For casual Randy Newman fans, it's the movies that matter
At the start of our favorite decade, Randy Newman started concentrating on movie scores, leaving him with only two solo albums in the ’80s.
His first album featured the iconic I Love L.A. that despite its continued sports and pop culture relevance, only made it to No. 110 on the singles charts in 1983. In 1988, Newman got as high as No. 60 with It’s Money That Matters from the album Land of Dreams.
The video features Laura Howard Graito, who reprises her I Love L.A. role as “the big nasty redhead at my side” and features Mark Knoplfer who plays guitar and appears in the video.
Another song you may be familiar with from Land of Dreams is the instrumental Dixie Flyer of which a snipet was used weekly for NPR’s popular radio show Car Talk.
Newman scored three movies in the ‘80s - Ragtime, The Natural and Parenthood - before becoming omnipresent on movies scores with movies like Toy Story and songs like You Got A Friend In Me.