I Love LA

Album: Trouble In Paradise (1983)
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  • Hate New York City
    It's cold and it's damp
    And all the people dressed like monkeys
    Let's leave Chicago to the Eskimos
    That town's a little too rugged
    For you and me, you bad girl

    Rollin' down the Imperial Highway
    With a big nasty redhead at my side
    Santa Ana wind blowin' hot from the north
    And we was born to ride

    Roll down the window, put down the top
    Crank up the Beach Boys, baby
    Don't let the music stop
    We're gonna ride it till we just can't ride it no more

    From the South Bay to the Valley
    From the West Side to the East Side
    Everybody's very happy
    'Cause the sun is shining all the time
    Looks like another perfect day

    I love L.A. (We love it)
    I love L.A. (We love it)

    Look at that mountain
    Look at those trees
    Look at that bum over there, man
    He's down on his knees
    Look at these women
    There ain't nothin' like em nowhere

    Century Boulevard (We love it)
    Victory Boulevard (We love it)
    Santa Monica Boulevard (We love it)
    Sixth Street (We love it, we love it)

    I love L.A.
    I love L.A.
    (We love it)
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Comments: 4

  • Alan from London, United KingdomThe song was featured in the hilarious Leslie Nielsen movie "Naked Gun"
  • Rich from La, CaThanks Laura, there's a lot of popular myths out there about Randy Newman's Homage to my hometown. Most were started by folks who hate LA.

    And you are right, this is still the first song that plays at the conclusion of all Laker Home Victory's. Its our anthem.
  • Mark from Byrdstown, TnWhat the hell ever happened to Newman? Other than the theme song for "Monk" what is he up to these days?
  • Laura from Cypress, CaTo my knowledge (I was involved in the making of the music video) Randy did not write "I Love LA" because he had been asked to compose a theme for the 1984 Olympics. The song and video were released in early 1983 at which time, thanks to VH1 and MTV, it received national attention. Within months of its' release, Randy and Laura (the big nasty redhead) promoted the song which became popular with radio stations and their listeners who called for the City of LA to adopt the song as the official city anthem. At the same time, Frank Sinatra released "LA is my Lady", which appealed to a different audience. Although the City of LA did not want to officially adopt either song, they did recognize Randy at a city council meeting in which he received a city proclomation. In 1984, Nike aired a commercial which used the song "I Love LA" and featured a few of the US Olympians. This was the songs only tie to the 1984 Olympics. The Los Angeles Lakers did and quite possibly still do play the song at their games. Another interesting fact...the "I Love LA" video was the only non-Michael Jackson video up for "Best Video" at the 1983 American Video Awards. Unfortunately, it did not win.
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