Randy Newman

Short People

Composed by Randy Newman

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It's typical of Randy Newman that his first solo hit was slightly shrouded in media backlash. It was minor, of course; a lot of "small"-minded people felt that the subject matter -- which basically discredits people who are "short" -- was taken to be somewhat inflammatory. This type of tongue-in-cheek humor was always typical of Newman's work. Unfortunately, the pop music-buying public really didn't know that much about Newman's earlier work -- hence the minor controversy. In essence, it's a well-crafted pop song with fairly strong Beach Boys/Southern California pop music overtones. The nasty little verses melt gracefully with the ultra-sweet (and almost apologetic) bridge and chorus. It's a minor pop masterpiece -- certainly not his greatest song -- but one of his best records.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Little Criminals 1977 Warner Bros. 2:57
Live: Odeon [video] 1983 Rhino
Sounds of the Seventies: 1978 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:56
Seventies Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 15: Singers/Songwriters 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:56
Songbook: The Best of Singer/Songwriters 1995
Various Artists
Lonely at the Top: The Best of Randy Newman 1998 WEA International 2:55
Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman 1998 Rhino 2:54
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:54
The Best of Randy Newman 2001 Warner Archives / Rhino 2:55
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:55
Ultimate Seventies: 1978 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:56
All the Beer Songs 2005
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Rhino Hi-Five: Randy Newman 2005 Warner Bros. 2:52
100 Hits: 70's 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:56
No Image 2007
Various Artists
WEA/Bose 2:55
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:57
Original Album Series 2011 Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:57
Live in London 2011 Nonesuch 2:57
The Old Grey Whistle Test: America 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:56
The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 3 2016 Nonesuch 2:09
100 Hits: 70's [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
The  Old Grey Whistle Test 40th Anniversary
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
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