History Music / TomLehrer

29th Jan '18 12:40:38 PM violettglass
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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Professor Lehrer would frequently utilize very elongated words and sophisticated language.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Professor Lehrer would frequently utilize very elongated words and sophisticated language.
18th Jan '18 1:23:04 AM PaulA
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** "The Elements" is performed to [[MajorGeneralSong "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General"]] from ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''.

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17th Jan '18 10:36:33 PM Kirayoshi
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** "The Elements" is performed to the MajorGeneralSong.

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** "The Elements" is performed to [[MajorGeneralSong "I Am the MajorGeneralSong.Very Model of a Modern Major General"]] from ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''.
17th Jan '18 10:35:26 PM Kirayoshi
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** "The Elements" is performed to the MajorGeneralSong.
1st Jan '18 4:11:09 PM bfunc
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** A substantial fraction of Lehrer's output, given that he has songs covering topics like animal abuse (Poisoning Pigeons In the Park), World War III (So Long Mom, I'm Off To Drop the Bomb), national/racial/religious hatred (National Brotherhood Week), serial killing and cannibalism (The Irish Ballad) and ''literal'' tragedies (Oedipus Rex), all of which are quite jaunty.
15th Dec '17 7:15:39 PM PaulA
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* ToTheTuneOf: "O-U (The Hound Song)", written for ''The Electric Company'', uses "Caro nome" from ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}''. "The Elements" is sung to the "Major General's Song" from ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''.

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* ToTheTuneOf: "O-U (The Hound Song)", written for ''The Electric Company'', uses "Caro nome" from ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}''. "The Elements" is sung to the "Major General's Song" from ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''.
15th Dec '17 7:37:09 AM spydre
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* ToTheTuneOf: "O-U (The Hound Song)", written for ''The Electric Company'', uses "Caro nome" from ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}''. "The Elements" is sung to the "Major General's Song" from ''Theatre/HMSPinafore''.

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* ToTheTuneOf: "O-U (The Hound Song)", written for ''The Electric Company'', uses "Caro nome" from ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}''. "The Elements" is sung to the "Major General's Song" from ''Theatre/HMSPinafore''.''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''.
15th Dec '17 7:35:22 AM spydre
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* ToTheTuneOf: "O-U (The Hound Song)", written for ''The Electric Company'', uses "Caro nome" from ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}''.

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* ToTheTuneOf: "O-U (The Hound Song)", written for ''The Electric Company'', uses "Caro nome" from ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}''. "The Elements" is sung to the "Major General's Song" from ''Theatre/HMSPinafore''.
28th Nov '17 7:25:27 PM PaulA
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* ProtestSong: Lehrer often expressed his hatred of this type of song. On the album ''Music/ThatWasTheYearThatWas'', he assembled his grievances into a parody called "The Folk Song Army":
--> ''The tunes don't have to be clever \\
And it just doesn't matter if you put a couple of extra syllables into a line \\
It sounds more ethnic if it ain't good English \\
And it don't even got to rhyme.... Excuse me, 'rhyne'.''
** He might have been "expressing his hatred" in a tongue-in-cheek manner, since quite a few of his songs could be considered legit protest songs in their own right. The same album includes songs like "Send the Marines" (American foreign policy) and "[[MadScientist Wernher Von Braun]]" (a TakeThat against the titular ex-Nazi rocket scientist who worked on the US Space Program). However, he was always careful to make clear in interviews that he didn't possess the delusion that singing angry songs was going to change the world by itself, which seems to have been one of his main grievances against folk singers (along with the idea, spoofed above, that good intentions excused bad songwriting).
28th Nov '17 7:16:13 PM Fireblood
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* ProtestSong: Lehrer often expressed his hatred of this type of song. On the album ''Music/ThatWasTheYearThatWas'', he assembled his grievances into a parody called "The Folk Song Army":
--> ''The tunes don't have to be clever \\
And it just doesn't matter if you put a couple of extra syllables into a line \\
It sounds more ethnic if it ain't good English \\
And it don't even got to rhyme.... Excuse me, 'rhyne'.''
** He might have been "expressing his hatred" in a tongue-in-cheek manner, since quite a few of his songs could be considered legit protest songs in their own right. The same album includes songs like "Send the Marines" (American foreign policy) and "[[MadScientist Wernher Von Braun]]" (a TakeThat against the titular ex-Nazi rocket scientist who worked on the US Space Program). However, he was always careful to make clear in interviews that he didn't possess the delusion that singing angry songs was going to change the world by itself, which seems to have been one of his main grievances against folk singers (along with the idea, spoofed above, that good intentions excused bad songwriting).
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