Various Positions became a new turning point for Leonard Cohen. Suddenly he jumped straight from the cult status to the super-status, and in the transition he brought a fan base without age limit… In Bergen yesterday he was stopped on the street by teenage girls who wanted his autograph…
I think it’s great fun! I take it as a sign that I now write songs that people can understand. Recent Songs (1979) was a difficult LP full of symbolism and oriental music. People did not understand anything, and it had a direct result on the album sales. I did not go to the studio again in five years. I was losing my footing – and I admit it willingly.
Bård Oses intervju med Leonard Cohen by Linn Gjerstad [via Google Translate] (BA: March 26, 2012). From May 4, 1988 interview.