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Friday, May 18, 2012

NEW VIDEO: "Clementine" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Here's the new video for "Clementine" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse from the upcoming Americana .

From the Liner Notes for Americana by Neil Young & Crazy Horse:

This American folk ballad is believed to be based on “Down By The River Liv’d a Maiden” by H.S. Thompson 1863. However, it is usually credited to Percy Montrose, 1884 or Barker Bradford from about the same period. The Americana arrangement extends the folk process, using many of the original words and a new melody. The song tells the story of either a bereaved lover recalling his lost sweetheart, or a father missing his lost daughter. In both cases the daughter has drowned in an accident. The song is now famous as an American children’s song. The verse about Clementine’s sister has been omitted from most children’s versions. This verse has different meanings depending on whether the point of view of the singer is taken as the lover or the father.

And, for a completely different video of the song, check this version of "Clementine".

You may want to catch this one really quick while it stays up.

Note that the video is marked as "REJECTED" at the end. However, in order to avoid another Treasure debacle, we made sure that Archives Guy has Ok'd this.

The archival footage seems to come from a slower, simpler time in Americana when families participated in fun activities and daring pastimes.

ps - moms, please don't try this at home.

"If you can't cut it, don't pick up the knife..."

Also, see:

Art by Gary Burden and Jenice Heo

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At 5/18/2012 02:37:00 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

Yeah, I thought it should've gone up to F/sharp/minor one more time too.......

From what I recall, these girls used to have an older brother.

There are so many metaphors, again, with this, I don't know where to start. So I won't.

At 5/18/2012 02:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think I'll stick to my copy of Re-ac-tor

At 5/18/2012 02:58:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

Great video! Scary!

Uncut has a completely different video for Clementine:

At 5/18/2012 03:07:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

Okay, now they are both here.

At 5/18/2012 04:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Think I'll stick to my copy of Re-ac-tor"


At 5/18/2012 05:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The choir sound f***ing awesome.All the doubts for nothing...

At 5/18/2012 06:38:00 PM, Blogger joelookout said...

I prefer the 'uncut' version!!! sublime!!!! it sends chills up and down my spine!!!

At 5/18/2012 06:45:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Omg, that`s that first time I`ve seen the knife-throwing momma, I can see why it was rejected now! I love the neighbour shaking her head in disapproval. I couldn`t actually play it above but caught it on youtube just now.

Really great CH sound and I so agree about the choir, Neil`s got it spot on. He said they`d taken the songs and made them their own, so true. This album is getting more and more exciting...

At 5/18/2012 07:17:00 PM, Blogger BIGCHIEF said...

Yeah, That first video had quite an edge to it. I can see why it didn't make the cut. I agree with the children's choir. I was one of those who expressed my doubts, however wrong I was.

At 5/18/2012 07:24:00 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

"....And that guy singin' these songs. For the life of me, I don't know where he comes up with this stuff!"

At 5/18/2012 09:39:00 PM, Blogger july archives said...

What a great rendition of this realy old song .Neil Young and Crazy Horse hit it and take it to another level

At 5/18/2012 10:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, I had to actually stop watching the knife throwing mamma. and I typically don't get offended by much, but, wow, those knives had to be sharp enough to... that video makes your typical snoop dog video seem pretty harmless. I'm liking the mix on these songs - the bass is very strong. Interesting to hear (feel) the difference between rick the bass player and Billy - both great - but different styles.

At 5/19/2012 03:39:00 AM, Blogger Thos said...

An interesting point to note:

One year ago Neil Young promised that "2012 will be the year that record companies realease High Resolution Audio ... in 2012 they will deliver."

It seems odd that this new record (which is shaping up to be brilliant it seems) isn't being released in this format, along with the usual CD and vinyl releases, since we are almost half way through 2012 already.

Not a criticism, just a thought really!

At 5/19/2012 04:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is releasing it on Bluray, which he says gives you 100% of the audio from the recordings, compared with far less on CD and even less with .mp3.

At 5/19/2012 08:05:00 AM, Blogger Kimball said...

These Americana videos remind me of a Hank III video from several years ago, using archive footage of country life. And the song is phenomenal! Check this out:

At 5/19/2012 11:26:00 AM, Blogger TomCrac said...

Oh that was hard to watch... Yeah, definately back up to F sharp minor one more time :)

At 5/19/2012 01:14:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

Thrasher, that's definitely not a piece of art by Shepard Fairey. As far as I can see credits should go to Gary Burden from R.Twerk & Co. And it even looks to me he did use Quarkxpress to make it.... but that's a technical detail.

At 5/19/2012 01:35:00 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

Will the Blu-Ray release have these videos on it?
If so, I'll buy that one!
If not, then I'm stickin' with the vinyl.

At 5/19/2012 02:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Blu Ray indeed will include the videos

At 5/19/2012 02:32:00 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

Summertime thought for the day:

"Everything has an end. Except a sausage. It has two."

Happy barbecuing!

At 5/19/2012 03:55:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@BSM - really? Hmmm. So there are 2 sets of complete Americana artwork? One by fairey & one by Burden? That seems strange?

not that that would be the first time...

At 5/19/2012 04:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thrash - If you follow your own link under the artwork above you'll be taken to the actual Fairey painting, which is completely different.

At 5/19/2012 05:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I love NY's &Ch's music I find a sameness to all three songs.It's all one song!

At 5/20/2012 12:35:00 AM, Anonymous karate-chop yoda said...

Some get stoned, some get strange. Neil's done both. He is completely gone.

At 5/20/2012 02:36:00 AM, Blogger La Johnson said...

First 2 songs good - this one runs out of steam let's hope not an indicator

At 5/20/2012 05:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see some rational consideration of the music. I am a huge NY fan and feel his best material has been delivered with the horse. I also though listen to a huge variation in music and don't just listen to Neil and related items. Consideration of the music thus far is I must be honest and say it sounds dreadful. It is not derogatory to say this sounds like a weak pub (bar) band. There are some great bands doing great music and making great albums. This though needs to be considered as weak, if we take a rationale, non biased perspective.

At 5/20/2012 05:21:00 AM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

@ T, Strange things are happening but stranger things have happened in the world of Neil... Looks like Gary Burden made a cover for every song using a video still from the little movie that comes with each song.

It can be interesting if they use the Shepard Fairey paintings as backdrops on stage. I just remembered that I met him once while he was working on a giant (Obey Giant) mural. Very impressive.

From the other NY-Times:
"The paintings themselves will be offered for sale, but their images may be used in music videos for the album or stage design for the tour".

At 5/20/2012 08:20:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

The critics said this was a piece of crap too. Idiots all of'em.

At 5/20/2012 10:04:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Well, we all have our own point of view, but personally I don`t see the point of trying to compare Neil with other artists, he`s never tried to appeal to a mainstream audience and has always followed what he needs to do for his own musical satisfaction. As an album of traditional folk songs reinterpreted in the Crazy Horse style it is what it is, and I think it`s a bold move by Neil which really works.

His next album, as far as we know, will be new material, and I have no doubt some of us will love it and others won`t, as is always the case.

I`m really excited by what I`ve heard so far, but then I admit it, I am biased!

At 5/20/2012 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Arthur said...

I'm curious (but not yellow) about "God Save the Queen" now.

This year the Queen of England celebrates 60 years on the throne!
(I won't say it, but you can add your own humor to that statement!)

Seriously, as a NY&CH fan, I'm getting anxious to hear the rest of the songs. Sure, there's similarities in Neil's songs, but
I always like to listen to his less praised songs anyway. It's like drinking the juice after the pickles are gone.

At 5/20/2012 12:18:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@BSM - thanks. Updated post. Now our understanding that Gary Burden and Jenice Heo put these song illustrations. They're basically video screen grabs that have been put on a background.

@Arthur -" It's like drinking the juice after the pickles are gone."

ok, haven't run across that comparison before?! very sharp humor. don't go dull on us.

At 5/20/2012 01:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been very disappointed with Neil's releases lately, including Prairie Wind, ChromeDreamsII and RoadRock. But these songs utterly captivate me. I like each one more than the last. They are quite inventive, even though covers. He's mining a vein here that I really like. The sound is a primitive grace which very well suits old American folk songs. Neil's voice sounds wonderfully appropriate to the tunes. A breath of fresh air.

At 5/20/2012 01:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant to say Fork in the Road above- a truly horrendous album except for the cool and quirky Cough Up the Bucks and the orphaned Get Around- but now that I think about it, Road Rock was disappointing as well.

At 5/20/2012 03:28:00 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

@Thrash (er-ette)...

My wit is your command.

Thanks for supplying the stage. :>)

If anything, Neil inspires.

At 5/21/2012 08:40:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Ya know I have to say that my reaction to 'Clementine' is about the same as Matthew's was to 'Jesus' Chariot'! I won't attempt to recreate his or my excitement here. But I will say that no one - absolutely no one - has ever made a D Major chord mean so much. Of course Neil has been doing that for decades - making the simplest chord changes sound brand new & heavenly within countless songs. But on 'Clementine', when the band shifts up to that D Major chord, it sounds like the Earth just exploded out of my shit computer speakers. I cannot wait for the high resolution audio to rock my basement to its foundation!

At 5/22/2012 08:09:00 AM, Anonymous Darh Malt said...

After hearing Jesus' Chariot and Clementine, the cover art for this album is on the spot. The guitars roar and Ralph pounds away like he's sounding the war drums! The Horse is coming at ya!

At 5/22/2012 09:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 hours, 22 minutes, 15 seconds to hear "This Land is Your Land"
2 hours, 24 minutes, 50 seconds to hear "Get a Job"
2 hours, 58 minutes, 18 seconds to hear part of "Wayfarin' Stranger"

At 5/22/2012 09:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, NY & CH for Austin City Limits 2012:

At 5/22/2012 01:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These backing vocals, the Horse and the children's choir, are MUUUUUUCH better than the ones we've been getting in recent years.It makes a huge difference to his sound and the enjoyment of it. Sweet relief.;)

At 5/22/2012 03:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil is rocking with Crazyhorse again how long can his eardrums last, looking foward to the tour. hope it hits Detroit

At 5/23/2012 06:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really getting excited about when I can listen to Americana in it's entirety. I think it's a rather unique (synonymous with Neil) angle to cover songs.

Shame Neil didn't consider 'Red River Valley.' Could have been a Grapes Of Wrath connection but the album will be fine the way it is.


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