249: Sunday Brunch

Well, I’m ready for this week to end. My post-election blues were worsened when news broke on Thursday of the passing of Leonard Cohen (pictured), a man whose music and lyrics have greatly inspired me. On this episode we’ll sprinkle in covers of his songs performed by R.E.M., John Cale, Ian McCulloch, Lloyd Cole, Coil, Straitjacket Fits, Peter Astor, and others. And we’ll try to work out some electoral kinks to tunes from The Clash, X, House of Freaks, Codeine, Morrissey, McCarthy, Mekons, Guided by Voices, Minutemen, and more. I’ll let Cohen wrap this up: “It’s coming to America first / The cradle of the best and of the worst / It’s here they got the range / And the machinery for change / And it’s here they got the spiritual thirst / It’s here the family’s broken / And it’s here the lonely say / That the heart has got to open / In a fundamental way / Democracy is coming to the USA.”


  1. Leonard Cohen — Everybody Knows
  2. Robyn Hitchcock And The Egpytians — Somewhere Apart
  3. X — The New World
  4. Minutemen — This Ain’t No Picnic
  5. The Disco Zombies — Punk-A-Go-Go
  6. The Clash — Clampdown
  7. Ian McCulloch — Lover Lover Lover
  8. Peter Astor — Take This Longing
  9. Straitjacket Fits — So Long Marianne
  10. The Mountain Goats — Deianara Crush
  11. Violent Femmes — Look Like That
  12. Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers — New Kind Of Neighborhood
  13. Biff Bang Pow! — She Haunts
  14. Aztec Camera — Oblivious
  15. World Party — Private Revolution
  16. Lloyd Cole — Chelsea Hotel
  17. Johnny Cash — Bird on a Wire
  18. John Cale — Hallelujah
  19. Cardinal — Silver Machines
  20. Codeine — Hard To Find
  21. J Church — I Can’t Be Nice To You (Slow Version)
  22. Morrissey — We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
  23. McCarthy — Governing Takes Brains
  24. Pulp — Joyriders
  25. Coil — Who By Fire
  26. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — Avalanche
  27. R.E.M. — First We Take Manhattan
  28. Mekons — Empire Of The Senseless
  29. Necessaries — My Baby’s Explosive
  30. Nikki Sudden And The Jacobites — Basement Blues
  31. Guided By Voices — Awful Bliss
  32. Hearts On Fire — Hidden Heart
  33. House Of Freaks — 40 Years
  34. Leonard Cohen — Waiting For The Miracle