The latest record from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana
(released June 5, 2012), is a surprising collection of grungy covers of classic American folk songs, many of which are better known for their contemporary use as children's songs or camp songs. Of the record, Neil Young said:
Every one of these songs has verses that have been ignored. And those are the key verses, those are the things that make these songs live. They’re a little heavy for kindergarteners to be singing. The originals are much darker, there’s more protest in them...[cite]
Nevertheless, many of NY&CH's renditions skip some of the juicier bits from the history of these songs' performance. Read on for a listing of tracks with some of their darkest verses. [more inside]
posted by yourcelf
on Jul 14, 2012 -
Before hip-hop beefs
, there were response records, also known as answer songs
, usually replies to well-known songs. There are a few key eras: blues and R&B recorded music in the 1930s through 1950s, including a number of responses to "Work With Me, Annie
" (1954), recorded by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
, with answers including "Annie had a Baby
," and "The Wallflower
" by Etta James; and Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog
" (1953), with a quick response by Louis Innis and Charlie Gore
, made a mere week after the original was released, and Rufus Thomas
' "Bear Cat
" (1953), Sun Records' first hit
. Country, rock & roll, doo-wop and pop music picked up where the blues left off, with most activity in the 1950s to 60s. Two examples from this era are "Are You Lonesome To-night" and "Who Put The Bomp," and responses to both
. The most well known from the next decade was Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama
" (1974), a response to Neil Young's "Southern Man
" (1970) and "Alabama
" (1972). Until the 2000s, no answer songs had charted as high as the original hits. That changed with Frankee
's "F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)
" (2004), a response to Eamon's
"Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)
" (2003), which was the first answer song to reach number 1 in the UK. Six years later and across the pond, Katy Perry's "California Gurls
" was a response to "Empire State of Mind
" by Jay-Z. It was the first answer song to reach No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100. More Responses inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 31, 2012 -
The sleeve was printed on blotter paper. The liner notes were written in Dutch
. The recording artist had had a sort of breakdown, and sometimes wore a Richard Nixon mask.
Tonight's The Night
is officially released on June 20, 1975
, two years after it was recorded at Studio Instrument Rentals, Hollywood ("Can we bash a hole in your wall?"). The centerpiece of Neil Young's moody, alienated Ditch Trilogy
, it met with poor commercial sales, but enduring cult interest
. [more inside]
posted by ovvl
on Jun 20, 2010 -
In the loosely related fields of planetary science and apocalyptic fiction, the phrase “minimum orbit intersection distance,” or MOID, describes the closest point of contact between the paths of two orbiting objects. Most vividly invoked whenever an asteroid encroaches on our corner of the solar system, that bit of jargon also has its aesthetic uses. Consider the coordinates of Neil Young and Miles Davis on the evenings of March 6 and 7, 1970, at the juncture of East Sixth Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan.Mapping the intersections of Miles Davis and Neil Young.
posted by shakespeherian
on Mar 29, 2010 -
"Livin' with war everyday":
Alicia Morgan was one of about 100 singers summoned Wednesday to a secret recording session in Los Angeles. "When the lyrics we were supposed to sing flashed on the giant screen," she writes on her blog
, "a roar went up from the choir. I'm not going to give the whole thing away, but the first line of one of the songs was "Let's impeach the President for lyin'!" Get ready: Neil Young
's got a new album coming
posted by docgonzo
on Apr 16, 2006 -
The new video for "Rockin' In The Free World" by Neil Young
The new video for "Rockin' In The Free World" directed by filmmaker Michael Moore is now posted on the Warner Reprise site as reported by Baron on BNB.
The video intercuts footage from the film Fahrenheit 9/11 and performance footage of Neil Young and Crazy Horse performing the song on the 2003/4 Greendale tour. Much of the audience footage appears to come from the May 18, 2002 broadcast of the Rockam Ring Festival in Nurburgring Racetrack, Eifel, Germany.
posted by Postroad
on Nov 28, 2004 -
For his recent tour
, Neil Young is staying true to form and surprising the hell out of people by performing his new multimedia-rock-opera-dvd-epic-type-thing in its entirety and yelling at the increasingly unruly audience
who came to hear his classics. Although a project of this magnitude has long been the domain of wonderfully, unashamedly pompous old
bands in the 70's, I find myself rather intrieged. Am I alone in welcoming this kind of concert surprise?
posted by ghastlyfop
on Jul 3, 2003 -
Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. . .
Any big Neil Young fan, and I have to admit to being one, also spends a lot of time hating a lot of his artistic output (i. e. the cringe-enducing Let's Roll
, as well as his all-over-the-map politics.
In the LATimes book review
Hal Epsen mentions that the reliably perverse Young has been a staunch Reagan supporter and proponent of the death penalty, as well as a devoted husband and a stalwart parent to three kids, two of whom were born with cerebral palsy
. He also asserts that Young appeals almost wholly to male listeners.
Young has been discussed here before but not, I believe his biography, which, as has been Neil Young's M. O. from the get-go, is a dictionary-perfect example of a "mixed bag."
posted by Danf
on May 16, 2002 -
It’ll Never Be The Same Again
(~2.5mb mp3 down at the bottom there.) After Neil Young’s predictable homage
, Paul McCartney’s song I can’t stand nor can I escape; Bono’s immense display of poor taste; the atrocious "What’s Going On" cover (I laugh at you Limp Bizkit!); I finally found a tune that makes sense of 9.11 for me. Ryan Adams’ "New York, New York
" doesn’t count because it isn’t about that Tuesday. Fine track though.
posted by raaka
on Feb 5, 2002 -
Keep on rockin in the free world.
You go Neil!
"People for the American Way, which once described the goal of the PMRC censors as "to bring children and parents together on music selection," gave Neil Young its Spirit of Liberty award at a December 11 Beverly Hills banquet. Young used the occasion to proclaim his support of the USA/Patriot Act, which became law on October 26. "To protect our freedoms," Young said, "it seems we're going to have to relinquish some of our freedoms for a short period of time."
One of John Ashcroft's favorite rockers?
posted by martk
on Jan 11, 2002 -