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Bugsy Malone

June 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

“You say Van Heusen is a shirt worth choosin / But you’re still undecided bout me.”

~Paul Williams, Nilsson Sings Newman

“We’ll have a kid / Or maybe we’ll rent one / He’s got to be straight / We don’t want no bent one.”

~Randy Newman, Love Story

Paul Williams – Nilsson Sings Newman

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Harry Nilsson – Love Story

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Randy Newman – Love Story

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Paul Williams – You give a little love

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OK, you ready for this? Here is a sampling of one of my favorite musically interwoven meta-ditties. Here is a recording by Paul Williams, where he impersonates Harry Nilsson impersonating Randy Newman. Essentially, it’s a braid of a cover song: Williams sings Nilsson sings Newman. As I’m sure many of you are aware, Nilsson did a full album of Randy Newman cover songs called Nilsson sings Newman, which is a top-10 record for me. Paul Williams is the guy responsible for all the songs from the Muppet Movies, including “Rainbow Collection” and “Movin right along,” and he also did Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas Special, AND one of the weirdest gangster films of all time — Bugsy Malone (where all the gangsters are played by children). One of the songs from Bugsy Malone recently had a revival on television because it was used in a soda commercial that premiered during super bowl half-time.

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  • 1 diana // Jun 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I have to also point out Paul Williams’ important role in another nutty film — The Phantom of the Paradise. I found it horrifying in childhood (the “Phantom” is disfigured when his face is caught in a record press), but now that I think of it, I’d like to see it again.

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