Premiere: Chamberlin – “You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon Cover)”
Look What I’ve Become Out Now
Vermont-based quartet Chamberlin knows their way around a rock hook. Check out their cover of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al,” where they elevate the jaunty pop tune into a blustery stadium-rock anthem.
“Paul Simon's Graceland came out when I was 5 months old and I'd always remembered ‘You Can Call Me Al’ as being a pretty fun song with its looped horn part, afro-beat rhythms and Chevy Chase music video,” says frontman Ethan West. “Then one day I was driving down the New Jersey turnpike, naturally feeling kind of depressed and ‘Al’ comes on the radio and I realize that these are actually some pretty amazing, introspective and frankly dark lyrics. Obviously the song and the record as a whole worked out for him, but I couldn't help but wonder if Paul Simon had ever considered arranging it so that the music matched the lyrical darkness a little more.”