Song of the Day #3,240: ‘Leaves That Are Green’ – Simon & Garfunkel vs. Rufus Wainwright

Earlier in the first round of Montauk Madness, I voted for Paul Simon over Elton John. Now Simon shows up again, paired with Art Garfunkel, to take on Rufus Wainwright.

Simon & Garfunkel were one of my first musical loves. I owned all of their albums on vinyl more than a decade after they broke up and was delighted by every poetic turn of phrase, every gorgeous harmony.

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Song of the Day #2,932: ‘Puttin On the Ritz’ – Rufus Wainwright

rufus_does_judyI was about to write something about thoroughly gay Rufus Wainwright’s decision was to recreate Judy Garland’s Carnegie Hall concert song for song. But the sentiment seemed familiar. And sure enough, two years ago another song from this album popped up on a Random Weekend and prompted that very sentiment.

In fact, I’m pleased enough with the little joke I told then that I am simply going to repeat it now:

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Song of the Day #2,330: ‘Respectable Dive’ – Rufus Wainwright

out_of_the_gameHere’s another album that I kept off my list of the top 20 of the decade so far because I didn’t want to show undue favoritism.

Rufus Wainwright’s 2012 Out of the Game was a splendid return to art-pop form after a five-year span in which he released only an album of somber piano ballads.

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Song of the Day #2,326: ‘Zing! Went the Strings Of My Heart’ – Rufus Wainwright

rufus_does_judyThis is the second time a cut from Rufus Wainwright’s live recreation of Judy Garland’s concert at Carnegie Hall has shown up on a Random Weekend.

The first time, I took advantage of the opportunity to land a pretty good joke, which I’ll paraphrase here:

“Buying this album is the gayest thing I’ve ever done. At least so far.”

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Song of the Day #2,139: ‘That’s Entertainment’ – Rufus Wainwright

rufus_does_judyRecreating Judy Garland’s iconic Live at Carnegie Hall performance just might be the gayest thing Rufus Wainwright has ever done.

Buying it is definitely the gayest thing I’ve ever done. At least so far.

I can’t say I’ve listened to this album very much (maybe once all the way through) but I applaud its fanboy spirit.

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Song of the Day #1,815: ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Live)’ – Rufus Wainwright

rufusI suppose every self-respecting gay singer must tackle ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ at some point.

Rufus Wainwright took it a step further, actually recreating Judy Garland’s legendary Carnegie Hall concert song for song in his own appearance at the venue.

Today’s recording is not from that concert but from a bootleg of a more traditional concert.

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