Classic Album Spotlight:: Randy Newman- Good Old Boys

Gearing up for the end of the week so I pulled out a classic album about the south – Randy Newman’s Good Old Boys. Newman and his sardonic style are in high form here on what someone once referred to as his “mixed feelings valentine” to the south. He was from New Orleans and always enthralled with the American south and this record gets down and dirty in exploring a world that is usually not at all as it appears. Newman’s lyrics often have gone over most people’s heads, and what he was getting at usually misconstrued.

The record was orginally released in September of 1974 on Reprise records and was Newman’s commercial breakthough. The opener Rednecks is an exposition on a north which presents itself as more liberal and interested in justice than the racist “rednecks” down south, while in reality being just as racist. This one is my favorite, and definetly worth checking out, and there is more to the song’s meaning than my short summation. Don’t play it very loudly at work, because someone is bound to be offended, and you don’t want to offend anyone except for the people who are used to always being offended. Louisiana 1927 was in Paul Newman’s movie Blaze, and the song was often used in the post katrina wake as an anthem of their frustratrion. The song really summed up how most people felt after the disaster. You will find Louisiana 1927 on the player.

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