I'm Your Fan

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I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen [1][2]
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Compilation album by
Various artists
GenreFolk rock
LabelAtlantic (U.S.), EastWest (Europe)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [3]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly6/12 stars (C+)[5]
Los Angeles Times2/5 stars[6]

I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is a tribute album to Leonard Cohen, released in 1991, produced by the French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles.[7] The album features Cohen's songs interpreted by some of the most respected rock acts of the time.[8] Its name is a play on the title of Cohen's album I'm Your Man.

For the album's American release on Atlantic Records, R.E.M.'s rendition of "First We Take Manhattan" and House of Love's "Who by Fire" (the lead tracks on each side of the vinyl and cassette versions) were swapped so that R.E.M., one of the most popular American rock bands of the era, led the album. In all other countries where the album was released, however, the R.E.M. track appears on Side Two. In the United Kingdom, the album was distributed by record label EastWest Records, in France by Sony Music.

The album includes two different covers of "Tower of Song", one by Robert Forster and another by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The latter version is a radical deconstruction of the song, edited from an hour-long jam session held by the band.

Track listing[edit]

Main release[edit]

  1. "First We Take Manhattan" – R.E.M.
  2. "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" – Ian McCulloch
  3. "I Can't Forget" – Pixies
  4. "Stories of the Street" – That Petrol Emotion
  5. "Bird on the Wire" – The Lilac Time
  6. "Suzanne" – Geoffrey Oryema
  7. "So Long, Marianne" – James
  8. "Avalanche IV" – Jean-Louis Murat
  9. "Don't Go Home with Your Hard-On" – David McComb & Adam Peters
  10. "Who by Fire" – The House of Love
  11. "Chelsea Hotel" – Lloyd Cole
  12. "Tower of Song" – Robert Forster
  13. "Take This Longing" – Peter Astor
  14. "True Love Leaves No Traces" – Dead Famous People
  15. "I'm Your Man" – Bill Pritchard
  16. "A Singer Must Die" – The Fatima Mansions
  17. "Tower of Song" – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  18. "Hallelujah" – John Cale

"More Fans"[edit]

  1. "The Queen and Me" – John Cale
  2. "There is a War" – Ian McCulloch
  3. "Suzanne" (instrumental) – Geoffrey Oryema
  4. "Paperthin Hotel" – The Fatima Mansions


All songs written by Leonard Cohen with the exceptions of "Don't Go Home with Your Hard-On" and "True Love Leaves No Traces", both cowritten by Phil Spector. "More Fans", a free promotional bonus CD, was released in France by FNAC along with the main album.[9] On "More Fans", the John Cale track "The Queen and Me" covers the Cohen track "Queen Victoria" found on Cohen's album Live Songs.


  1. ^ Discogs - I'm Your Fan • The Songs Of Leonard Cohen By... Images, 1-CD 1991 - Atlantic 7 82349-2 US
  2. ^ Discogs - I'm Your Fan • The Songs Of Leonard Cohen By... Images, 2-vinyl 1991-September-30th - EastWest WX444 Europe
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. I'm Your Fan at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  4. ^ Dretzka, Gary (1992-01-02). "Various artists I`m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Atlantic)". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  5. ^ Browne, David (1991-12-13). "I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Review". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  6. ^ Willman, Chris (1992-03-01). "Record Rack: In Brief". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  7. ^ I'm Your Fan at The leonard Cohen Files
  8. ^ Rock and Roll hall of Fame - Inductee - Leonard Cohen
  9. ^ https://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/collect8.html