Trying To Seduce You


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.

Geez.... cheer up, guys!  I could have grabbed a picture of your doppelgangers Simon and Gar Farkle.

Geez…. cheer up, guys! I could have grabbed a picture of your doppelgangers Simon and Gar Farkle.

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….

We gotcha covered, ES!

We gotcha covered, ES!

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!

Stay out of my pantry and my cupcakes if you know what's good for you!

Stay out of my pantry and my cupcakes if you know what’s good for you!

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.

There's nothing wrong with whoring yourself out... even musicians gotta eat.

There’s nothing wrong with whoring yourself out… even musicians gotta eat.

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…

Sure, poke fun at a dead guy two weeks in a row.  Really classy, ES...

Sure, poke fun at a dead guy two weeks in a row. Really classy, ES…

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!

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16 Responses to Trying To Seduce You

  1. I’m with Evan Dundo, I can’t stand this song nor another one of S&G and the son of Mr. Garfunkel is a nuclear meltdown for me. but Mrs. Robinson by The Lemonheads is on my playlist for cardriving, the song is perfect to hiss and to yell at all that idiots around me …

  2. fanrosa says:

    Is it Dundo? I always thought it was Dando. I’m not trying to crack on your spelling if that’s the case, it’s more than likely I’m wrong because I’ve not only not heard this rendition (that I can remember, anyway), I can’t think of anything of theirs I have heard. The Lemonheads are kind of like escargot…. I’m aware of their existence, but that’s as close as I’ve ever cared to get to them…..ha!

    Meanwhile, when was Kurt Cobain ever on the same stage with Buck Owens? Because I would recognize the Buckaroo flat top anywhere. Or was someone just using one like it to be ironic?

    And I’ll see your Simon and Gar Farkle and raise you a Garfunkel and Oates….

    • It’s Dando… as usual, my tpying ain’t worth a siht….

      And yes, I know A and U are nowhere near each other on the keyboard, but that doesn’t matter when my fingers are going faster than my brain is (which isn’t necessarily that fast)…

      I’m pretty sure the Cobain pic is from Nirvana’s infamous “Unplugged”:appearance on MTV. I wouldn’t think Buck would’ve been invited to pick and grin on that show, but who knows… MTV was pretty weird in the 90’s….

      I had never heard of G&O before…. but that probably won’t surprise you….

  3. NotAPunkRocker says:

    A song from a movie that everyone seems to like except for me…I’ll go with the remake for that reason then. 🙂

  4. draliman says:

    I like both versions! Sorry 😦

  5. I guess I’m one of those nerdy purists. I tend to really love the originals and hate all the remakes. In movies too. Just shoot me.

  6. reocochran says:

    Oh Oh! I like the S & G version but will enjoy the Lemonheads, too.
    I am one who has a hard time liking something that is “iconic,” a song I still happen to have a “45 record” of! Smiles!
    E.S., I actually have several Apple 45’s with the Beatles’ songs, Johnny Cash singing “What Is Truth?” and even Roger Miller, ‘Trailers for sale or rent…’: “King of the Road” This was for my Dad who absolutely loved this song. That and “Cracklin’ Rosie” which he would lewdly sing, while gyrating his hips and imploring my Mom to ‘Get on Board!’ (Her name is Rosalie, but only Dad called her “Rosie!”)

  7. I always thought S&G a bit melancholy and Mrs R in particular. . The Lemonheads made it more upbeat. The “Farckles” were funny! 😀

  8. markbialczak says:

    The Lemonheads are great, especially for a group named after movie box candy, ESN. Hopping cover of S&G. Of course, since I, too, am an oldie, I like the original better. That’s why they coined the phrase ‘I guess you had to be there.’ Evan Dando’s rocked up version passes my test. Yeah, good cover.

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