History Music / TomLehrer

5th Feb '17 7:22:47 AM Phys101
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* '''BlackComedy''': Lots and lots of examples, but "I Got It from Agnes" has this doozy: "Max got it from Edith, who gets it every spring/[[ParentalIncest She got it from her daddy, who just gives her everything]]..."

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* '''BlackComedy''': Lots and lots of examples, but "I Got It from Agnes" has this doozy: "Max got it from Edith, who gets it every spring/[[ParentalIncest spring/ [[ParentalIncest She got it from her daddy, daddy]], [[DaddysGirl who just gives her everything]]..."
18th Jan '17 8:03:50 PM Phys101
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--> "With Ingrid Bergman [or Bridget Bardot] playing the part of Hypotenuse.

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--> "With Ingrid Bergman [or Bridget Bardot] playing the part of Hypotenuse."
18th Jan '17 8:02:09 PM Phys101
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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Parodied at least twice. "Lobachevsky" describes a film version of a ''mathematics textbook''. "Oedipus Rex", meanwhile, was a modest proposal for a title tune "which the people could hum" for the film of [[Theatre/OedipusRex the eponymous play]].

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Parodied at least twice. twice.
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"Lobachevsky" describes a film version of a ''mathematics textbook''. textbook''...
--> "With Ingrid Bergman [or Bridget Bardot] playing the part of Hypotenuse.
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"Oedipus Rex", meanwhile, was a modest proposal for a title tune "which the people could hum" for the film of [[Theatre/OedipusRex the eponymous play]].



* InsultBackfire: Well-liked among the more humorous folk and {{Filk}} singers.
** Also, the Harvard University Band regularly performs his [[FootballFightSong fight-song]] parody "Fight Fiercely, Harvard" at football games.

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* InsultBackfire: Well-liked InsultBackfire:
** His songs are well-liked
among the more humorous folk and {{Filk}} singers.
** Also, the The Harvard University Band regularly performs his [[FootballFightSong fight-song]] parody "Fight Fiercely, Harvard" at football games.



* LyricalDissonance: Particularly his nuclear war songs.
** Also, "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" is a bright, happy, song about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess what.]]

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* LyricalDissonance: Particularly his nuclear war songs.
LyricalDissonance:
** Also, "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" is a bright, happy, song about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess what.]]



** His nuclear-war and nuclear-testing songs in general.



* MotorMouth: "New Math", "The Elements"

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* MotorMouth: "New Math", "The Elements"Elements", and his research assignment in "Lobachevsky".
26th Dec '16 9:09:19 PM foxley
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Added DiffLines:

* HumanHeadOnTheWall: "The Hunting Song":
-->''And there's ten stuffed heads in my trophy room right now,''
-->''Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a pure-bred guernsey cow.''
20th Dec '16 12:33:57 PM LordOfTheSword
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* BlackComedy: Lots and lots of examples, but "I Got It from Agnes" has this doozy: "Max got it from Edith, who gets it every spring/[[ParentalIncest She got it from her daddy, who just gives her everything]]..."

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* BlackComedy: '''BlackComedy''': Lots and lots of examples, but "I Got It from Agnes" has this doozy: "Max got it from Edith, who gets it every spring/[[ParentalIncest She got it from her daddy, who just gives her everything]]..."
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."
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