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Randy Newman

Newman playing in 1972
Background information
Birth name Randall Stuart Newman
Born (1943-11-28) November 28, 1943 (age 73)
Los Angeles, California, US
Genres

Rock
pop[1]

Occupation(s)

Singer-songwriter
arranger
musician
pianist

Instruments

Vocals
piano
guitar

Years active 1961–present
Labels

Warner Bros.
Reprise
Walt Disney (Disney/Pixar films)
DreamWorks/Interscope/Universal
Nonesuch/Elektra

Website randynewman.com

I always thought my best album was 'Trouble in Paradise.' I was the happiest with that one.
Randy Newman
I started recording because I was always complaining about the records that I was getting of my songs. At least if I did them and messed them up, I wouldn't have anyone else to blame.
Randy Newman
My music has a high irritation factor. I've always tried to say something. Eccentric lyrics about eccentric people. Often it was a joke. But I would plead guilty on the grounds that I prefer eccentricity to the bland.
Randy Newman
I think the tax cut is ridiculous but so am I.
I once had dinner with Madonna and I wasn't nervous but within about a minute I found myself talking about underwear.
Randy Newman
Learn about the world, the way it works, any kind of science and anthropology, it's really an interesting place we live in. Evolution is a really fantastic idea, even more than the idea of God I think.
Randy Newman
What I'm most pleased about is that there's no particular decline. The songs I wrote 40 years ago are no worse and no better – there's a consistency.
Randy Newman
Stay away from drugs. They're not worth it. I've tried, but there's none of them that's worth it.
Randy Newman

I think the tax cut is ridiculous but so am I.
I like science - geography, meteorology, cosmology.
'Rednecks' always made me nervous to play, but I'm glad I wrote it and I continue to play it. It's just that the language is so rough.
Randy Newman
But I don't want to sing everything out of the side of my mouth, I want people to understand what I mean.
Randy Newman
I like Public Enemy a great deal.
Most of my songs are about insensitivity of some kind.
But if you're doing something, show up everyday, and something good might happen – it's not going to happen if you don't show up.
Randy Newman
I've written a song for Prince. I never showed it to Prince, but just to see if I could do it. At the time, when I sort of knew him, he was recording a song a day. I wondered if I could do that. So I wrote it.
Randy Newman
I'm pretty proud of my film music in general.
I like the idea of taking a true classic written by a true genius and destroying it essentially! I like the idea of bringing it down to earth a bit – and even a bit lower than that.
Randy Newman
It's very hard to get rich and famous at a young age and handle it well.
Randy Newman
I've always had a lot of respect from the people I respected.
I don't remember ever having writer's block. If I sit in there for four hours, I'll usually have something.
Randy Newman
I am not overlooking any mail. I'm looking at all of it. I even wrote back to the Viagra people.
Randy Newman
Mostly, I don't write overtly personal stuff.
It's funny; people get so doctrinaire about music. It should be the last thing you don't have an open mind about.
Randy Newman
I've worked with a band, and it's nice to have someone to travel around with, but I didn't like it as well on stage.
Randy Newman
If we'd had another carefree 70's, I'd have been dead. It was a little too carefree, you know? I don't know how carefree they were for me, I think I was worried then, I can't remember what about.
Randy Newman
I like the performing. And interviews, even. And the stuff that's not sitting in a room by yourself with empty paper. But I never loved writing, to tell you the truth.
Randy Newman
Thank God for the potholes on memory lane.