According to Last Week's Poll
I was aware that Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," as recorded by any number of people, has because the favorite song evar of so many music as wallpaper types. But it hadn't occurred to me until just recently, when I was researching the song for last week's poll, just how ubiquitous it is these days.
In addition to its use in the film Basquiat and on Jeff Buckley's Grace, the last two times it meant anything (both in the mid '90s, mind you), apparently it's also been used in the movie Shrek, and every third TV show on the air right now, and has been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to the group K's Choice.
Pop Quiz: How many of you d-bags can name K's Choice hit single from the mid '90s off the top of your head? No cheating! I could, though it took quite a bit of mental effort. I might have to take the rest of the day off.
Last week's poll had to do with which of the four arguably most prominent versions of "Hallelujah" is the best.
- Jeff Buckley (86 votes)
- Willie Nelson (61 votes)
- Leonard Cohen (34 votes)
- John Cale (11 votes)
I kinda figured Jeff Buckley would win, but the results of this one are still pretty bizarre to me. Personally, I voted for John Cale's version, and I'm surprised hardly anyone else did. Meanwhile, the Willie Nelson version, which was featured on the Ryan Adams-produced Songbird, didn't do a whole lot for me, and yet it was almost up there with the Jeff Buckley version. Hmm...
My thought with regard to the original Leonard Cohen version of the song is that if it was that good, then how come so many people are more familiar with any number of cover versions of it than they are the original? Granted I'm sure people could come up with any number of cover versions that were inferior to the original and yet remain more popular, but still.
At the end of the day, it's obviously Leonard Cohen himself who's having the last laugh here. As often as you hear "Hallelujah" these days, he must be rolling in royalty checks. Meanwhile, Jeff Buckley is still as dead as doornails, no one knows who John Cale is, and Willie Nelson is still being thrown in jail at the ripe old age of 70 someting for riding around in a tour bus made entirely from pot.