Friday, March 04, 2011
I've mentioned here that I very much enjoy the music of mathematician Tom Leherer. Needless to say, I look forward to reading the entirety of this A.V. Club interview (HT: Snedcat) once I get home today. "Weird Al" Yankovic adds his two cents' worth at the end:
Tom Lehrer is one of my two living musical idols (Stan Freberg being the other). Even though his lifelong recorded output was not what you would call voluminous, the undisputed brilliance of those songs has inspired hero worship among several generations of fans of satire and funny music. I've never met Mr. Lehrer in person, but we've exchanged a couple letters and phone calls. (I was thrilled beyond words when he started quoting lines from my movie UHF!) I tried my best to get him to appear on my ill-fated CBS Saturday-morning kids show, but he declined. I knew it was a long shot: Lehrer treasures his anonymity so much that he has never allowed publicity photos to be taken for his albums, and he's successfully managed to avoid the spotlight for more than three decades. I've always kind of considered him the J.D. Salinger of demented music.And, I guess, since I'll be coming back to read the interview, I'll take this opportunity to remind myself to buy some of his music already/recommend it to my readers.