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Released in 1964, Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’ is one of the most culturally important songs to emerge out of the 20th century. It’s Paul Simon lamenting his fellow man’s inability to communicate on an emotional level, fostering a generation that doesn’t know how to love, and came hot on the heels of both the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The simplicity of ‘The Sound Of Silence’ – just the voices of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel with Paul’s acoustic guitar accompanying them – is what makes this classic so incredibly powerful, standing the test of time over half a century after its release, but the 2015 cover released by hard rock titans Disturbed gives it a pretty good run for its money.
Did You Know…that Simon and Garfunkel actually broke up after ‘The Sound Of Silence’?
Their album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. was a commercial failure, prompting the duo to split in 1964. They’d reunite a year later after the sudden success of ‘The Sound Of Silence’.
Judging by the video you’re about to see, we’re not the only ones who think so; recently, French figure skaters Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès took the world by the heartstrings and refused to let go after their 2017 routine set to Disturbed’s cover of “Sound Of Silence” hit the internet, leaving fans and critics alike in absolute wonder that a sport so delicate could be highlighted so beautifully by something so heavy and brooding. By all rights the song, noticeably darker and sadder than the version Paul Simon crafted, shouldn’t fit with the magic and elegance of Vanessa and Morgan’s routine and yet somehow, with every twist and trick; every jump and spin – Disturbed’s interpretation of “Sound Of Silence” doesn’t just work, it brings the whole entire performance together. Check it out in the video below1