3 Heretical Positions I Hold : Music

1. The better version of “Go Your Own Way” is by The Cranberries

2. I reject the Wainwright version of Leonard Cohen’s magnificent “Halleluja” and embrace Jeff Buckley’s version

3. Any song of Bob Dylan’s is better sung by any one other than Bob Dylan




8 thoughts on “3 Heretical Positions I Hold : Music

  1. Rems,

    It’s amazing how much we agree, given how much we disagree. Or maybe it follows quite naturally.

    Either way, 2 and 3 are also among my canon of deeply held beliefs (my wife inexplicably disagrees with 2, which for a time made me really think about whether we ought to get married).

    Dylan should have been one of those guys who writes songs for other people. Great songwriter, awful, awful singer.

    Oh, and if you have a link on 1 I’m sure I’d agree. The Mac is one of the most overrated bands of all time imho, though they certainly penned some great songs.

  2. It should also be noted, for the record, that I reject Leonard Cohen’s version of Leonard Cohen’s magnificent “Hallelujah.” Having heard Buckley’s cover first, I was appalled the first time I heard the original.

  3. I think we’re all partial to what we heard first. For me, it was the Leonard Cohen Live version, which I like a lot better than his original on Various Positions. Next for me was John Cale’s version (from Shrek, and on the Scrubs record), which I like better than Buckley’s. (And don’t be fooled by the Shrek soundtrack: that was Cale in the move, not Wainwright.)

  4. For me Buckley’s version was the 3rd version I heard. I got it through Wainwright (which I liked at first), then I got it from Cale (also liked, but also thought it was Wainwright), and finally I heard in from Buckley which dragged me from the cave and showed me the stars. I then heard the Cohen version which is fine.

    I do regret not going to see Bob when he was in Pullman. At the time I thought you went to concerts because you liked the music, not because people would think you are cool for going to certain concerts.

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