Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW XMAS CD (JOKE)

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Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW XMAS CD (JOKE)

Postby Citizen_Kane » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:26 pm

http://crystalair.com/story.php?id=201012005
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CAP News | Dylan, Waits, Cohen Record Christmas Album

MALIBU, Calif. (CAP) - Following the surprise success of his 2009 holiday album Christmas In The Heart, Bob Dylan has teamed up with two fellow gravelly-voiced troubadours, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, for a new release, Hallelujah! Christmas In The Heart Of A Hooker In Minneapolis.

"Well my daddy, he didn't leave me much, you know he was a very simple man, but what he did tell me was this," Dylan told CAP News during a joint interview with his new collaborators. "He did say, son, he said, you know two mouths are better than one mouth, and three mouths ... well, there you go." Then he leaned back and took a puff of his Chesterfield, taking a moment to tap the ashes off with a shake of his jade quellazaire.

Christmas In The Heart sold more than a million copies, and Dylan's versions of "Silver Bells" and "O' Little Town of Bethlehem" have become standard fare in shopping malls and at Christmas parties across America.

"I love it when he sings 'the hopes and fears of all the years' in that croaky wheeze that he's got - it sounds sort of like a death rattle, but in a festive kind of way," said Sally Fender of the YuleTunes blog, which gave Christmas In The Heart a four Figgy Pudding rating.

Dylan approached Cohen and Waits about the follow-up album, and the pair was apparently more than happy to oblige.

"One thing I learned during the years I spent living among Buddhist monks is that enlightenment comes in all forms, and speaks in many voices," said Cohen, sitting with Dylan and Waits outside Coogie's Beach Cafe in Malibu. "And one thing I learned when my manager stole my retirement fund was that you don't turn down an offer to make an album with Bob Dylan."

"This album will be colder than a ticket taker's smile at the Ivar Theater on a Saturday night," added Waits in a guttural mumble, prompting both Dylan and Cohen to stare at him blankly for several seconds before changing the subject.

Hallelujah! Christmas In The Heart Of A Hooker In Minneapolis offers an eclectic mix from the trio; for instance, Cohen contributes a version of "Ding Dong Merrily On High" which he says is actually a reference to a sexual liaison he had with Janis Joplin in the late 1960s. "She was, alas, often merrily on high," said Cohen, wistfully with a touch of literary mischievousness.

As for Waits, he contributes an original song entitled, "If It's Christmas, Those Must Be Whores And Bourbon." He admitted it's not typical holiday fare, but explained that while writing it, "I got caught in the middle of a pimp war between two kids in chinchilla coats, they couldn't have been more than 13 years old - they're throwing knives and forks and spoons out into the street."

"Riiight ..." responded Cohen, and Dylan just rolled his eyes.

Waits' only other holiday song, 1978's "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis" - a re-recorded version of which is on the new record - is considered one of the primary factors behind increased suicide rates during the holiday season, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

News of the album hasn't been well accepted in all quarters. A group of the same concertgoers who booed Dylan's first "electric" performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, and who objected to last year's Dylan Christmas album, describe themselves as "apoplectic" over the development.

"I know we said last year's album was the last straw, but this time I'm really done with him," said Fred Markinson, 69, of Pawtucket, R.I., who bought 20 copies of Dylan's Christmas In The Heart so he would have a steady supply of them to break out of anger and frustration at Dylan's betrayal of his core values. "Judas!" he yelled.

Meanwhile, a version of "Away In A Manger" sung together by the trio has prompted a lawsuit from Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, who claims it's a direct infringement upon his show's "Tarzan, Tonto And Frankenstein" sketches from the late 1980s.
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Re: Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW Christmas album

Postby remote1 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:54 pm

It appears to be a big joke: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=24271&start=0
What do you reckon Citizen_Kane? :D
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Re: Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW Christmas album

Postby peter danielsen » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:36 pm

This could work, and be a delight. However I bet this is a big joke!
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Re: Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW Christmas album

Postby Citizen_Kane » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:43 pm

remote1 wrote:It appears to be a big joke: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=24271&start=0
What do you reckon Citizen_Kane? :D
Haha, come to think of it, I bet it is a joke indeed. As is mentioned in the other thread, there are rediculous other news stories on this website.
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Re: Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW Christmas album

Postby Tchocolatl » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:05 pm

The whole article made me laugh but for the last line : Dr. Frankenstein's creature being not exactly the definition of a monster of Love and because all the rest was such an accurate caricature. Cohen as some sort of a golem figure as well as Dylan-Tarzan (yodelling?), and Waits-Tonto (??? here I am totally lost), well... I don't get it, I guess sacred monsters had been depicted as mythical figures picked more of less by chance and that's all, and the laugh should have been created from going against the taboo of the holy trinity? I try to understand.
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Re: Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW Christmas album

Postby st theresa » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:41 am

Kind of cute idea--but why isn't Willie Nelson included. If George Harrison or Roy Orbison were alive, I would want them in onit. Wait--that has almost been done hasn't it?
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Re: Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW Christmas album

Postby cj » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:43 am

I haven't laughed this hard for a long time. If you go to the source of the article you will see that it is all a big joke.
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Postby 264811403188 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:29 am

Oh, what a good laugh I had! A "Christmas" album like that would be great fun. I would love to see a photo of the three of them sitting together somewhere - but I guess that will never happen.
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Re: Cohen, Dylan, and Waits work together on NEW XMAS CD (JO

Postby Willy52240 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:27 am

I think this is what Cohen was writing about when he said he had seen the future. :lol:

I laughed out loud several times. The Tom Waits humor was probably the best, but it was all fun

Anyway, this might be the holy trinity of poet musicians. I wonder how the artists enjoyed the article when it found its way to them. The whole idea of a Christmas album is laughable.

Thanks; I thought it was a hoot.

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