Back in early October when I put up a couple of plugs for Lana Del Rey, I was beginning to wonder if I’d lost my ear for a tune. After all, the critics have been panning her as a rich, fake, botoxed bimbo. So I was delighted to learn today that her debut album had gone straight to No. 1 in the UK album charts . In fact it’s gone to No. 1 in 15 countries.
Sometimes songs just grab me, usually about 30 seconds into hearing them the first time. And that’s what hers did.
Simultaneously, Leonard Cohen – whom I also noted a few weeks back – has jumped into the No.2 spot with his latest album.
And anyway she’s a smoker (just like Leonard Cohen).
Correction: Leonard Cohen has quit smoking in recent years, and worse still…
Everybody Knows, a Leonard Cohen song delivered in his famously deep, raspy voice, the final result, according to Cohen himself, of “about 500 tons of whiskey and millions of cigarettes,” has been chosen as the music for a major anti-smoking ad.
But, and here’s the kicker, he’s planning to take it up again.
“Also, I’ve decided that I’ll start smoking again when I’m 80. I’ll be 78 this year and, if I go on tour for a couple of years, I’ll be able to start smoking on the road. I’m looking forward to that tour!”
“I was excited. She was very original. I didn’t think she was the same as the other alt-indie girls. She also is a very intelligent and creative person. She would ride around on the subways all night sometimes, writing lyrics and stuff like that. When I was pitching her, I said, “Here’s somebody with the outer manifestation of Marilyn Monroe with the inner manifestation of Leonard Cohen.” That’s how I saw her. For people to say she’s just this created thing is wrong. She’s probably going to continue to evolve and in a way, that probably didn’t get her too much time to do that, now she’s engrossed in the public. As an artist, I’m very supportive of her.”