Please let this be the last of Randy Newman. I still haven’t figured out why I think of an actor whenever I see this guys name. And, no, I’m not thinking of Paul Newman. I’m fairly positive that it’s Dennis Quaid that is popping to mind. Or maybe Jeff Daniels. I know. That’s a big difference. Idk. What I do know, is that I never want to listen to Randy Newman again.
When I first read Rolling Stones little blurb on 12 Songs I thought it said that it was a critical success. Things that critics think are great aren’t always all that great to the rest of us. I’m not so sure how successful it was now that I’ve done some other reading. Wiki says that it was “well received and has since garnered retrospective acclaim. Sounds like the second album (released in 1970) from Randy Newman tanked and 40 some years later critics decided it was good All I can really say about the experience was that there is a horrible version of ‘Mama Told Me (Not to Come) which Newman actually wrote for someone else. Guy by the name of Eric Burdon released it 1966. Three Dog Night scored a hit with it in 1970. Tom Jones and the Stereophonic’s also got a hit with it in 2000. The guy that wrote it? Not. So. Much. I checked out all the different covers of “Mama” on iTunes. Three Dog Night did it best, as if that really needs to be said.