Leonard Cohen All-Stars: Top 10 Cohencentric Posts So Far In 2016

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New Leonard Cohen Song “You Want It Darker” In Peaky Blinders Garners 4 Of Top 10 Positions – But Not #1

Cohencentric commemorates today’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game with the lineup of our top 10 posts ranked in descending order of page views so far in 2016.1

10. Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

9. Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

8. The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

7. Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31

Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31


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  1. Note: Some of these posts were published before 2016 but only views garnered since Jan 1, 2016 are counted for this listing. []

2015 Leonard Cohen Highlights: Nevermind By Leonard Cohen – True Detective’s Theme Song

lc-td2Leonard Cohen’s “Nevermind” being chosen as the theme song of True Detective, Season Two itself generated massive interest. When the strategy of playing different portions of the song at the start of each episode became apparent, the number of views generated by this series of posts multiplied. Thanks go to Marie of SpeakingCohen, who provided the exact Nevermind lyrics used in of each specific episode of the program. I’ve listed some of the key posts on this topic below:

T Bone Burnett On Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind ‘True Detective’ Opening: “The song of the century, so far”

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“To me, ‘Nevermind’ is the song of the century so far, coming from one of the wisest men in our culture,” Burnett said. “I look at it as an extraordinary gift to the audience. It feels very much like Los Angeles right now: beautiful, dark, brooding, dangerous, covert. The reason the lyrics change is just because there are a lot of important lyrics in the song that all apply, and we’re doing our best to play the whole song for people.”

Excerpted from T Bone Burnett Explains Leonard Cohen ‘True Detective’ Opening by Richard Bienstock (Rolling Stone: August 14, 2015)

Also see The Final Nevermind Variations: Versions Of True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, Episodes 1-8

The Final Nevermind Variations: Versions Of True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, Episodes 1-8

lc-td2As elaborated in The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, the lyrics of Nevermind played over the opening credits of Season Two of True Detective changed from Episode One to Episode Two. Indeed, each of the eight episodes featured a different set of lyrics. All lyrics used in the True Detective episodes are found in the album version, but some lines have been arranged in a different order.1

In Episode 8, the lyrics are a permutation of the lines used earlier in the series. The complete lyrics from all episodes of True Detective Season Two, provided by Marie of SpeakingCohen,  are displayed below.

Readers may find the following posts of special interest:

All posts about Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind being used as the True Detective Season Two theme song can be accessed at Nevermind: True Detective Theme Song

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  1. The complete album version of the Nevermind lyrics can be found at the official Leonard Cohen website. []

The Guardian Lauds Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind As True Detective S2 Theme Song

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The music was haunting and pitch perfect

Season one’s theme song, Far From Any Road by the relatively unknown The Handsome Family, was always going to be hard to top with its mix of authenticity, nostalgia and mythical Americana.

No one expected, then, to hear a giant such as Leonard Cohen in season two’s theme – Cohen is many things, but the essence of California? No, sir. And yet – it works. Cohen’s threatening voice makes him sound like an old-school gangster with 50 years of practice in the lidding business, with a three-pack-a-day Marlboro habit.

Excerpted from In praise of … True Detective season two by Jessica Reed (The Guardian: August 11, 2015)

For more about Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind as True Detective S2 theme song, see Nevermind by Leonard Cohen True Detective S2 Theme Song

Nic Pizzolatto Tells Why Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind – The Opening Theme Of True Detective S2 – Changed In Every Episode

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Early on we noticed that the opening credits for True Detective were changing. It wouldn’t happen every episode, but every so often the opener would end on a different line of Leonard Cohen’s “Never Mind.” The reason for this is surprisingly simple: Pizzolatto just really dug that song. He explains:

“…because of our admiration for how evocative Leonard Cohen’s lyrics are, and how much they spoke to the overriding character and themes of the show. The ‘theme song version’ leaves out about 85% of Mr. Cohen’s words, so it was a nice way to let the song and its sentiments expand and change and offer another layer to the total vision.”

From The Secret of True Detective’s Morphing Opener has been Revealed by Reuben Levine (Fansided: Aug 11, 2015)

True Detective S2 Pre-Finale Guide To The Theme Song – Nevermind By Leonard Cohen

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Cohencentric has covered the use of Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind as the theme song for the second season of True Detective since the choice was made public before the first show. In anticipation of Tonight’s finale, we have collected the pertinent posts as well as links to the most recent speculations on Nevermind as a source of clues about the  show.

Already In Evidence

The lyrics of Nevermind played over the opening credits of True Detective changed from Episode One to Episode Two. Episodes Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven have followed suit. The versions used in each of the first seven episodes can be found at The Nevermind Variations: Versions Of True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, Episodes 1-7

Other Cohencentric posts dealing with Nevermind as the theme song of True Detective follow:

Latest Theories Of The Crime

Every week, the intro to True Detective changes. The song—“Nevermind” by Leonard Cohen—always plays, but the lyrics appear at different times. Sometimes, the intro only plays a certain part of the song. Verses cycle in and out from episode to episode, leading people to think that the intro must mean sometime. For the most part, this hasn’t been true…except for last night.

Last Night’s True Detective Twists Were Hidden In The Show’s Intro by Patricia Hernandez (kotaku: Aug 3, 2015)

After episode 7, I feel like the intro song finally has a relevant meaning to the show. Speculation here: it’s about the Osterman kids! This reading of it follows the theory that they are alive and that they killed Caspere in order to bring about the downfall of the Vinci corruption racket.

Nevermind by thedoge (Reddit: Aug 4, 2015)

Also see The theme did spoil the episode this time  by 2smashed4u (Reddit: Aug 4, 2015)

And see all Reddit threads for True Detective Nevermind

 

Video: True Detective 2×08 Promo “Omega Station” (HD) Season Finale 

The Nevermind Variations: Versions Of True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, Episodes 1-7

lc-td2As elaborated in The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, the lyrics of Nevermind played over the opening credits of Season Two of True Detective changed from Episode One to Episode Two. Episodes Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven have followed suit. All lyrics used in the True Detective episodes are found in the album version, but some lines have been arranged in a different order.1

In Episode 7, the lyrics are almost identical to Episode 6 but the final “nevermind” stanza has been eliminated and the remaining “nevermind” stanza is different.

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  1. The complete album version of the Nevermind lyrics can be found at the official Leonard Cohen website. []