By Chris Tharp
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Temple University alumnus and half of the sketch comedy duo Tim and Eric, Tim Heidecker has released his spoof of a song on Bob Dylan’s upcoming album Tempest, slated to hit shelves September 11th. Heidecker’s epic and mournful 15-minute song tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic, the very subject of a song Dylan announced will be on the new record.
The Temple Film School graduate also does a spot-on Bob Dylan (the secret is in the subtlety)– mastering the folk music hero’s lyrical whine. Tim reports on his website, “I wrote this song to see if I could beat the Master to it. I can’t wait to see how close I got to the real thing!” He entices fans to listen to the entire song, adding, “P.S. There’s a nice surprise towards the end. Listen when you have the time to dedicate to this important piece of music!” No Bob Dylan parody would be complete without an indulgent harmonica solo and Heidecker doesn’t miss a beat.
Tim’s Bob Dylan parody “Titanic” arrives on the heels of his and comedy partner Eric Wareheim’s Billion Dollar Movie, their first feature film. Like most lifelong college friends, Tim and Eric first met in the dorms at Temple. Eric recalls, “Philly is a great place to have a band and make movies. It’s just real cheap and easy here. Lorenzo’s and the pretzel place are cool as well.”
Listen to Heidecker doing Dylan in the emotional spoof of Bob’s yet unreleased Titanic tune.