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Meet the Parents
     

Meet the Parents

by Randy Newman
 
"Show me a man who's gentle and kind, and I'll show you a loser," sings a lush male choir at the start of versatile composer Randy Newman's soundtrack to Meet the Parents. In this case, the loser is Greg Focker (Ben Stiller), whose first meeting with his fiancée's parents leads to comic disaster when his potential

Overview

"Show me a man who's gentle and kind, and I'll show you a loser," sings a lush male choir at the start of versatile composer Randy Newman's soundtrack to Meet the Parents. In this case, the loser is Greg Focker (Ben Stiller), whose first meeting with his fiancée's parents leads to comic disaster when his potential father-in-law (Robert DeNiro) takes an immediate disliking to him. Unsurprisingly, Newman focuses on the hapless Focker: On his barbed solo albums, Newman loves to revel in a character's inadequacies, and in this case, Focker is "A Fool in Love." The songs on Meet the Parents have roots in New Orleans. Newman faithfully covers Fats Domino's "Poor Me" and creates a bluesy two-step for "I Got My Mojo Workin'" (rest assured, his mojo lets him down: It "just won't work on you"). Bobby Womack's great "I'm Your Puppet" and New Orleans classics from the lively Lee Dorsey ("Ya-Ya") and Dr. John ("Big Chief") conclude the album. In between the mojos and ya-ya's, Newman's orchestral themes abandon the regional flavors for spacious dialogues between strings and muted horns (and the occasional choir). One might wish for more of Newman's poisoned-pen lyrics, but nevertheless, it's hard to resist Meet the Parents' tales of a loser in love.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The original soundtrack to Jay Roach's Meet the Parents features an enjoyable mix of pop songs and Randy Newman's original score. Newman also contributes covers of Fats Domino's "Poor Me" and "I Got My Mojo Workin'" along with a new song, "A Fool in Love." Bobby Womack's "I'm Your Puppet," Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya," and Dr. John's "Big Chief" round out the album's soulful pop selections. Newman's whimsical score includes pieces with titles like "Could You Milk Me?" and "Wrong Cat," which complement Roach's antic directing style nicely.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0600445028623
catalogNumber:
450286

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Performance Credits

Randy Newman   Primary Artist
Lee Dorsey   Track Performer
Dr. John   Track Performer
Bobby Womack   Track Performer
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Bob Glaub   Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
Marc Ford   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lee Dorsey   Composer
Randy Newman   Producer,Orchestration
Harold Battiste   Producer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Frank Wolf   Producer,Engineer
Randall Poster   Executive Producer
Jonathan Sacks   Orchestration
Bruno Coon   Producer
Jay Roach   Executive Producer
Don Davis   Orchestration

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