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Paul Simon - "God Bless The Absentee" from Paul Simon's movie "One Trick Pony" (1980). One-Trick Pony is the fifth album released by Paul Simon, in 1980.
Paul Simon's One-Trick Pony was released concurrently with the film of the same name, in which Simon also starred. Despite their similarities, the album and film are musically distinct, each feature different versions of the same songs, as well as certain songs that appear exclusively on either the film or the album. The album is best known for the track "Late in the Evening" which was a hit for Simon in 1980, peaking at #6 in the U.S. Two of the tracks (the title song and "Ace in the Hole") were recorded live at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio in September 1979. The rest are studio cuts.
One Trick Pony is a 1980 film written by and starring Paul Simon. He plays Jonah Levin, a once-popular folk rock star who has not had a hit in 10 years, and who now opens for punk rock bands. He is trying to record a new album, but faces a number of obstacles, including a trendy but talentless producer who is trying to convince him to compromise his principles, and an indifferent record company which is pressuring him for something that will sell. He is also trying to restore his relationship with his former wife and his young son. The character wears a baseball cap for much of the film.
The five piece band of which Paul sings is:
Paul Simon: vocals, guitar, percussion
Steve Gadd: drums, percussion
Eric Gale: guitar
Tony Levin: bass
Richard Tee: piano, background vocals, tambourine