I Love L.A. / Randy Newman / Tim Newman / 1983

I Love L.A. / Randy Newman / Tim Newman / 1983


Footnotes

Newman knows L.A. in a way celebrities who live here generally don‘t, and he appreciates it —both the subtleties and the abominations— in a way most us of here don’t bother to. For Newman it‘s less a company town and more home, as well as a logical landscape for his creative and political idiosyncrasies: He talks fervently about the color-coded inequities of public schools (“It’s really sad”), about the north Long BeachCompton rivalry, about the shifting demographics in South Los Angeles (“Where did all the black people go?” he asks me at one point), about his affinity for the Harbor Freeway (“It‘s one of those obscure roads, but it goes a long way”) and his dislike of Santa Monica Boulevard (“Ugly from start to finish”). ➡︎

"I like the aggressive ignorance, the sort of proud ignorance of the city,” he said. “There’s a little bit of it in ‘I Love L.A.’” ➡︎


Extras

◼︎ Randy Newman Isn't Kidding / Christopher Connelly / Rolling Stone / 1983


Sources

◼︎ White Man With Attitude / Erin Aubry Kaplan / LA Weekly / 2001

◼︎ Randy Newman really loves L.A. / Sarah Rothbard / Zocalo Public Square / 2014


Shotgun Freeway: Drives Thru Lost L.A. / Morgan Neville & Harry Pallenberg / 1995

Shotgun Freeway: Drives Thru Lost L.A. / Morgan Neville & Harry Pallenberg / 1995

All Roads Lead to Rome / The Stranglers / Dave Stump / 1983

All Roads Lead to Rome / The Stranglers / Dave Stump / 1983