After Barry's song was used in the opening credits of the film Juno, a new audience discovered his music for the first time. Adult fans began singing many of the sweet, simple love songs Barry has written over the last three decades and asking about his other songs.
Here are sixteen of Barry's original love songs, along with newer versions of a few songs and the original tag ending of "All I Want is You" that was not included in the film JUNO.
Here is the back story of how Barry's song "All I Want is You" was chosen for the film: While searching iTunes for songs for his new movie, Jason Reitman stumbled across Barry's original song "All I Want is You" from Barry's 1977 recording titled "My Brother Thinks He's a Banana." The film director was looking for another song when he typed in the wrong title and discovered Barry's 30-year old song...a song that Barry almost left off his second album when it was released.
Jason Reitman, the director of the film, contacted Barry and asked if he could use the song in the opening credits of his new movie. The song appears over the animation sequence at the beginning of the Academy Award winning film. It is also the first song on the soundtrack recording which won a Grammy Award, went Platinum, and has sold over a million copies throughout the world.
Following the success of the Juno Soundtrack, Rhino Records released a second recording, Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs. These are additional songs from the Junoverse that director Jason Reitman would have liked to have included in the original film. Barry's song Me and You, which he recorded on his first album in 1975, was included in that collection. Also included on that album was a cover song of All I Want is You -- recorded by Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches.
A clip of Barry's original recording was played at the Academy awards, a songbook of the soundtrack music was published by Hal Leonard Music and there have been numerous covers of Barry's song from the Grammy Award Winning album--including one by Tristan Prettyman.
In January, 2012, Barry's song was played on the national television show American Idol.
There are now thousands of cover versions of people singing Barry's song on YouTube and three covers of All I Want is You on the We're Not Kidding! tribute album. Barry's original song is currently being used in a National TV ad in the US and Canada and has aired on television all over the world.
The collection "Naturally Sweetened" contains not only the original versions of "All I Want Is You" and "Me and You" from JUNO, but also alternative versions of those songs and and a dozen other songs that Barry recorded in a similar style.
What did Moviemaker Magazine say about Juno?
"The animated opening credits of the Oscar-nominated film Juno are set to a tune by a children's songwriter with a secret: Barry Louis Polisar doesn't write just for children. First released on his 1977 album "My Brother Thinks He's a Banana and other Provocative Songs for Kids" when he was just 23, "All I Want Is You" has the simple appeal of a kid's song paired with the lyrics of a love song. "On every one of my 'children's CDs,' I've always included one or two songs that I would describe as a 'kid-like love song' and 'All I Want is You' is one of those kinds of songs," says Polisar. "These are simple, playful songs that have a crossover appeal." The animation paired with Polisar's song also works on multiple levels. "Animation is often associated with cartoons that are appealing to kids," says Polisar, "but here, the animation sequence introduces us to a film that address an adult theme." Since the release of Juno, the Internet has been swimming with people's recollections of how Polisar's music affected them as children, and how their perception of it has changed since they've gotten older. Even Polisar's children have noticed the many layers in his music. "When my daughter turned 15 she said, 'Dad, I finally get all the jokes in your songs.'" "All I Want Is You" defies expectations of what children's music should be, but then again, when was the last time a film about teen pregnancy was nominated for four Oscars?"
What did The Washington Post say about Juno?
"If that folk song playing under the opening credits of the quirky new Oscar-buzz comedy Juno vaguely rings a bell -- well, you're under 40, right? And you probably first heard it at a school assembly or children's library hour or maybe on your own Fisher-Price record player. All I Want Is You was recorded in 1977 by Silver Spring's own Barry Louis Polisar, a pioneer in the now-exploding kiddie music field. How did he end up on this year's most anticipated hipster-rock soundtrack alongside the Moldy Peaches, Cat Power and Belle & Sebastian? "Purely by accident," Polisar told us. He said director Jason Reitman was looking around on the Internet for a song of a similar name, stumbled upon the track from Polisar's second album, My Brother Thinks He's a Banana and Other Provocative Songs for Children, and fell for it...The up-tempo harmonica-and-guitar ballad All I Want Is You, with the words, If I were a flower growing wild and free/All I'd want is you to be my sweet honeybee, is more love song than nursery ditty, but then Polisar's vision of children's music was always different...Polisar is enjoying the sweet vindication of being rediscovered via the Internet. Teva, the sandal company, used his song Water for a TV ad, and L.A. costume punks The Radioactive Chicken Heads did a raucous cover of his I Looked Into the Mirror, What Did the Mirror Say? "All these folks who grew up on my songs are now in rock bands," he laughed. "There's talk of a tribute album."
What did The Austin American Statesman say about Juno?
"The soundtrack to "Juno' Is the No. 1 album in the country this week and Barry Louis Polisar, is included on the "Juno" soundtrack; his "All I Want is You," plays over the opening credits. Polisar has been making terrific kids' music for 30 years...so far ahead of the curve in this now-exploding genre."
What did Slash Films say about Juno?
"Not only is Juno one of the best movies of the year, but it also has one of the best movie soundtracks of the last five years."
What did National Public Radio say about Juno?
"Barry Louis Polisar has been recording children's music since the mid-70's. He has performed at countless schools, he played the White House, and he hosted his own kids TV show...As if that wasn't enough fodder for the resume, now he's gone Hollywood. One of his old songs plays during the opening credits of the highly regarded new film, JUNO."
What did the Kottke Music Blog say about Juno?
"The music track behind the animated opening title sequence for the new movie Juno is All I Want is You by the children's folk musician Barry Louis Polisar. It's as inspired a choice for this enjoyable little movie. Polisar was a favorite of mine as a kid. In particular, the 1978 album Naughty Songs for Boys and Girls was my undisputed favorite record. Featuring the classics Don't Put Your Finger Up Your Nose and Never Cook Your Sister in a Frying Pan, the album has never gone out of print. "
What did The Hindustan Times of Dehli, India say?
"All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar is one of the best love songs ever written."