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Monday, November 05, 2012

OFFICIAL VIDEO: "Psychedelic Pill" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Official video for song "Psychedelic Pill" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse from their new album, "Psychedelic Pill".

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At 11/06/2012 02:06:00 AM, Blogger La Johnson said...

Doesn't help the song I'm afraid. Candidate for the weakest title track from any Neil record?

At 11/06/2012 05:14:00 AM, Blogger joelookout said...

What a waste to take a psychedelic pill and have that kind of trip!!!even too short.....LA I tend to agree with you: the video doesn't help. A real trip would have been a video of WLAG as long as the song. do not know why they shortened the video of the best song.......but this is Neil....

At 11/06/2012 07:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full WLAG video has been available on iTunes for weeks, and will be on the Blu-ray.

At 11/06/2012 09:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know why everyone is hating on this song so much. I love it myself! Think it's one of the best things on there! The original version at that. "She's looking for a good time"!! It rocks. Love the cool psychedelic effect. It's not 20 minutes long. Has a good beat and I can dance to it. I give it a 9.

At 11/06/2012 03:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this song...! let's go dancing...

At 11/06/2012 05:07:00 PM, Blogger La Johnson said...

Sounds like it's off 'Landing On The Water' or 'Life' enough said.

At 11/06/2012 06:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weight of the World just called, says it can kick this songs ass. why doesnt NY get more respect? this song is a example.

At 11/07/2012 12:46:00 AM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

I love Neil. The archival footage is amusingly incongruous with the music, yet somehow fitting. And the psychedelic video effects are a cool touch.

I'm starting to feel like I'm the only one (along with Anonymous @9:14 AM) who gets this song. Now, if you said that it includes a guitar riff rather reminiscent of 'Sign of Love', that I would acknowledge. But aside from the fact that Neil has been turning the same musical motifs upside down, backward, and sideways for his entire career, I don't understand the hating, either. I must be in the minority that really feels the spirit of this song. And while I remember that one professional review called the phasing effect (apparently that's the term for the the otherworldly distortion applied to the vocals) "nauseating", I, too, have a preference for the original version rather than the alternate mix on disc 2. Although I can see why some would prefer the more stripped down mix, I think the distortion gives the song character, flavor, and feeling, and augments in such a way as to enhance and help to define the overall piece, which I think transcends the lyrics and music on their own. Again, it's about the feeling and the overall concept/effect of the piece. And I think it works. Reviewers who disliked the vocal phasing must also have taken issue with 'Le Noise'.

And no way is this song worse than 'Weight of the World'. I'm really having a hard time understanding that assessment. I'm not thinking of anyone on here as much as of professional music critics and the like, but I think the main reason Neil doesn't get more respect (as if respect matters one iota when looking at an artist's work--many artists now revered were ridiculed in their own times) is because people are pretentious jerks with sticks up their you-know-what.

Nonetheless, watching these videos has been a really fun break from election results. After all, this song is all about searching for "good times", which is just what I need to counteract the heavy dose of politics. I look forward to seeing more as we continue to (hopefully) welcome these songs into the fold.

At 11/07/2012 09:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said D.I. Kertis! There's flashes of brilliance in that song, I don't care what anyone says. The man has only put out something like 1,500 songs. How in the world could there not be some borrowed riffs? Anyway, you nailed it. Thanks for putting into words what I couldn't. I can't get it out of my head. I'm anxious to hear the 3rd take on it! I believe that one's on the upcoming Blue Ray.

Neil must have liked it good enough. He named the damn album after it!

Anonymous@9:14 AM

At 11/07/2012 02:36:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Thanks, and I'm sorry that comment went on for so long! Three versions now... yeah, he must think something of it. I'm still partial to the original, trippy mix on disc one, like I said before, but I do also understand where some would find the more stripped down version preferable. Most of the time, you wouldn't want Crazy Horse too embellished, but in this case, I think it helps to give the song character and feeling. My initial feeling was that this was a stronger contender than 'Twisted Road' and 'Ontario', and I'm still thinking that it holds its own.

At 11/07/2012 06:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your long winded posts dont make this song any better. maybe you prefer to eat SpaghettiO's to a bacon wrapped filet with a sauce Au Poivre too. You dont like my Weight of the World comparison ? Swap in Hippie Dream.

At 11/07/2012 08:23:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Of course my posts don't improve the song in your perception. To be honest, I don't understand the point of remarks like that. My post wasn't meant to be a personal attack or dig at you, just saying that I don't understand the 'Weight of the World' comparison. So the combative tone is unwarranted in my opinion.

The point is, I liked this one when I heard it and still do. I find any comparison to 'Landing on Water' to be somewhat incongruous and would gladly take this song over much of that album. It does remind me a little of 'Opera Star' from 'Reactor'. I don't deny the overtones of that album. This is still Crazy Horse.

If you'll pardon my saying so, the food analogy is a little cliched. Some snob could use the same analogy against all of us for listening Neil Young when we could be listening to Beethoven's ninth symphony or the operas of Puccini. Suffice it to say that a healthy pallet has room for different flavors and qualities.

At 11/07/2012 08:28:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

So here's a good question for everyone: if 'Psychedelic Pill' is as weak a title track as some of you feel, what should the album have been called? None of the other track titles particularly leap out at me. "Driftin' Back" would be a bit too self-referential in my opinion and still doesn't have the same ring as "Psychedelic Pill." So, any alternate titles? I'll try to post back if anything occurs to me.

At 11/08/2012 05:17:00 AM, Blogger peter d. said...

Goin' south has been suggested (a.o. by me, yes yes yes) and would fit nicely as a metaphore...

At 11/10/2012 09:07:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

Well, that song appears to have been retiled 'Ramada Inn', no? Anyway, doesn't sound right to me. I try to ask a genuine, constructive question and what do I get?


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