Art Garfunkel dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show on Friday for an awkward interview in which Garfunkel criticized – and ultimately hung up on – host Damon Amendolara.
The interview began with relatively benign questions before DA brought up Garfunkel’s infamous split with Paul Simon.
“That’s an irresistible question,” Garfunkel said. “I can’t blame anybody for saying, ‘You spent the first whole part of your life trying to get us interested in Simon and Garfunkel. Now you can’t spend the rest of your life turning your back on that. You created this interest, Mr. Garfunkel.’ So I think it’s coy to shy away from anything that people are curious about with Simon and Garfunkel, and I try and be a straightforward guy.”
DA, seemingly given the green light, asked about a 2015 article in which Garfunkel said in reference to Simon, “I created a monster.”
Garfunkel didn’t like that question.
“Oh, with that kind of (bleep), I’m not so interested in,” the 75-year-old bristled. “I think what’s interesting about Simon and Garfunkel is that mistake I made in print, you’re using low journalism. That’s not nice. Come on. You want to be likable, not go down to the lowest common denominator.”
DA apologized but also defended the question. After all, it was a quote that Garfunkel made not all that long ago, so that’s fair game, right?
Silence. Not the song The Sound Of Silence. Just silence.
DA then graciously promoted Garfunkel’s new book, What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man, and rattled off several cities and dates for Garfunkel’s upcoming book tour. He then asked Garfunkel how he’s managed without a cell phone all these years.
“Somehow I’ve gotten away with it,” Garfunkel said. “Once in a blue moon, I have to go to somebody and say, ‘Can I use your phone?’ That’s very rare, though.”
Garfunkel, though, has a Blackberry but only uses it to text.
“It doesn’t ring,” he said. “I don’t know why. I don’t know what the number is. I never give it. I don’t know it. I never think that the Blackberry is a phone.”
But if Garfunkel is sending and receiving text messages, he has to give his number to somebody, right?
“I’m probably saying stuff that’s very dumb,” Garfunkel said. “I’m not really connected that well to the modern age.”
Or with modern music.
“Hardly. Hardly,” Garfunkel said, when asked if any modern artists resonate with him. “I see Ed Sheeran, he’s good. I see some people who are real good in the old sense of good. Good is good. But I don’t see much of it. I don’t know what to say.”
After yet another awkward silence, DA said he didn’t want to take up too much of Garfunkel’s time since he’s so busy promoting his book.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t give you more time,” Garfunkel said, “and hear more quotes of things I’ve said in the past.”
DA then apologized again for bringing up the Simon quote and reiterated that he didn’t mean to upset Garfunkel.
“You didn’t?” Garfunkel asked. “I’m not upset. I’m very happy. So thank you very much for your time, Damon.”
“Congratulations with the memoir and all the success and the best of luck,” DA began, before realizing what just happened. “And I think Art hung up on me.”
Have a good weekend, Art.