Leonard Cohen Says Nick Cave “Butchered” Avalanche – But In A Good Way

721px-Nick_Cave_1986Who do you feel has done the best job with your music, and who has butchered it?

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There have probably been some who have butchered it, but I’ve generally liked the job that people have done with it. I guess you could say Nick Cave butchered my song, ‘Avalanche,’ and if that’s the case, let there be more butchers like that.quotedown2

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From Rebirth Of A Ladies’ Man by Steven Blush. Seconds No 22: June/July 1993. Also see

Video: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Avalanche 
From Her To Eternity album: 1984.

 

Credit Due Department: Photo “Nick Cave 1986” by Yves Lorson – originally posted to Flickr as Nick Cave. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

Nick Cave On Leonard Cohen: “He was the one who kind of drew back the curtain and showed us things that no one else had ever dared to expose.”

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“You know, Leonard had such a huge impact on so many of us,” he says. “He was the one who kind of drew back the curtain and showed us things that no one else had ever dared to expose. In Wangaratta, where I grew up, my best friend’s sister bought Songs of Love and Hate. We listened to it out in her back shed on her record player, over and over again, night after night. We were basically having our young innocent minds perverted, and the course of lives changed, listening to that dark, sinister, ­sacred music. There probably should have been a law against that record.

The singer describes Cohen’s death in ­November last year as “devastating”. “It came at such a crazy time, you know, with [Donald] Trump being elected and all,” he says. “I think for a lot of people it just felt like the last f..king straw. It felt so personal.”

From ‘I was a mess, big time’ – Nick Cave by Iain Shedden (The Weekend Australian Review: January 14-15, 2017).

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maria Cohen Viana, who alerted me to this article. Photo by Alterna2 http://www.alterna2.com – originally posted to Flickr as Grinderman en el Summercase 08 de Barcelona, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia

“Leonard Cohen was the greatest songwriter of them all.” Nick Cave

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For many of us Leonard Cohen was the greatest songwriter of them all. Utterly unique and impossible to imitate no matter how hard we tried. He will be deeply missed by so manyquotedown2

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Tweeted by Nick Cave Nov 11, 2016

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Harold Lepidus, who alerted me to this tweet

Hear Nick Cave’s New Version Of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Avalanche’ for ‘Black Sails’

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Nick Cave revisited Leonard Cohen’s ‘Avalanche,’ which he originally covered in 1984’s From Her to Eternity album, for the second season of Black Sails.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Tom Sakic, who alerted me to this cover

Note: Originally posted January 9, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Nick Cave on Leonard Cohen: “He is the symbol of my musical independence”

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Leonard Cohen was the first artist I discovered by myself. He is the symbol of my musical independence. The sadness of Cohen was inspiring; it gave me a lot of energy. I always remember all this when someone says that my records are morbid or depressing.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen w/ Sam Hunt New Zealand Herald. Also see Leonard Cohen Says Nick Cave “Butchered” Avalanche – But In A Good Way

Credit Due Department: Photo by Alterna2 http://www.alterna2.com – originally posted to Flickr as Grinderman en el Summercase 08 de Barcelona, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia

Note: Originally posted Jun 29, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Nick Cave’s "Avalanche" Cover Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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The Original 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 Cohencentric 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 Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

Leonard Cohen Likes How Nick Cave Tears Apart Avalanche

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I never got over that thrill that someone else has chosen a song [of mine] and wants to do it. I think Nick Cave’s instinct in choosing that song [Avalanche] to cover was very good because that’s just the kind of song that is made to be torn apart and I like the way he tore it apart. I like the way he went out with it. 

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The Nick Cave cover of “Avalanche” on which Cohen commented was the one that led off the track list of From Her To Eternity, the debut album released by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1984.

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From Her To Eternity: 1984

Bonus: Nick Cave’s 2006 Tribute To Leonard Cohen

Nick Cave also covered Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche,” albeit more as homage than as deconstructionist reinterpretation, at Came So Far For Beauty, the Leonard Cohen tribute concert held at the Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland on October 5, 2006.

Nick Cave – Avalanche
Dublin: Oct 5, 2006
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Bonus 2: Nick Cave’s Re-Recording Of Avalanche For Black Sails, Season 2 (2015)

Credit Due Department: Photo “Nick Cave 1986” by Yves Lorson – originally posted to Flickr as Nick Cave. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

Note: Originally posted Dec 13, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Some material has been updated.

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  1. Leonard Cohen: The Classic Interviews (Chrome Dreams, 2009), quoted in Leonard Cohen Hallelujah by Tim Footman, Chrome Dreams, 2009. p 130 []