Thursday, July 16, 2009

Handy artist differentiation guide for Coachella

The Coachella music festival was a few months ago now (God knows how hot it must be there now), but in the intervening time I've been mentally writing a handy guide to distinguish between two artists who played Coachella at around the same time this year - Leonard Cohen and Girl Talk. Over the past few months I've been racking my brains thinking of differences between these two artists. It is difficult, given their broad similarities, but here are some I've come up with:

- High point of the show was the opening of "Hallelujah" - "I heard there was a secret chord/ That David played and it pleased the Lord" : Leonard Cohen

- High point of the show was the opening of "Play your part (Part 1)" - "my bitch a choosey lover, never f**k without a rubber / never in the sheets, like it on top of the cover /money on the dresser, drive a compressor /top notch hoes get the most, not the lesser": Girl Talk

- The artist takes off his hat and holds it over his heart when his band play solos, as a mark of respect: Leonard Cohen

- The artist throws his t-shirt into the crowd while teeing up Kelly Clarkson's "Since you've been gone" on his cellophane-covered laptop: Girl Talk

- The artist ends his set with a tip of a black fedora hat to the crowd : Leonard Cohen

- The artist ends his set by being carried over the shoulders of the crowd riding on a flashing holographic life raft, wearing only bright sparkling silver pants, batting away beach balls which are thrown at him: Leonard Cohen Girl Talk

So there you go: No excuses for mistaking these two artists with each other anymore...

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