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Why is Randy Newman allowed to keep making music?
Who's giving him these deals?
Who ENJOYS his music?


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Jan. 30th, 2003 05:43 pm (UTC)
I thought his material worked reasonably well for the Toy Story movies. He doesn't drive me into manaiacal fits of hysterical rage as quickly as Alanis Morisette, Godsmack, Blink 182, or Britney Spears can. *shudder*
Jan. 31st, 2003 02:35 am (UTC)
It all sounds like the same recycled, thoughtless 'music' to me.
If you had to hear Randy Newman floating through the air on a daily basis due to someone's shitty taste in music and their need to *share* (which is the only way I ever hear any of the aforementioned bands) I'm sure you'd be rooting for his painful demise.

And those bands... bleh... I think it's so plainly obvious that they're swill, so they just don't get to me anymore.
The thing right now that's killing me is rap. And what the rap industry has done to it. I LIKE hip hop and rap. But listening to anything on the *radio* is just disgusting. I cannot believe how lame the music is, how lame the hooks are, how obvious it is that they're all using Mad Libs: The Rap Hit, where they change the coast, the name, their choice of car brands and how many "bling blings" they want.

That's just not rap.
And chances are, if you were born after 1983, you have no fucking CLUE.
In general, but especially when it comes to music.

Music rant.. bad thing to start with me.
Jan. 31st, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)
Aha... now that I understand your circumstances better, yes, I'd also be pulling my hair out. That, or slamming my keyboard down on the local DJ's head.

Hip hop and Rap today are just as maligned on broadcast radio as other music styles. Seems like EVERY SINGLE SONG is the same thing with a new sound effect in the background.

Song 1: "Muthafucka gonna be blingin' my eye... BEEP dadda BEEP dadda BEE BEE da BEEP."

Song 2: "Muthafucka gonna be blingin' my eye... dee dee dee TING dee dee da dee dee dee TING."

I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. It's a trick. Unfortunately, it works. I might go into the business as DJ Sound Effecks. I can do that shit yo, cuz I'm old school, skeezicks.
Jan. 30th, 2003 06:53 pm (UTC)
Randy Newman combines catchy tunes and singable lyrics into music that the whole family can enjoy!
Jan. 31st, 2003 02:28 am (UTC)
I will cut you, Gates.
Don't think I won't.
Jan. 30th, 2003 09:52 pm (UTC)
Who ENJOYS his music?

Alcoholics. People in insane asylums. The unemployable.

Oh wait - that's something else. Again I taunt you with a Plow King reference.

Seriously, though, Randy Newman's crap. Fuck Toy Story, and DVDA-fuck his music for (an otherwise kinda neat visual thing) James and the Giant Peach.

"My names is James... James is my name. My name... uh... is Jaaaaaames..."

Guh. Randy Newman is what you get when the worst public television childrens' show imaginable fucks a Country Time Lemonade commercial. Bag o' shite. No thank you. Rusty meathook through the cranium please.
Jan. 31st, 2003 02:19 am (UTC)
you're so descriptive.
basically, yeah.

I was disappointed by James and the Giant Peach MAINLY because of the music. It came off as Burton trying to be Pixar instead of Burton pulling Pixar to his warped and lovely way of seeing things... like he usually does.
Break from the norm, great, sure... But on that scale and with some actual cool shit going on you're going to get RANDY NEWMAN for the music? Maybe there's some ironic, kitch thing there I'm just missing.

I can't believe that he keeps getting nominated for Oscars. And last year, they gave him one... I think mostly as a token. But still. That piece of crap, unimaginative, recycled, overblown, non singing, 4 chord knowing dick has an oscar for his super saccharine shit production.

Actually I should have just said "::nods::" and that would have covered it.

Jan. 31st, 2003 04:36 am (UTC)
a trend i have found most interesting -- and for which i blame randy newman - is the trend of "pop" or even "rock" artists to suddenly try their hand at scoring movies or broadway. the movies are usually cartoons - for example, phil collins ("tarzan") or elton john (oh please, there are several - that "el dorado" movie, i think he is also responsible for "the lion king", along with master lyricist tim rice), and the resulting material is generally mass-marketed pap. say what you want about phil collins or elton john - they have been capable in their careers, at times, of writing some solid material. but they have become newman converts. their work for film is, IMO, crrrrrap.

what really sent me over the edge, tho, was when, about 10 years ago, i went to see the broadway show "tommy." i wanted to be lobotomized after the experience. yes, the music was mostly the same. but. it-had-been-SO-sanitized. it had been disney-fied. i mean, there are some really icky issues teased out here - a pedophile, heavy drugs, death - and it all sort of flitted away. it was a serious relief when, a few years after, i had the pleasure of seeing 3/4 of the Who plus guests do it onstage. someone refreshed pete townshend about what he had originally written, i guess.

two of the onlies who, IMO, have successfully made the leap are mark mothersbaugh (Devo) and danny elfman (Oingo Boingo). their work continues to be interesting -- even when, like mothersbaugh, they write for children's shows. believe me. i know. i get to watch</i< some of those children's shows. hey. i think i'll double post this rant. if'n you don't mind, ma'am.
Jan. 31st, 2003 09:39 am (UTC)
Although, even Danny Elfman seems to be getting a little.. hm.. tired. Seen "Spy Kids?"
Jan. 31st, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC)
my oldest is only 4, so i admit i have not seen that yet (tho i DID see the thornberrys movie, which actually had a decent soundtrack, i must say - although i am a perpetual sucker for peter gabriel, be warned)... i will have to defer to you on that one :-)
Feb. 7th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
Here in my car I feel safest of all...
Now I have "Cars" stuck in my head. Thanks.
Feb. 7th, 2003 05:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Here in my car I feel safest of all...
Which is odd considering Randy Newman had nothing to do with that song.

You should probably have "Short People" stuck in your head.
As opposed to having short people stuck in your head. Which would probably require surgery.

Feb. 7th, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Here in my car I feel safest of all...
Yeah, I know it was Gary Neuman. That didn't stop the song from entering my head.

I'd rather not have any song in my head other than this Anthrax song I have playing loudly on my headphones.
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