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“You’re So Vain,” Carly Simon finally reveals who!

“You’re So Vain,” Carly Simon finally reveals who! (photo)

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Sort of. One of the greatest mystery’s in American music has been the identity of the man in the hit song “You’re So Vain” since it’s debut in 1972. Who is Carly singing about? People have speculated on which celebrity ex-boyfriend it is for decades. Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson? Warren Beatty always got my vote.

Well on November 4th Carly went into the WNYC Soundcheck studio and told host John Schaefer that the name was embedded in her new recording of the song… backwards. It’s like the good old Beatles LP days! Of course, Schaefer and his crew went and unmasked the mystery man, probably by means more sophisticated but less fun then playing an LP backwards.

And the name is….drum roll…. David. Not Mick, or Warren. So David who? She only says the first name. David Bowie? David Letterman? I was not alive in 1972 so I don’t have much of a bearing on the time, nor do I know details about who Carly rolled with back then other than the obvious star bf’s. But producer and record colossus David Geffen is a possibility. He helmed Elektra records during the years prior to and during the release of No Secrets , the album on which the song was delivered – I’m sure the irony of it’s title has not escaped fans. Rumblings suggest Carly was unhappy wit Geffen’s handling of her records, possibly due to his favoring Joni Mitchel at the time.

What do you think? David who?

Listen to the unveiling here!
(click the second to last tab to jump to the right spot at 23:43)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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