PAUL SIMON POLL RESULTS THREAD AND DISCUSSION

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i am reconciled, ill be up for awhile so i may as well start rolling this bad boy out. the vitals: 33 ballots, 110 songs culminating in a TOP 40 with 10 results per day and then the remainder of the list and ballots/stats/marginalia on friday.

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:28 (five years ago) Permalink

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#40 - FAKIN' IT
1967
104 points/5 votes/0 #1 votes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkFBOd4YN60

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:33 (five years ago) Permalink

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#39 - THE LATE GREAT JOHNNY ACE
1983
107 points/5 votes/0 #1 votes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhBvh1cwA0w

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:37 (five years ago) Permalink

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#38 THE 59th STREET BRIDGE SONG (FEELIN' GROOVY)
1966
115 points/5 votes/1 #1 vote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWBvcJAXwu4

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:39 (five years ago) Permalink

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#37 AT THE ZOO
1967
116 points/5 votes/0 #1 votes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xKLBne1CoI

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:41 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee366/lamp11/36Keep.jpg
#36 KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED
1970
124 points/6 votes/0 #1 votes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YNsZLtzF18

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:43 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee366/lamp11/35MyLittleTown.jpg
#35 MY LITTLE TOWN
1975
133 points/7 votes/0 #1 votes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jg8jf9oTjw

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:45 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee366/lamp11/34Train2.jpg
#34 TRAIN IN THE DISTANCE
1983
140 points/7 votes/0 #1 votes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCFTHhcvRT0

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:48 (five years ago) Permalink

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#33 STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
1975
141 points/6 votes/0 #1 votes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksa4VjKE3RY

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:50 (five years ago) Permalink

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#32 SO LONG, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
1970
142 points/6 votes/0 #1 votes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf0RrF6KsI8

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:52 (five years ago) Permalink

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#31 GUMBOOTS
1986
146 points/7 votes/0 #1 votes

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

Lamp, Monday, 19 March 2012 06:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Woah! Love Gumboots so much.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 19 March 2012 07:14 (five years ago) Permalink

wow wow wow i was not prepared for this

horseshoe, Monday, 19 March 2012 07:21 (five years ago) Permalink

my parents would play graceland all the time in the car when i was a kid and it's really weird actually seeing what all the songs are called

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 19 March 2012 07:21 (five years ago) Permalink

felt like a criminal for cutting "keep the customer satisfied" from my ballot

horseshoe, Monday, 19 March 2012 07:22 (five years ago) Permalink

images accompanying "keep the customer satisfied" and "still crazy" are a++ btw

horseshoe, Monday, 19 March 2012 07:26 (five years ago) Permalink

my parents would play graceland all the time in the car when i was a kid

30% of ilx Paul Simon posts contain this line

Ismael Klata, Monday, 19 March 2012 07:27 (five years ago) Permalink

TWITCHING LIKE A FINGER
ON THE TRIGGER OF A GUN
LEAVING NOTHING BUT THE DEAD AND DYING BACK IN MY LITTLE TOWN

horseshoe, Monday, 19 March 2012 07:33 (five years ago) Permalink

okay that makes me look like a psychopath

horseshoe, Monday, 19 March 2012 07:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I was "Feelin' Groovy"'s #1 voter, so you can blame Canada for that one. I've loved it since I was a kid, though I probably only knew the Harpers Bizarre version until I was a teenager. Along with "Georgy Girl" and "Windy" and Petula Clark, I think of it as the beginning of Sunshine Pop...even though the term didn't exist till years later.

clemenza, Monday, 19 March 2012 11:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Doot'n-doo-doo, it made my top 20 too.

A little surprised "Train in the Distance" didn't rank higher.

"marvellously inoffensive" (Eazy), Monday, 19 March 2012 12:19 (five years ago) Permalink

nice start! It felt weird leaving "Keep The Customer Satisfied" and "My Little Town" off my ballot so I'm glad to see them place.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 19 March 2012 12:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Spotify playlist

Hope that works. It should be collaborative, so get adding as lamp counts 'em down.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 19 March 2012 13:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought my little town would be top ten for sure

iatee, Monday, 19 March 2012 13:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Four songs from my ballot in that first batch. "My Little Town" was a late scratch, as I rate "Still Crazy" much higher among his mid 70s angst-classics. Re "Johnny Ace," I like to imagine that the song is actually haunted -- if a house or a painting can be haunted, why not a song? "Fakin' It" was another late cut.

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Monday, 19 March 2012 14:16 (five years ago) Permalink

man i have a lot of love for feelin groovy but i just couldnt bring myself to put it on my ballot

max, Monday, 19 March 2012 14:17 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm happy it made it in, have a lot of nice childhood memories of that song

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 19 March 2012 14:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Just one of mine - Gumboots. Aiui it's reckoned as possibly the slightest cut on Graceland (though not by me), raising the possibility that all eleven could make the forty(!)

Ismael Klata, Monday, 19 March 2012 14:36 (five years ago) Permalink

ahh jeez they've started and so MANY! Thanks again, Lamp.

I say this on every ballot poll results thread but is there any hope of slowing down the flow of results? It'd be nice to really digest a few songs at once. But I might be in the minority here and obviously it hangs on what your schedule really allows.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:05 (five years ago) Permalink

A little surprised "Train in the Distance" didn't rank higher.

― "marvellously inoffensive" (Eazy), Monday, March 19, 2012 8:19 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

on the one hand, me too. on the other hand i can see how it would happen with this poll. i was amazed at how low some of the tracks on my ballot were, but there are too many good songs!

horseshoe, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

i think "train" is the only one so far that i voted for -- but some awesome songs so far. each one i saw, i thought, ooh should've voted for that!

tylerw, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm happy it made it in, have a lot of nice childhood memories of that song

― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, March 19, 2012 10:19 AM (52 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

sang "feelin' groovy" as part of an s&g medley in middle school chorus. maybe that's the root of my not liking s&g that much?

horseshoe, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:15 (five years ago) Permalink

"My Little Town" was also in my first-round ballot and eventually fell off somehow - - I love the intensity of it, the chorus is genius, and the heavy piano at the beginning is such a great intro. I think it does feel maybe a little more "stock" than some of his other lyrics - there are flashes of specificity but the ride past the gates of the factories is maybe a little too on-the-nose. I always picture the old movie version of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and Paul Simon as Charlie. (Garfunkel as Grandpa Joe?)

"Late Great Johnny Ace" is brilliant, probably the only really good "tribute to John Lennon" because it's not really about John Lennon, it's about how strange it is when someone dies, and how it will land at odd, anticlimactic times. And then overlay that with this sense of common loss and bleakness that shows up when it is John Lennon, and Paul Simon, writing with as much autobiographical clarity as he's ever mustered, bumps into a complete stranger who goes, "hey, you're Paul Simon---" (or maybe, not recognizing him at all: "hey, stranger---") "--- did you hear?" And even though Simon's experience of the Beatles was in this completely different circumstance there's enough commonality in that loss that they can close a bar together. It's a really great piece of work.

As the architecture nerd in the room I should probably like "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" more than I do. As I said on one of the other threads, I think it just doesn't sit well in the context of the album. It remains a little obscure to me - what exactly are they trying to say about Wright? And if Wright is just a metaphor for some bigger concept, it seems kinda cheezy, like this way of adding coffee-table NPR-ness to the album.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink

i believe "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" doesn't have a whole lot to do w/ the actual architect -- it's more about garfunkel, who (i think?) studied to be an architect. i just love the melody, and that line "all of the nights, we'd harmonize til dawn". so gorgeous.

tylerw, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I think on vinyl "So Long" works better than cd. It closes side one, and gives the listener a breather (it's an intense side of vinyl - "Bridge", "El Condor Pasa", "Cecelia", "Keep the Customer" precede it).

It's not about Wright, but about Garfunkel the architecture student. Is it an inside joke, an appraisal of their deteriorating relationship Simon's point of view (I can't read this line as complimentary: "Architects may come and Architects may go and Never change your point of view" even if the next line is about Garfunkel as sometime muse), a reference to Simon's architecture indifference by naming one of the few figures to cross to popular culture? Maybe all, maybe none.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Now that I typed that, I see a whole wikipedia entry on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Long,_Frank_Lloyd_Wright

It's een a favorite of mine since childhood. Bridge is easily my most played album of all time, if you count those years before I had my own collection.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Reading the wiki entry and it appears Garfunkel was very thick as he did not to realize it had anything to do with their relationship at the time.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 19 March 2012 15:52 (five years ago) Permalink

#40 FAKIN' IT - felt like I had to be sorta choosy about what non-canon/single stuff from this album made it onto my ballot and this didn't make the cut. it is great though. noted this elsewhere, but the tailor-dialogue interlude is a really odd sonic collage/psych moment.
#39 THE LATE GREAT JOHNNY ACE - never heard (or even heard of) this song. what release is this from?
#38 THE 59th STREET BRIDGE SONG (FEELIN' GROOVY) - this is just too cloying/cheeseball for me, enjoyable singalong that it is I couldn't bring myself to vote for it.
#37 AT THE ZOO - this, on the other hand, I did vote for because a) the litany of animals is hilarious (and is echoed, in my mind anyway, with Dylan's similarly odd and funny "Man Gave Names to All the Animals"); also b) this song is really fun to play. It's a song that captures the small joys of urban living and that's something Simon does really well that I appreciate a great deal.
#36 KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED - this one didn't make my ballot either (see #40) but I consider it a worthy entry in Paul Simon's Great Songs About Weed.
#35 MY LITTLE TOWN - I get why people love this one, but I didn't vote for it.
#34 TRAIN IN THE DISTANCE - having just heard this last week for the first time, dunno if I've probably absorbed it enough to vote for it.
#33 STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS - WTF ONLY 6 OF YOU VOTED FOR THIS! This is so wrong. This is the encapsulation of Simon's 70s persona/style imho. also: chicken suit.
#32 SO LONG, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT - voted for this altho yeah I dunno what it really has to do with Wright. Like "At the Zoo" this is one of those songs that made living in a city seem romantic to me as a child. A city! With buildings that are not stripmalls! Where you can walk around the streets at night! Yes.
#31 GUMBOOTS - This song is too funny to not vote for it.

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 19 March 2012 16:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Believing I had supernatural powers I slammed into a brick wall.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 19 March 2012 16:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Johnny Ace is the last song on Hearts and Bones - definitely check it out!

"Feelin' Groovy" was reinvigorated for me by Mr. Burns singing it on the Simpsons, somehow.

"At the Zoo" - can't play anything well enough to play this but I can say it's fun to sing along to. Maybe suffers a bit from transparency of metaphor but agreed, the litany is entertaining at face value, seems like a good song for kids too.

"Keep the Customer Satisfied" - had never even occurred to me that this was a drug thing although now it just seems ridiculously obvious. One that I like because my mother liked it, especially the "words I never heard in the BYE-BUL!"

Reallllly surprised "Still Crazy" is so low. Seemed just obvious to me. I've also liked it to different degrees at different times, now that I actually am getting to "that age" and have more old lovers to be wistful about (and old battles that don't seem like that big of a deal anymore) I relate to it a lot more. And man, such a smooth sound, it's like this time portal to a pretty chill but sorta sad version of the mid-70s. What was that review/post/comment that said something like "the song for anyone who's ever owned a Volkswagen Rabbit"?

"Gumboots" always reminds me of being a kid and having this whole dialogue worked out with my best friend, where one would sing the line from the song and the other would comment back, chiefly - "Believing I had supernatural powers I slammed into a brick wall" -- "Well, you're pretty stupid!"

Doctor Casino, Monday, 19 March 2012 16:08 (five years ago) Permalink

"johnny ace" barely missed being on my ballot. it's great, one of simon's more haunting numbers, while being pretty plainspoken at the same time.

tylerw, Monday, 19 March 2012 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

voted Gumboots high I think, love the casualness of "you don't feel you could live me but I feel you could"' esp using FEEL there instead of think

Euler, Monday, 19 March 2012 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

wow this is happening! i voted for only one of those songs and it was gumboots, couple others barely missed

lag∞n, Monday, 19 March 2012 16:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I still don't know what to think of the Glass outro in "Johnny Ace." I can understand how it belongs conceptually but...

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 19 March 2012 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

What was that review/post/comment that said something like "the song for anyone who's ever owned a Volkswagen Rabbit"?

I'm pretty sure I've actually heard this song in a VW Rabbit. One of my dad's friends had a Rabbit and I was in it not infrequently as a kid (kids were pretty much the only people who could fit in the backseat), and he always had music on including a lot of Paul Simon.

Anyway, "Still Crazy" is the only thing so far that I voted for. As a grade-schooler in the '70s hearing my parents' records, I think I absorbed Simon as some kind of avatar of adulthood. His stuff from that period signified the mysteries of the grown-up world to me, songs that I couldn't quite tell what they were about but helped shape my ideas of what grown-up experience might feel like. And I wasn't wrong, either. "Four in the morning, crapped out, yawning." Yeah.

(Of the others, especially happy to see "Johnny Ace" and "Gumboots.")

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Monday, 19 March 2012 16:48 (five years ago) Permalink

btw lamp can i make a request that you roll out the rest of the results slower if possible during a time when we r awake so that we can comment on each result, namaste

lag∞n, Monday, 19 March 2012 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

img for "at the zoo" is giant lol

plastic surgery dizbusters (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 19 March 2012 16:52 (five years ago) Permalink

never knew abt "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" breakup content, but it seems retroactively obvious.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Monday, 19 March 2012 17:02 (five years ago) Permalink

i went to the zoo the day after i voted for "at the zoo" :)

some dude, Monday, 19 March 2012 17:32 (five years ago) Permalink

i mean i've formulated about as much opinions as i want to about the human centipede for example but the reason duncan placed high is precisely because people heard it a few times and got hooked on the flute part or the fingers line and understood that the whole thing converges on the filthiest pun. its a song that tickles you after its crept up on you just right.

maybe, but to my mind the song, like most songs, lives or dies by its music, its "feel" and the more obvious aspects of its lyrics: the sorts of things that can be generally grasped on casual acquaintance. which isn't to say that it might not grow on one, that the patient don't reap richer rewards, but i'd never deny anyone their taste - or distaste...

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Saturday, 24 March 2012 09:35 (five years ago) Permalink

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

Are there any other artists who'd get votes all across their 50+ year career?

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Saturday, 24 March 2012 09:58 (five years ago) Permalink

My opinion on "Duncan" wasn't met as anything but a provisional view based on one listen. I'm just somewhat amazed that a fairly obscure track by an "old" I grew up with is so beloved by Millennials.

I think my fave Simon song is "Boy in the Bubble" or "American Tune."

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 25 March 2012 01:39 (five years ago) Permalink

met = meant

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 25 March 2012 01:39 (five years ago) Permalink

good songwriting knows no decade, imo

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 March 2012 01:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Enjoyed this, thanks.

1. “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)” (40)
2. “Mrs. Robinson” (36)
3. “At the Zoo” (33)
4. “April Come She Will” (30)
5. “Mother and Child Reunion” (28)
6. “The Only Living Boy in New York” (26)
7. “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” (25)
8. “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” (24)
9. “Cecilia” (23)
10. “America” (22)
11. “Blues Run the Game” (21)
12. “Fakin’ It” (20)

My "Blues Run the Game" vote was for the song more than the version--so good that it's able to withstand a real mismatch.

clemenza, Sunday, 25 March 2012 03:16 (five years ago) Permalink

From jaymc's private-room karaoke outing:

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(Dre) vs. (Eazy), Sunday, 25 March 2012 14:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Haha awesome

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 March 2012 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

So can we explain all the photos now?

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#40 - FAKIN' IT

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#39 - THE LATE GREAT JOHNNY ACE

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#38 - THE 59th STREET BRIDGE SONG (FEELIN' GROOVY)

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#37 - AT THE ZOO

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#36 - KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED

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#35 - MY LITTLE TOWN

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee366/lamp11/th_34Train2.jpg
#34 - TRAIN IN THE DISTANCE

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee366/lamp11/th_33StillCrazy.jpg
#33 - STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

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#32 - SO LONG, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

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#31 - GUMBOOTS


#30 - SCARBOROUGH FAIR/CANTICLE


#29 - HOMEWARD BOUND


#28 - BORN AT THE RIGHT TIME


#27 - AMERICAN TUNE


#26 - A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER


#25 - THE COOL, COOL RIVER


#24 - PEACE LIKE A RIVER


#23 - I KNOW WHAT I KNOW


#22 - SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY


#21 - RENE & GEORGETTE MAGRITTE WITH THEIR DOG AFTER THE WAR


#20 - THE SOUND OF SILENCE


#19 - I AM A ROCK


#18 - YOU CAN CALL ME AL


#17 - BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER


#16 - MRS. ROBINSON


#15 - LATE IN THE EVENING


#14 - HEARTS AND BONES


#13 - KODACHROME


#12 - 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER


#11 - MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION


#10 - THE BOXER


#09 - THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE


#08 - DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES


#07 - CECILIA


#06 - THE OBVIOUS CHILD


#05 - AMERICA


#04 - DUNCAN


#03 - ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD


#02 - THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK


#01 - GRACELAND

I'll start:

#40 - FAKIN' IT -

#39 - THE LATE GREAT JOHNNY ACE -

#38 - THE 59th STREET BRIDGE SONG (FEELIN' GROOVY) - Officially known as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, f.k.a. the Queensboro Bridge, f.k.a. the 59th St. Bridge, currently not called the Ed Koch Bridge by anyone except Ed Koch.

#37 - AT THE ZOO -

#36 - KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED -

#35 - MY LITTLE TOWN -

#34 - TRAIN IN THE DISTANCE -

#33 - STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS -

#32 - SO LONG, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT - The Heller House

#31 - GUMBOOTS -

#30 - SCARBOROUGH FAIR/CANTICLE -

#29 - HOMEWARD BOUND -

#28 - BORN AT THE RIGHT TIME -

#27 - AMERICAN TUNE -

#26 - A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER -

#25 - THE COOL, COOL RIVER -

#24 - PEACE LIKE A RIVER -

#23 - I KNOW WHAT I KNOW -

#22 - SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY -

#21 - RENE & GEORGETTE MAGRITTE WITH THEIR DOG AFTER THE WAR -

#20 - THE SOUND OF SILENCE -

#19 - I AM A ROCK -

#18 - YOU CAN CALL ME AL -

#17 - BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER -

#16 - MRS. ROBINSON -

#15 - LATE IN THE EVENING -

#14 - HEARTS AND BONES -

#13 - KODACHROME -

#12 - 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER -

#11 - MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION -

#10 - THE BOXER -

#09 - THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE -

#08 - DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES -

#07 - CECILIA -

#06 - THE OBVIOUS CHILD -

#05 - AMERICA -

#04 - DUNCAN -

#03 - ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD -

#02 - THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK -

#01 - GRACELAND -

Hideous Lump, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, not allowed to post more than 10 photos at a time, eh? Hold on a minute...

Hideous Lump, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:23 (five years ago) Permalink

p sure theyre all just gis results

lag∞n, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Search terms: "museum" "wizard" "short" "drug lord"

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:29 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't think you need to do this, the pictures aren't hard to find

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:29 (five years ago) Permalink

the picture of 'my little town' is of a little town. it is in black and white.

the picture of 'train in the distance' is a train in the distance. it is in black and white.

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:31 (five years ago) Permalink

'still crazy after all these years' is a young gerald ford.

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:31 (five years ago) Permalink

'graceland' is the entrance to area 51, famous "x-files" hot spot

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:32 (five years ago) Permalink

'slip slidin' away' is the travolator, a notable slip 'n' slide

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:33 (five years ago) Permalink

'peace like a river' is the opening scene of the big chill

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:34 (five years ago) Permalink

'i am a rock' is rock heberly, notable pianist

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:35 (five years ago) Permalink

'kodachrome' is a big ol butt

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:35 (five years ago) Permalink

think that's all of them

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:36 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't think you need to do this, the pictures aren't hard to find

Yes I do. I'm insufferably anal.

think that's all of them

Thank you and good night.

Hideous Lump, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:40 (five years ago) Permalink

'peace like a river' is the opening scene of the big chill

You can tell because Kevin Costner isn't in it.

Hideous Lump, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:42 (five years ago) Permalink

This thread got me listening to a bunch of Psul Simon (& Garfunkel) much to the elation of my husband, who'd been working on me for the last 7 years. I'm in love! I also feel like a ~genius~ because he put on April Come She Will and told me how sad it was and at the end I said 'ahhh, hurry to us summer!' and looked at him and he had this 'omg of course' look on his face. To be fair he heard most of these songs as a child. Still. Thanks for this thread guys!

Please don't call me Al though. Lex only!!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Monday, 26 March 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

how many of these were about Carrie Fisher btw?

I read a recent interview with CF; it said they "saw" each other off and on for years after their marriage.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 March 2012 20:29 (five years ago) Permalink

really? wow...

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 March 2012 20:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Great poll, too bad I forgot to vote in this. I've been listening to Paul Simon nonstop for the past couple of days and it's amazing how great he still sounds at age 70.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 30 March 2012 12:20 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

lol@ Bridge placing #17. ILM contrarianism rides again.

Cunga, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 23:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess I was a contrarian as a 10 yo then, cuz it has always been my least favorite song on the album. Bombast at the end is just too much.

the alternate vision continues his vision quest! (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 23:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Bombast at the end? Come on -- maybe--maybe--the orchestra climb to the final chord is over the top. But Artie's vocal climax is powerful as hell.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd think it'd be every single artist covering it at some point in the 70s that'd turn you off of it forever.

Cunga, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 23:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I started watching the Harmony Game documentary about the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water

Guh. The problem is that now that Simon & Garfunkel are two of the most celebrated singers in the universe and they know it and they kind of like it...listening to them talk about the process is GROSS because they can't do it without subtly referring to how awesome they are and Garfunkel is so FULL of himself and oh it was so depressing.

It reminded me of trying to watch the Classic Albums episode of Fleetwood Mac's Rumors -- I like the album so much I forgot 'oh wait they're kind of assholes now this is going to suck'

so I gave up. :(

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 15 July 2012 20:28 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess I was a contrarian as a 10 yo then,
Just a 10 year-old contrarian,
Contrary as can be.
My mama'd take me too the park
And try to buy me ice cream
I said Mama, no, no ice cream for me.

Odd Spice (Eazy), Sunday, 15 July 2012 21:57 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Once I was down in Chinatown
I was eatin' some Lin's Chow Fun
I happened to turn around
And when I looked I seen my Chow Fun's gone

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 1 November 2012 02:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm really surprised by the high regard for "Graceland." Always thought it was one of the weaker moments on the album, myself. Regardless, let it be said that Paul Simon is probably the greatest American songwriter of the past 50 years.

Poliopolice, Thursday, 1 November 2012 03:16 (five years ago) Permalink

I kind of agree -- and was really interested to see him say on that Classic Albums special that he believed it was the best thing he ever wrote. His discussion of the song is a great sequence on that.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 1 November 2012 17:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't know there were enough Paul Simon die-hards on here to conduct a Paul Simon poll.

turds (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 1 November 2012 17:48 (five years ago) Permalink

got some news for ya

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 1 November 2012 17:50 (five years ago) Permalink

and wtf is Homeward Bound doing at 29. there's no fucking way DUNCAN beats that

Poliopolice, Thursday, 1 November 2012 18:06 (five years ago) Permalink

IIRC, "Duncan" doesn't sound like a museum.

50 Shades of Greil (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 November 2012 18:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Homeward Bound almost made me cry on bus home to Toronto after SImon & Garfunkle (& Pulp)-laden NYC trip. <3

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 1 November 2012 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Duncan wasn't really bigged up that much on the voting thread either; I like the unexpected consensi that these polls throw up.

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 1 November 2012 19:06 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Been listening to a Simon & Garfunkel compilation in the car the past couple of days. I think "America" might be the most obvious, self-important bid for a work of genius in the history of pop music that is an actual work of genius...I'm amazed at and moved by how good it is, and puzzled as to why I didn't have it higher on my ballot here. "Kathy, I'm lost"--between that and the Joe DiMaggio line in "Mrs. Robinson," I think Simon, in a much quieter and more writerly (self-consciously so, yes, and easy to make fun of) way was as inside that moment as Weekend or "Gimme Shelter" or anything.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 June 2017 03:35 (five months ago) Permalink

this was a fun poll, i automatically think "sounds like a museum" whenever i hear S&G now

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 19 June 2017 01:36 (five months ago) Permalink

^^^

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