YMMV / Paul Williams

  • Accidental Innuendo: There's this one suspect line in "Sunday" that is either this or Getting Crap Past the Radar.
    "Snuggled up like spoons inside a drawer / closer now than you and I have ever been before"
  • Award Snub: "Rainbow Connection" lost to "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae. Critics and fans alike let the Academy hear it. And who even remembers the other song anymore?
  • Awesome Music: Has his own dedicated page to his works, because of course he does!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Leland Sklar, bassist extraordinaire, is by far the most popular of Williams' regular studio musicians.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Phantom of the Paradise became huge in Winnipeg (and precisely nowhere else, except perhaps the French underground scene). When Williams later held a concert there, the reception he got (particularly from women and young girls) was likened to The Beatles during the height of Beatlemania (only on a... smaller scale, literally). When Phantompalooza was held there some thirty years later, Williams' reception was certainly not much less enthusiastic.
    • Also, he has a bit of a following in Japan, where his old albums have been re-released before they ever were in the west. He even recorded a live album in Japan.
  • Ear Worm: "Someday we'll find it, the Rainbow Connection..."
  • Ending Fatigue: The album version of "Sad Song" drags on a little bit at the end. "Hey Jude" it ain't. A few more than a few prefer the brevity of the Muppet Show version.
  • Epic Riff: "The Hell of It". Actually, make that any rock song from Phantom.
  • First Installment Wins: Someday Man is this to some who find Williams' later work to be too sappy.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The cover for Crazy for Loving You with its diner table-ful of booze unintentionally gets a little bit too close to home, considering this is basically right before everything broke down for real.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Swan's rampant drug abuse and paranoia becomes a little more disturbing now that it's been revealed to be not that far off from reality.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Great Gonzo!
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • Williams makes no secret of his status as a "card-carrying sentimentalist" of the Hallmark variety, however, he himself feels he slipped into sentiment for sentiment's sake midway through the '70s.
    • For all that Paul's "Rainbow Connection" duet with Willie Nelson is a perfect way to open I'm Going Back There Someday... he sandwiches in the words "That's what happens when you wish upon a star" right at the end. ...Yeah, basically.
    • "Somebody's Hero Tonight" has the guts to use the line "We'll love all our troubles away."
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Paul's best work is just so... powerful. His biggest strength as a lyricist is being able to take raw, heartfelt emotion and distil it into words. Sometimes... those words are very, very sad. You could be reading only the lyrics and the effect just might be strangely similar. The guy knows how you feel, man.
    • "Still Alive". Sad, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, all at the same time.
    • His voice, while not Pavarotti by any means, is really what make his songs his. There's an earnestness to his range and phrasing that really sounds like he believes every word he's singing, which is the mark of any great performer.
    • "Touch," his collaboration with Daft Punk from Random Access Memories, is one of the saddest pieces of music he's ever been associated with.
    • "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday", one of his other songs for The Muppet Movie, has this effect on many listeners/viewers of said film. To quote this article, "The hauntingly beautiful lyrics, the emotionally gripping music, Gonzo’s soul-searching movements and emotions… every single thing about this song is perfect." Not that Rachel Yamagata's cover is any less of a tear jerker.
    • "When the River Meets The Sea" from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is gorgeously poignant, even moreso when it was performed at Jim Henson's memorial service.
  • The Woobie: When in the thrall of his addiction.