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February 9, 2011 1:35 PM   Subscribe

Calling all music nerds: has Tom Waits ever covered Leonard Cohen? Has Leonard Cohen ever covered Tom Waits?

That's all. I will accept any song, any quality recording.
posted by Mender to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
According to The Covers Project, Tom Waits hasn't covered Cohen nor have his songs been covered by Leonard Cohen

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posted by kuppajava at 1:58 PM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't know of any covers, but if you're looking for connections Tom once described Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" thusly:

Euro, klezmer, chansons, apocalyptic, revelations, with that mellifluous voice. A shipwrecked Aznovar, washed up on shore. Important songs, meditative, authoritative, and Leonard is a poet, an Extra Large one.
posted by fight or flight at 2:04 PM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have Cohen's whole discography, and I don't think he ever covered anybody.
posted by Sara C. at 2:10 PM on February 9, 2011


Well, he has his version of "Always", so he's done at least one song not his own. No Tom Waite that I know of-that would be awesome.
posted by purenitrous at 3:15 PM on February 9, 2011


Huh. I did not realize that was a cover.

So maybe I should amend my pronouncement to "As far as I can tell, having listened to every Leonard Cohen song, none of them are obvious covers of any other song I'm familiar with."
posted by Sara C. at 3:22 PM on February 9, 2011


The Leonard Cohen Files covers list doesn't include any by Waits, but it lists over 2000 other covers.

If there is a song that fits what you are looking for, it's probably somewhere on that site.
posted by gyusan at 5:22 PM on February 9, 2011


I have Cohen's whole discography, and I don't think he ever covered anybody.

"The Partisan," my favourite Leonard Cohen song, is a cover. I wish he'd do more.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 10:55 PM on February 9, 2011


Well, I'm sad to hear this, but happy to learn about The Covers Project! Thanks guys.
posted by Mender at 10:07 AM on February 10, 2011


hmmm ... I just listened to anthem from the recent live in london recording, and i have to say his voice (LC's) has just gotten lower and lower with time ... so if leonard cohen doing leonard cohen sounding kinda like tom waits will do, enjoy!
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 10:48 PM on February 11, 2011


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