Sunday, April 03, 2016

The Sound of Silence

Cover songs are rarely as good as the originals. Check this out. This is Disturbed singing the Simon & Garfunkle classic "Sounds of Silence" on Conan.   The lead singer is David Draiman.  It knocked me out.  What do you think? 

34 comments:

Iconoclast Jones said...

What a remarkably versatile voice.

Benny said...

I can see where you might find the performance compelling. I thought it was way over the top for the material. And I couldn't stop wondering if random Cowboys use the singer's chin hardware when they need someplace to secure their horses.

Tammy said...

Before I clicked I thought, "you don't mess with perfection", but I have to admit he's really good, and the ending blew me away. Still, you can't do Simon & Garfunkel better than Simon & Garfunkel, you just can't. (Andy Williams joining them for Scarborough Fair comes close, though - I don't know how to link but it's on YouTube.)

K.W. Leslie said...

I do enjoy when heavy metal singers bother to actually sing. Most of ’em do more screaming than singing. Disturbed included.

VP81955 said...

Thank Columbia producer Tom Wilson for making Simon & Garfunkel stars. "Sounds of Silence" initially was released as an acoustic track on the 1964 album "Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.," and neither it nor the album went anywhere. By 1965, Paul and Art had broken up. But Wilson, noting the success of the electrified Bob Dylan, persuaded the label to add a rockish backing track. The result? A #1 single as 1965 turned into 1966. (The acoustic original remains available on the album.)

William C Bonner said...

I first started listening to Disturbed when I heard their cover of Shout. (Tears for Fears song covered in 2000)

My favorite cover of a Simon and Garfunkel song is still Hazy Shade of Winter by The Bangles for the movie Less than Zero. (1987)

mickey said...

Paul Simon posted on Facebook urging people to look/listen to the clip, so I took that as an endorsement from the writer.

Guitar Guy said...

You're dead on. Powerful! Thanks for sharing!

Keith Moritz said...

Fantastic...I'm actually a huge fan of good covers, when someone can truly make a song their own. My absolute favorite is Stevie Wonders WE CAN WORK IT OUT. I love The Beatles, but Stevie's version is so so great.

Johnny Walker said...

Great voice! Not what I was expecting.

That Stevie Wonder version of WE CAN WORK IT OUT is great, too.

David said...

Thanks for sharing that -- very strong. I wasn't thrilled when the singing gave way, temporarily, to raspy screaming near the end, but overall, it's probably the best cover of that song I've heard.

The problem, at least for me, is that it's impossible to listen to it without comparing it to the original. I'm curious what people who heard the Disturbed version first, then S&G (the Tom Wilson version, as VP81955 notes above), would think.

SharoneRosen said...

Wow, that's all. Just... Wow!

tb said...

I like it

Anonymous said...

I think Mike Myers cornered the market on Bond villain songs.

Cap'n Bob said...

Not bad, but I prefer the S&G version.

Mike said...

Meh, weak sauce. You need programmes like the BBC's Later... where half-a-dozen bands play in the round and string sections get dragged in to augment.

Here's a Mongolian throat-singer covering Motörhead. Lemmy was always meticulous warming his throat before a gig, with forty Marlborough and a few bottles of Jack Daniels.

As you'll know, the sixties saw rock added to all genres including folk. So Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were performing original acoustic numbers in the early seventies. Judas Priest adopted Diamonds & Rust in '75. Even Motörhead produced the excellent Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me and Whorehouse Blues.

Rashad Khan said...

Friday (or any day) Question: I found a two-act play that I had written approximately 13 years ago, when I was a grad student and still believing I would become a professional writer someday. Should I reread the f**ker in order to refresh my memory...or should I just put it away in another drawer and forget all about it (again)? Thanks in advance!

ScottUSF said...

Possible Friday question?

I recently watched the first 2 episodes of “The Ranch” on Netflix, mostly because it popped up in my queue. Based on its cast (Debra Winger, Sam Elliott mostly) I assumed it would be a drama. Turns out it is really a pretty standard sitcom – but with swearing.

Here’s what really gets me…I’m not sure if I like it or not, and whether I should keep watching. I feel like I should like it based on actor pedigree. Can’t remember when I’ve felt this noncommittal about a show before…usually I love or hate something. Am just not sure what I think about this show.

The review on Vanity Fair sums it up pretty fairly I think. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/04/the-ranch-netflix-ashton-kutcher-review.

Would love to read your thoughts about this show…how would you change it up/improve it/leave it as is?

Jason said...

Like Benny and David said, I thought he went a little over the top in the "neon god" verse. But I found it preferable to listening to Simon and Garfunkel mumble-whisper their way through the original.

MHSweb79 said...

These were the first lyrics I ever bothered to memorize when I was a kid so you could say I'm a fan. I would never have expected to like ANYONE messing with the original, but this was great!

Roger Owen Green said...

I like the studio version better, but it's a great cover.

Herschel said...

This song hit my Amazon playlist a while back. Some people will never accept a re-make of a masterpiece. However, these guys took this song and made it their own. They took a masterpiece and repainted it for today's generation. What better could you do?

Pat Reeder said...

Don't know this guy, but his voice reminds me a bit of David Clayton Thomas from Blood Sweat & Tears. He may be a little sweatier, though. Interesting take, although my favorite cover of a rock song will always be Devo's version of "Satisfaction."

Odd thing I've noticed about this song is that everyone tends to get really loud on the last verse. We used to have to sing it in my junior high music class with the teacher playing piano. My friend Mike and I would crack up laughing at how the volume of the classroom full of kids it singing would suddenly surge on "AND THE PEOPLE BOWED AND PRAYED!!!"

After hearing that a few times, I decided that silence was actually a good sound.

Astroboy said...

It's OK, I guess. Best thing would be if it got young people unfamiliar with the song to go back to the original. But, for me, my first thought while listening to it was wondering: Whatever happened to the band "Crash Test Dummies"?

Tom R said...

Better. Sounds like he has a message.

Simon is great, but, too often, he sounds the same. Range IS important.

Shrill1 said...

The official video is great too, Ken. I had low expectations going in and was knocked out. Fyi, Paul Simon just complimented them on his Facebook page.

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Blair Ivey said...

Fantastic voice control, range, and phrasing. And yes, he has a message. A Barry Bonds home run.

Joel Godwin said...

It's really good, and I really like it. As stated before, seeing artists make a cover their own is pretty neat. Loved the Devo - Satisfaction as well, or you could look at Johnny Cash covering NiN's Hurt.....and I think one of my favorite originals that has 2 great covers is Prince's Kiss, covered by Tom Jones / Art of Noise and by a group called Age of Chance. One song sounding 3 different ways....all amazing.

chuckcd said...

Very well done. I didn't peg you as a Disturbed fan, Ken
Must be all that millennial writing you've been doing...

Sarah said...

I have goose bumps.

Unknown said...

Think how much better it would have sounded if he didn't have 2 antenna's hampering the movement of his bottom lip.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Regardless of whether I'd download it as a single or not, I thought that was a really powerful performance. I bet being on the audience, hearing it live, was absolutely incredible.

Yj Draiman said...

This is the best rendition of SOS since its release in 1964. A powerful and moving melody and lyrics performed by a first class band. Disturbed and David Draiman performed exceptionally with a tremendous feeling that captivates the audience. The song played at Conan just added to the creativity, mistiness and professionalism of Disturbed.

Keep on climbing the charts worldwide - close to 100 million hits on youtube and 22 million on Conan.
YJ Draiman