Music: The Smiler with a Knife

Pop's premier satirist draws a sharp bead on lotus land

"Well," said Randy Newman, right on time for a party in Santa Monica, "when do all the other bores get here?"

Any time now. And they may even walk in whistling a Randy Newman tune. Not one of those devastating early songs like Davy the Fat Boy or Vine St. or even Sail Away. More likely they will be puckering their lips around one of the novelty numbers of comparatively recent vintage, like Short People. (Remember "Short people got no reason to live"?) Says the...

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