worst song from the paul simon poll results

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#38 - THE 59th STREET BRIDGE SONG (FEELIN' GROOVY) 9
#30 - SCARBOROUGH FAIR/CANTICLE 6
#12 - 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER 4
#18 - YOU CAN CALL ME AL 4
#01 - GRACELAND 3
#06 - THE OBVIOUS CHILD 2
#07 - CECILIA 2
#10 - THE BOXER 2
#20 - THE SOUND OF SILENCE 2
#31 - GUMBOOTS 1
#03 - ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD 1
#35 - MY LITTLE TOWN 1
#16 - MRS. ROBINSON 1
#17 - BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER 1
#19 - I AM A ROCK 1
#33 - STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS 1
#22 - SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY 1
#23 - I KNOW WHAT I KNOW 1
#24 - PEACE LIKE A RIVER 0
#36 - KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED 0
#09 - THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE 0
#08 - DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES 0
#37 - AT THE ZOO 0
#39 - THE LATE GREAT JOHNNY ACE 0
#05 - AMERICA 0
#04 - DUNCAN 0
#32 - SO LONG, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT 0
#02 - THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK 0
#11 - MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION 0
#29 - HOMEWARD BOUND 0
#21 - RENE & GEORGETTE MAGRITTE WITH THEIR DOG AFTER THE WAR 0
#25 - THE COOL, COOL RIVER 0
#25 - A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER 0
#34 - TRAIN IN THE DISTANCE 0
#27 - AMERICAN TUNE 0
#29 - BORN AT THE RIGHT TIME 0
#15 - LATE IN THE EVENING 0
#14 - HEARTS AND BONES 0
#13 - KODACHROME 0
#40 - FAKIN' IT 0


lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

#07 - CECILIA

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Feelin Groovy

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's subtitled FEELIN' GROOVY for fuck's sake

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

50 ways to leave your lover
(ducks)

iatee, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

lagoon you're dead to me

I voted Call Me Al.

I hate it and love it in equal measure, and could easily make an argument either way. Today, hate.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

50 ways to leave your ducks, lol

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

damn ur worse than los lobos imho

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

scarb fair obv

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

The song itself is fine, but if we need to sacrifice a song, this video may help.

"Flashy...hip" (Eazy), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

what! that video is so so classic

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, watched that so many times when it came out

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

OK, OK, OK

"Flashy...hip" (Eazy), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Feelin' Groovy

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol chevy placing the water glass onto the instrument stand as if its a side table

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

#20

It's sad he was a blogger (symsymsym), Friday, 23 March 2012 22:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

or #30

It's sad he was a blogger (symsymsym), Friday, 23 March 2012 22:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

parsley sage rosemary and thyme

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

i know it's like the oldest song ever so it's extra-good but i don't get it

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

scarb fair obv

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horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

something something museum

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 22:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

ol museum voice garfunkel

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

hahah

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 22:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

the smithsonian-voiced garfunkel

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 22:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Eazy how can u hate the "you can call me al" video? is this a thing? like when everybody turned out to hate "50 ways to leave your lover"? you guys hate fun.

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

love museums

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's not a bad song at all but why did "hazy shade of winter" make this poll? what happened? i am confused.

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

People heard the Bangles' outstanding version?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 March 2012 22:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's a mirror poll of the same songs from the Paul Simon poll. Not saying that all of them are the worst, but your worst song from the poll.

poll poll poll

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 22:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

today I'm feeling the hate for "Al" because of the too-much-horn-section, the stupid rhymy-wymy chorus and if I think too hard about it the whole thing just makes no sense

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 22:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

and stupid short Paul Simon walking around with that smug look on his face like he's twice as tall as he really is. that 'who me?' face annoys me today.

ask me in a week and I'll tell you why I love it.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

has anyone ever come across what the titular Al (and Betty) are a reference to? this always befuddled me as a kid.

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's what Simon and Chase called each other in private.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

it implies forced intimacy borne of desperation is the way i break it down to an extent

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 23:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

zzz

:)

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

No idea, always assumed he was just going for names that had that kind of familiar-nickname feel, like a long-lost pal would call you. Reminds me both of George Costanza wanting to be called "T-bone," and the Cheers theme song.

I don't think either "Al" or "Betty" is quite the perfect name for "Lemme introduce you to this guy! This guy, I've known him my whole life, we grew up together" etc., but they fit the meter well, and Al rhymes with "pal."

Doctor Casino, Friday, 23 March 2012 23:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I skip "Al" whenever I play Graceland because when I saw Simon in early '91 he played it twice back to back, therefore obviating any need to hear it again.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

it just feels like a big advertising jingle when I'm in the mood to hate it

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

how dare u VG frankly, i think betty&al sound like an old married couple which is interesting like longing for that intimacy but willing setting for best friend

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 23:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i always thought it sounded like betty and al were a little older, a little more settled in their identities than the speaker of the song. or that that was what the names meant to him

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 23:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

sort of playing at that is what im feeling like nbd just a lark except not really, laughing at oneself

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 23:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

for the longest time I thought it was some kind of movie reference (ie two friends pretending to be a famous couple) but I could never figure out who it was... in retrospect it's probably more akin to Woody and Tony Roberts calling each other "Max" in Annie Hall

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Some guys on some forum said this, which amused me:

"It was a private joke between PS and his then wife [Peggy]. Apparently, a celebrity guest/hanger-on was taking his leave from one of their parties and called them "Betty & Al". They were so amused by this that they kept the names for a while. (Hazy recollection from a TV interview)"

"the celebrity guest was Pierre Boulez, conductor and composer."

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

The names in the song came from an incident at a party that Simon went to with his then-wife Peggy Harper. French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who was attending the same party, mistakenly referred to Paul as "Al" and to Peggy as "Betty", inspiring Simon to write a song.[3]

Wikipedia provides the answer.

Oh the japes

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

ugh writers' real lives are so annoying. i prefer jho's interp.

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 23:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

*smug grin*

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Peggy and Simon divorced in '75 = he sat on that song for 10 years?

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw i want the coat paul simes is wearing in the poll picture/on the cover of paul simon

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 23:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think you also kind of want to be balding and short if we're being real, horseshoe :)

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 23:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

i am halfway there tbh

horseshoe, Friday, 23 March 2012 23:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Groovy." I don't hate it, but it's only slightly better than "Red Rubber Ball."

Almost voted for "Duncan" just because I'm so puzzled that it's #4, but if it had been in the bottom 20 I wouldn't have a problem with it.

Best song missing entirely from the Top 60: "The Coast." Shoulda voted.

Hideous Lump, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"red rubber ball", otoh, is wonderful. one of the dumbest omission from my ballot.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Hey lamppost, whatcha knowin"

However, I voted for Sound of Silence because it's drecky, self-serious college litmag poetry.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Monday, 26 March 2012 04:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not gonna vote for a worst here, but "Graceland" is a baffling (to me) winner of the og poll.

Jeff W, Monday, 26 March 2012 11:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Feelin groovy is horseshit

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wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 26 March 2012 11:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

lagoon I am mad at u regarding Cecilia. You crazy.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 26 March 2012 11:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

is he breaking your heart

mh, Monday, 26 March 2012 13:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I fall on the floor and I'm laughing

lag∞n, Monday, 26 March 2012 14:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

who was it that said Cecilia could've been a Faust song? m coleman?

dies irate (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 26 March 2012 14:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've known the words to "59th St" since i was about 7, so eff the rest of u

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 March 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

and with "Al," "What if I die here?" is something I tthink in nearly every place I don't want to be, every day.

(preview of middle age, gratis)

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 March 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

its an interesting question

lag∞n, Monday, 26 March 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

obv "I don't find this stuff amusing anymore" is something I think 50x a day too

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 March 2012 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha

lag∞n, Monday, 26 March 2012 14:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

<3 dr, morbz

horseshoe, Monday, 26 March 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

dr.

horseshoe, Monday, 26 March 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

59th st was also a camp song for me. Fast triplet da's are awkward for a chorus of 11-year-olds to sing.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Monday, 26 March 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I came here to vote for "Loves Me Like a Rock", but didn't find it so I went for "The Obvious Child" instead.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Monday, 26 March 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

just listening to hazy shade of winter and its p funny, look around leaves are brown theres a patch of snow on the ground DONT U SEE

lag∞n, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

and yet you voted Cecilia

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 March 2012 15:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

all of you people saying "Scarborough Fair" are disgusting Philistines who don't deserve music

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Monday, 26 March 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

ty

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 March 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

but "Scarborough Fair" is from an earlier century when ppl and their art was lol ridiculous

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 March 2012 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry ;_;

horseshoe, Monday, 26 March 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

DJP OTM

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Monday, 26 March 2012 16:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

ive been listening to the songs from the poll that i wasnt intimately familiar with and lets just say that my fondness for s&g hasnt really bloomed during this period of exploration

lag∞n, Monday, 26 March 2012 16:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

re "hazy shade of winter": i find the naivete sort of endearing. a young man in an act of self-important "wisdom" trying to say something serious abt what it must like to be old. young people do this a lot, especially the poetic ones, but they seldom attach their instructive musings to such glorious music.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Monday, 26 March 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

its a cool song dont get me wrong, the silliness works

lag∞n, Monday, 26 March 2012 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

its a p exciting song tbh

lag∞n, Monday, 26 March 2012 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

the 12-string guitar riff is like a perfect Rubber Soul/Revolver knockoff

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 26 March 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

in fairness, I was in a concert yesterday where we sang this (note: that is one of my old college groups, not the group I sing with now) so basically anybody doing anything polyrhythmic with counterpoint and stacking vocal harmonies is basically going to get a vigorous defending from me unless of course the ppl doing it are terrible

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Monday, 26 March 2012 16:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

ILX not feelin' groovy

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

#03 - ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD 1

troll?

horseshoe, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I feel okay that Al tied for 3rd

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like this vid shouldve dispelled any and all bad will towards 'feelin' groovy' which is just too slight and goofy 2 really h8 imo

Lamp, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

<3 Paul looks like he's going to bust up laughing at any moment

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

jus a lil song abt gettin mad lifted everyone be cool

lag∞n, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

the true answer is prob one of the ones w/zero votes

lag∞n, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

who doesnt love feelin groovy i ask you that

jho which s&g songs if any did u like?

Lamp, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I discovered that Smothers Brothers clip a few months ago--love it so much, especially the madman look on Tommy's face.

clemenza, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

out of the s&g songs on the list i wasnt familiar w/which actually is not that many so long frank lloyd wright spoke to me

lag∞n, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

FEELIN' GROOVY I can understand but I think you suck if you think the worst song is SCARBOROUGH FAIR/CANTICLE or 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

not that I voted in this or the real poll but #1 Graceland is pretty boring for me

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

we all could of guessed that.

estela, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 09:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think you suck if you think the worst song is SCARBOROUGH FAIR

.. except if you had to song this damn song OVER AND OVER AGAIN as part of Folk Group at school. Which was pre-this album.

But, I'm over it, so do not hate this now.

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 09:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't really think any of you suck.

I never really bothered to differentiate all the lyrics to Scarborough Fair so if lyrics are the reason why people dislike that song than so be it. I don't think the lyrics are strong enough to illicit a negative response though

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

or weak enough for that matter

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

#29 - HOMEWARD BOUND 0
It's nice to know you're all sane.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

(xpp then* elicit*)

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink


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