PAUL SIMON POLL RESULTS THREAD AND DISCUSSION

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i made my ballot into a p sweet itunes playlist that ive jamming for a couple of weeks.

01 diamonds on the soles of her shoes
02 lone teen ranger
03 only living boy in new york
04 50 ways to leave your lover
05 the cool, cool river
06 dazzling blue
07 peace like a river
08 i am a rock
09 the myth of fingerprints
10 duncan
11 darling lorraine
12 anji
13 the obvious child
14 one man's ceiling is another man's floor
15 lisa
16 think too much (a)
17 play me a sad song
18 kodachrome
19 red rubber ball
20 cecilia

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

My ballot. Bold didn't place:

1. Duncan
2. For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her
3. Leaves That Are Green

4. American Tune
5. Armistace Day
6. The Sound Of Silence
7. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
8. The Only Living Boy In New York
9. Something So Right
10. Old Friends
11. Paranoia Blues

12. Fakin' It
13. The Boxer
14. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
15. Cecelia
16. Mother And Child Reunion
17. Kodachrome
18. One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
19. Still Crazy After All These Years
20. The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

not even going to post my ballot i hate it so much right now

max, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Question: could the winner in any other artist poll be a track made 30 years into their career?

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

1. Hearts and Bones
2. Paranoid Blues
3. Duncan
4. I Know What I Know
5. The Boy in the Bubble
6. Kodachrome
7. Run That Body Down
8. The Cool Cool River
9. Graceland
10. Song About the Moon
11. Congratulations
12. Something So Right
13. Can't Run But
14. That Was Your Mother
15. American Tune
16. Late in the Evening
17. Further to Fly
18. Dazzling Blue
19. Father and Daughter
20. Train in the Distance

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

get over yr S&G boycott

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

poor max

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

my ballot:

Kodachrome
Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
Bleecker Street
Cecilia
Keep the Customer Satisfied
Mrs. Robinson
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
The Sounds of Silence
Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes
Scarborough Fair/Canticle
A Hazy Shade of Winter
El Condor Pasa
The Boxer
The Only Living Boy In New York
America
Late In The Evening
Graceland
Mother and Child Reunion
René And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War
I Am a Rock

"bleecker street" is the song i most desperately wanted to see place that did not

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

You Can Call Me Al
Graceland
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Hearts & Bones
America
Take Me To The Mardi Gras
Mother & Child Reunion
Kodachrome
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Gumboots
Think Too Much (b)
The Only Living Boy In New York
The Obvious Child
My Little Town
I Know What I Know
Born In Puerto Rico
Cool, Cool River
Crazy Love, Vol. II
Killer Wants To Go To College II
Cecilia

Euler, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I, a non-fan who did not vote, find the best music here to be the stuff polled at 25 - 15 (with a couple of exceptions, of course). And the Graceland stuff I don't like and Obvious Child which I don't like for the same reasons ("Paul Simon will now improve intellectually inferior yet compelling rhythmic musics with complex lyrics") did really well, so probably best that I didn't vote.

But I'm a Los Lobos fan, so I don't have a lot of goodwill left over for Mr. Simon.

Three Word Username, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Spotify playlist is up-to-date, if anyone wants an-hour-and-a-bit of pure pleasure.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Paul Simon will now improve intellectually inferior yet compelling rhythmic musics with complex lyrics

uhh

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 Obvious Child
2 Graceland
3 Duncan
4 The Boy in the Bubble
5 Mother and Child Reunion
6 Hearts & Bones
7 Me and Julio Down by the School Yard
8 Born at the Right Time
9 I Know What I Know
10 Allergies
11 Peace Like a River
12 Under African Skies
13 Mrs. Robinson
14 All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints
15 Kodachrome
16 Gumboots
17 Spirt Voices
18 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
19 Proof
20 You Can Call Me Al

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw i was just putting together a playlist of the results and i found an hilarious sinatra cover of mrs robinson complete w/surprise additional verse lmao

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

But I'm a Los Lobos fan, so I don't have a lot of goodwill left over for Mr. Simon.

so am I but David Hidalgo comes off at best naive and at worst a moron in That Incident.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

"...with his complex lyrics" I meant to say. I suppose I should add that that is me mocking Simon's position.

Three Word Username, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow really thx 4 tip

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dunno what you think was moronic about Hidalgo there. Naive I can see, but only naive in expecting a dick not to be a dick.

Three Word Username, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

of course, Paul calls him "David Hilldegger" in his version... (xposts)

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

ohhhhhh u were mocking simons position ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

max, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh shut it.

Three Word Username, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Take away a zingerbator's favorite zing and three lame ones grow in its place.

Three Word Username, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

go now plz, youve done enough

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

what are u even

max, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

pardon my lazy non-googling but what is Los Lobos/Paul Simon 'incident'?

or is this a bad time

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

for interest i have #41 - #60 after that its p much just stuff that got 1 or 2 votes each

#60 - A POEM ON AN UNDERGROUND WALL
#59 - BORN IN PUERTO RICO
#58 - STRANDED IN A LIMOUSINE
#57 - ALL AROUND THE WORLD (THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS)
#56 - BLEEKER STREET
#55 - PAPA HOBO
#54 - PARANOIA BLUES
#53 - FATHER AND DAUGHTER
#52 - ST. JUDY'S COMET
#51 - DARLING LORRAINE

#50 - ARMISTICE DAY
#49 - THINK TOO MUCH (B)
#48 - APRIL COME SHE WILL
#47 - OLD FRIENDS
#46 - THINK TOO MUCH (A)
#45 - EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD)
#44 - DAZZLING BLUE
#43 - RUN THAT BODY DOWN
#42 - CAN'T RUN BUT
#41 - SOMETHING SO RIGHT

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

whoa, so if you'd combined both "Think Too Much"s, where would they have ended up?

Euler, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

hilarious sinatra cover of mrs robinson

"Jilly loves u more than u will know"
(Jilly was a restaurateur pal of Frank's)

I saw Los Lobos at Carnegie Hall circa '85, and spotted Paul heading backstage after the show.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 March 2012 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

paul simon said mean things about los lobos' mom back in the 80s

tylerw, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Scroll down a bit for the Lobos version: http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/teenage-kicks/los-lobos-on-paul-simon-do-you-1/

Three Word Username, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

paul simon made los lobos drummer play drums, it was... terrible

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Paul Simon will now improve intellectually inferior yet compelling rhythmic musics with complex lyrics"

jesus christ, where the fuck would you have to start to have this be your takeaway?

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

pardon my lazy non-googling but what is Los Lobos/Paul Simon 'incident'?

Hidalgo/Los Lobos are pissed that Simon took full credit for the "Myth of Fingerprints", claims they had the track finished and all he did was come in and sing on it, then months later release it on his record and took credit for it.

xp

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

the los lobos song ('myth of fingerprints') is really fantastic but idk the whole story seems p w/e. i mean thanks to all the wiki research i did for this poll i know simon has been getting into songwriting accreditation fights with people since his early 60s pop days but i guess i dont really care

also @Euler it wouldve been #30 knocking 'fakin' it' off

Lamp, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sorry but Paul Simon is so overrated <<lobos discusion

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Alfred, wasn't it you on the voting thread who kept reminding us to check out "Obvious Child"? And it wound up missing your ballot! Maybe I'm misremembering who kept mentioning it.

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

El Condor Pasa is Simon singing over a pre-existing track. Mother and Child Reunion was done with Jimmy Cliff's backing band (including Cissy Houston). Simon's been doing this kind of thing his whole career. Probably as soon as he realized how much of an improvement the Tom Wilson's studio version of Sound of Silence was/how much $$$ was in it

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

i voted for the myth of fingerprints, dig the examination of conspiracy theory culture

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember my mom asking what that song was about when I was like 14 and me having to explain it to her lol

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

the "myth" being that all fingerprints are different etc

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

ive seen them all and maaaaan

lag∞n, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

He paid out without question over El Condor Pasa once it was pointed out it wasn't a trad arr job

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm not knocking this approach at all fwiw

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

thanks Lamp! a victory of sorts

Euler, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

thanks for the backstory guys. Interesting!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

at least in the case of "parsely, sage, rosemary and thyme" the main credit goes to "traditional". and he didn't fight the claims that daniel robles wrote "el condor pasa".

xp

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

could the winner in any other artist poll be a track made 30 years into their career?

This wasn't rhetorical btw, I've been thinking hard and genuinely can't think of one. Okay Tom & Jerry is a slightly artificial extension, but even so who comes close? Possibly Madonna, but that seems a fluke compared to what Simon was putting out in that era.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 23 March 2012 21:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tom Waits?

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

George Clinton

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 23 March 2012 21:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Even guys who went on forever like James Brown ran out of gas before they reached the equivalent era.

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


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