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

title4This 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.

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

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

  1. Ali Andreae Wagemaker

    leuke copulatie van diverse video’s uit het leven van Leonard Cohen, maar The Future werd door mij, hoewel in 1987 niet bekend met de grote zanger/dichter/schrijver, zelfs ook later niet de moeite genomen om 50 kleuren grijs te lezen.