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Lyle Workman

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Lyle Workman
Lyle Dean Workman

Lyle Dean Workman is an American guitarist, composer, session and touring musician, and music producer. His music has been widely distributed since his debut on the eponymous Bourgeois Tagg album in 1986,[1] and is known for his work as composer and bandleader for the Superbad soundtrack.[2][3][4]

As composer[edit]

Workman is credited as composer for the films Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin,[5] Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Good Boys, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Stand Up Guys, Win Win, Get Him to the Greek, Yes Man, Knocked Up (additional music), Overboard (2018), Bad Santa 2, American Reunion, 21 & Over, The Goods, The Interview (additional music), and the Jon Favreau films Made[6] and Chef (additional music). His work on the Superbad soundtrack has earned critical acclaim.[7][8] He has contributed on guitar and other instruments on several other soundtracks.

For TV, he has written the music for the Judd Apatow-produced shows Love and Crashing. Other shows include The Bold Type, Sun Records, and Good Girls.


In 1992-1993 Workman was recruited to play guitar (along with Jon Brion) on Jellyfish's critically acclaimed second album Spilt Milk.

Workman is also known to Todd Rundgren fans as the lead guitarist on Rundgren's albums Nearly Human and 2nd Wind and the ensuing tours. Beck's live audiences saw Workman perform as the lead guitarist on Beck's Midnight Vultures tours[9] from 1999 to 2001, and Workman toured with Sting[10] on 2006's Broken Music Tour, and performed with him at Live 8.

Lyle Workman is also known for collaborating with Chad Fischer, the frontman of the American alternative rock band Lazlo Bane. Workman has co-written with Fischer two songs, "Buttercup" and "View From The Pavement", and played guitar on the band's debut album 11 Transistor. Later, Workman collaborated with Fischer again, co-writing and performing the song "Miserable Life" for the film Little Manhattan.[11]

He has also worked extensively with Frank Black recording and touring, appearing on the records Teenager of the Year, The Cult of Ray, Frank Black and The Catholics, and Oddballs and is credited with "arranged by" credit on several songs on 2006's Fast Man Raider Man.

Lyle has worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles on many rock and pop albums with artists Sting, Michael Buble, Sarah McLachlan, Ziggy Marley, Norah Jones, Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Shakira, and They Might Be Giants, to name a few.[12]

As a producer, Workman is credited on Dutch singer 'Ilse DeLange's record Incredible which, in the Netherlands, featured several number-one singles and multi-platinum sales. Workman produced DeLange's record "Next To Me" released in September 2010.

Solo work[edit]

Workman released his first instrumental "solo" album, Purple Passages, in 1996, and was well reviewed[13] among musicians with XTC's Dave Gregory calling Workman "a musician of consummate skill, creativity and taste".[14] His second solo album, Tabula Rasa (2001), has also received rave reviews.[15][16] "Harmonic Crusader" was released in 2009, followed in 2021 by "Uncommon Measures."

Bourgeois Tagg[edit]

In 1987, Bourgeois Tagg recorded the record "Yoyo" with esteemed producer Todd Rundgren. When it was released in the autumn of that year, the band had what would prove to be their biggest hit with its first single "I Don't Mind at All," written by Workman and band co-founder Brent Bourgeois, which peaked at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100. A shimmering,[citation needed] melancholy ballad of resignation,[citation needed] the song's catchy melody, offbeat rhythm, and dramatic use of strings has been said[citation needed] to be reminiscent of classic Beatles songs such as "Yesterday" and especially[citation needed] "Across the Universe." The single also charted in the U.S. at AC-5 and Rock-8 in Billboard. It was a hit worldwide too charting #35 on Canada's RPM,[17] #35 on UK's Official Charts,[18] and #83 in Netherlands .[19] Its success was fueled by an innovative[citation needed] video directed by David Fincher that received heavy[citation needed] airplay on MTV and other music video outlets.



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  2. ^ "Lyle Workman Filmography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  3. ^ Spence D. "IGN: Superbad - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Review". Music.ign.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  4. ^ "Superbad Soundtrack Brings Some Ironic Funk". Cinemablend.com. 2007-07-18. Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  5. ^ "Lyle Workman at". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  6. ^ Made at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ Street – Science Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Fri., Aug. 10 2007 at 6:56 AM (2007-08-10). "Music & Art: All Shook Down". Blogs.sfweekly.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-01-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Hijacked Flavors - Concert Info - October 3, 2000". Whiskeyclone.net. 2000-10-03. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  10. ^ "Sting.com exclusives.tours". Archived from the original on January 7, 2007.
  11. ^ Soundtracks for Little Manhattan Archived 2016-01-22 at the Wayback Machine, IMDb
  12. ^ "Lyle Workman [Superbad]". Stranded In Stereo. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  13. ^ "Guitar Nine Records – "Purple Passages" Review Featured In Guitar Shop Magazine, October, 1996". Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  14. ^ "Bitmunk: Album: Purple Passages by Lyle Workman". December 26, 2007. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved May 28, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  15. ^ Tabula Rasa Archived December 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, review by Alec A. Head, Review date: 10/2007 at Satan Stole My Teddybear
  16. ^ "LYLE WORKMAN - soulful prog rock with multi-textured guitarscapes - "EER-MUSIC.com aka Eclectic Earwig Reviews Music and More for You!"". Eer-music.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  17. ^ RPM Magazine (weekly) (Top Singles - Volume 47, No. 9 ed.). No longer active in Canada. Stored in Library and Archives Canada RPM. Chart also has a url: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=759&: RPM Magazine (weekly). December 5, 1987. pp. Chart proof has no page #. Chart HAS a pdf link https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/028020/f2/nlc008388.0908.pdf. {{cite book}}: External link in |location= (help)CS1 maint: location (link)
  18. ^ "i don't mind at all | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2023-02-05.
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Bourgeois Tagg - I Don't Mind At All". hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on 2023-02-05. Retrieved 2023-02-05.

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