The Song In My Head


Nilsson Does Popeye
September 29, 2008, 8:02 pm
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Hands down.. Harry Nilsson is on my top ten list as a direct musical influence. And as far as childhood movies go, Popeye (Robin Williams 1st film) leads the pack in greatness. So obviously I was more than pleased to learn that these two were connected together via some strange, sea-shanty cold fusion. I dug into teh internets to find out just how this came to be. Here’s what I unearthed:

“For Robert Altman’s 1980 film Popeye, he recruited Harry Nilsson to do the songs and Van Dyke Parks to do the film score. The songs were sung in the film by the characters, a la any musical, but the original demos of Harry singing them still exist.

Apparently Harry was not the clear cut choice to do the songs according to Altman, “Nobody wanted him at first except Robin Williams. Everyone said ‘You’ll get in trouble with him — he’ll get drunk; he won’t do it; he’s all washed up.’ As a matter of fact I said all of those things about Harry to Robin myself one day. Then I went home and thought about it and said to myself, ‘Jesus, that’s what some people are saying about me!’ So I called Harry Nilsson, because I had never met him in my life, and we got along terrifically.”

If you don’t know much about Harry Nilsson, just do yourself a favor and click here or here and I promise you will be dazzled. Plus you can laugh at how I shamelessly rip him off!  There is a reason the Beatles said Nilsson was their favorite “group”.. and favorite solo artist :)

Sweet Pea’s Lullaby (demo)

Sweet Pea’s Lullaby

He Needs Me

Everything Is Food (demo)