“Good Old Boys” by Randy Newman - album review

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TJR says

Breakthrough album for the 30-year-old, cracking the Billboard Top 40 after several years of trying. His musical beds are undoubtedly classy, often lavished with strings on this occasion, but he's peddling a safebeat and that is rarely good news in the world of a jukebox rebel. His interesting lyrics and his willingness to serve up satirical bites always give him half a chance though, and there's no doubt the material on “Good Old Boys” is interesting. As suggested in the title, the set concerns itself with the American South, coming from the perspective of an imagined native, the intellectually challenged Johnny Cutler (as Newman later revealed in interview). In the album opener, “Rednecks”, Johnny is none-too-pleased that his Klu-Klux clan backed Georgian governor Lester Maddox is being criticized on a TV show: “Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show, With some smart ass New York Jew, And the Jew laughed at Lester Maddox, And the audience laughed at Lester Maddox too, Well he may be a fool but he's our fool, If they think they're better than him they're wrong”. Six million Georgians can't be wrong, eh? The clueless Cutler then goes on a whataboutery offensive, decrying New York and Chicago where they cage their niggers in ghettos. Conclusion: America's full of racists all over the country. Tell us something we don't know Randy. I'm left with no sympathy for the whole sorry shitshow.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:07] 4.4.png Randy Newman - Rednecks (Randy Newman) Country
A2 [02:45] 4.9.png Randy Newman - Birmingham (Randy Newman) Crooner / Cabaret
A3 [03:07] 5.2.png Randy Newman - Marie (Randy Newman) Songwriter
A4 [02:45] 5.0.png Randy Newman - Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man) (Randy Newman) Pop
A5 [02:30] 5.5.png Randy Newman - Guilty (Randy Newman) Rock n Roll Ballad
B1 [02:54] 3.7.png Randy Newman - Louisiana 1927 (Randy Newman) Pop Ballad
B2 [01:02] 3.6.png Randy Newman - Every Man A King (Huey P. Long, Castro Carazo) Crooner / Cabaret
B3 [02:42] 5.0.png Randy Newman - Kingfish (Randy Newman) Cerebral Pop
B4 [03:06] 5.5.png Randy Newman - Naked Man (Randy Newman) Pop
B5 [03:07] 4.5.png Randy Newman - Wedding In Cherokee County (Randy Newman) Pop Ballad
B6 [03:30] 3.3.png Randy Newman - Back On My Feet Again (Randy Newman) Country
B7 [02:53] 4.6.png Randy Newman - Rollin’ (Randy Newman) Country

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