Nick Cave’s "Avalanche" Cover Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music

The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. There was “The Great Pretender,” “Cross Over the Road.” I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

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Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen mentioned a number of specific songs he favored. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

Leonard Cohen Likes How Nick Cave Tears Apart Avalanche

I never got over that thrill that someone else has chosen a song [of mine] and wants to do it. I think Nick Cave’s instinct in choosing that song [Avalanche] to cover was very good because that’s just the kind of song that is made to be torn apart and I like the way he tore it apart. I like the way he went out with it.

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Update: Leonard Cohen Says Nick Cave “Butchered” Avalanche – But In A Good Way


The Nick Cave cover of “Avalanche” on which Leonard commented was the track that led off From Her To Eternity, the debut album released by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1984.

Nick Cave – Avalanche
From Her To Eternity: 1984


Bonus: Nick Cave’s 2006 Tribute To Leonard Cohen

Nick Cave also covered Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche,” albeit more as homage than as deconstructionist reinterpretation, at Came So Far For Beauty, the Leonard Cohen tribute concert held at the Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland on October 5, 2006.

Nick Cave – Avalanche
Dublin: Oct 5, 2006
Video from caro8680


Bonus 2: Nick Cave’s Re-Recording Of Avalanche For Black Sails, Season 2 (2015)


Credit Due Department: Photo “Nick Cave 1986” by Yves Lorson – originally posted to Flickr as Nick Cave. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Dec 13, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Some material has been updated.


  1. Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994 []
  2. Leonard Cohen: The Classic Interviews (Chrome Dreams, 2009), quoted in Leonard Cohen Hallelujah by Tim Footman, Chrome Dreams, 2009. p 130 []

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