After dusting off Paul Simon and heralding him as a 21st century cultural touchstone, Vampire Weekend finally offers up a Paul Simon cover.
Vampire Weekend is almost as famous for resurrecting Paul Simon and drawing on his iconic record “Graceland” as an obvious influence as they are for writing their own good songs. So it’s somewhat gratifying that singer Ezra Koenig would finally just cut right to the chase and offer up his own Paul Simon cover.
Given Vampire Weekend’s professed love for “Graceland,” you’d think that Koenig would have covered “Boy in the Bubble” or “You Can Call Me Al,” but he went instead with 70s tune “Papa Hobo.” The cover will appear on the soundtrack to “Ceremony,” which stars Uma Thurman.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and even in his vocal intonation Koenig sounds a bit like Paul Simon here. Other icons like Pete Townsend and Ringo Starr also pepper the soundtrack.
Check out “Papa Hobo” below.