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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso


"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" -shoot the piano player


"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" -laurie anderson


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity boom. -john cale


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


"i could even find it in my heart to love mike love." -belle & sebastian


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i'm good and i'm bad and i'm happy and i'm sad and i'm lazy" -willie nelson


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"i mean every letter in the words in the sentences of my quotes." -lil' wayne


"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen


"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk


ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch


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#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun


"the only word is love." -john lennon


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"the moon is clear, the sky is bright, i'm happy as the horse's shite." -the pogues


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#1011: gal costa - da maior importância (1973, live)

where harry nilsson’s medicine cabinet, django reinhardt’s accordion player and caetano veloso’s bathrobe meet it’s all blue smoke, wah-wah, musk, orchids, and untreated tobacco. it’s majorly important. 

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#1004 - harry nilsson - without her & mrs. muir’s lovesong (1969)

this week ben greenman did a beautiful thing for the world, listing his ten favorite lesser-known nilsson songs to mark harry n.’s new 17-disc collection. did you know back in the 1970s the man made a series of googly-eyed videos for the songs on knnillssonn? i didn’t, and they’re remarkable, built just from synchronized blinks, acrobatic eyebrows, and poetically halfhearted lip-syncing to the coconut-topping who done it? and billie holiday-worthy all i think about is you.

but! ben’s new yorker list makes the gobstopping mistake of leaving off snowthe saddest thing to happen to that very sad song since it was left off desert island disc-worthy nilsson sings newman

i’m sorry to say it also cruelly ignores the 1969 season finale of the ghost & mrs. muir, a long forgotten sitcom starring the mom in blue velvet and the f.l.a.g. guy from knight rider. first harry plays his song without her, which i didn’t like until hearing this stripped-down fireside version. but then comes a love song he plays while channeling the titular 19th-century sea captain’s ghost love for a maine widow. really and truly.

"if i could link your arm in mine," he sings, "the tropic sun, the emerald surf, the fleecy clouds like sugar spun, i’d happily forget each one, if i could link your arm in mine."

how and why it’s so beautiful and loopy is hard to describe, and so is nilsson’s song about his desk, his three-man everly brothers cover, his psychedelic children’s cartoons, his pussy cats ad, his hiccuping collaborations with different beatles, and the olive oyl ballad for popeye he wrote, maybe the best of them all.

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if you count nilsson sings newman, which you should, because it would be crazy not to, randy newman’s first five albums — the self-titled debut from 1968 co-produced by grand rabbi van dyke parks; 12 songs from 1970, with ry cooder on slide guitar; the ecstatically good album he made with harry nilsson that came out one month earlier; sail away, maybe the best of them all; and good old boys, the album that john dos passos and robert penn warren would’ve made if they had collaborated or been excellent musicians — might be the best start to any man’s career anywhere.
click for more on mr. newman  harry nilsson, ry cooder and van dyke parks, who is not a rabbi, officially.

if you count nilsson sings newman, which you should, because it would be crazy not to, randy newman’s first five albums — the self-titled debut from 1968 co-produced by grand rabbi van dyke parks; 12 songs from 1970, with ry cooder on slide guitar; the ecstatically good album he made with harry nilsson that came out one month earlier; sail away, maybe the best of them all; and good old boys, the album that john dos passos and robert penn warren would’ve made if they had collaborated or been excellent musicians — might be the best start to any man’s career anywhere.

click for more on mr. newman  harry nilssonry cooder and van dyke parks, who is not a rabbi, officially.

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"now there’s the black cross, the green cross, the white cross, the double cross, the criss-cross, and the lost cross. and the cross gets awful heavy at different times, but one is supposed to keep on going on and carrying the cross on his shoulder, because you ain’t supposed to let no cross cross you up. you’re supposed to let a cross help you get across. and if you let a cross help you get across, you won’t get crossed up but you’ll be on the cross ‘cause you done got across on the cross. so if you can remember this, you won’t get lost on the cross while you’re trying to get across. so we’re just here to let you know about it. i know that you knew already, ‘cause y’all the hippest people in the world, hip black and white. but you still know that you got a cross you must deal with. so when it crosses you up, go on and deal with it, and leave it alone."
- rahsaan roland kirk, giving the most important speech since harry nilsson’s the point

"now there’s the black cross, the green cross, the white cross, the double cross, the criss-cross, and the lost cross. and the cross gets awful heavy at different times, but one is supposed to keep on going on and carrying the cross on his shoulder, because you ain’t supposed to let no cross cross you up. you’re supposed to let a cross help you get across. and if you let a cross help you get across, you won’t get crossed up but you’ll be on the cross ‘cause you done got across on the cross. so if you can remember this, you won’t get lost on the cross while you’re trying to get across. so we’re just here to let you know about it. i know that you knew already, ‘cause y’all the hippest people in the world, hip black and white. but you still know that you got a cross you must deal with. so when it crosses you up, go on and deal with it, and leave it alone."

- rahsaan roland kirk, giving the most important speech since harry nilsson’s the point

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don’t worry, the all-seeing eye of harry will watch over you in 2012. the blazer on his producer richard perry will keep you warm, too.

don’t worry, the all-seeing eye of harry will watch over you in 2012. the blazer on his producer richard perry will keep you warm, too.

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#887: harry nilsson - gotta get up (1971)

yes! here we are! it’s a new day, a new month, a new year! let’s do this! come quick, everybody! that’s the spirit! team! on three! stretch! up and at them! onwards! upwards! onwards and upwards!

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#839: harry nilsson and shelley duvall - he needs me (popeye, dir. robert altman, 1980)

i will commit vegetable-powered violence against any man who makes the uproarious claim that harry nilsson couldn’t reach the romantically glorious heights climbed by his friend and fellow hollywood songwriter randy newman. anyone who disagrees that he needs me is one of the finest wet-eyed moments in swelling cinematic sounds is a no better than alliterative oxblood oxheart, harry hotcash, j. wellington wimpy, bill barnacle, poopdeck pappy or george w. geezil.

blutos are blutos because they’re untouched by the words “love can turn the wheel.”

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bluto: not a harry nilsson fan, but he should have been.

bluto: not a harry nilsson fan, but he should have been.

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#823: the everly brothers - cathy’s clown (1960, live)

elliott smith isn’t rhyming when he sings, “first the mic/ then a half cigarette/ singing cathy’s clown,” but it gets me every time anyhow. so does cathy’s clown, so does phil everly’s pickguard on the guitar he played when on t.v. the year it came out, and so does don’s.

see also: harry nilsson plays cathy’s clown and other everly brothers songs.

see also, also: the everly brothers play another song harry nilsson covered.

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#815: harry nilsson - the p.o.v. waltz (1971)

i apologize for the generally light posting recently, but i’m sure you’ll understand that i’ve been very busy with the first three weeks of a private 70-day celebration of harry nilsson’s 70th birthday. he would be celebrating it, too, if he hadn’t gone and done what keith moon and mama cass also once did in his bedroom, which is die. keeping in mind those departures, the 70-70 celebration consists of sitting down after a long day in the newsroom with a cold glass of water (with a slice of lemon) and watching a full viewing of the point!, the thinking man’s yellow submarine.

the duck dance hasn’t gotten tired yet, friends.

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phrases i’d get tattooed if i got tattoos and liked nihilism as much as nilsson, #1: “a point in every direction is the same as no point at all.”
(from harry nilsson’s very fine the point!)

phrases i’d get tattooed if i got tattoos and liked nihilism as much as nilsson, #1: “a point in every direction is the same as no point at all.”

(from harry nilsson’s very fine the point!)

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#779: the everly brothers - walk right back (1961, tennessee ernie ford show)

this walk right back isn’t as good as harry nilsson’s, but nothing is. and being sad that something’s not nilsson is no way to live, friends—it’ll make you too blue. besides, the everly brothers did do the song first, which is something, and they have nice neckwear and completely respectable pompadours. plus there are two brief but wonderful glimpses of barely concealed rage after a harmony hiccup about half a minute in.

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#760: the monkees - wfld jingle bumper (1980)

have to remember to listen to more monkees, especially pisces, aquarius, capricorn & jones ltd., but especially headquarters. also should remember to listen to more turtles, who are even better, especially the turtles present the battle of the bands, which friends i am here to tell you is good. how was it that chip douglas was in the turtles and also produced the monkees—and was, by all accounts, besties with harry nilsson?

have to remember to email chip douglas. “chip,” i’ll say. “how are you!”

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#737: randy newman - god’s song (1972, old grey whistle test)

this is so self-evident that it doesn’t even need to be said, but it’s so true i’ll say it anyway: randy newman is one of the five best songwriters in the history of the world. “lord, no man is free” is the saddest line of the 1970s, but then so is “you must be crazy to put your faith in me.”

it’s also good to see old grey whistle test was hosted by bonnie “prince” billy’s  granddad.

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