Alicia and I were rummaging through some boxes yesterday and came accross a DVD on the making of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” and we decided to make that part of our Saturday evening entertainment.
With now over 16 million copies sold, it is easily his most successful album. For us, it came out while we were still newly married and was a staple for music around our house, so in many was, last night was a trip down memory lane.
In the DVD, Paul talks about how he wasn’t happy with the song “You Can Call Me Al” and almost deleted it from the record until Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live (editorial comment #1: when SNL was still funny) came up with an idea.
The rest is they say, history. The song has a great riff, a better hook and became the hit of the record with the help of the video below.
(Editorial comment #2: for you youngsters, MTV used to be an outlet to learn about new music through music videos. These days, its crap)
Thanks for the help Chevy and for those of us old enough, is there anyone who doesn’t remember this one?