- Published on Tuesday, July 24 2012
- Written by Katie Marzullo
The music world has been a-buzz of late in anticipation of folk-rock legend Bob Dylan’s upcoming album, Tempest – for those keeping score, this will be his thirty-fifth career studio record. It’s rather astounding to think any one artist can even come up with that much content in their lifetime, but he’s been at it for a cool 50 years, so I guess he knows what he’s doing. And considering folk-rock seems to be making such a comeback nowadays, Tempest couldn’t come at a more opportune time.
But what really has peeps talking is the rumor that the title refers to a 14-minute track on the album all about the RMS Titanic, including the James Cameron film. One wonders what perspective the former Mr. Zimmerman might have to offer on these two pop culture staples…
Tim Heidecker (of the formidable comedy duo Tim & Eric) must have wondered this too. But instead of restricting it to a passing fancy, he actually went out and recorded his own 14-and-a-half minute ode to the sunken ship himself, sung in the style of Bob Dylan. Why remains a mystery; the song isn’t necessarily “funny” per se… Tongue-in-cheek, sure, but not exactly of Weird Al or Adam Sandler caliber. It's literally a musical narrative about the Titanic's story. And, nine minutes into the piece, just as Dylan’s song is rumored to do, Tim jumps ahead 80-some years to muse about the 1997 blockbuster film. The part that most impressed me about this recording is how Tim was able to so consistently maintain that notorious Dylan nasally crooning for nearly 15 straight minutes. That takes commitment!
So, if you’ve got the patience for it, or if you’re a big Dylan fan OR a huge Titanic buff, settle in and check out Tim Heidecker’s “Bob Dylan’s Titanic” below:
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor
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