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. []

Watchmen Sex Scene Videos: Compare Leonard Cohen & Allison Crowe Versions Of Hallelujah As Soundtracks

sexsceneReaders who have followed the preceding posts about the use of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in Watchmen may recall that the original idea was to use Allison Crowe’s version of Hallelujah for the sex scene. Zack Snyder, the Director of Watchmen, addresses that choice in an interview with James Parker that appeared in the Boston Phoenix:

James Parker: The sex scene between Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II is pretty great — the boots, the zips. And you’ve got Leonard Cohen doing “Hallelujah” over it.

Zack Snyder: Well, I originally had a different version of “Hallelujah” on that scene — it was the version by Allison Crowe, and it was really beautiful. Too beautiful, as it turned out, because when I showed it to my buddies, they were like, “Wow, you really mean this, this love scene.” So I was like, okay, that didn’t work. But with the Leonard Cohen, in that moment, it’s a little sadder of a song, it’s a little bit more twisted, it’s a little more broken, which expresses to me what’s going on in that scene, between those two characters.

Adrian du Plessis, Allison Crowe’s Personable Manager, has alerted me that videos of both versions are available for viewing. The first video below is the Watchmen sex scene with the Leonard Cohen version of Hallelujah. The second is the same video except the song, Hallelujah, is performed by Allison Crowe.

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah Watchmen Scene

Allison Crowe: Hallelujah Watchmen Scene

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah As Watchmen Sex Scene Soundtrack – Debate Continues

Same Song, Same Sex Scene, More Opinions

First, a refresher on the issue at hand1  and a word about why I am re-visiting it.

In the just released  film version of the classic comic, Watchmen, two of the superheroes, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II, are shown in a – um, let’s call it a vigorous sex scene2 set to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Zack Snyder, the Director of Watchmen, addresses that choice in an interview with James Parker that appeared in the Boston Phoenix:

James Parker: The sex scene between Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II is pretty great — the boots, the zips. And you’ve got Leonard Cohen doing “Hallelujah” over it.

Zack Snyder: Well, I originally had a different version of “Hallelujah” on that scene — it was the version by Allison Crowe, and it was really beautiful. Too beautiful, as it turned out, because when I showed it to my buddies, they were like, “Wow, you really mean this, this love scene.” So I was like, okay, that didn’t work. But with the Leonard Cohen, in that moment, it’s a little sadder of a song, it’s a little bit more twisted, it’s a little more broken, which expresses to me what’s going on in that scene, between those two characters.

Vehement responses to and downright nasty debates about the use of Leonard Cohen’s own version of “Hallelujah” in Watchmen’s sex scene continue to resound across the Internet. The two previous Cohencentric posts on this issue, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Mood Music For Watchmen SuperHeroic Sex Scene and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah In Zack Snyder’s Watchmen – Bizarre, Sublime, Nuked The Fridge?, have received more than five times the typical number of daily page views since they went online, a number that is especially striking because almost all hits have been the result of individuals finding those posts via search engines rather than a social bookmarking service such as Digg or Stumbleupon.

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  1. The explanation that follows is lifted from my previous post, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Mood Music For Watchmen SuperHeroic Sex Scene []
  2. To keep matters in perspective, the movie is rated “R” rather than “X.” Still, the sex scene is routinely reported as graphic. []

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah In Zack Snyder’s Watchmen – Bizarre, Sublime, Nuked The Fridge?

watchmen_ver18_xlgNote: Originally posted Mar 9, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

More Bipolarity

In response to the emails about yesterday’s post, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Mood Music For Watchmen SuperHeroic Sex Scene, I am offering a few more opinions about the use of Cohen’s Hallelujah as the musical setting for a sex scene between two of the superheroes, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II.

First, check out James W. Rockwell’s open letter to Zack Snyder at Who Watches the Director of Watchmen?

Dear Mr. Snyder,

Thank you for doing an overall great job with Watchmen. The movie nearly felt as epic as the graphic novel, and the overall themes of human nature, paranoia of a Cold War nuclear holocaust, and the insane psychology of vigilantism remained markedly faithful to Alan Moore’s book.

Also, thanks for almost ruining the whole fucking movie with, quite possibly, the absolute worst choice for music accompanying a sex scene that has ever been made. Sure, forcing in Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower with a shoehorn during the Antarctic crash can be forgiven. Even closing it out with a My Chemical Romance cover of anything can be overlooked. But Hallelujah? Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah? Really? Whatever the hell it was that you guys were smoking during post-production, I want some.

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Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Mood Music For Watchmen SuperHeroic Sex Scene

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Choosing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah For Watchmen

In the just released  film version of the classic comic, Watchmen, two of the superheroes, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II, are shown in a – um, let’s call it a vigorous sex scene set to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Zack Snyder, the Director of Watchmen, addresses that choice in an interview with James Parker that appeared in the Boston Phoenix:

James Parker: The sex scene between Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II is pretty great — the boots, the zips. And you’ve got Leonard Cohen doing “Hallelujah” over it.

Zack Snyder: Well, I originally had a different version of “Hallelujah” on that scene — it was the version by Allison Crowe, and it was really beautiful. Too beautiful, as it turned out, because when I showed it to my buddies, they were like, “Wow, you really mean this, this love scene.” So I was like, okay, that didn’t work. But with the Leonard Cohen, in that moment, it’s a little sadder of a song, it’s a little bit more twisted, it’s a little more broken, which expresses to me what’s going on in that scene, between those two characters.

The Internet Goes Bipolar On “Hallelujah” In Watchmen

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