As least it was obscure until Zach Braff put it in Garden State and every 17-28 year-old in America gobbled up the soundtrack because it made them feel as languorously cool as the characters in that movie.
I liked the movie well enough, though it did feel a bit like an excuse for Braff to show off his CD collection.
But who am I kidding? If I made a movie, it would be exactly like that, because there’s nothing I like more than a great scene set to a great piece of music. Some of my favorite filmmakers (Scorsese, Wes Anderson, P.T. Anderson) are able to find that perfect match of pop song and visuals without going over the top. But kudos to Braff for trying, and for having really good taste in music.
As for the song, it’s Simon’s response to Art Garfunkel leaving New York to pursue his movie career, and one of the sweetest melodies I’ve ever heard.