Hallelujah. Not.

Right, I’ve had enough of this song now. Please stop it. Everybody.

I used to love this song. I first heard it when "I’m Your Fan: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen", which is a pretty good collection of covers from various indie types who were around 20 years ago. The finest track on it is the final track: ‘Hallelujah’ by John Cale.

I played this track loads, learned to play this on the guitar, tried to get my band to play it (maybe the religious-style name put them off) and tried – and failed – to get my friends into it.

And then what happened? Jeff Buckley happened. And then a few years later that fucking ‘talent’ show happened. And now everyone loves it. And if you hear a bloke playing guitar and singing in a pub, sooner or later, he will play this song. Badly.

And I want it to stop. I have had enough. All versions of it now are shit. They are all too slow and reverential. And I want them to stop right now.

The only version of this song worth hearing is the John Cale version. Go download it now.


One thought on “Hallelujah. Not.

  1. Maxxy says:

    I’ve yet to hear a metal version ( although I’m sure one must exist somewhere ) – Maybe that would change my mind about the song being nothing more than a song you pull out at Christmas….

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