Hey, one month down, just six more to go in The Nest’s cover song extravaganza! Slowly but surely, we’re going to get through this thing… and with any luck, you will still be a spirit in the material world when we finish counting them down! Welcome to the first Monday of April, and to the next awesome alternate musical interpretation we’re honoring in the Top 30 Cover Songs of All Time! Let’s see what tasty tune our house DJ and her two apprentices have dug up for us today!
#26. “Mrs. Robinson” – The Lemonheads
The duo of Simon and Garfunkel need no introduction. Back in the late 60’s, they pumped out wussified folk hit after wussified folk hit… each member critical to the pair’s success. Paul Simon provided the songs and the voice, and Art Garfunkel the funny name that would make them legendary.
One of those hits was a song Simon wrote for the 1967 film “The Graduate” called “Mrs. Robinson.” More than likely, you’ve heard it before…. it’s one of the iconic songs of the entire decade.
Listening to it, though, I kinda feel like the boys do in that picture above. Damn, can’t we get a little pep in this song? My attention span has left and gone away….
Along came The Lemonheads in 1992, and they took a ho hummer of a song and made it sound much more seductive!
Or at least, they finally made it rock!
Usually, when a singer or band covers a classic song, it’s done as an homage to the original… even if old and new sound nothing alike. That definitely wasn’t the case with The Lemonheads and “Mrs. Robinson,” however. According to the song’s Wiki page, Lemonheads vocalist Evan Dundo couldn’t stand either the song or Paul Simon. The only reason they covered it at all was for its inclusion in a 25th anniversary home video tribute to “The Graduate”… and presumably for the scratch that came with the gig.
But as it often turns out in the real world, creative endeavors that are done half-heartedly tend to often be the most successful. Of all the artists who have covered “Mrs. Robinson,” only The Lemonheads were able to crack any of the Billboard charts with their version… as they should have since it’s really awesome, especially compared to a lot of the other crap that was being played on the radio at the time…
Well, that puts us exactly 1/6 of the way through out countdown! We’ll get on with the remaining 83.33333333333333333333333333333% of it next Monday!