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Strange Weirdos: Music From & Inspired By the Film 'Knocked Up'

Loudon Wainwright IIIAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Grey In L.A. (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. You Can't Fail Me Now (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Daughter (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ypsilanti (Album Version)Joe Henry 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. So Much To Do (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Valley Morning (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. X or Y (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Final Frontier (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Feel So Good (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lullaby (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Naomi (Album Version)Joe Henry 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Doin' The Math (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Strange Weirdos (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Passion Play (Album Version)Loudon Wainwright III 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 


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'Older Than My Old Man Now' - Loudon Wainwright III

As his new album's title relates, Loudon Wainwright III is 'Older Than My Old Man Now' -- his old man, of course, being the late Loudon Wainwright, Jr., the esteemed Life Magazine columnist and senior editor.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B000P6R82C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rather than an ordinary film soundtrack, this might more accurately be considered an exceptional Loudon Wainwright album. A diehard Wainwright fan, director Judd Apatow explains in his liner notes that he asked the singer-songwriter to score Knocked Up, Apatow's first film since The 40-Year-Old Virgin, only to learn that Wainwright was about to embark on his next recording project with producer Joe Henry. The resulting album features material that Wainwright had written before the film score that the director wanted to use, other cuts that are instrumental snippets in the movie but are songs with lyrics on the album, and still others that take thematic inspiration from the film. While Wainwright so often writes lacerating and hilariously personal material, many of these songs are more like character studies, with a musical range that extends from the ragtime "So Much to Do" (one of two songs written with Henry) and the call-and-response of the chromosome ditty "X or Y" to the Brecht/Weill cabaret tinge of "Final Frontier" to the bluesy "Doin' the Math." Among the musicians providing stellar support are guitarists Richard Thompson and Greg Leisz and keyboardists Patrick Warren and Van Dyke Parks. --Don McLeese

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Legendary singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III's memorable collection of quirky and ironic songs for Judd Apatow's (40-Year- Old-Virgin) comedy feature Knocked Up. Co-written and produced by Joe Henry.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music you can ignore!(?) June 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
To borrow a phrase from John Cusack's character from "High Fidelity" I sometimes want music I can ignore. This pretty much sums up all of Loudon's music for me. I can always have it playing in the background and tune in when I feel like it. It seeps into my head and pretty soon I realize I have been listening to some amazing songs. I discovered Loudon with "Last Man on Earth" and have been hooked since. I keep hoping others will catch on to his music and when I heard about this project I was nervous. Will he try to be too commercial? Will this become another one of those "Ally McBeal" moments? (You know what I mean...the whist full walk into the ending credits while a song plays and the characters take turns looking into the camera so we can all learn the episode's lessons.) But I should not have worried. Turns out he has been making music that could always be played during the ending credits but the difference is that his words will teach you what the actors cannot.
"You Can't Fail Me Now" may be just about the best song I have heard in some time. So honest it hurts. "Daughter" has been one my favorites for sometime. How does a man who write such amazing melodies toil in relative obscurity?
Others have written more poetically about the songs and the CD as a whole. All I can add it this...put on the CD, do some cleaning or have some tea. Maybe clean the garage or sit by a fire and let the music just play. Pretty soon you tune in and realize you were not ignoring this music because Loudon will not be ignored. He will find his way into your soul because he is sharing so much of his. As for this being a soundtrack...I think his music has always been a soundtrack. First for his life...then for ours. Get this CD, get hooked and don't ignore him any longer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! August 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I found this album after searching for the song at the end of the movie "Knocked Up" ("Daughter", playing during the credits). I bought the album blind, and every song is great (imho). Since then I've heard about Rufus and Martha, and there are several good articles on the web about the album. Kind of folksy, kind of rock. Great lyrics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! July 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
That director Judd Apatow selected Loudon Wainwright to score his film, and that the latter happily accepted, reveals a lot about the cockeyed sense of humor that both men possess. This is a warm, albeit skewed, view of love and parenthood that will delight any longtime Wainwright fan and, for the uninitiated, will serve as a good introduction to his songwriting skills. One hopes it will also persuade fans of the film to look into his extensive back catalogue of witty and sometimes mordantly hilarious music. Keep up the good work, Loudon!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Combination:Knocked Up and Loudon July 16, 2007
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
What a great way for new generations to discover Loudon Wainwright III. I've been a fan of his for years and would have bought the cd eventually anyway but after seeing the movie "Knocked Up" and realizing his music was the soundtrack, I rushed to order it. I love "Grey in L.A." and of course, "Daughter" and have grown to love every cut, even the instrumentals. His lyrics are quirky and memorable and every song is a winner. I honestly think this music can appeal to a wide range of listeners, young and old.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to LW3 December 3, 2007
By MB2
Format:Audio CD
I went back and forth on whether to buy this CD. I loved "Grey in L.A." from the film Knocked Up, but had read that some of the other songs were a little too off-kilter to make the whole album worthwhile. After finally taking the plunge and getting the album, I was pleasently surprised at how good this CD is from top to bottom. Of course "Grey in L.A." is a fantastic sarcastic look at life in SoCal. "Daughter" is an amazing poingnant song about being a father. "You Can't Fail Me Now" is a wonderful change of pace and quite sentimental. "X or Y" is an awesome romp with a touch of soul. These are the highlights of the album, but many of the other songs are definitely listenable, while not exactly outstanding. This was my first foray into the music of Loudon Wainwright III, and I was lucky enough to see him live just this past week. I guess I am hooked as I recently ordered the albums History and Career Moves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Beautiful Music July 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw "Knocked Up" twice at the theatre and was mezmerized by Loudon Wainwright III's beautiful voice and musical score. This soundtrack is lovely, especially "Grey in L.A.", "Daughter", "Lullaby", "Naomi" and "Strange Weirdos". Don't let the title fool you. This CD is beautiful music to listen to. I highly recommend this soundtrack and would give it more stars if they were allowed. **********
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waters Will Rise May 25, 2008
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"Oh, take off her clothes and throw her in the river, Wash her body & stick it in the sun; Give that gal everything you can give her, you can give her the bullets if you can give her the gun." Loudon Wainwright III hooked me with these strange weirdo lyrics on "Glenville Reel/The Suicide Song" from Album II. What a powerful little blast of wit, humor & double-entendre! Most of his music is in my collection including his delightful swing contribution of "After You've Gone" to the soundtrack album of The Aviator.

I loved the movie "Knocked Up," one of the few comedies where I actually break out laughing. When I heard Wainwright's voice, I knew I had to check out this album. Of the many strong songs, three are currently my very favorites. "You Can't Fail Me Now" written by Loudon & Joe Henry is a lovely song with a melody that reflects for me sticking with a relationship even through hard times, "We're taught to love the worst of us & mercy more than life, but trust me: Mercy's just a warning shot across the bow; I live for yours and you can't fail me now." It's a song born of experience and tempered by great love. Peter Blegvad wrote "Daughter" that is a perfect fit for Loudon's wry delivery, "That's my daughter in the water, everything she owns, I bought her. ... Everything she takes, she takes apart." (Reminds me of my daughter who would tie one doll arm to one doorknob and the other to another just to see how far they would stretch. ... We wound up with a number of disabled Barbies.) Mose Allison's "Feel So Good" is a sweet shuffle that sets your toe tapping and puts a smile on my face everytime it plays.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Loudon
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.

Loudon Wainwright III has always been one of those guys that is just... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, You Talkin' To Me?
Loudon, an old friend that k tried to keep my guitar from gathering dust, Pat Browne(that's with an 'E') would play the songs over and over til we got it close. Read more
Published 15 months ago by drsplash
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of an album from a musically adept storyteller
I really liked this album - a true gem from Loudon Wainwright, a wonderful musician and storyteller. Read more
Published 21 months ago by prepgal
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
this soundtrack is even better than the other reviews said. (so glad i read them- they have much better info than i can provide). really worth every penny. Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Just by chance one day, my daughter and my husband and I were watching TV and turned to the movie "Knocked Up". Read more
Published on November 22, 2009 by Carole Holler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this artist!
Loved the movie and was thrilled when I found out Louden Wainwright III was the composer! Check out "IWIWAL"! Funny!
Published on November 3, 2009 by Vic S.
4.0 out of 5 stars This album is `pregnant with emotion'...
If you've read my recently posted review of `Knocked Up' you'll know that I cried (yes, CRIED) at the end of the film when the song `Daughter' started to play. Read more
Published on October 21, 2009 by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Loudon Wainwright Album
As a lover of folk music and catchy pop, I'm not quite sure how I've managed to not listen to Loudon Wainwright before this album. Read more
Published on August 19, 2009 by Deborah McGrane
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting CD
This was the first Loudon Wainwright iii cd I purchased mainly for the song Daughter.I was surprised at the cd because I did not expect much from the rest of it. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by P. F. Christensen
1.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable
This works well as soundtrack music, as it just plays in the background and it's completely forgettable, so that way you can concentrate on what's happening in the movie. Read more
Published on June 11, 2009 by A P
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