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Paul Simon Writes Theme Song for Louis C.K.’s New Series, ‘Horace and Pete’

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Yesterday (Jan. 30), comedian/actor Louis C.K. launched Horace and Pete, a web series that stars he and Steve Buscemi as brothers who run a Brooklyn dive bar called Horace & Pete’s that’s been in their family for 100 years. Paul Simon wrote the show’s theme song.

Simon’s contributions can be heard at the beginning, the intermission at roughly the 32-minute mark and at the end, when Simon sings his lyrics over the closing credits. “Hell no, I can’t complain about my problems / I’m OK the way things are / I pull my stool up to the bar / At Horace & Pete’s / Sometimes I wonder why do we tear ourselves to pieces / I just need some time to think / Or maybe I just need a drink / At Horace & Pete’s.”

Those words run in strong contrast to what happens at the bar, which can be thought of as the anti-Cheers. Horace & Pete’s isn’t a well-lit place full of likeable people who enjoy each other’s company and forget about their troubles. It is dark and dusty, with a miserable cast of regulars who argue about sports and politics. C.K.’s Horace is having issues with his daughter and his girlfriend while Buscemi’s Pete struggles with mental illness.

Complicating matters is a foul-mouthed bartender (Alan Alda) refusing to serve mixed drinks to the local hipsters when he’s not going off on racist or homophobic rants. But, of course, he’s also part of the family, and, over the course of the show’s 68 minutes, we learn (perhaps too much) about the odd family dynamic that has shaped the way the bar has operated.

The premiere episode of Horace and Pete, which also stars Jessica Lange and Edie Falco, can be purchased for $5 from C.K.’s website.

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