This week we’re proud to release the second-oldest non-Beatle tracks ever to hit Rock Band (The Zombies still hold the lead by a year, and The Who squeak in with “Leaving Here”)…but some things are timeless. And few things are more so than the visionary lyrics and harmonies created in the mid-'60s by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
Folk-rock was still a brand-new concept when Simon & Garfunkel released “The Sounds of Silence” in December 1965; Bob Dylan went electric at Newport just a few months earlier. But the song had an interesting backstory. It was first released a year earlier (under a slightly different title, “Sound of Silence”) and went nowhere. Simon & Garfunkel promptly split up and Paul Simon went to try his luck in London. While he was away, a producer had the bright idea to stick electric guitars and drums onto S&G’s acoustic recording, giving it a more of a rock flavor. This new version was an immediate hit. Simon came back home, S&G reunited…and despite a famously rocky on/off relationship, they were still performing together in 2009.
“I Am a Rock” was their third Top Ten single in a mere five months (“Homeward Bound” came in between) and in many fans’ eyes, the sweetest one of all. By now there’s at least three generations of poetic, sensitive misfits who couldn’t imagine being without it.
These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, and on Wii. Tracks are $2.00 per track on Wii and $1.99 per track on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.