Norm Sherman is the best song writer that ever lived.
There I said it!
I found this podcast after a friend passed a link to Radioactive Runaways and I immediately bought his CD anddownloaded every other song by Norm in the archives. And I really do think that Norm may be the wittiest, best song writer that ever lived. Now, I know it's totally subjective and like comparing apples to rutabagas, and not all songs are going for the absurdly clever crown. I'm a big fan of Weird Al, but he relies on the punch of a coversong. I also like Steven Lynch and Coulton but don't think either of them are in Norm's league in most regards. I can't think of any other rhyming wiz capable of something like
I found you in a basin, full of radiation, a nuclear reservoir power plant station,
A starry-eyed tenderfoot terrapin swimmin in trashbins brimmin with uranium mutagens
Transformation, total mutation, turtle sent by Satan to destroy every nation
My my my they grow up so fast
maybe Jason Mraz?
And of course the music is great too, and catchy. The flow of 75 lines is really amazing and when you read the individual lines they are great. And then I find out each line is about a story from the podcast!
I feel like I could post tons of examples to back up my statement about Norm. Not expecting anybody to say Norm's songs suck really, rather, asking examples of other stuff worthy of comparative analysis.