Annoying Music For The Academy Awards Hollywood is hosting its annual "fight night" Sunday: It's the 82nd annual Academy Awards. Jim Nayder, host of The Annoying Music Show! on Chicago Public Radio, recently sat down with Scott Simon to prove that talent on screen does not necessarily translate to talent on tape.
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(Soundbite of music)

SIMON: Now, this is music from the film "Avatar," whose score is composed by James Horner and yes, its been nominated for an Oscar. But not going to spend much time on the actual nominees. You can tune in tomorrow on WEEKEND EDITION SUNDAY. Liane Hansen talks to Andy Trudeau.

But WEEKEND EDITION SATURDAY has its own award category. Our Oscar for most annoying music goes to Jim Nayder, the host of the thats a compliment, though, he is the host of THE ANNOYING MUSIC SHOW, on Chicago Public Radio. He joins us from their studios. Im surprised they havent locked the door on you, Jim. How are you?

Mr. JIM NAYDER (Host, "The Annoying Music Show"): Scott, Im on so many antidepressants, I could run the circus blindfolded.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Oh, boy.

Mr. NAYDER: Its a thankless job.

SIMON: You have a selection of a dimly related Academy Award music for us, right?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: Yes, you know, its the most, I would say - after the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Dean Martin Roasts - the Oscars are Americas most significant telecast. And everybody talks about it, and no one talks about the Academy Award winners who sing lousy. So thats where we come to the rescue.

SIMON: Now, you know, they provide me some notes here. Im told our first song is from a tough guy who has won Oscars for two tough films. Yes?

Mr. NAYDER: He shows up pretty much every year nominated for something at the Academy Awards, but not for his singing.

(Soundbite of song, Gold Fever)

Mr. CLINT EASTWOOD (Singer): (Singing) I would give the world to see how I used to be when I had no ax to grind except for chopping wood. Day was day, and night was night, wrong was never right. Didnt matter where I went as much as where I stood.

SIMON: Is this Clint Eastwood?

Mr. NAYDER: Excellent.

Simon: Is this Clint Eastwood?

Mr. NAYDER: Yes, yes it is.

SIMON: He, what was it? "Brigadoon," "Paint Your Wagon"? He made a movie musical.

Mr. NAYDER: I think it was "Paint Your Wagon" because he paints very...

SIMON: He is a very erudite man. I mean, his music in his films is wonderful. Burke(ph) could you lift that up again? Let me give another listen.

Mr. NAYDER: Here comes the chorus.

Mr. EASTWOOD: (Singing) And Ive got gold fever, no romp n rollin girl and fellow stuck, cause you've got gold fever.

SIMON: Well, I think I know where youd - probably have some problem finding this on iTunes.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: OK, you introduce the next performer.

Mr. NAYDER: This is probably the worst mismatch of song and artist in the history of annoying music.

(Soundbite of song, Ruby)

Mr. WALTER BRENNAN (Actor, Singer): (Singing) Ruby, are you contemplating going out somewhere, the shadow on the wall tells me that the sun is going down, Ruby, dont change your love to town.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Grandpappy Amos?

Mr. NAYDER: McCoy.

SIMON: Grandpappy McCoy, Amos McCoy, yes, right, Walter Brennan.

Mr. NAYDER: Exactly.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: Three-time Academy Award winner.

SIMON: Is this somebody imitating Walter Brennan or is this

Mr. NAYDER: No, no.

SIMON: Walter Brennan was a great actor, much underappreciated. Nowadays, people think of him just as

Mr. NAYDER: Three Academy Awards. I dont think anybody has won that many except maybe Burt Reynolds.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Burt Reynolds had been nominated for a couple of Academy Awards.

Mr. NAYDER: Oh, thats true.

SIMON: Did he even win one? I could be contradicted.

Mr. NAYDER: I actually have him singing, if youd like to hear it.

SIMON: Do you have Burt Reynolds singing?

Mr. NAYDER: I do.

SIMON: Seriously?

Mr. NAYDER: Seriously.

(Soundbite of song)

Mr. REYNOLDS: (Singing) Lions and apes, tower keeps, Captain Marvel flying. Skipping rocks, building blocks and Joe Palooka fighting.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Oh gosh, oh, my word.

(Soundbite of song)

Mr. REYNOLDS: (Singing) (unintelligible) flying, skipping rocks, building blocks and Joe Palooka fighting.

SIMON: Oh, my word.

Mr. NAYDER: By instant request.

SIMON: Now, I dont recognize that song.

Mr. NAYDER: No, I think thats an original song that someone wrote for him, but I have no idea who.

SIMON: I bet people have kidded him about his singing before, right?

Mr. NAYDER: I know I have.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: You know, I understand that we have another original composition on tap.

Mr. NAYDER: Yes, and this winner of two Best Supporting Actor Oscars answers the age-old question

(Soundbite of song, What is Love)

Mr. ANTHONY QUINN (Actor, Singer): (Singing) What is love? I dont know, you know, when I was a kid, I wondered what would love be like, when it happened to me? I mean, would it be the same as loving cherry pie or riding a bike? Hey look mom, no hands, snitching a drag on a cigarette? It hardly seemed likely, I mean, so I asked around, hey, what is love?

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Is that Anthony Quinn?

Mr. NAYDER: Yes, sir.

SIMON: Saying cherry pie

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Would love be like cherry pie. Somebody said, Anthony Quinns the man we need for this song?

Mr. NAYDER: Its Zorbalicious.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: It just goes on and on and after this recording, many states established their first anti-stalking laws, I think.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: I understand that we have here, on tap, a recording from an actual Oscar winning singer and songwriter.

Mr. NAYDER: Absolutely.

SIMON: So, what could possibly be wrong with this?

(Soundbite of song, Young Gifted & Black)

Sir ELTON JOHN (Singer, Songwriter): (Singing) Young, gifted and black, we must begin to tell our young, theres a world waiting for you, this is a quest thats just begun, when you feel really low, yeah, theres a great truth you should know, when youre young, gifted and black, your souls intact

SIMON: This is Stevie Wonder?

Mr. NAYDER: No. Reginald Dwight. Thats the name he was using when he recorded this song.

SIMON: Reginald Dwight - oh, this is like, Colin Firth?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: This is Sir Elton John.

SIMON: This is Elton John? Oh, lets bring this up again. Can I hear this?

(Soundbite of song, Young Gifted & Black)

Sir ELTON JOHN: (Singing) Oh but my joy of today, is that we can all be proud to say, to be young, gifted and black, is where its at

SIMON: Now, now, OK, now it hears a little bit like

Mr. NAYDER: He won the Oscar in 94 for The Lion King, but back when he was a 18-, 19-year-old, he was a session musician. And they used to pump out these Top of the Pops albums, and he would cover all the top 10 hits, so...

SIMON: But before he was Sir Elton John, so then this is really a bit of interesting history here, isnt it?

Mr. NAYDER: The first time that Ive ever been on your show with anything interesting, so

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: I dont know how it happened.

SIMON: It happens every now and then. It happens every now and then.

Mr. NAYDER: Well, I just hope Sir Elton John might be listening and will not sue anyone.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Well, you mean you. Jim Nayder, whos hosting THE ANNOYING MUSIC SHOW on Chicago Public Radio - and thousands, thousands of public radio stations throughout the country that are finding it hard to fill air time. Jeff, thanks very much.

Mr. NAYDER: Scott, its never a pleasure.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of music)


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