PAUL SIMON POLL RESULTS THREAD AND DISCUSSION

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12 simon & garfunkel songs
8 solo paul, including 2 from graceland

despite my promises to study up, i wound up putting my ballot together in a rush at the last minute, with little advance prep. if i had it to do over again, i'd switch out three of the songs i voted for, and the results would split evenly between S&G and solo paul.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is Ditton railway station, where Paul wrote Homeward Bound. It closed in 1994.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

S: Bill Murray SNL lounge singer

"remember me to the guy or chick who lives there
he or she once was a true love of mine"

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Who else besides me placed NO S&G songs on a ballot? Since my parents weren't fans I never heard them growing up beyond the obvious, child. What I have boils down to what detractors have always accused Simon of being.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm glad you didn't. I placed 7, because I like them and wanted them represented, but they could've taken care of themselves.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's interesting, they weren't really a "parent" thing to me - my mom knew all the songs by heart (and told me once that she'd used some S&G lyrics for an English class she was teaching at some vague point in time!) but we didn't actually have any of the records. I discovered the hits through oldies radio and got the Gallagher & Garfunkel greatest hits from one of those ten-CDs-for-one-dollar kind of deals, if I remember right. The albums I didn't get until I was out of college probably. There's a lot to like there, especially on the last two.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

i only have three S&G songs on my ballot (frank lloyd wright, homeward bound and only living boy). but i coulda voted for more probably. even though I can understand the criticisms, a lot of it is great 60s folk pop.
oh and i think i prefer the live homeward bound on the greatest hits, but that might just be cuz i heard that version first.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

what do detractors accuse Simon of being? i'll kill them!

horseshoe, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm glad for this poll, PS is a big blind spot for me as i appear to be the only person who posts here whose parents didn't listen to paul simon (i only really know the big S&G/PS solo songs, never heard an album he's been involved in all the way through) (yes, even graceland)

althea and (donna rouge), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

i will grant that "homeward bound" seems like a pretty good song; never knowingly heard it before this poll.

horseshoe, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

i appear to be the only person who posts here whose parents didn't listen to paul simon

mine don't either! i always thought this was because they were indian but apparently mindy kaling's parents played graceland on her childhood car trips like everyone else's so she got the cool indian parents

horseshoe, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

i got billy joel instead :/

althea and (donna rouge), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

My (slightly) younger sister became a Simon maniac around the age of 8 (!) so I heard all the S&G catalog when she bought it, the the solo stuff as it was released, up through Rhythm of the Saints at least. She also went to the Central Park and Graceland shows with me.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

aw.

horseshoe, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

My parents actually chortled when I bought a tape of Graceland on my own in summer '90, shortly before TROTS – they thought he was too precious beyond words and doubted his sexuality.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, I've heard rumors about that

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

billy joel is the other great music I got out of my childhood! The pleasures are VERY different than with Simon but the man has tons and tons of great songs.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

on the way out of the S&G CP show I remember we saw one of the Plasmatics.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mum was a big S&G fan, the Live In Central Park album got a lot of spins when I was little -- I used to sit on the floor in front of the stereo and stare at all the people in the gatefold photo while I listened to them all cheering and applauding.
My next door neighbor's Mum and older brother were huge S&G fans too, so whatever I didn't hear at home I would hear when I visited at their house, which was nearly every day for a lot of years - that's where I first heard 59th St Bridge Song.

Mum was also a big Billy Joel person too. I got all the stereotypical "parent" music, but I was on my own as far as anything cool/remotely rock, like Hendrix or The Who went.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

(i wonder if ILM could sustain a billy joel ballot poll - - seems like there's a lot less in the way of goodwill and closet fans)

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

my parents have basically no interest in music, graceland and rumours were the only exposure i got from them.

judith, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

i realise i could have done worse

judith, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't think my mom listens to any music. wait, she likes nat king cole because he enunciates so clearly that she can understand what he's saying.

horseshoe, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

speaking of the Live in Central Park thing, this has always bugged me: how could the city possibly have openly accepted money from drug dealers (per Simon's line from the stage re: "the guys passing around loose joints are donating half of their money to the city tonight")? isn't that, like, blatantly illegal? or is it just lol 70s NY

xp

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

(i wonder if ILM could sustain a billy joel ballot poll

You could probably poll the 2-disc comp from '85 that "everyone" owns.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dr Casino I would happily and unabashedly vote in a Billy Joel poll if one were to be offered.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

ugh can we keep the piano man away from this thread plz

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost Yeah Greatest Hits 1 & 11 is the most pollworthy.

sorry Shakey

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

2-9 suck though.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

2-10! Damnit.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

speaking of the Live in Central Park thing, this has always bugged me: how could the city possibly have openly accepted money from drug dealers (per Simon's line from the stage re: "the guys passing around loose joints are donating half of their money to the city tonight")? isn't that, like, blatantly illegal? or is it just lol 70s NY

xp

― the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:47 PM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

shakey

max, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I kinda wanna do it as full-steam-ahead ballot poll, but I already have one spoken for in the queue and not sure the numbers are there to make it worthwhile. Hmm. Anyway, back to Simon!

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

a radio-button poll might be a good indicator

if not, it'll just be a party of two poll again, Doc <3

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

speaking of the Live in Central Park thing, this has always bugged me: how could the city possibly have openly accepted money from drug dealers (per Simon's line from the stage re: "the guys passing around loose joints are donating half of their money to the city tonight")? isn't that, like, blatantly illegal? or is it just lol 70s NY

um, lol joek?

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

is it? Simon appears to be serious, he prefaces it with that "people who don't get recognition for doing good deeds" iirc

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

shakey

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

shakey

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's just such a weird thing to say - it goes beyond "lol weed! we all love weed right?" (which would not be an unusual sentiment for a performer to express from the stage) to this awkward "drug dealers are people too!"/civic minded thing. it's always stuck out to me as odd.

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

paul simon has what some might call a dry wit, Shakey.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

^

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I couldn't even imagine Rhymin' Simon being all like "HELLLO Manhattan! lol weed! We all love weed, right?"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

a radio-button poll might be a good indicator

if not, it'll just be a party of two poll again, Doc <3

― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:52 PM Bookmark

hahahah sad but true

There was this one I guess Billy Joel: The Complete Hits Collection, disc 1

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

very surprised by the extent of preference for the solo paul simon vs. S&G from some of the most ardent posters itt. have always loved both, though my preference does tilt towards the latter due to childhood indoctrination. is this an age-related thing? do you have to be over 40 to have strong feelings abt S&G?

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, some dude put lots of S&G on his ballot.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

paul simon has what some might call a dry wit, Shakey.

― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:56 PM (43 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yes for example how he's all seriousface in the "you can call me al" video

horseshoe, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

under 40 here

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I couldn't even imagine Rhymin' Simon being all like "HELLLO Manhattan! lol weed! We all love weed, right?"

okay irl lol

I admit my confusion may have been compounded as a child by asking my (very straightedge) parents what it meant and them giving me a very literal, face-value interpretation.

xp

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think that video was my first encounter with paul simon and i was enchanted. i thought he was the funniest ever.

xxp

horseshoe, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

aww Shakey
that's pretty cute

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

i would probably participate in a joel poll, but i don't know that he's got more than 5 songs i'd be super excited to vote for, if that

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink


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