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One Hit Wonders - RANDY NEWMAN (1978)
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"Short People" by Randy Newman - 

This song is widely misinterpreted, which generated a great deal of exposure for the song and controversy for Newman. On the surface, the song is making fun of little people, but "short" is meant in a figurative sense, intending to poke fun at people who are short-tempered and small-minded, which is quite the opposite of the literal meaning. A lot of people didn't get the joke and thought of Newman as a bigot. Many radio stations refused to play it.
 
At first, Newman sings about Short People as having "nasty little feet," "stubby little fingers" and "dirty little minds," but he makes his statement clear near the end of the song when he sings, "Short People are just the same as you and I. All men are brothers until the day they die."
 
The Guardian newspaper July 28, 2008 asked Newman if realized from the start that this song's irony would be a tough sell. He replied: "I didn't. I thought, all you gotta do is listen. It's not like it's James Joyce. [Then] I realized the medium wasn't great for that. People don't listen to music like that, where they're actually listening. They're doing all kinds of things. It's just an irritation."
 
Newman has recorded other songs that examine and mock bigotry, notable "Rednecks" and "Half A Man." In 2003, when The Sunday Times asked about people missing the point of his songs, Newman replied: "To write indirect songs with characters that aren't yourself as the narrator is not the best way to achieve commercial success. I mean, irony, who's got the time? But it's what I do, and it's what I can't help but do. I couldn't write like Elton John if I tried."

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=6188

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1978

1 Andy Gibb Shadow Dancing
2 Bee Gees Night Fever
3 Debby Boone You Light Up My Life
4 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive
5 Exile Kiss You All Over
6 Bee Gees How Deep Is Your Love
7 Player Baby Come Back
8 Andy Gibb (Love Is) Thicker Than Water
9 A Taste Of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie
10 Commodores Three Times A Lady

41 Randy Newman Short People

| Closed on 11/02/13 at 05:00PM
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22%a. 10 (Great song)
22%b. 7-9 (Liked that song)
47721858833%c. 5-6 (Ok song)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
44%e. Zambianoliangioticaloigisticologphobist!!

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#2 | 349 days ago

And then he had an even bigger hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB2gPZRsz0Q


I don't know how Randy Newman can be considered a "one-hit wonder"
7-9 (Liked that song)  
  
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#1 | 349 days ago

Pssssh......everyone knows his best is "I LOVE LA"
Zambianoliangioticaloigisticologphobist!!  
#2 | 349 days ago

And then he had an even bigger hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB2gPZRsz0Q


I don't know how Randy Newman can be considered a "one-hit wonder"
7-9 (Liked that song)  
#3 | 349 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Lobotomy Jones wrote:
And then he had an even bigger hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB2gPZRsz0Q


I don't know how Randy Newman can be considered a "one-hit wonder"
Me neither but this song was listed in a few of the ONE HIT WONDER pages that I found online.  (shrug)
7-9 (Liked that song)  
#4 | 349 days ago

I think that "one hit wonder" site is really confused. 
Zambianoliangioticaloigisticologphobist!!  
#5 | 349 days ago

#6 | 349 days ago

Randy Newman has a string of hits he recorded through the years and he has been one of the greatest songwriters of his era. Love the guy. 
10 (Great song)  
#7 | 349 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Any one of you are more than capable to take this over from me.

I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin!

Deal with it!
7-9 (Liked that song)  
#8 | 348 days ago

Due to me always having to fight because I'm one those short people and wont be intimidated, this song will always irk me


Just glad I cant be called " little' anymore wink
#9 | 348 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Any one of you are more than capable to take this over from me.

I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin!

Deal with it!
??

I think we all pretty much know it's not you who comes up with these artists for this poll. Sorry Nick, I'll stop commenting and leave it alone if I think that page made a mistake.
Zambianoliangioticaloigisticologphobist!!  
#10 | 348 days ago

lol
#11 | 346 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Jess wrote:
??

I think we all pretty much know it's not you who comes up with these artists for this poll. Sorry Nick, I'll stop commenting and leave it alone if I think that page made a mistake.
or I can stop wasting all of the time it takes me to do these and just not post them any longer. (shrug).

It's not like there's much traffic with these anyways.

No big deal, either way.
7-9 (Liked that song)  
#12 | 345 days ago

One hit wonder or not that song gets Randy in deep internet crap today, lmao! People would lose their effing minds!!!! Even though he was trying to make a point about people being people. (See: LL & Paisley's song which went HORRIBLY wrong.) Disney would be removing his songs from their movies because it's offense to Snow Whites best friends. 
5-6 (Ok song)  

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