This week we asked the important question: How the hell is Disturbed’s ‘Sound Of Silence’ even a thing? While we are unfortunately no closer to finding an answer (even after considerable debate), we thought it would be kind to provide a palate-cleansing selection showcasing the Simon & Garfunkel classic that would even cheer up Batman himself. They range from post-dubstep to reggae to spoken word. Versatile little song, innit? Here are seven versions of ‘Sound Of Silence’ that are better than Disturbed’s rendition (and one version that’s way worse, for good measure).
It almost seems too obvious. After working his bass-heavy magic on Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’, James Blake showed he could rework folk classics into a modern electronic context. During a BBC Radio One residency last year, Blake performed ‘Sound Of Silence’, dedicating the track to a recently departed friend – as if it wasn’t emotional enough already.
Natalie Prass is adept at taking well-loved standards and imbuing them with an upbeat charm. Her version of ‘Sound Of Silence’ was one of many highlights during her recent visit to Australia for Golden Plains. It’s a rendition you can dance to, without it being dance music.
In which two bands combine to create a super chill reggae version of ‘Sound Of Silence’. The instrumental verses are great, showing early on the track’s versatility in terms of breaking down genre barriers.
Like many early-’60s bands, Barcelona’s Los Mustang made their keep primarily with cover versions. They went the extra yard with their reinterpretations, translating lyrics into Spanish. Here they turn ‘Sound of Silence’ into ‘El Ritmo Del Silencio’. Silencio? What the hell could that mean?
Gravel meets honey as old mate Bobby brings out Paul Simon during their co-headlining tour in 1999. After bringing Paul onstage, Bob leads a rambling rendition of ‘Sound Of Silence’, and it somehow holds together.
Pop-punk veterans The Dickies never shied away from bringing classic rock standards into the punk sphere, foraging for melodies ranging from The Monkees to Black Sabbath. They inject their bratty spirit into ‘Sound Of Silence’ with a frenetic whirlwind of over the top riff action.
Not so much a cover but homage via the medium of poetry, Lenny drips with class in his powerful cadence while interloping ‘Sound Of Silence’ lyrics throughout. Such a dream