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Workout Song: The Russian Futurists – Paul Simon

I have no idea why this song is called “Paul Simon.” It’s not by Paul Simon. it’s not about Paul Simon. Paul Simon is not mentioned in the liner notes. Yet here it is, a song called “Paul Simon.” What, no love for the Garfunkel?

This track sounds like it belongs in a movie during some montage scene featuring lots of driving around and walking towards the camera in a deliberately cool way. The first couple times I heard it I kept wondering if I had heard it in a movie somewhere, but no. That blast of trumpets at the beginning is just screaming to be sampled in another song. It gets a bit repetitive towards the end, but it keeps me moving and that’s really the point.

The Russian Futurists is actually just one songwriter, singer, producer, guy, named Matthew Adam Hart. Multi-talented or just a control freak? Perhaps both? Who’s to know? He makes good music though, so I will forgive him for making me look like a lazy underachiever for not having written a book, edited it, and set up a print house to publish it by now.

The Russian Futurists – Paul Simon

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anji • December 15, 2005 at 2:21 pm

So I’m a huge paul simon fan. I got no idea why they’d name it Paul Simon either.

Does he really do everything himself? Paul Simon like, can play everything himself too if he really wanted and he’s a total control freak.

I got to see him once in Detroit. My ex got tickets for my Birthday and then proceeded to get drunk throughout the concert. I was pissed off and didn’t get to enjoy the concert as much as I wanted to.

I think i need therapy.


PastaQueen • December 17, 2005 at 1:14 pm

Yeah, he really records everything himself. There are only about 3 guest credits in the liner notes for people who sing backup vocals or play one instrument.

Personally, I wish they didn’t sell beer at concerts at all, but maybe I’m just a prude :)


Kat • September 13, 2008 at 2:21 pm


You are never ever gonna believe this, but Matt Hart works for my dad in his restaurant in Toronto, Canada. He’s been working for my dad for about 4 years now and he’s a really good friend of the family. He works for my dad during the day in order to get some extra money and then plays gigs at night.

This is so cool for me, cause I don’t actually listen to Matt’s music that much (it’s good, but not my favourite kind of music). It’s just so weird to hear about people who don’t even know Matt who listen to his music! I have to tell him that this girl from Indiana listens to his music while she works out and has blogged about it.

Too cool! I know this post is old, but I really hope you get my comment. I am totally psyched cause I’m not even reading a blog about “good indie music you should listen to”…I’m reading a blog about a girl’s weight-loss journey. Can you tell I’m freaking out? Hahaha.

And before you ask, I don’t remember why he called it Paul Simon. He told me once, but I’ve forgotten. I’m terrible. Hahaha.


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