Leonard Cohen’s Next Album
As I pointed out in Songs For The Next Leonard Cohen Album: Feels So Good, Leonard Cohen has told interviewers and Popular Problems preview audiences that he is already at work on his next album. This account from The Guardian is representative:
Some of the songs on the new record [Popular Problems] came together at “shockingly alarming speed”, Cohen said, and the duo have already finished “half of another” LP.
Heck, he’s even announced, as reported by Q Magazine,
The next record is going to be called Unpopular Solutions
So, I’m getting my recommendations in before Mr Cohen polishes off the final four or five tracks on that next album.
Do I Have To Dance All Night Crusade Enters 9th Year
Recurrent readers may know I’ve promoted this song since publishing The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve Never Heard (Probably) on July 6, 2006. For those who have somehow been missed by this campaign, here’s the story:
Although Cohen sang “Do I Have To Dance All Night” frequently during the 1976 and 1980 Tours, it was been for retail purchase only as a seven inch single, originally recorded at a 1976 concert in Paris and pressed in Holland for sale in Central European countries.1 That’s a shame because, as I’ve noted, …
Do I Have To Dance All Night is a great song because it is quintessential Cohen: it’s evocative, it’s plaintive, it’s self-effacing, it’s sly, sexy, salacious, and seductive, … it is way cool.
Of course, that’s just one guy’s opinion. Listen to the song yourself.
Be aware, however, that if you happen to be as infatuated with Do I Have To Dance All Night as I am, you may find yourself spontaneously singing, at the most unexpected times, the refrain of
Ooh tell me, Bird of Paradise,
do I have to dance all night?
This can be a wonderful thing if it happens, for example, while one is dancing and the words are sung just barely above a whisper through lips that are almost touching a sweetheart’s ear. If it takes place in the middle of ones presentation on shower curtain sales trends in the Midwest, not so much.
There is more information at that first post and at least 25 other entries that have to do with the song.
As part of my crusade to popularize this song, I’ve cobbled together two videos – one for the semi-funky 1976 version with Laura Branigan and one for the more gypsy, less disco 1980 version – from segments of Cohen-associated videos and photos that kinda sorta fit the music.
Leonard Cohen – Do I Have To Dance All Night (1976)
Video by Allan Showalter
Leonard Cohen – Do I Have To Dance All Night (1980)
Video by Allan Showalter
- The record’s cover art, I now believe, is based on the scene that followed the woman’s accusatory query, “Is it true that ‘Do I Have To Dance All Night’ won’t be included on an album?” Why else would Leonard Cohen look remorseful? [↩]