parlando playlist #23: randy newman - shame (1999)

Posted on October 8th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Occasionally the Parlando Playlist is going to feature artists who are famous, but (in my opinion, and maybe in my wrongheaded opinion) the songs are not famous, but should be. "Shame" (from Bad Love*) might be Randy Newman's best song, and yes, I know what that means. (Okay, maybe it's only one of his five best songs**. And people out there are still shaking their heads sadly.)
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*Bad Love and Harps and Angels, his most recent -- I did not say last -- albums, were a step up or three for him (in my opinion), right up there with his early seventies albums. Which means, great.

**Randy Newman's other five (which makes six) best songs (not in preferential order):
"God's Song"
"Rednecks"
"Political Science"
"Let's Burn Down the Cornfield"
"Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad"

current parlando playlist

8 comments.

Anonymous

Comment on October 8th, 2013.

Hi there, Michael Bird here (Nickel Chief). I've been grabbing a few of these for myself and have been enjoying your selections. Just wanted to say thanks, and at least one of us out there is digging this playlist!

Scraps

Comment on October 8th, 2013.

Hey, thank you! A few people at least are enjoying the playlist.

Mirabai

Comment on October 8th, 2013.

In Germany Before the War!

Scraps

Comment on October 8th, 2013.

Sure!

Scott Underwood

Comment on October 8th, 2013.

I'm right with you on this one. People should know "Bad Love" more than they do, and "Shame" is just a great-- well, "song" isn't enough. It's like being dropped in the middle of a modern Southern gothic novel.

Scraps

Comment on October 8th, 2013.

Hey, Scott!

Gavin

Comment on October 9th, 2013.

I saw him not long after this album, at a free show in Central Park. When he did this song, he got the audience to sing the backing vocals, to comic effect. I think the whole Bad Love album is pretty spectacular. If I had to pick one song as his best, I'd probably go with "Rednecks." (But I think his funniest is "My Life Is Good.")

I loved his short, perfectly chosen set at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction: "I Love LA," "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," "I'm Dead (But I Don't Know It)" (that one was particularly pointed, given the context).

Scraps

Comment on October 9th, 2013.

I forgot "My Life Is Good"!

Laughing at the last song at Hall of Fame. (Boy, I hold the "rock and roll" hall of fame in contempt. But that's a post for another time. If I bother.)

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