Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young
Here's a recent Tweet from Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea:
"Neil young is the only rock musician that was important culturally in the 60's who is still truly relevant and pushing the envelope today."
In a RollingStone.com article "The Immortals: 50 Greatest Artists of All Time", Neil Young comes in at #34. The writeup is provided by the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea:
- "There's a rare contradiction in Neil Young's work.
He works so hard as a songwriter, and he's written a phenomenal number of perfect songs. And, at the same time, he doesn't give a fuck. That comes from caring about essence. There can be things out of tune and all wild-sounding and not recorded meticulously. And he doesn't care. He's made whole albums that aren't great, and instead of going back to a formula that he knows works, he would rather represent where he is at the time. That's what's so awesome: watching his career wax and wane according to the truth of his character at the moment. It's never phony. It's always real.
The truth is not always perfect. "
In a 2004 RollingStone.com article, Flea on Neil Young & Crazy Horse:
- "I can't say enough about how much I love Crazy Horse.
The sound is so deep, the groove is so deep -- even when they're off, it still sounds great, because they feel it so much. I don't usually go for that approach. I like Sly and the Family Stone, Miles Davis and Mingus. I like consummate steady musicianship. I grew up on jazz. I didn't listen to rock music until I played in my first rock band when I was in high school. I went from progressive to Hendrix to funk to full-on L.A. punk. That's when I had the realization that emotion and content, no matter how simple, were valuable.
A great one-chord punk song became as important to me as a Coltrane solo, and I've had the same feeling about Neil Young. He changed the way I thought about rock music. As a bass player, I used to be into very boisterous, syncopated and rhythmically complex songs.
After hearing Neil, I appreciated simplicity, the poignancy of 'less is more.' "
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