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By J.D. CONSIDINE and J.D. CONSIDINE,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 10, 1999
Randy NewmanBad Love (Dreamworks 50115)Given the curmudgeonly reputation he's earned through such songs as "It's Money That Matters" and "Short People," there's something almost comic about Randy Newman calling his album "Bad Love." Come on, now -- what other kind of love is the guy going to be writing about?But in a way, the title serves as a sort of warning to those who only know Newman for what he's done lately -- joshing, jovial soundtracks like those to "Toy Story" and "Antz." It has been 22 years since he shocked polite and diminutive listeners alike by insisting that short people "got no reason to live"; indeed, Newman hasn't released a regular pop album since 1988's characteristically dystopian "Land of Dreams."
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By Derek Chavis and For The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
In a lot of ways, tonight's episode of "Glee" was an entirely more touching tribute to Corey Monteith's character, Finn, than the actual tribute episode from September. The kids of McKinley High paid their respects to their fallen leader through song, memories and a very touching flashback. I personally feel justice for Finn after tonight. There were no fake tears, no forced performances, no questions such as “Where is this character?” or “Why didn't so-and-so come back for this?
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | March 29, 1999
The Kennedy Center in Washington has announced a millennium series titled "Kennedy Center 2000: The Legacy and Promise of the Performing Arts." The theater offerings begin in September 1999 with "Shockheaded Peter," a work by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch based on an 1844 book of tales warning children of the consequences of naughty behavior.In October, the Center presents the American premiere of the Barabas Company of Dublin's production of Lennox Robinson's 1916 comedy about a small-town Irish family, "The Whiteheaded Boy."
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2010
When I moved here 23 years ago, some friends gave me a framed copy of the lyrics to Randy Newman's song, "Baltimore. " Sample lyrics: Hooker on the corner Waitin' for a train Drunk lyin' on the sidewalk Sleepin' in the rain Several years later, Lyle Lovett would release his own musical tribute, just as imaginatively titled "Baltimore. " Sample lyrics: And if they go to Baltimore Then I'll see you in heaven And as they breathe you'll breathe no more And you will surely die Given this sorry state of musical affairs, I braced for yet another back-of-the-songwriter's-hand when I heard there was a new Baltisong out there.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Staff | September 18, 2003
Bela Fleck / Avalon Theatre Over the years, Bela Fleck has shown how versatile the banjo can be as he picks the instrument in musical contexts ranging from bluegrass to post-bop. He plays the Avalon Theatre Tuesday night. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $50, available via Ticketmaster by calling 410-481-SEAT or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Randy Newman / Birchmere He finally earned an Oscar after years of being ignored. But fans have always celebrated Randy Newman's witty, insightful lyrics.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | April 17, 1992
Lyle Lovett's been-there-and-back voice alternately strokes the lyrics and falls quiet for empty yet pensive spaces, his images tumbling together in a sad and surreal riff on life, death . . . and Baltimore."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1997
"Baltimore."Prepare yourself. Somehow, somebody -- perhaps some wag from a town on the shores of Lake Erie -- is going to bash the Birds by bringing up "Baltimore."That's the song, not the city, a scabrous little ditty penned by Randy Newman during his bitter years. He's much happier now, scoring movies -- everything from Barry Levinson's "Avalon" to Disney's "Toy Story" -- and writing operas based on "Faust" (OK, he's not that happy).But back in 1977, the year "Short People" became his biggest hit, Randy recorded a song that didn't exactly show Charm City in its most favorable light (sample lyric: "Beat up little seagull/On a marble stair Oh, Baltimore/Man, it's hard just to live")
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | November 6, 1992
Randy Newman has this thing about hit songs.He knows he can write them. In fact, his "Mama Told Me Not To Come" was a chart-topper for Three Dog Night in 1970, while he himself made it to No. 2 with "Short People," a wickedly funny dismissal of the stature-impaired. And a smattering of his songs, like "I Love L.A." or his "Parenthood" theme "I Love To See You Smile," are well into second lives as TV commercial music.Obviously, there's something salable about the guy's sound.So why doesn't he have more hits?
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | April 17, 1992
Lyle Lovett's been-there-and-back voice alternately strokes the lyrics and falls quiet for empty yet pensive spaces, his images tumbling together in a sad and surreal riff on life, death . . . and Baltimore."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 26, 1990
"Cop Rock" is great and it's terrible.Overall, it's more great than terrible. And even when it's terrible, it's great to see mainstream network television trying to birth a new genre -- the video musical.Call "Cop Rock" great-and-greatly-flawed. And make sure you see or tape it tonight at 10 on WJZ-TV (Channel 13). This is the kind of television people are going to be talking about tomorrow morning around the Mr. Coffee cart."Cop Rock" is the creation of Steven Bochco, who has helped create "L.A.
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By ERIK HIMMELSBACH | July 2, 2006
Hotel California The True-Life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Mitchell, Taylor, Browne, Ronstadt, Geffen, the Eagles, and Their Many Friends Barney Hoskyns Wiley / 324 pages / $25.95 Coming down hard off the Technicolor freakout of Vietnam, the assassinations of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and the divisive election of President Richard Nixon, musicians began ditching didactic rock in favor of a mellow brand of...
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Staff | September 18, 2003
Bela Fleck / Avalon Theatre Over the years, Bela Fleck has shown how versatile the banjo can be as he picks the instrument in musical contexts ranging from bluegrass to post-bop. He plays the Avalon Theatre Tuesday night. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $50, available via Ticketmaster by calling 410-481-SEAT or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Randy Newman / Birchmere He finally earned an Oscar after years of being ignored. But fans have always celebrated Randy Newman's witty, insightful lyrics.
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December 2, 1999
AS THE American Century winds down, there's a rush to create lists of significant contributions. Looking at the music of the past 100 years is one such worthwhile effort. After all, few things so clearly help define who we were.Imagine the '60s without the Beatles. Or Peter, Paul and Mary for that matter. What about the black power movement without James Brown or Marvin Gaye? World War II without the big band sound?Of course it's hard to come up with a definitive list of the most important songs.
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By J.D. CONSIDINE and J.D. CONSIDINE,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 10, 1999
Randy NewmanBad Love (Dreamworks 50115)Given the curmudgeonly reputation he's earned through such songs as "It's Money That Matters" and "Short People," there's something almost comic about Randy Newman calling his album "Bad Love." Come on, now -- what other kind of love is the guy going to be writing about?But in a way, the title serves as a sort of warning to those who only know Newman for what he's done lately -- joshing, jovial soundtracks like those to "Toy Story" and "Antz." It has been 22 years since he shocked polite and diminutive listeners alike by insisting that short people "got no reason to live"; indeed, Newman hasn't released a regular pop album since 1988's characteristically dystopian "Land of Dreams."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | March 29, 1999
The Kennedy Center in Washington has announced a millennium series titled "Kennedy Center 2000: The Legacy and Promise of the Performing Arts." The theater offerings begin in September 1999 with "Shockheaded Peter," a work by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch based on an 1844 book of tales warning children of the consequences of naughty behavior.In October, the Center presents the American premiere of the Barabas Company of Dublin's production of Lennox Robinson's 1916 comedy about a small-town Irish family, "The Whiteheaded Boy."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1997
"Baltimore."Prepare yourself. Somehow, somebody -- perhaps some wag from a town on the shores of Lake Erie -- is going to bash the Birds by bringing up "Baltimore."That's the song, not the city, a scabrous little ditty penned by Randy Newman during his bitter years. He's much happier now, scoring movies -- everything from Barry Levinson's "Avalon" to Disney's "Toy Story" -- and writing operas based on "Faust" (OK, he's not that happy).But back in 1977, the year "Short People" became his biggest hit, Randy recorded a song that didn't exactly show Charm City in its most favorable light (sample lyric: "Beat up little seagull/On a marble stair Oh, Baltimore/Man, it's hard just to live")
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By Lou Cedrone | October 5, 1990
AVALON'' IS Barry Levinson from the heart. Based on the writer-director's remembrance of his Baltimore childhood and the people who helped make it so rich, the new movie, done on locations in Baltimore and vicinity, is a heartfelt, lovely, sentimental (and that's not a dirty word) recall of Levinson's parents, his grandfather and assorted relatives.The film should appeal to all, even those who don't know the immigrant experience, those far removed from it. Those who do know it, however, will probably enjoy the film that much more.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2010
When I moved here 23 years ago, some friends gave me a framed copy of the lyrics to Randy Newman's song, "Baltimore. " Sample lyrics: Hooker on the corner Waitin' for a train Drunk lyin' on the sidewalk Sleepin' in the rain Several years later, Lyle Lovett would release his own musical tribute, just as imaginatively titled "Baltimore. " Sample lyrics: And if they go to Baltimore Then I'll see you in heaven And as they breathe you'll breathe no more And you will surely die Given this sorry state of musical affairs, I braced for yet another back-of-the-songwriter's-hand when I heard there was a new Baltisong out there.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | November 6, 1992
Randy Newman has this thing about hit songs.He knows he can write them. In fact, his "Mama Told Me Not To Come" was a chart-topper for Three Dog Night in 1970, while he himself made it to No. 2 with "Short People," a wickedly funny dismissal of the stature-impaired. And a smattering of his songs, like "I Love L.A." or his "Parenthood" theme "I Love To See You Smile," are well into second lives as TV commercial music.Obviously, there's something salable about the guy's sound.So why doesn't he have more hits?
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | April 17, 1992
Lyle Lovett's been-there-and-back voice alternately strokes the lyrics and falls quiet for empty yet pensive spaces, his images tumbling together in a sad and surreal riff on life, death . . . and Baltimore."
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