Leonard Cohen and Was (Not Was) Perform Elvis’s Rolls Royce – The Video

The Making Of The Elvis’s Rolls Royce Video

One of the first Heck Of A Guy posts featuring a Leonard Cohen performance  that did not set forth philosophical queries re the necessity of dancing all night, was the January 24, 2007  Elvis’s Rolls Royce – Another Leonard Cohen Song That You Have (Probably) Never Heard.

Now, almost five years later, the Elvis’s Rolls Royce video is online.

Leonard Cohen, Was (Not Was), and Elvis’s Rolls Royce

In 1990 Was (Not Was) published the album, Are You Okay?, which included the song, “Elvis’s Rolls Royce,” with Leonard Cohen as lead vocalist (and Iggy Pop contributing backing vocals). One suspects that it was fun to produce, and it’s clearly fun to hear. My hope is that this video will be fun to watch.

More information, including a disposition on and video of the most popular Was (Not Was) song, “Walk The Dinosaur,”1  is available at Elvis’s Rolls Royce – Another Leonard Cohen Song That You Have (Probably) Never Heard.

Note: Considerable poetic license was involved in the composition of “Elvis’s Rolls Royce.” Elvis owned many cars, a significant number of which he gave away to friends and family.  He did own a Rolls Royce:

January 1961 Elvis signed a 5 year contract with Hal Wallis. To celebrate he went out and bought a Rolls Royce Phantom V from a Beverly Hills dealer only to bring it home and have his mothers’ chickens peck away at their reflections in the elegant finish. Most people would have just shot the birds but Elvis just chose to have the car repainted four or five times.2

That Rolls Royce is featured in the extraordinarily rare3 photo of Elvis, Leonard, & the Rolls atop this post.

Images in the accompanying video are likewise “inspired by” rather than “based on” Elvis’s cars. Viewers are advised to rev up their “willing suspension of disbelief for the moment which constitutes poetic faith;”4 a literal-minded perspective may result in significant cognitive whiplash.

Video: Leonard Cohen & Was (Not Was) – Elvis’s Rolls Royce

  1. Unfortunately, there are no known versions of “Walk The Dinosaur” featuring Mr Cohen. []
  2. ElvisPresleyNews.com []
  3. It is so extraordinarily rare that it was, in fact, nonexistent in the pre-Photoshop world []
  4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, 1817 []

2 responses to “Leonard Cohen and Was (Not Was) Perform Elvis’s Rolls Royce – The Video

  1. Thanks for finding this, sharing it, and providing fun and LC’s voice in another unconventional setting. He could read a phone book and still be entrancing.

  2. Excellent video, great voice! Thanks Allan.