic]] cites Tom Lehrer as one of his inspirations, while Creator/DrDemento has described him as "the greatest musical satirist of the 20th Century." Lehrer's own inspirations notably include Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, DannyKaye Creator/DannyKaye and Music/ColePorter. He also claimed to have invented the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin_dessert#Gelatin_shots Jell-O shot]] as a way of circumventing military base regulations, though the idea goes at least as far back as the 1862 book, ''How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivantís Companion''.
26th Aug '16 8:50:35 PM dsneybuf
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He also wrote 10 songs for the children's educational series ''Series/TheElectricCompany''.

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He also wrote 10 songs for the children's educational series ''Series/TheElectricCompany''.
''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.



* ''Revisited'' (1960)[[note]]A live album with the material from ''Songs by...''; the CD version also contains two songs he wrote for ''TheElectricCompany''[[/note]]

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* ''Revisited'' (1960)[[note]]A live album with the material from ''Songs by...''; the CD version also contains two songs he wrote for ''TheElectricCompany''[[/note]]''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''[[/note]]



* ActingUnnatural: In one of Tom Lehrer's compositions for ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', "L-Y", this trope comes into play in the second verse. Enhanced by the animation for the song, in which the "secret agent man" leans against the safe he is trying to open while playing with a yo-yo and smiling ear to ear.

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* ActingUnnatural: In one of Tom Lehrer's compositions for ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', "L-Y", this trope comes into play in the second verse. Enhanced by the animation for the song, in which the "secret agent man" leans against the safe he is trying to open while playing with a yo-yo and smiling ear to ear.



** If you've only heard one song of Lehrer's, it's probably "Silent E" from ''Series/TheElectricCompany''. Beware: '''EarWorm.''' Or "L-Y" from the same show.

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** If you've only heard one song of Lehrer's, it's probably "Silent E" from ''Series/TheElectricCompany''.''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''. Beware: '''EarWorm.''' Or "L-Y" from the same show.



* WithCatlikeTread: "O-U (The Hound Song)" from ''Series/TheElectricCompany''.

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* WithCatlikeTread: "O-U (The Hound Song)" from ''Series/TheElectricCompany''.''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.
17th Aug '16 10:31:17 PM manicpolymath
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** "I Wanna Go Back to Dixie" does this as well. It's mostly an almost sweet, happy song about wanting to go back home...but it's after he includes the line "Ol' times are not forgotten/Whuppin' slaves and selling cotton" that it gets dark.

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** "I Wanna Go Back to Dixie" does this as well. It's mostly an almost sweet, happy song about wanting to go back home...but it's after he includes the line "Ol' times there are not forgotten/Whuppin' slaves and selling cotton" that it gets dark.
5th Jul '16 3:07:10 PM margdean56
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** Pretty much the entirety of "Dr. Werner Von Braun" is this, including such gems as "'once the rocket's up, who cares where they come down, that's not my department' says Werner Von Braun."

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** Pretty much the entirety of "Dr. Werner Wernher Von Braun" is this, including such gems as "'once the rocket's rockets go up, who cares where they come down, that's not my department' says Werner Wernher Von Braun."
2nd Jun '16 8:36:45 AM ErikModi
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** Pretty much the entirety of "Dr. Werner Von Braun" is this, including such gems as "'once the rocket's up, who cares where they come down, that's not my department' says Werner Von Braun."
2nd Jun '16 8:35:19 AM ErikModi
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-->We taught them [the Germans] a lesson in 1918, and they've hardly bothered us since then

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-->Once all the Germans were warlike, and mean, but that couldn't happen again,
-->We taught them [the Germans] a lesson in 1918, and they've hardly bothered us since thenthen!
2nd Jun '16 8:33:27 AM ErikModi
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** Most of Tom Lehrer's songs, and their humor, stem from this trope.
23rd May '16 10:44:54 AM Josef5678
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* DoNotPassGo: "We Will All Go Together When We Go" (singing about the global nuclear holocaust) has:
-->You will all go to your respective Valhallas.\\
Go directly, do not pass Go, do not collect 200 [[PainfulRhyme dollas]].
19th Apr '16 1:44:51 AM CassandraLeo
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* TheOldestProfession: "Now there's a charge for what she used to give for free in my home town".

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* TheOldestProfession: TheOldestProfession:
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"Now there's a charge for what she used to give for free in my home town".town".
** From "Be Prepared":
--> ''Don't solicit for your sister; that's not nice''
--> ''Unless you get a good percentage of her price''
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