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  1. Watching that and remembering hearing that song for the first time reminds me again how bleak the future appeared when I was 16. Now that I'm 55 I wonder how in the hell I ever believed otherwise in the interim. Maybe it's partly due to how that morose, spastic genius who wrote and performed that song ended up making millions composing inoffensive jingles for Disney cartoons. I often wonder if the 2016 version of Randy Newman is ever visited in his nightmares by the 1976 version. I sometimes wonder if they have anything in common anymore.

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