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The Song: 'You Can Call Me Al'
The Contestants: Paul Simon vs. Jens Lekman
In This Corner -- Paul Simon: 'You Can Call Me Al' served as the first single from Simon's 1986 album, 'Graceland,' and is certainly remembered for its video, which featured Chevy Chase lip-syncing the tune. Simon, meanwhile, served as Chase's sidekick, providing backing vocals, flute and nailing Bakithi Kumalo's bongo solo. The infectious tune was given new life in the '90s as a theme song for Al Gore's campaign for vice president in 1992.
Paul Simon, 'You Can Call Me Al'
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In This Corner -- Jens Lekman: The Swedish singer-songwriter is know for his off-the-cuff covers. This time, the indie popper took on Mr. Simon's hit. Lekman's jangly rendition is only a mild transformation of the tune and would have flowed nicely on Lekman's latest album, 'Night Falls Over Kortedala.'
Jens Lekman, 'You Can Call Me Al'