Top 10 Reasons Why Neil Young is Better Than Bob Dylan
First, Thrasher stumbles on this photo of Neil and Bob on Dylan Pool: Re: I'm confused about Dylan on Young. Cool, it's always nice to see Bob & Neil hangin' out.
Then along comes Eight Track Mind's take on the "Top 10 Reasons Why Neil Young is Better Than Bob Dylan".
1. Better Voice
2. Better Guitar Player
3. Better Good-to-Bad Song Ratio
4. Neil Never Sold His Music To a Commercial
5. Neil Embraces the Younger Generation of Musicians
6. No One Plays Neil Songs Better Than Neil
7. Farm Aid & The Bridge School Benefit Concerts
8. Neil Is More Diverse
9. Neil Never Played With The Dead
10. Because I Like to Piss People Off
Eight Track Mind deconstructs each argument point by point. To say some of the reasoning is provocative would be an understatement.
Consider Eight Track Mind's Point #9 - Neil Never Played With The Dead:
"I'm not talking about opening for the Dead or even just sitting in to jam with them. Dylan toured, played, and recorded an entire album with them that most people would agree was not a career highlight for either of these greats. Did Dylan really need the Dead to revive his career? Aren't the Dead basically a Dylan cover band anyhow? I'm all for musicians getting together and combining their skills to create music. But there was no real legitimate reason for Dylan to make this career move unless he was motivated by money. I've seen Neil sit in with the Dead, Led Zeppelin, and tour with Booker T. & the MG's. But he never recorded and released albums with these guys. The Dylan/Dead fiasco was nothing more than a marketing gimmick and the Dead getting to play with their idol."
Last we checked, Booker T. & the MG's did record on 2002's Are You Passionate? Grateful Dead fans are probably less than thrilled with the smackdown. We'll wait for the Dylanologists' rebuttal. Should be an interesting reaction.
All of which kinda reminds us of that debate: "'Who is better - Neil Young or Bob Dylan?' " from awhile ago...
UPDATE 1/10: OK, based on the flood of comments below, I guess some folks failed to find the humor in this and it took it rather literally. Probably should have posted on April 1 instead. Although, Thrasher kinda assumed that the photo would put to rest any discussion of a rivalry. Regular readers know that -- like Lynyrd Skynyrd vs. Neil -- Thrasher finds this kind of debate rather silly as well and it's a really stupid question. Anyways, it was sort of an interesting exercise. Boy, this sure did generate a lot of traffic, comments & hate mail. Live & learn. So much for the New Year's resolution to start the year off with a bang!
UPDATE 1/13: For more on the furious reaction to this post, see Top 10 Reasons Not to Goof With Bob Dylan Fans.