Randy Newman


Randy Newman Trivia


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    • Randy Newman: When people start knocking those bands, those bands that sing all that harmony, it's hard, I can't do it. Course, there's only one of me.

    • Randy Newman: The worst part of the music industry is intrusion in the creative process by non-creative people. Not leaving an artist alone to do what he's going to do. Executives who may have come from Kellogg's Cornflakes telling a band they need a new mix.

    • Randy Newman: The way I could sell the most records was suggested to me by James Newton Howard, is to do an album of piano instrumentals with orchestra. Put a handsome guy on the cover, give him a name like Brian Hamilton, call it Starstreams and put it out without my name on it.

    • 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: 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: Jackson Browne is underrated, at this point in his career. He has written consistently well his whole career. Maybe because he is always doing things for the Crippled Squirrel Foundation, things like that.

    • Randy Newman: If we'd had another carefree 70s, 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: If I were to die tomorrow, I think they'd say Newman, 56, composer of the hit song, 'Short People' Jumped off a mountain today.

    • Randy Newman: I think that The Simpsons is probably the funniest show in the history of television. Alf Clausen does a great job in a difficult situation. If I live long enough and they stay on the air they'll make fun of me some day.

    • 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: I once had dinner with Madonna and I wasn't nervous but within about a minute I found myself talking about underwear.

    • Randy Newman: 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: I do movies because I love writing for orchestra though it scares me and the money is good. I can't make a living doing just albums, times are difficult now for geriatric artists.