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(YouTube)   One of America's greatest singer-songwriter-guitarists, the legendary Paul Simon, turns 72 today. He also gave us one of the best videos of the 80s, You Can Call Me Al   (youtube.com) divider line 44
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2013-10-13 11:48:45 AM
Yeah, the only problem with that video was that I was born in '83. It took years for my mother to convince me that Chevy Chase wasn't the one singing.
 
2013-10-13 11:58:47 AM
Plus one Subby, that brought me back!!
 
2013-10-13 12:14:09 PM
And Chevy turned 70 five days ago. Bring on the septuagenarians!
 
433 [TotalFark]
2013-10-13 02:09:21 PM
Well you can call me Ray...
 
2013-10-13 02:13:18 PM
Good link, Betty
 
2013-10-13 02:54:16 PM
I always loved when this video came on.  Me and Daddy would dance (well, he would roll around in circles in his wheelchair) around the living room singing at the top of our lungs!

Thanks for the share,  Cool Subby.
 
2013-10-13 02:58:23 PM
How terribly strange...

/ love that guy
 
2013-10-13 03:06:46 PM
You Can Call Me Unless You Are Los Lobos
 
2013-10-13 03:07:27 PM
Not to ruin the party, but god damn I hate that song. The 80's turned many a great artist into a pile of suck.
 
2013-10-13 03:19:21 PM

devilskware: Not to ruin the party, but god damn I hate that song. The 80's turned many a great artist into a pile of suck.


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This happened and we allowed it to happen.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dancing+in+the+streets&FORM=VIRE 2# view=detail&mid=C4A78F29A26E6207322CC4A78F29A26E6207322C
 
2013-10-13 03:19:33 PM
The best video and the weakest song from the album.

And it was the myth of Los Lobos.
 
2013-10-13 03:50:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVXX6NFpcT8

He can write, but it's usually better if he hands over to someone else to perform.
 
2013-10-13 04:08:41 PM

433: Well you can call me Ray...


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2013-10-13 04:11:01 PM
At least he farked Edie Brickell before he went slip-sliding away.

/She's only four feet tall.
 
2013-10-13 04:21:40 PM
One of Paul Simon's best SNL bits:

http://vimeo.com/54107179
 
2013-10-13 04:38:01 PM
Am I the only one here who thinks that Al Jazeera should use an instrumental version of this song as their bumper music?
 
2013-10-13 04:39:12 PM
He once turned in a lost credit card he found in the unisex bathroom at Lattanzi in NYC. That card belonged to my boss. My boss then used the recovered card to pay for my seat upgrade to bulkhead on the flight home. Thank you, and happy birthday, Mr. Paul Simon My dad's generation's Dave Matthews.
 
2013-10-13 04:59:12 PM
"You Can Call me Al" is Paul Simon writing as David Byrne.
 
2013-10-13 05:11:27 PM
Damn he's short.
 
2013-10-13 05:27:57 PM
Happy birthday Mr. Simon. Many returns and good health to you, sir.
 
2013-10-13 05:37:21 PM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-10-13 05:41:20 PM
Proof that, no matter what songs Paul Simon writes, they always sound better with a touch of Artie:

Link

Link
 
2013-10-13 05:46:02 PM

kp1230: One of Paul Simon's best SNL bits:

http://vimeo.com/54107179


that brought back some memories...that was a good find.
 
2013-10-13 05:46:53 PM
 
2013-10-13 05:48:23 PM
Have been lucky enough to have seen both S&G together and just S  down here in the Land of Oz in the past few years. Paul would definitely get my vote as THE greatest songwriter ever. So many diverse styles and for sheer joy, you can not beat a live full on rendition of "That Was Your Mother": - gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
 
2013-10-13 06:05:59 PM
I was always a big fan of St. Judy's Comet.
 
2013-10-13 06:10:54 PM
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2013-10-13 06:17:41 PM
I dig his wife, Edie Brickell.
 
2013-10-13 06:44:42 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: At least he farked Edie Brickell before he went slip-sliding away.

/She's only four feet tall.


I love short chicks. They are like little vagina toys. SPIN SPIN SPIN.
 
2013-10-13 07:22:58 PM
Not the greatest singer but certainly one of this country's greatest songwriters. Graceland is an almost perfect album.
 
2013-10-13 07:37:28 PM
Whaddaya mean almost
 
2013-10-13 08:18:52 PM
One of America's greatest singer-songwriter-guitarists, shouldn't have stolen songs here and there.

"Go ahead and sue me.  See what happens."

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/04/rhymin-simon-no.html
 
2013-10-13 09:01:52 PM
CSB time, sort of an "only in New York" story.

Back when I was probably 4-5 my mom took me to the playground, and I came across a man who was sitting with his dog as he watched his child. For some reason I asked the man if I could take his dog for a walk. He said sure, handed me the leash and I brought the dog over to my mom.

Naturally she wanted to know where I got the dog, so I pointed at the man. Paul Simon laughed and waved back. "It's okay, I said he could!"

My mom still tells that story. Always puts a smile on my face.
 
2013-10-13 09:43:59 PM
I really enjoyed The Odd Couple.
 
2013-10-13 10:33:00 PM

AeAe: "You Can Call me Al" is Paul Simon writing as David Byrne.


"You Can Call Me Al" is Paul's answer song to "Weird Al" Yankovic's "You Can Call Me Paul."

/according to Al
 
2013-10-13 11:22:51 PM

quatchi: Am I the only one here who thinks that Al Jazeera should use an instrumental version of this song as their bumper music?


I know very little Arabic but wouldn't that be "You can call me 'the'"?
 
2013-10-14 12:06:48 AM
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I really didn't know he could sing.
 
2013-10-14 03:44:35 AM
Csb,
recorded this video for drama class as Paul with my friend boner being Chevy. good times.

and S&L skit of Paul not knowing Art is awesome.
 
2013-10-14 05:30:21 AM

Torion!: Csb,
recorded this video for drama class as Paul with my friend boner being Chevy. good times.

and S&L skit of Paul not knowing Art is awesome.


A mans best friend.
 
2013-10-14 07:36:25 AM
No, he didn't.
 
2013-10-14 08:18:09 AM
 He is such a great songwriter. And one thing I dig about him is that he doesn't really come off
as a pretentious bunghole. So many musicians, good and bad, are. There was an interview with Paul Simon
on NBC News, probably last year, and it was great, he was gracious and open and seemed to just
enjoy talking about himself as an aging songwriter and musician. He also had a great interview with Charlie Rose a few years ago and sang a nice mellow version of "Slip Slidin' Away".
 
2013-10-14 10:12:07 AM
paul simon's first two solo albums (not including his long deleted 1965 solo album) - his eponymous debut and "there goes rhymin' simon" - are absolutely brilliant from beginning to end.
 
2013-10-14 10:50:12 AM

Mr. Shabooboo: He is such a great songwriter. And one thing I dig about him is that he doesn't really come off as a pretentious bunghole. So many musicians, good and bad, are. There was an interview with Paul Simon on NBC News, probably last year, and it was great, he was gracious and open and seemed to just
enjoy talking about himself as an aging songwriter and musician. He also had a great interview with Charlie Rose a few years ago and sang a nice mellow version of "Slip Slidin' Away".


Yeah, see... I dunno what to think about the guy. Los Lobos claims he stole a song from them and was a dickhole to them, but everything I've seen of the guy, he seems like an affable, cool dude.
 
2013-10-14 02:35:02 PM

GibbyTheMole: Mr. Shabooboo: He is such a great songwriter. And one thing I dig about him is that he doesn't really come off as a pretentious bunghole. So many musicians, good and bad, are. There was an interview with Paul Simon on NBC News, probably last year, and it was great, he was gracious and open and seemed to just
enjoy talking about himself as an aging songwriter and musician. He also had a great interview with Charlie Rose a few years ago and sang a nice mellow version of "Slip Slidin' Away".

Yeah, see... I dunno what to think about the guy. Los Lobos claims he stole a song from them and was a dickhole to them, but everything I've seen of the guy, he seems like an affable, cool dude.


Yeah.. there are 2 sides to that story.  What I remember .. and this is from memory .. was that Paul did jam with Los Lobos and did colaborrate on one song that made it to the album.  Paul tried to contact Los Lobos to work out the details - credits, etc - and tried several times, left messages, etc. - and Los Lobos didn't return his messages so Paul went ahead and finished the song and put in the album.

it was after that the Los Lobos came back to Paul to work out a deal.. but it was too late because the song was already finalized and part of the album.

So when Los Lobos threatened him with a lawsuit, that's when he said to go ahead and try because he felt that he did his due diligence in contacting the band.

Anyway, that's what I remember.. not sure how accurate it is,  but it was on the Internet so it has to be true.
 
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