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Improvements – Leonard Cohen Video, French To English Translations, Cover Art

… With A Little Help From My Friends

In the past few days, several posts previously published at Heck Of A Guy  have benefited from friends and colleagues contributing material and skills. In today’s entry. readers are alerted to these improvements and corrections and the graciousness and generosity of the contributors are recognized.

Video More Complete And More Accurate – Still Funny

Ongoing viewers may recall Roman Gavrilin, the newly minted historian from St. Petersburg who came up with a batch of additions to the Leonard Cohen Nicknames List (see “Badass Of Dark Verse” Is 95th Addition To Leonard Cohen Nicknames List). Now, Roman has made available an improved version of the top rated entry from The 5 Funniest Leonard Cohen Music Videos.

The newly uploaded video replaces the 1988 video of “First We Take Manhattan” identified in its YouTube blurb as having originated on French TV, with a German TV broadcast that includes a final scene (see  above graphic) missing in the first version of this video posted at Heck Of A Guy.1 Those final seconds show Leonard Cohen handling papers that,  depending on ones interpretation, are newscaster’s notes, Cohen’s plan for world domination, or the contract that obligated him to perform in this farce.

Google English Translations Replaced By Intelligible Translations

Coco Éclair last seen at this domain as the chief investigator in the clinical trial described at Duelling Drinks Taste Test- Leonard Cohen’s Red Needle Vs DrHGuy’s Chocolodka, has applied her skills as a translator to improve (i.e., make readable) some of the French to English translations at Why Singer Sylvie Maréchal Denounced The Album In Which “It Just Feels” By Leonard Cohen Appears.

For example, the section Google translates as

Pale and thin with Patti Smith, Sylvia Marshall, French singer of 25 years has rabies, the voice of blues and physical need. “Sylvie Marshall sings with her guts, until thoroughly after itself, with its caravan of anger, his bluesy groans, his unspoken affection, screaming his life.”

… is translated into this prose by Coco Éclair:

As pale and thin as Patti Smith, 25 year-old French singer, “Sylvie Maréchal, has the rage, the bluesy voice, and the fitting physique.  Sylvie Maréchal sings from her gut – from her innermost self.  With a stream of anger, her bluesy rails, her unavowed tenderness, she screams her story.”

Key Clues And Covers From  The Incredible Private Collection of Dominique BOILE

Those who read How Leonard Cohen Came To Write “It Just Feels” With Dave Stewart – According To Leonard Cohen and  Why Singer Sylvie Maréchal Denounced The Album In Which “It Just Feels” By Leonard Cohen Appears may recognize Dominique Boile as the source of clippings from the early 1990s that provided keys to the answers to the questions referenced in those titles.

Now, Dominique has sent forwarded, from his immense collection, accumulated over a period of 40 years,  the image of the cover art from the Portuguese pressing of Leonard Cohen’s “Do I Have To Dance All Night,” a Heck Of A Guy favorite, as well as an improved copy of the cover art from the French pressing.

And – They’ll Be Back

Yep, each of these three talented and generous individuals will soon reappear in these pages in vastly larger and more significant projects.  Hard to believe, eh?  Stay tuned.

  1. At least four similar versions of this video, one Belgian,one  German,  and two French, are known to exist. []

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Blog

He’s Baaack

This appropriately ominous photo (click on image for best viewing) of an American Alligator, a notable example of the fauna indigenous to Hilton Head Island, signals DrHGuy’s return from vacation on that idyllic isle.

Because of the addition of an unanticipated dental appointment to the already frenetic schedule rendered necessary by the return to real life, the usual melange of Heck Of A Guy posts featuring life, love, lust, & Leonard Cohen will not resume until tomorrow. To compensate for that delay, however, the blog entry planned for  June 7, 2011 will offer a never before published episode from the life of a certain Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, and icon.

Credit Due Department:

It will prove no surprise to ongoing readers that the outstanding photo atop this post was taken by fellow Hilton Head camper, Lord of Leisure.1

  1. Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. All Lord of Leisure photos can be found at Photos – Lord of Leisure. []

So Long, Heck Of A Guy – Hello Hilton Head

Heck Of A Guy Hilton Head Hiatus

For the past 20+ years, DrHGuy and the usual cast of miscreants – Duke Of Derm, Princess Of Peds, Lord Of Leisure, Hippie With Tiara, their alleged offspring, various hangers-on, and a few unidentified folks who show up in vacation photos but are not recognized by any of the core group, have, in various combinations and permutations, spent a week together in Hilton Head, aka the Hydra of South Carolina.

Hilton Head Beach

The 2011 iteration of this tradition, featuring special guest star Duchess of Durham as herself, begins today. Until our return June 6, 2011, the Heck Of A Guy and DrHGuy sites will be in hibernation and, if any new posts appear, they are likely to be Chocolodka-fueled and should be viewed with caution.

The photos on this page were taken on recent Hilton Head trips. Click on graphics to enlarge

Hilton Head Beach


Hilton Head Beach - 2009


Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island

Credit Due Department: The photo of the Harour Town Lighthouse was taken by Lord Of Leisure. I took the other shots, at least one of which  was deemed by a travel site good enough to highlight on their Hilton Head page – but not good enough for attribution.

Mother’s Day Holiday Hiatus In The Ozarks

Table Rock Lake from Mom's cabin - July 2010

DrHGuy is spending a few days with his Mom at her home on Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks. The DrHGuy and Heck Of A Guy sites will be dormant until his return Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

We Interrupt This Program

Heck Of A Guy and its affiliated sites will be on hiatus from now until April 25, 2011 while DrHGuy pursues other endeavors.

Delving Into Heck Of A Guy

DrHGuy At Work

Today is given over to Heck Of A Guy site maintenance, fixing typos, broken links, blurry images, inaccurate HTML coding, and the other 28,447 things that can go wrong at even the nicest URLs.

While DrHGuy immerses himself in the glamor of blogging, readers are invited to check out the

Five Most Popular  Heck Of A Guy Posts1

  1. Rare Leonard Cohen Chelsea Hotel #1 Video
  2. Allan Truax Timeline In Context
  3. Leonard Cohen Calendar Project
  4. Leonard Cohen World Tour To End In 2011 – With Start Of Leonard Cohen Intergalactic Tour
  5. Nude! Nude! Nude! Teachers! Teachers! Teachers!


  1. Based on the past 30 days of stats []