“Good morning Mr Leitch, have you had a busy day?”
Random spoken-word segments are one of my favorite production gimmicks. If I produced records I’d stick them in everywhere. (Some people do stick them in everywhere.) It’s especially good when it a randomly British spoken-word segment. Anyhow, I always though Simon & Garfunkel somehow managed to convey a sense of Britishness despite being not British whatsoever. Maybe because they’re so self-consciously erudite. They do belong to a long line of brainy New York intellectual types, alongside luminaries like Suzanne Vega and Laurie Anderson, though I don’t know anyone who can match the young Paul Simon in using hefty thesaurus words. Like ‘dubious’. I’m not making fun at all though. I think it’s thoroughly charming, and maybe old fashioned in a fifties kind of way, to be a pop star who yet wants to utilize things he learned at university. Because nowadays it’s more in style to dumb down as hard as possible.