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    Tom Lehrer

    Anybody heard of this guy? A friend of mine sent me a couple of his songs and I have to say they're really good. He's known for doing novelty songs, which include: New Math, The Elements, and Oedipus Rex, and others. I don't know many more, I only got sent those three, but I was wondering if anybody here has heard of him. So?

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    Re: Tom Lehrer

    He's pretty famous, in an underground kind of way. Generally liked by the same people who are into Monty Python. Some of his stuff was played on Dr. Demento. His most famous songs are Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, and Masochism Tango. Classics, all.
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    Re: Tom Lehrer

    Vatican Rag is one of my favorites. The two listed above are also very funny.

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    Re: Tom Lehrer

    Tom Lehrer is great..I first heard him back in high school when my science teacher played us the Element song.
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    Re: Tom Lehrer

    Definitely. Love the element song.

    I saw a local production that was a performance piece set to his music. The music was really good; the performance was... local.

    One of my favorites is "The Wild West is where I wanna be," all about the government testing nuclear devices in the desert.
    "Say, uh, ever hear of the devil's paint pots? Real mystery of the desert. Bubblin' pots of mud in all kinds of colors."

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    Re: Tom Lehrer

    This goes back a few years! I remember Tom Lehrer from about 30-40 years ago when he was on a popular "alternative news" type TV show called "That Was The Week That Was." (or TW3) I always thought the Vatican Rag was an irreverant classic.
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