Sometimes you do seem like the smartest person on here, PF, even if you're the youngest.
I just still stick with my belief that just because you happen to not like something, doesn't necessarily mean it's wrong, and someone's wrong for liking it. Uriah Heep are amazing musicians, they had great chemistry and great songs, Randy Newman can write songs... that's it. Heep really weren't image either, they were one of the bands from the 70's that I think were not as focused on image. And on a note unrelated to Newman, punk was so much born out of image the music was left too far behind, when one thinks of punk they think of the image, and it takes some digging to realize what the music really was. But, I love punk and was semi-raised on it anyway, I actually love all music forms that aren't rap, disco, opera or pure pop music. I can also admit the down sides of all genres, I can completely understand why a lot of people hate Progressive Rock, tons of meandering solos and depressing concept albums, among many other things. I just happen to love it all, and alongside how I love the simple-almost-idiotic anger of The Ramones and The Stooges, or however you could describe it. The point being, you can think Randy Newman is a better songwriter than those of Uriah Heep, but you can't think he's a better musician because that'd just be silly.
I never thought I'd be putting together Uriah Heep and Randy Newman in one paragraph... The nonsensicalness of it shows in this posts lack of cohesion.
Hide, Witch, Hide!
The Good Folks come to Burn Thee
Their Keen Enjoyment hid Behind
The Gothic Mask of Duty!