The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: Cohen Seen As “A Hip Frank Sinatra” In Europe – 1985

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hipfrankFrom The Rough Guide to Rock edited by Peter Buckley. Section on Leonard Cohen by Tony Drayton (Dec 1, 1999)

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: “I never liked this song [My Way] except when Sid Vicious did it…he provided that other side to the song; the certainty, the self-congratulation, the daily heroism of Sinatra’s version is completely exploded by this desperate, mad, humorous voice.” Leonard Cohen

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I never liked this song except when Sid Vicious did it. Sung straight, it somehow deprives the appetite of a certain taste we’d like to have on our lips. When Sid Vicious did it, he provided that other side to the song; the certainty, the self-congratulation, the daily heroism of Sinatra’s version is completely exploded by this desperate, mad, humorous voice. I can’t go round in a raincoat and fedora looking over my life saying I did it my way — well, for 10 minutes in some American bar over a gin and tonic you might be able to get away with it. But Sid Vicious’s rendition takes in everybody; everybody is messed up like that, everybody is the mad hero of his own drama. It explodes the whole culture this self-presentation can take place in, so it completes the song for me.

Leonard Cohen quoted in Cohen’s Way by Mat Snow. The Guardian: February 1988. Also see “My Way” By Sid Vicious Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted March 27, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: It Could Have Been Sinatra’s Famous Blue Raincoat

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Cohen has been covered by saints and sinners. He has been soiled by Coil (“Who By Fire”), hauled over by Nick Cave (“Avalanche”) and sanctified by Judy Collins and Buffy Saint-Marie. But Jenny sings Lenny is the first fullscale LP interpretation of Cohen. Its surprise partly lies in the fact nobody’s done it before.

“Well about a century ago Frank Sinatra talked about doing something like that,” drawls Leonard Cohen, speaking out of LA. “But it never happened. And between Frank Sinatra and Jennifer Warnes there hasn’t been a murmur.”

From Jenny Sings Lenny By Biba Kopf New Musical Express, March 14, 1987

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 3, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: Leonard Cohen Asks “Do I want to be Frank Sinatra?”

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I don’t think anybody really knows why they’re doing anything. If you stop someone on the subway and say, ‘Where are you going–in the deepest sense of the word?’ you can’t really expect an answer. I really don’t know why I’m here. It’s a matter of ‘What else would I be doing?’ Do I want to be Frank Sinatra, who’s really great, and do I want to have great retrospectives of my work? I’m not really interested in being the oldest folksinger around.quotedown2

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From “Leonard Cohen: Several Lifetimes Already” by Pico Iyer (Shambhala Sun: September 1998)

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: Cohen Quotes Sinatra: “I’m for anything that gets you through the night.”

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Beryl Fox: What happens to your own personal anguish when you see it spread across the country and you know that you are making money on it.

Leonard Cohen: Well, I don’t know if I am gonna make any money on it. [Laughs] I don’t know if you can, if you can sell your anguish then you have probably done one of the best possible things you can do with anguish you know, anything you can do with anguish is good. Like Frank Sinatra said “I’m for anything that gets you through the night.” Print is a minor form of invisibility. I think that if you really get good then you do disappear

From This Hour Has Seven Days. CBC: May 1, 1966. [Formatting mine]

DrHGuy Note – The Sinatra quote follows:

Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric