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Comedy Musicians Paul and Storm have started "25 Days of Newman" where they are offering a free brand new Randy Newman-inspired movie theme song every day until Christmas.
posted by Del Far (26 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
And I will murder them in their sleep for doing so.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:01 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


A soft target's
A soft target
It ain't hard to figure
y'know

A soft target's
A soft target
It's just some ducks in a row

You hit 'em with an arrow
They're just fish in a barrel
It's a little bit callow
To be chasin' at shadows

...okay, that's all I got.
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:10 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Broken links and empty favorites
Dark dead blue on my screen streaked with grey
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think I’m going to post today

Comments dressed in the latest rhymes
With frozen similes to chase lore away
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think I’m going to post today

Meta, Meta
Gifts on the cheap
Lalo Schifrin, he don’t make a peep
...What’s with the fucking mimes?

Right before me the comments implore me
To break the internet and take it to the grey
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think I’m going to post today
posted by Smedleyman at 3:16 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


Newman!
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:24 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


What is this, "Post about Caduceus's favorite musical artists" week? Tomorrow we're going to need a JoCo post, Thursday should probably be Jason Webley, and Friday could be about either the Barenaked Ladies or Murder by Death. I'm not picky.
posted by Caduceus at 3:38 PM on December 2, 2008


Would be a lot better if they didn't use the same melody for the first two songs.
posted by zippy at 3:40 PM on December 2, 2008


[SPOILER]Oh noes. It was clever until they used the same tune. Boo.[/SPOILER]

And I like Randy Newman.
posted by ZakDaddy at 3:40 PM on December 2, 2008


I thought it was hilarious that they used the same tune and a lot of the same words in both of the songs so far. It really drives home the point. We'll see how long that keeps up, though....
posted by neustile at 3:54 PM on December 2, 2008


My vote is for the Barenaked Ladies.
posted by Bageena at 3:54 PM on December 2, 2008


Didn't BNL release a new kids album or was that my imagination?
posted by Del Far at 3:58 PM on December 2, 2008


Yes.
posted by Caduceus at 4:08 PM on December 2, 2008


The fact that it's the same tune is part of the joke. Background in this very funny video.
posted by doift at 4:18 PM on December 2, 2008


Thanks doift, I probably should have done a better job explaining that before.
posted by Del Far at 4:34 PM on December 2, 2008


Funnier when Family Guy did it...
posted by billysumday at 4:43 PM on December 2, 2008


Yeah, I think reusing the tune makes it totally derivative of the Family Guy joke. The unfortunate thing about both of those roastings is that Randy Newman doesn't reuse the same tune, or even come close to it, really. He's a very good song-writer and his repertoire contains a lot of variety. An unfair joke just gets less funny with repetition, I think.
posted by grobstein at 5:40 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Del Far - yep yep! I downloaded it for my wife, who's somehow an even bigger BNL fan than I am. I only listened to one track off of it, but it was good! Something to do with how the number 9 has disappeared because, well, seven ate nine.
posted by Bageena at 5:50 PM on December 2, 2008


I'm very much in favor of 25 Days of Newman, and of your use of the newman tag, as well.
posted by MrMoonPie at 6:07 PM on December 2, 2008


A silver miner
He breaks his hinder
Becomes the finder
Of a bucket of oil.

He ships his son off
He shoots his gun off
The preacher's picked off,
Though he made a good foil.

Nobody believed that he could win.

Go Danny boy, go!
You my friend.
Go Danny boy, go!
You got a reason to live.
posted by The White Hat at 6:28 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Even before Family Guy (IIRC), the usually-awful Mad TV had an awesome skit with the premise of Newman writing the soundtrack for Star Wars Episode I.

(And, while I understand that these guys are mocking the content of Randy's songs more than Randy's mannerisms or style, the guy on Mad TV did a much better job aping his style.)

Anyway, free virtual internet cookie for anyone who can find a clip of that skit on the web. (I have been unable to; hell, I may have hallucinated the whole thing.)
posted by blenderfish at 7:40 PM on December 2, 2008


grobstein Yeah, I think reusing the tune makes it totally derivative of the Family Guy joke.

As far as I remember, that's not part of the Family Guy joke. There's just the one song, about the family showing up and then leaving. The only repetition was the incessant "left foot; right foot; left foot; right foot" at the end.

I think these guys are alone in the "It's funny that Newman reuses the literally exact same song all the time" camp. Which I think is to their detriment since, as you pointed out, it's not true.

Anyway, That's enough bean-gazing for me. :)
posted by blenderfish at 7:51 PM on December 2, 2008


I get that reusing the same tune is part of the concept, but once I realized that all of the songs were going to be the same, I saw no reason to listen to any more of them (and that's with a total of three posted so far).

The Godfather one is pretty funny, though.
posted by paperzach at 8:36 PM on December 2, 2008


Yay!

Randy Newman sings Star Wars (youtube)

(I owe myself a Cookie)

All this space,
all over the place,
space is the place
for Star Wars

posted by blenderfish at 9:28 PM on December 2, 2008


As far as I remember, that's not part of the Family Guy joke.

Hm, you're right. What I was responding to was how Newman on Family Guy shoehorns each bit of narration into that one song he's singing, so it seems like the fit between words and music is arbitrary -- something that also happens if you sing the same melody for every song.
posted by grobstein at 11:18 PM on December 2, 2008


She cooked a moose
They cooked her goose
She could cure a Couric if she had half a chance.

Grabbed her Valentino
Headed back to Juno
Lookin' out for Ruskies in her hockey mom pants.

Go guv'ner go!
You my friend.
Go guv'ner, go!
You got a reason to live.
posted by ericbop at 9:19 AM on December 3, 2008


Paul & Storm's joke may pre-date Family Guy's - I head them do this gag live several years ago and a quick peek at their website shows that a Newman theme for Lord of the Rings appeared on their 2005 album.
posted by phearlez at 10:04 AM on December 4, 2008


The relevant Family Guy is from the first run of Family Guy on Fox, which was long before 2005. (Here.)
posted by grobstein at 10:26 AM on December 5, 2008


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