Simon & Garfunkel - Classic or Dud?

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Tom dissed them in passing a while ago. *

I've sensed a something of a shift in attitudes towards them over the last few years. When I was growing up they seemed to be widely perceived as naff, but I don't think that's so much the case anymore.

So, precious, sentimentalist folkie weeds with veneer of artiness, or errm... classic?

* Tangent: Has anyone else noticed how 'dis' is now well on its way to being part of standard English - I've seen it crop up in at least two broadsheet comment pieces recently without any connection to black or even popular culture - cool!)

Nick, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I like them, I think they are pleasent, they have some good songs. Better than alot of contemporary music. So, classic.

james edmund L, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I would have thought that Paul Simon was definitely a classic songwriter. Popular music doesn't much more classic than 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

Johnathan, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I adore "Hazy Shade of Winter" and "I Am A Rock". I like many of their other songs, but "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is dreck of the first order. But, overall, I'd say semi-classic, and a band who don't deserve the contempt hipsters have hurled at them.

Robin Carmody, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Paul Simon always strikes me as a nasty little piece of work. Don't ask me why. The duddest of duds, incidentally.

Venga, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I have no idea what "Bridge Over Troubled Water" sounds like, I've hardly ever listened to Simon & Garfunkel, but I was at a girl's place once and I couldn't get to sleep because one of their albums was playing and it sucked so bad. Garfunkel at least played a misogynist opposite Jack Nicholson in Mike Nichols' best film, but really, how can you respect someone with that hair?

Otis Wheeler, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Fanning some flames (given it's Nick's question) -- I could draw a connection between Simon and Garfunkel and Belle and Sebastian, note that the similarities lie not merely in the name structure but the unbearableness of both, and end there.

I have the _Live in Central Park_ disc for some reason, which I haven't listened to in about 13 years. I can't say I have felt a need to rectify that situation recently. This said, I do actually like the Red House Painters' cover of "I Am a Rock."

In sum, though, dud. Another reason to hate rather than love.

As for 'dis,' like the vast majority of slang over the past fifteen years, if I ever tried to use it in writing I would feel it was forced and extremely self-conscious, since I don't actually say it in regular conversation. Still, interesting to watch the march of linguistic development.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I always liked Simon & Garfunkal. I also very much like Paul Simon's later material. "There Goes Rhymin Simon" and "Graceland" has a lot of good songwriting. A local Philly group, "The Dixie Hummingbirds" received crossover exposure on "Loves Me Like a Rock". Ladysmith Black Mombazo received international exposure on "Graceland". Paul's an innovator, and I think he may still have 1 or 2 good albums in him. Credit where credit's due.

Joseph Wasko, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Paul Simon; sonically for being the first to use a synthesiser on a hit single ("The Boxer"), musically/lyrically for "The Late Great Johnny Ace" off "Hearts and Bones" (much better than "Graceland"). Art Garfunkel: vocal sweetness and purity on a par with Al Green, Gregory Isaacs and Green Gartside. Also for his performance in "Bad Timing."

Marcello Carlin, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

A good singles band, but I have all their albums for some reason & there's a lot of crap on there. But I like "The Boxer" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and all that (esp. the latter when performed by Elvis.) These are songs I first heard as a wide-eyed kid being sung around a campfire by some hippie w/ a guitar; that sort of imprinting is runs deep. Classic.

Mark, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

This might be deeply uncool, but I _love_ "Scarborough Fair". In fact, I like that song so much it might be slightly unhealthy. "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" is also quite wonderful.

Of course, I don't own any of their albums, but I never switch the channel if I happen across a radio station that's playing them.

Dan Perry, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Sterl and I once lobbied (in debate club) to have the US anthem changed from 'The Star Spangled Banner' to 'America.' So bonus points for a wasted high school education; full classic status for that song alone.

JM, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic. The better part of my spotty musical coming of age. Paul Simon has gone on to do great work. The singles are all great, from 59th St. Bridge to Bridge over Troubled Water, which I will sing when drinking. Harmonies parallel beach boys at their best. But the tops is clearly "Homeward Bound".

Sterling Clover, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Paul Simon may have turned into a regrettable little bastard, but BOOKENDS remains a haunting album. S'truth!

alex in nyc, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic for 'Sound of Silence' and 'The Boxer', probably the first music together with ABBA that I liked. Of course Paul Simon's solo is a big fat dud.

Omar, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Unlike Art Garfunkel's solo: "Burning like fire"

mark s, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

think simon & garfunkel are pretty dull, but inoffensive enough

BUT. saving grace time. the sample of 'sound of silence' on Bay-B- Kane's 'Hello Darkness' is used to pretty eerie effect.

gareth, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

In a way, Steady Mike is the one to answer this question - because he could articulate better than many, and anyway better than me, the particular aural experience of S&G - I mean, the clarity, the 'depth' of the sound, the sense of being in a vast space, the way that the blemishes on PS's guitar stand out on 'For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her'.

Haunted.

Not that I'm sure that blemishes are a good thing; in fact I'm not sure that they logically can be. But -

S&G have their flaws, at least from certain POVs (I suppose I mean, my POV). Stevie T calls them 'churchy', and given that they actually recorded some hymns and the like, that seems partially true. I suppose that this criticism means that they're excessively earnest - irritatingly choirboy-ish. I can see the point, but not really enough to put me off. I am attached to the harmonies, and to PS's guitar skills: his takes on things like 'Anji' show how good he was (is he still? There's a mystery), and he plays the simple things well (eg 'Emily'), and finds just the right approach on songs like 'ScarBORO Fair' and 'April Come She Will'. He was a fair lyricist too, though not quite top flight. I think that S&G as a unit should perhaps be judged separately from their different solo careers; I love Graceland too, but perhaps for different reasons.

My answer, by the way, is 'classic' without hesitation. I think that for me it's about atmosphere and a sense of period.

the pinefox, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Classic.

I can't hardly stand Paul Simon (solo or maybe even the individual) nor Art Garfunkel (for that matter), but. As Simon & Garfunkel. They were "classic".

Granted, I'm pro-Brian Wilson, so...that means I'm sort of "unhip" (I guess). And means, also, that I really dig sweet vocal harmonies and sophisticated melodies and such. So, with that said:

The albums 'Parsely, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme' (the one with the incredible "Scarborough Fair") and 'Bookends' are truly great (or classic) albums without a doubt. My plea here (with this post) is that someone out there (even just one person) go beyond their initial prejudices of taste to listen carefully to those two albums in a serious manner (and to then go back and give B.Wilson another try...then, mabye the Zombies 'Odessey & Oracle' and then, fine...I'll stop).

michael g. breece, Sunday, 1 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I tend to write my opinions/posts before more thoroughly reading the rest of the responses (so as I can just go with my own flow) and then, sometimes, I'll go back to read what others have said. Hence, my return here.

I would just like to agree with a couple of earlier posts on the subject of S&G:

That their song style and literate lyrics really could easily be considered as being comparable to the retro-active "twee-pop" likes of Belle & Sebastian (amongst others) - as previously mentioned. Along with their production style - which is haunting (again, as mentioned previously). Then again, many from the late 60's had a wonderfully haunting hollowed style of production (certainly wasn't near just being S&G, but they did occasionally have that beautiful haunt happening from time to time). But, the fact that the production style was used with thin folk music really added to the "haunt factor" (this goes for early Leonard Cohen, too).

michael g. breece, Sunday, 1 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Uncanny. I felt the same way listening to the Pentangle's "Basket of Light" this weekend ...

Robin Carmody, Monday, 2 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

They had a couple of egregious moments (that overwrought "Silent Night" + the news springs to mind), but on the whole--Classic. "For Emily...", "Bookends", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Only Living Boy in New York", "...Hammer than a Nail"...great stuff.

Joe, Monday, 2 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

This question couldn't have come at a better time- I have just been listening to the Definative S&G on the way to work.

They have to be classed as classic. Lyrically, they were one of the soundest bands of the 1960's. Musically, they tried new things with their unique brand of folk-pop-rock.

But the deciding factor has to be the way they helped (amongst others) to shape the future of the modern pop songs. The classic three-minute chart hit hasn'e sounded better, whether it be from the voice of Gerfunkal or the struming of Simon's guitar.

I have to agree that they do sound a little like Belle and Sebastian. But its the Scottish duo that is doing all the copying, not the other way round, and we sound not forget that.

Classic.

Nick Pennington, Wednesday, 11 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Scottish *duo*????

Robin Carmody, Monday, 16 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
These guys were awesome.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 6 June 2003 03:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, but you have to focus on individual songs individually. If you (or I, anyway) take the overall image, it can be a turn-off.

Rockist Scientist, Friday, 6 June 2003 12:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, classic, classic....for everything. And the hair rocks!

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 6 June 2003 12:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Paul Simon is one of the very few songwriters who gets better, rather than worse, as his career goes on (up to a point anyway). There are probably as many good songs on Graceland as there are on all Simon and Garfunkel albums combined. For that matter, his first two solo singles ("Mother Child Reunion" and "Me and Julio") are better than any S&G hits.

Burr (Burr), Friday, 6 June 2003 15:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Simon & Garfunkel: Wednesday Morning 3AM and Sounds Of Silence: okay. Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme, Bookends, Bridge Over Troubled Water: classic and three of the best sixties albums there are. Scarborough Fair has awesome guitar picking & vocal performance, it's stunning once you hear what Art is actually singing about in the background.

Paul Simon solo: even better.

Art Garfunkel solo: about the same as bathing in honey I suppose - but if listened to at the right time (very happy sunny day), simply sweet.

Tijn, Friday, 6 June 2003 18:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Major piss-off = the fact that the utterly classic "Stranded in a Limousine" doesn't seem to be available anywhere anymore! Vanished in the black of night just like that "mean individual"!

dave q, Friday, 6 June 2003 18:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

HATERZ U R ALL GAY

S&G are fantastic, without reservation. "America" is one of the few songs that makes me cry with unbridled joy - I would say that there's a handful, and America is one of them. "Counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike/ They've all come to look for America" - genius!

Bookends is a great album, as is Bridge over Troubled Water. The title track of BOTW is a bit OTT, but the rest of the album is great. "Only Living Boy In New York", "The Boxer", "Song for the Asking" - just too good.

The Box Set is first rate, and everyone with a passing interest in tunes will adore it.

Classic to the power to n.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Saturday, 7 June 2003 07:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The only song I really like by them is "Baby Driver". But I can tolerate most of the hits.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Saturday, 7 June 2003 07:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I need to hear more, but I can't stand this pious bullshit whenever friends would play it. It almost makes me glad Thom Yorke is incoherent about his sophomoric sense of superiority to all that he surveys.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 7 June 2003 15:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. And Artie actually beats Paul in the acting department, based on Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession vs. One Trick Pony.

nickn (nickn), Sunday, 8 June 2003 04:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I got the OST for The Graduate and I think that's all I'll ever need. It's good stuff, though.

Millar (Millar), Sunday, 8 June 2003 05:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
S&D, please; we all know they're classic. Since I've been home and listening to lots of my mom's LPs, I've grown to love Bridge Over Troubled Water very very much. And everything else, I guess... maybe make this C90: S&G?

Ian Johnson (orion), Friday, 9 January 2004 01:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Let us be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together"
"I've got some real estate here in my bag"
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner pies
And we walked off to look for America

"Kathy," I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
"Michigan seems like a dream to me now"
It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
I've gone to look for America

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said "Be careful his bowtie is really a camera"

"Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat"
"We smoked the last one an hour ago"
So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine
And the moon rose over an open field

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all gone to look for America
All gone to look for America

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 9 January 2004 01:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

go be emo somewhere else, emoy mc. emo-a-lot.

Ian Johnson (orion), Friday, 9 January 2004 01:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
These guys werew awemsome!!!!!

Sonny A. (Keiko), Wednesday, 16 June 2004 05:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, i listened to their greatest hits today and it was good.

youn, Wednesday, 16 June 2004 06:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

classic; even their worst album (bridge) has several unbeatably brilliant songs (The Only Living Boy in New York? That song is fucking amazing).

kyle (akmonday), Wednesday, 16 June 2004 13:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have to say dud. OK, I like "Mrs. Robinson" and "America." I despise "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and their other shit. It's such pious, choir-boy music. I find it arch. They were skillful and sang well and all that, and outwardly there's nothing wrong with 'em. But this kind of thing makes my skin crawl--I'll just watch Ali McGraw in "Love Story" or "The Getaway" to get the same vibe...

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 16 June 2004 23:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I know very little Simon and Garfunkel (and sort of like what I know, but Garfunkels harmonies can be really annoying), but when he gets past the bullshit Paul Simon is a great songwriter/singer/guitar player. "Me and Julio..." is just awesome.

Kris (aqueduct), Thursday, 17 June 2004 00:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

but Garfunkels harmonies can be really annoying

WhA?????

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 17 June 2004 00:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I used to think S&G were completely yawnsome "grownup rock" (this was when my world revolved around Kiss) until I heard Bookends, which is just simply a masterpiece. It's atmospheric and groovy and seriously creepy and touching and -- are I suggest it -- rocking all at once.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 17 June 2004 00:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Best listened to cruisin' in an old VW, with your skis strapped on the back whilst headed for Stowe. *D* for Definitely Classic.

jim wentworth (wench), Thursday, 17 June 2004 02:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My world doesn't feel right when I am not listening to Simon and Garfunkel lately. what is wrong with me

Sonny A. (Keiko), Thursday, 17 June 2004 07:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, obv.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 17 June 2004 08:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...
simon & garfunkel are so fantastic.

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 9 May 2005 12:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"april come she will"!

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 9 May 2005 12:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

super mega classic.

wanko ergo sum, Monday, 19 November 2007 14:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I command everybody to listen to the Aretha Franklin version of Bridge Over Troubled Water right now this minute, and never listen to the original again.

ecuador_with_a_c, Monday, 19 November 2007 18:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

FUCK U IF YOU DON'T THINK CLASSIC

I'm into SB (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 2 January 2010 13:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

lye la lye
*PUNCH*
lye la lye lye (*PUNCH*) lye lye lye
lye la lye
*PUNCH*
lye la lye lye (*PUNCH*) la la lye lye lye

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:17 (six years ago) Permalink

it looks like a knitting pattern written out like that

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Bookends is classic.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 26 May 2012 21:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Funny story about how that *PUNCH* was recorded

Ian Hunter Is Learning the Game (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Which has already been posted here Studio Stories although not the part about the security guard.

Ian Hunter Is Learning the Game (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:09 (six years ago) Permalink

I refuse to believe it is anything but the sound of a boxer punching someone.

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Sunday, 27 May 2012 01:48 (six years ago) Permalink

preferring paul simon solo to S&G seems completely insane to me, sort've on the level of preferring mccartney solo to the beatles -- i mean, mccartney solo is often pretty great, but c'mon!

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 28 May 2012 23:59 (six years ago) Permalink

How I woul;d rank these
1. beatles
2. paul mccartney solo
3. s&g
4. the song where a rabbit dies in Watreship Down
5. paul simon solo

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:01 (six years ago) Permalink

6. *PUNCH*

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:01 (six years ago) Permalink

4. the song where a rabbit dies in Watreship Down

Isn't that the only solo Garfunkel song anyone likes?

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:03 (six years ago) Permalink

cool cool watre

buzza, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Do you remember the scene in "Jack Nicholson is OCD GRouch" when he has made all these mix CDs to impress Helen Hunt, and when he notices Helen Hunt does not like his OCD mix CDs, it is playing an Art Garfunkel cover of a boring standard?

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Should have gone with the dying rabbit!

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:06 (six years ago) Permalink

hey abbott SPOILER ALERT much??

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:12 (six years ago) Permalink

j/k i have heard enough about 'watership down' that i assume it just consists of rabbits exploding and nothing else

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

preferring paul simon solo to S&G seems completely insane to me, sort've on the level of preferring mccartney solo to the beatles -- i mean, mccartney solo is often pretty great, but c'mon!

― (The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, May 28, 2012 11:59 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I tend to listen to Paul McCartney solo (or John Lennon or George Harrison solo, even) more than The Beatles, these days. But that's because I've listened to all of those Beatles songs hundreds upon thousands of times and I'm quite bored of them, whereas I haven't quite exhausted 30+ albums of solo material yet.

Anyway: S&G? Classic, without a doubt.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:39 (six years ago) Permalink

j/k i have heard enough about 'watership down' that i assume it just consists of rabbits exploding and nothing else

In addition to rabbit angst, rabbit gore, rabbit eschatology, and rabbit language, there is also a corvid with a comedy Eastern European accent

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:53 (six years ago) Permalink

In rabbit eschatology, Art Garfunkel figures as Frithrah, the black sun who singes the world with an Eb5 falsetto note

Word of Wisdom Robots (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:56 (six years ago) Permalink

preferring paul simon solo to S&G seems completely insane to me, sort've on the level of preferring mccartney solo to the beatles -- i mean, mccartney solo is often pretty great, but c'mon!

this itself is an insane point! It's easy for me to hear that Paul Simon wrote better songs solo.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:58 (six years ago) Permalink

whereas as much as I like a lot of solo Macca it quite often wasn't the case.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:59 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah it's not a good analogy

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 01:06 (six years ago) Permalink

it's a fine analogy, it's just that Paul McCartney sucks and Paul Simon doesn't

Poliopolice, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:18 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade
and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down
or cut him 'til he cried out in his anger and his shame
I am leaving, I am leaving
but the fighter still remains.

Somebody posted these lyrics to facebook, and I didn't know what they were and immediately thought they were the perfect example of bathos. Just felt vindicated when I realized they were Simon & Garfunkel.

PJ. Turquoise dealer. Chatroulette addict. Andersonville. (Hurting 2), Monday, 29 July 2013 13:41 (five years ago) Permalink

but I agree with above, Paul Simon solo is better.

PJ. Turquoise dealer. Chatroulette addict. Andersonville. (Hurting 2), Monday, 29 July 2013 13:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I wrote up a quick thought about the worst Simon & Garfunkel tune today, the abominable and unreleased "Cuba Si, Nixon No"

http://heystacks.tumblr.com/post/56781841001/simon-garfunkel-cuba-si-nixon-no-back-to

EZ Snappin, Monday, 29 July 2013 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I actually kind of like it, but I'm dumb.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 29 July 2013 14:10 (five years ago) Permalink

It's basically the antithesis of why I like Simon & Garfunkel, but even a second rate Chuck Berry shuffle with third rate Phil Ochs lyrics on top has certain charms.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 29 July 2013 14:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Garfunkel was definitely otm. What about the worst Simon & Garfunkel tune that was actually released, though? Not including the Tom & Jerry stuff they did before Simon & Garfunkel, of course.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Monday, 29 July 2013 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

If you take out their covers I'm not sure. They did some bad covers, especially some of the ones that surfaced as bonus cuts on the early records.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 29 July 2013 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Big bright green pleasure machine is so bad

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 29 July 2013 18:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Simple desultory phillipic too, as noted

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 29 July 2013 18:57 (five years ago) Permalink

I loved "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine" as a kid so can't fairly judge it.

The stupid sub-Dylan "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)" is horrid except for that organ bass line or whatever it is that anchors it. Great music, shit lyrics. I feel the same way about "Patterns".

EZ Snappin, Monday, 29 July 2013 18:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Best unreleased tune is "Groundhog":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaKCN44w-T0

EZ Snappin, Monday, 29 July 2013 18:59 (five years ago) Permalink

The stupid sub-Dylan "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)" is horrid

Yep, I'd agree with this... I've never been fond of it!

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Monday, 29 July 2013 23:46 (five years ago) Permalink

the rest of the lyrics of The Boxer aren't quite as bad, but they still have kind of a hackneyed, kid in creative writing class writing about "The Poor" quality.

HOOS next aka won't get steened again (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Philippic: YA CAN UNNERSTAN DA WOIDS

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 30 July 2013 01:05 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Mrs. Robinson is a pretty mediocre song.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Thursday, 3 March 2016 20:25 (two years ago) Permalink

line about Dimaggio gets me every time and I don't even like baseball

Οὖτις, Thursday, 3 March 2016 20:28 (two years ago) Permalink

well i mean imagine a whole nation's worth of eyes

leet gentlemen's club (contenderizer), Thursday, 3 March 2016 20:43 (two years ago) Permalink

'Mrs. Robinson' isn't a favourite of mine, but I don't mind it. 'The Only Living Boy In New York', though... ALL TIME.

// D I R E S T R A I T S W A L K O F L I F E // LOVE (Turrican), Thursday, 3 March 2016 20:46 (two years ago) Permalink

'Mrs. Robinson' was an unfinished song they had lying around til Mike Nichols needed a song called Mrs Robinson

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 March 2016 20:56 (two years ago) Permalink

well i mean imagine a whole nation's worth of eyes


http://prettycleverfilms.com/files/2013/12/vlcsnap-107736-620x350.png

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 3 March 2016 20:56 (two years ago) Permalink

$50 for a lawn seat at my local summer outdoor venue on his summer tour. Feels like a lot to pay to sit on the grass (straining our nation's worth of eyes)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 March 2016 21:19 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

got in the car this morning, turned on the radio and... this came on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOGqZJC0_Xs

i don't mean to get all alex in nyc on y'all, but there oughta be a law

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 5 May 2016 19:43 (two years ago) Permalink

It took some time for the YouTube embed to load, all the while I was assuming it'd be this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Thursday, 5 May 2016 20:21 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"I Am A Rock" is the first song I have exercised my veto over in my dad cover band. It's a bridge to far, which, incidentally, sounds like it would be the name of a Simon and Garfunkel album.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Monday, 28 August 2017 18:01 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

so I found something rather interesting on wikipedia

In 2015, someone edited the Wikipedia page for "The Sound of Silence," claiming the original first lyric was "Aloha darkness, my old friend." It is still there. https://t.co/uB7mBnA1sQ pic.twitter.com/1EFP7uEXsj

— katherine morayati (@morayati) March 9, 2018

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 9 March 2018 18:36 (nine months ago) Permalink


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