Comment of the Moment: "Neil Young is likened unto Michigan weather"
Manchester, England - 3/11/08
Ah, the drama and hoopla that revolves around all things Neil Young.
We're not going to try and recap the latest developments on the Americana reaction thus far. For a refresher, see here.
The Comment of the Moment is from A Neil Young Critic Drifts Into Self-parody by BIGCHIEF:
Most of us have been NY fans long enough to know that he changes musical directions as erratic as a moth in a lampshade.
It's nothing new with Neil.
The only major difference I see was the advent of the internet and 'fan blogs' offering so much information about the mostly reclusive and eccentric artist who rarely gave interviews forcing his audience to draw upon their imaginations to not only interpret his music but his life in general which bordered on mythological with a great measure of 'mystique'. Rock journalists were rarely kind to Neil causing him to even further recoil away from mainstream media. Other then the 5 or 6 songs that Classic Rock stations still play to this day from his vast catalog, unless you had a 'Neil Friendly' fan for a friend or were fortunate enough to have an older brother or sister who turned you on there's a good chance that you would be among the majority who 'just don't get it'.
So even back in the day when he followed Harvest with the 'Ditch Trilogy' only to re-emerge with Crazy Horse with the brilliant Zuma, if you weren't a fan on top of his game this would all be lost on you. For those of us who remained faithful to the often ecclesiastic artist, we've been treated to moments of brilliance. that pattern continues to this day. Unfortunately, many so called 'fans' draw their conclusions from others often misguided opinions from others without fully researching Neil's artistic endeavors for themselves.
I remember the Neil boost I got when I watched his performance of 'Rockin In The Free World' on S.N.L. or the Bob Dylan Tribute when he did 'Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues & All Along The Watch Tower'. In my opinion those two TV appearances were not only highlights in Neil's career but those performances were among the greatest moments in televised Rock-N-Roll period.To the 'Americana' detractors, the rumored double LP ready for release this fall of original material will be, as poncho put it, more in the vein of 'Ragged Glory'.
Neil Young is likened unto Michigan weather. If you don't like what you got today, stick around a while. whatever suits you is probably just around the corner.
Hopefully Crazy Horse hits the road soon and we can really get down to business.
For more, see The Americana-ness of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Americana.