Somewhere Paul Simon is weeping, not only because of the fact he has to drag Art Garfunkel around the world for a tour once again, but also because Kodak finally took his beloved Kodachrome away. For the non-film nuts among our readership, Kodachrome was the first mass produced and marketed color film. Developed in 1935, this landmark achievement in photography helped produce great photos from 1935 till around the mid 1980s when it began to lose favor.
So why is Paul Simon so upset? Well, you see in 1973 Mr. Simon released probably his greatest and catchiest single, “Kodachrome,” not only is the tune a fine tribute to shutter bugs and an awesome brand of film, but it also has a pseudo curse word they used to play on FM radio: “when I look back on all the CRAP I learned in High School…..”
Oh come on that was exciting and edgy back when I was ten.
Anyways, here is a lovingly inspired eulogy to Kodachrome set to Mr. Simon’s enduring classic. Enjoy!