Famous Punk SongsWell-known punk songs
During 17 years of activity, the group has financed the production of 10 new albums itself, one of them (Famous On Mars, 2002) with the artistic production of the Genoese blueman Paolo Bonfanti, and has undertaken an uninterrupted activity of living which often crosses the borders of its region with incursions in Northern Italy and abroad (seven times on tours) in Great Britain.
Testi Album: Theodorakis - Famous Greek songs by Mikis Theodorakis
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Infamous rain coat in dark red
There is no doubt that Famous Blue Raincoat, the sixth track of Songs Of Hate And Love (1971), best represents Leonard Cohen's musical poetics. The peculiarity of the song is the unusual form of the letter (ending with the signature Cordialmente, L.Cohen) in which a betrayed husband writes to his wife's lover (who is Jane, Cohen never clarified and remains a mystery to this day).
Although the piece's architecture is very simple and the musical trend is almost monochordic, it is not easy to get out of the tangle of references and emotions that excites the reading of the text, and which, according to some interpretations, is even attributed to Freud's psychoanalytic theory: Have you ever been sincere? She sends her greetings. What should I ever tell you? The night you decided to tell the truth.
On the one hand, the piece is full of autobiographical quotations (Clinton Street, the street where the singer-songwriter lived for a while, and this last verb becomes clear - to clarify, to tell the truth - hiding a reference to the Scientology doctrine, a way of thinking with which Cohen had fallen fugitively in love at the time); on the other hand, the feelings of the sender of the letter are not clear, on the contrary, they seem superimposed and contradictory:
there is no hatred of the rival friend, if any, sometimes a cold and angry dignity (Ah, the last time we saw you look this old, your famous blue raincoat was torn on your shoulder); there is disappointment, sadness, but resentments are captured, lifted, compressed by the memory of friendship and affection (And what can I tell you, my brother, my killer, what could I ever tell you?
Among the many new interpretations that have been made of the song over the years (Judy Collins, Nina Persson, Lloyd Cole, Joan Baez, to name just a few), two are really good in my opinion. The second, dated 1995, is performed by Tori Amos on his tribute album to Cohen, Tower of Song. The guitar is replaced by the pianoforte in this case, and the little Tori emphasizes the drama of the piece between pauses and silence.