Internet site CAP News leads with the startling revelation that after the success of Bob Dylan’s Christmas album last year he is to repeat the trick again this year but this time as part of a trio with Leonard Cohem and Tom Waits. Refering to the three artists as the “original men in hats” it goes on to sensationally reveal:
“Dylan approached Cohen and Waits about the follow-up album, and the pair was apparently more than happy to oblige.
“One thing I learned during the years I spent living among Buddhist monks is that enlightenment comes in all forms, and speaks in many voices,” said Cohen, sitting with Dylan and Waits outside Coogie’s Beach Cafe in Malibu. “And one thing I learned when my manager stole my retirement fund was that you don’t turn down an offer to make an album with Bob Dylan.”
“This album will be colder than a ticket taker’s smile at the Ivar Theater on a Saturday night,” added Waits in a guttural mumble, prompting both Dylan and Cohen to stare at him blankly for several seconds before changing the subject.
Hallelujah! Christmas In The Heart Of A Hooker In Minneapolis offers an eclectic mix from the trio; for instance, Cohen contributes a version of “Ding Dong Merrily On High” which he says is actually a reference to a sexual liaison he had with Janis Joplin in the late 1960s. “She was, alas, often merrily on high,” said Cohen, wistfully with a touch of literary mischievousness.
As for Waits, he contributes an original song entitled, “If It’s Christmas, Those Must Be Whores And Bourbon.” He admitted it’s not typical holiday fare, but explained that while writing it, “I got caught in the middle of a pimp war between two kids in chinchilla coats, they couldn’t have been more than 13 years old – they’re throwing knives and forks and spoons out into the street.”
“Riiight …” responded Cohen, and Dylan just rolled his eyes.
Waits’ only other holiday song, 1978’s “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” – a re-recorded version of which is on the new record.”
Still not working – bah humbug, F**K Christmas
Well, the Christmas songs, more snow, looking around the Christmas market yesterday and even the prospect of a Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits Christmas album hasn’t helped inject any Christmas feeling into me. So here’s a view from Eric Idle: