Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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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.

“I’ve got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one”

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As part of the promotion of the Old Ideas album, Leonard Cohen was interviewed by Pierre Siankowski for Les Inrockuptibles.

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The pertinent excerpt from Leonard Cohen: Éternel Contemporain, published February 8, 2012, follows:

When I mention Tom Waits, Cohen’s eyes light up. “Tom is a friend, a wonderful man. I listen to his records very often they are part of my life. I am glad that my music can evoke his own. “He also quotes his friend poet Irving Layton, died in 2006, as its fundamental inspiration.” I keep reading his books since his disappearance, he is one of the sources of the latter disk. “Cohen does not preclude a subsequent tour.” I must find the necessary fuel. This may be the wine. “

And rap in all this? Jay-Z is it part of the life of Leonard Cohen? He stops, stares at me in the eye and, in his inimitable voice, launches the punchline of the legendary boss of hip-hop world:

I got 99 problems
but a bitch ain’t one

Leonard Cohen is 77. Our brief interview stops on the TKO incredibly soft, it promises a longer, maybe one day: “I’m still young, we have time.” [Google English translation; my emphasis]

 

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Credit Due Department: Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner alerted me to Leonard Cohen’s quotation of Jay-Z’s lyrics in the Les Inrockuptibles interview. Les Inrockuptibles cover contributed by Dominique BOILE.

Note: Originally posted Feb 13, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Bell & Arc’s Cover Of “So Long, Marianne” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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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 Sends A Message To Bell & Arc

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These Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox pieces typically begin with the evidence that Mr Cohen did indeed admire the featured song. This is the first case in which that evidence is in the form of an ad that ran in 1971.

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Patsy Cline’s "I Fall To Pieces" Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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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.

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Patsy Cline’s Country Classic On Leonard Cohen’s Hit List

Patsy-Cline-Coal-Miners-Daugh-466342Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces” is #10 on Leonard Cohen’s Top Ten Songs of 1988, a listing found in “Leonard Cohen – In Eigenen Worten” (In His Own Words) by Jim Devlin.

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Credit Due Department: Florian earns a tip of the Heck Of A Guy fedora for submitting the reference from “Leonard Cohen – In Eigenen Worten” (In His Own Words) by Jim Devlin, which included Leonard Cohen’s Top Ten songs of 1988.1 Patsy Cline photo By Decca Record, Public Domain via Wikipedia

Note: Originally posted Mar 19, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. Of the several members of LeonardCohenForum who responded to my request for help in finding instances of Leonard Cohen favoring a specific song performed by a specific artist, Florian was far and away the most prolific. []

“Gloomy Sunday” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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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.

Gloomy Sunday & Dress Rehearsal Rag: Legendary Suicide-Inducing Songs

Leonard Cohen’s introduction to “Dress Rehearsal Rag” at the 1968 BBC Sessions follows:1

You know there’s a song in, I think it was in Czechoslovakia, called “Gloomy Sunday” that was forbidden to play because every time it would play people would leap out of windows and off of roofs. It was a tragic song. And I read in the Athens News the other day that the composer of it, who only really wrote that one song, he died recently, jumped out of a window himself. I have one of those songs that I have banned for myself. I sing it only on extremely joyous occasions when I know that the landscape can support the despair that I am about to project into it. It’s called the “Dress Rehearsal Rag.”

That introduction and the 1968 recording of “Dress Rehearsal Rag” can be heard in this video from messalina79:

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  1. Found at Diamonds In The Lines: Leonard Cohen in his own live words []

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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The Future’s So Bright, Leonard Cohen Has To Wear Shades

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

Note: Originally posted Nov 19, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquín Rodrigo Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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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.

A New Sound For Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox – Orchestra & Classical Spanish Guitar

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