Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shocking Pink- Neil Young in the 1980's


Neil Young went a bit off the rails for much of the 1980's releasing a wide range of strange, stylistically diverse records, like Re-ac-tor (for years this one was plentiful in the cut out bins), Trans, Everybody's Rockin', and Landing on Water.  Things got so bad that David Geffen, his label head, attempted to sue Neil for making music "unrepresentative of himself". To this day these records are largely despised or ignored, especially by fans of his work from the 1970's, but having just started to investigate them myself I find much of the music oddly likeable. There's also his 1982 film Human Highway featuring Devo, Dennis Hopper, Russy Tamblyn and Dean Stockwell, which will hopefully get a DVD release soon, update the DVD of human highway is set for release May 2016. Videos from the aforementioned records follow.  Long may he dance the poot!

                                                 "Wondering" from 1983's Everybody's Rockin'

"Pressure" from 1986's Landing on Water

"Sample and Hold" from 1982's Trans

"Shots" from 1981's Re-ac-tor

Trailer for Human Highway
Devo and Neil Young from Human Highway

Devo from Human Highway

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