Welcome to the second edition of ‘The Original Vs. The Cover”. This month we are highlighting the Simon & Garfunkel classic, “The Sound of Silence” and the best cover version I have ever heard of this song by the Metal band Disturbed. Yes, I said a Metal band. So the Folk version vs. the Metal version.
The song was originally recorded back in 1964 and was titled “The Sounds of Silence”. The song was a folk traditional version and it basically flopped. The song was overdubbed in 1965 without Simon & Garfunkel’s knowledge and some electric instruments were added to give it more a folk rock sound which was big at the time. The song became a hit and Simon & Garfunkel became famous.
The song everyone knows is actually the second version, the folk rock song. Later the song was retitled for some strange reason to “The Sound of Silence” and the ‘s’ was dropped from “Sounds”. Rather odd to me, but what do I know.
The song has one of the best opening lines of any song…”Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again”. The way they sing that opening line is kind of eerie and seems to hold so much meaning. And has always made me think about loneliness as that was the overall feeling I got from that verse.