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Despite the controversy ''Graceland'' faced, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity it still managed to become a critical and commercial darling.]] It was placed at #71 in Magazine/RollingStone's list of [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time]]. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]. In 2007 "Graceland" was inducted in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for being "historically, culturally and aesthetically important." A documentary about the creative process behind the making of and controversy surrounding this album can be seen in the ''Series/ClassicAlbums'' TV documentary series, as well as in the 2012 documentary film, ''Under African Skies'' by Joe Berlinger.

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Despite the controversy ''Graceland'' faced, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity it still managed to become a critical and commercial darling.]] It was placed at #71 in Magazine/RollingStone's list of [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time]]. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]. In 2007 "Graceland" was inducted in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for being "historically, culturally and aesthetically important." A documentary about the creative process behind the making of album and the controversy surrounding this album that followed its release can be seen in the ''Series/ClassicAlbums'' TV documentary series, as well as in the 2012 documentary film, ''Under African Skies'' by Joe Berlinger.


* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "The Boy in the Bubble" includes allusions to David Vetter and Ted Devita, two boys whose health was so weak that they had to live inside a special "bubble" chamber, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Fae Baby Fae]], a child that had a baboon heart transplant since no human donor was available. She lived about 8 days and much controversy surrounded the event.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "The Boy in the Bubble" includes allusions to David Vetter and Ted Devita, two boys whose health was so weak that they had to live inside a special "bubble" chamber, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Fae Baby Fae]], a child that had a baboon heart transplant since no human donor was available. She lived about 8 21 days and much controversy surrounded the event.

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* ShoutOut: To Zydeco legend Clifton Chenier in "That Was Your Mother". His son C.J. Chenier made a guest appearance on Simon's follow-up album ''The Rhythm of the Saints''.


* AbortedArc: When the album kicks off you hear a lot of African instruments and you expect the record to go deeper into this, but no. None of the lyrics have anything to do with Africa, except for "Under African Skies".

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* AbortedArc: When the album kicks off you hear a lot of African instruments and you expect the record to go deeper into this, but no. None of the lyrics have anything to do with Africa, except for Only "Under African Skies". Skies" has lyrics that directly reference Africa.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "The Boy In The Bubble" references David Vetter and Ted Devita, two boys whose health was so weak that they had to live inside a special "bubble" chamber. In the same song "the baby with the baboon heart is referenced as well". This was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Fae Baby Fae]], a child that had a baboon heart transplant since no human donor was available. She lived about 8 days and much controversy surrounded the event.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "The Boy In The in the Bubble" references includes allusions to David Vetter and Ted Devita, two boys whose health was so weak that they had to live inside a special "bubble" chamber. In the same song "the baby with the baboon heart is referenced as well". This was chamber, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Fae Baby Fae]], a child that had a baboon heart transplant since no human donor was available. She lived about 8 days and much controversy surrounded the event.


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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The final two songs move away from the South African influence of the rest of the album. "That Was Your Mother" is a Zydeco tribute recorded in Louisiana, and "All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints" is a collaboration with Latin rockers Los Lobos.


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* UptownGirl: "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" examines this trope in a wistful way.


* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "The Boy In The Bubble" references David Vetter and Ted Devita, two boys whose health was so weak that he had to live inside a special "bubble" chamber. In the same song the baby with the baboon heart is referenced as well. This was a child that had a baboon heart transplant since no human donor was available. She lived about 8 days and much controversy surrounded the event.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: RippedFromTheHeadlines: "The Boy In The Bubble" references David Vetter and Ted Devita, two boys whose health was so weak that he they had to live inside a special "bubble" chamber. In the same song the "the baby with the baboon heart is referenced as well. well". This was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Fae Baby Fae]], a child that had a baboon heart transplant since no human donor was available. She lived about 8 days and much controversy surrounded the event.


Despite the controversy ''Graceland'' faced, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity it still managed to become a critical and commercial darling.]] It was placed at #71 in Magazine/RollingStone's list of [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time]]. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]. In 2007 "Graceland" was inducted in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for being "historically, culturally and aesthetically important." A documentary about the creative process behind the making of this album can be seen in the ''Series/ClassicAlbums'' TV documentary series, as well as in the 2012 documentary film, ''Under African Skies'' by Joe Berlinger.

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Despite the controversy ''Graceland'' faced, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity it still managed to become a critical and commercial darling.]] It was placed at #71 in Magazine/RollingStone's list of [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time]]. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]. In 2007 "Graceland" was inducted in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for being "historically, culturally and aesthetically important." A documentary about the creative process behind the making of and controversy surrounding this album can be seen in the ''Series/ClassicAlbums'' TV documentary series, as well as in the 2012 documentary film, ''Under African Skies'' by Joe Berlinger.


The album is famous for featuring the corporation of many African musicians, thus providing a very African atmosphere and giving those musicians the ColbertBump.

It was placed at #71 in Magazine/RollingStone's list of [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time]]. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]. In 2007 "Graceland" was inducted in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for being "historically, culturally and aesthetically important." A documentary about the creative process behind the making of this album can be seen in the ''Series/ClassicAlbums'' TV documentary series, as well as in the 2012 documentary film, ''"Under African Skies"'' by Joe Berlinger.

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The album is famous for featuring the corporation cooperation of many South African musicians, thus providing a very African atmosphere and giving those musicians the ColbertBump.

ColbertBump. However, that same cooperation ended up attracting significant amounts of controversy for Simon, as it meant that he was visiting and operating in South Africa during a time when the United Nations had instituted a cultural embargo against the country, with artists being encouraged to avoid visiting in protest towards Apartheid. Simon's visit to South Africa was seen as a defiance of this popularly-supported boycott, with the UnfortunateImplications behind it being something that Simon would end up spending the rest of his career adamantly refuting. Simon additionally drew criticism from African-American groups in the United States for what they perceived as cultural appropriation, despite Simon actively working with South African artists to provide a proper representation of their culture.

Despite the controversy ''Graceland'' faced, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity it still managed to become a critical and commercial darling.]]
It was placed at #71 in Magazine/RollingStone's list of [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time]]. Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]. In 2007 "Graceland" was inducted in the UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry for being "historically, culturally and aesthetically important." A documentary about the creative process behind the making of this album can be seen in the ''Series/ClassicAlbums'' TV documentary series, as well as in the 2012 documentary film, ''"Under ''Under African Skies"'' Skies'' by Joe Berlinger.


* ShoutOut: In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''Simpsons Safari'' where the family visits Africa it turns out that a chimpanzee biologist has a whole collection of diamonds, or as Marge puts it: "Even on the soles of her shoes."


* OnTheRoad: The protagonist in "Graceland" is driving to Graceland with his son from a previous marriage.


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* RoadTripPlot: The protagonist in "Graceland" is driving to Graceland with his son from a previous marriage.


The album is famous for featuring the corporation of many African musicians, thus providing a very African atmosphere.

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The album is famous for featuring the corporation of many African musicians, thus providing a very African atmosphere.atmosphere and giving those musicians the ColbertBump.


* CelebrityCameo: In the music video of "You Can Call Me Al" Creator/ChevyChase makes a cameo.

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* CelebrityCameo: In the music video of "You Can Call Me Al" Creator/ChevyChase makes a cameo.cameo and basically lip-syncs the main vocals while Paul Simon lip-syncs some of the backing vocals.


'''''Graceland''''' is the sixth studio album by Music/PaulSimon, released in 1986. It is perhaps his most famous solo album, well known for hits such as "The Boy In The Bubble", "Graceland", "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" and "You Can Call Me Al". It's certainly his best selling record in commercial terms. It sold over 14 million copies and won the 1987 UsefulNotes/GrammyAward for ''Album Of The Year''.

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'''''Graceland''''' ''Graceland'' is the sixth studio album by Music/PaulSimon, released in 1986. It is perhaps his most famous solo album, well known for hits such as "The Boy In The Bubble", "Graceland", "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" and "You Can Call Me Al". It's certainly his best selling record in commercial terms. It sold over 14 million copies and won the 1987 UsefulNotes/GrammyAward for ''Album Of The Year''.


* SpecialGuest: Music/TheEverlyBrothers provide backing vocals on the title tune, while the band Los Lobos accompanies Simon on "All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints".

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* SpecialGuest: Music/TheEverlyBrothers provide backing vocals on the title tune, while Music/LindaRonstadt duets with Simon on the verses of "Under African Skies", and the band Los Lobos accompanies Simon on "All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints".


* OnTheRoad: The protagonist in "Graceland" is driving to Graceland with his daughter from a previous marriage.

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* OnTheRoad: The protagonist in "Graceland" is driving to Graceland with his daughter son from a previous marriage.


--> ''Diamonds on the soles of her shoes''* OnTheRoad: The protagonist in "Graceland" is driving to Graceland with his daughter from a previous marriage.

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--> ''Diamonds on the soles of her shoes''* shoes''
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OnTheRoad: The protagonist in "Graceland" is driving to Graceland with his daughter from a previous marriage.

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