Now Online: Lenny Plays It Cool (1987) By Bud Scoppa

Cohen’s music is an acquired taste,
like absinthe or Australian rules football.

Lenny Plays It Cool
By Bud Scoppa
Music Connection, April 6-19, 1987

Contributed by Dominique BOILE

Note: I believe “Irving Licht, the Canadian writer” on page 15 (the next to last page of the article posted here) actually refers to Irving Layton.





Coming Attractions

The April 6-19 issue of Music Connection featured stories about the main players associated with Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat album, including the article about Leonard Cohen posted today. In the next few days, articles about Jennifer Warnes, Roscoe Beck, and the record label will be posted as well.

Update: See companion pieces: Jenny Takes A Ride by Bud Scoppa (Music Connection, April 6-19, 1987) anf Now Online: Beck Tailors Jenny’s Raincoat (1987) By Jim Maloney & Sussman’s Cypress Spreads Its Roots (1987) By Lawrence Henry


Leonard Cohen’s 1987 Prequel To DrHGuy’s 2013 “50 Shades of Leonard Cohen” Video

This is one of those How about that? entries.

Today’s Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox post, which features “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk3, is based on a comment Leonard Cohen made about the song in a 1987 interview.   It turns out that this comment anticipates a video about Leonard Cohen I constructed more than 25 years later. The pertinent events, in sequence, follow:

1. In Jan 2013, I put together a video called “50 Shades of Leonard Cohen.”

2. Yesterday, Dominique BOILE sent me “Lenny Plays It Cool” by Bud Scoppa, a Leonard Cohen interview published in the April 6-19, 1987 edition of Music Connection. The article had been, pragmatically, unavailable to the public for many years, leading to my decision to post it.1

3. While processing the material for posting, I noticed a reference by Cohen to a song that was popular during the time the interview was published:


Now, if you’ve already seen “50 Shades of Leonard Cohen,” you can appreciate the coincidence and resonance between the Canadian singer-songwriter’s 1987 quote and the 2013 video. If you haven’t already watched the video, you can do so below. Prepared to be bemused.

Fifty Shades Of Leonard Cohen
Video by Allan Showalter

  1. The article will appear on this site soon. []

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” By Timbuk3 Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox


Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

- Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Heck Of A Guy feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” By Timbuk3


The following excerpt is from Lenny Plays It Cool by Bud Scoppa (Music Connection: April 6-19, 1987):


Timbuk3, the husband and wife team of Pat MacDonald and Barbara K. MacDonald, released “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” on their first album, Greetings from Timbuk3 (1986). The song rose to #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on Billboard Mainstream Rock and has been on numerous movie and television soundtracks.


Timbuk 3 -The Future’s So Bright Official Video

Timbuk3’s hit also serves as the soundtrack for another video; see Leonard Cohen’s 1987 Prequel To DrHGuy’s 2013 “50 Shades of Leonard Cohen” Video

Now Online: Cohen’s Reputation For Solemnity Ill-Gained by Mary Campbell 1992

Cohen’s Reputation For Solemnity Ill-Gained
By Mary Campbell
AP Story, published in The Hour (Norwalk, CT): Mar 28, 1992

While the ostensible focus of this piece is the I’m Your Fan tribute album, it also includes Leonard Cohen’s idea of the function of music, his daughter’s efforts to keep him informed about her generation’s musical taste, an explanation of the length of his songs, his hope that his music to have significance for future generations, and, of course, his ill-gained reputation for solemnity.

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More Recommendations For Best Online Video Of The Partisan Performed By Leonard Cohen


Note: These suggestions follow Searching For The Best Online Video Of The Partisan Performed By Leonard Cohen and Recommendations For The Best Online Video Of The Partisan Performed By Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
Ghent: Aug 15, 2012

From AlanM5049:

My personal favorite is Albert Noonan’s version from Ghent on August 15, 2012, mainly because Mitch was standing for that performance. I think someone referred to UHTC for that song as “a band of gypsies”1 – very apt. Albert Noonan video – always reliably good sound and vision.


Video by albertnoonan


Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
Bercy, Paris: June 18, 2013
From Laurnce of Paris

For me, the most beautiful, the most moving …

Video by a music lover in Paris


  1. I suspect Alan’s reference s to this excerpt from Review: Leonard Cohen at Vector Arena by Russell Baillie (New Zealand Herald. Jan 23, 2009):

    Somehow, Cohen’s ensemble, a sort of gypsy-soul rock-noir cabaret outfit dressed, as was their fedora-ed double-breasted leader like particularly stylish members of the French Resistance, were able to shrink the vastness of the venue down to the intimate scale of the music. []

Now Online: Cohen at 50: On His Songs, His Women And Children by Chris Cobb 1984

Cohen at 50: On His Songs, His Women And Children
by Chris Cobb
Ottawa Citizen: April 21, 1984

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