Video: Leonard Cohen & The Celibates Perform Memories – Copenhagen 1985


Frankie Lane, he was singing Jezebel
I pinned an Iron Cross to my lapel
I walked up to the tallest and the blondest girl
I said, Look, you don’t know me now but very soon you will
So won’t you let me see
I said “won’t you let me see”
I said “won’t you let me see
Your naked body?”

The suboptimal video quality notwithstanding, this recording of Leonard Cohen playing the Falkoner Teatre in Copenhagen is worth viewing not only for the performance itself but also for the obvious enjoyment radiating from the performers, including a flower- and ribbon-festooned Anjani on keyboards and vocals.

After the completion of the song, Cohen, as a bonus, does a comic turn that features the source of this post’s titular reference, “Leonard Cohen & The Celibates,”1 the threat to introduce each member of the audience individually, and, I believe, a non-metaphorical rimshot.2

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Copenhagen: Feb 9, 1985
Video from messalina79

Note: Originally posted Oct 29, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. One notes that the name given is not “Leonard Cohen & The Other Celibates.” []
  2. Sadly, it proves necessary to inform the youngsters in the audience that a “rimshot” refers to striking the rim rather than the top of a cymbal with the drumstick. A rimshot preceded by taps on the snare is a sting, a sequence often called a rimshot that is used in cabaret to accentuate the punchline of a joke. []

4 Replies to “Video: Leonard Cohen & The Celibates Perform Memories – Copenhagen 1985”

  1. Puddingdale

    Thank you for alerting us to yet another way for this enjoyable song to be sung 🙂 I’m loving it, although it also makes me think LC has had too much of whatever *lol*
    Memories always makes me happy, it’s great to see everyone onstage having fun, too.

  2. sturgess66

    Thanks Dr. Heck – but you just never know might happen in Chicago tonight. Bob Dylan starts a 3-night run in Chicago tonight. And who knows? Bob might stop in at Leonard’s show after his own. Leonard would still have about two more hours to go. Haha! Hey – it’s possible!

    But – in spite of the dark video I love this Copenhagen performance of Memories. 🙂 There is some way cool guitar starting around 2:29 – and Leonard is in great voice.

    I notice that “messalina79” has also uploaded a version of “So Long Marianne” from this same 1985 Copenhagen show and it also features a great guitar contribution around 2:40.

    They all seem to be having a great time at this show. That wonderful video from the outdoor show at Isle of Calf in Norway (uploaded by “kaarekjohnsen” recently) was also from 1985 – and Leonard seemed to be in the same state of mind/humor. “Oh – we have no where to go, no where to go.” I put a laurel wreath on stage for Leonard at the recent Philadelphia show and it was from the marvelous Norway video that I took the idea. But – in the Norway video, Leonard does take approximately one hour (love it) to leisurely introduce all those “most excellent musicians” by name in that video, including “The Pearl of the Pacific” Anjani Thomas – and asks that we please, never forget them. 🙂 So the guitar player in Copenhagen might be Mitchell Watkins?

  3. Naomi Siemens

    Love it! Regardless of the Phil Spector debacle, I have to say that song resonates withmany of us “wallflowers.” Takes me back in a heartbeat!

  4. Attendee

    Thank you so much for this. I was at this concert and looking all over for information on this exact song.

    This was the first time I have been able to see him perform, and I had a fantastic time.