Most people over the age of 30 or so remember The Point, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson's pop fable from 1971. The story of a round headed boy (Oblio) in a pointy world. I was probably about seven or so when my mom got us this record and I have to say, I thought it pretty hipyy drippy even then, at 7. It still smacks a little too much of the 70s for my taste, but it is sweet, with a lovely message so I try to push past it on occasion. I love the needlepoint cover. And it's not that I don't love Nilsson—he did write "One" afterall, a genius song (Three Dog night, later covered by Aimee Mann for the Magnolia soundtrack.) And the theme to The Courtship of Eddie's Father, though mega-sappy, is sooo delightfully sweet. And then there is Nilsson's big promotion of Randy Newman, a very very big fave of mine (he recorded a whole album of Newman songs.)
Harry Nilsson, "Everything's Got 'Em"
Harry Nilsson, "Me and My Arrow"
Harry Nilsson, "Are you Sleeping"
Bonus Song: Harry Nilsson, "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" Theme
The Point tracks are from vinyl so for the whole story, remastered and clean sounding, buy it here.