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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

▶ "Wrecking Ball" by Neil Young

Recently we heard someone remarking about that controversial video for "Wrecking Ball".

Really don't see what the fuss is all about?

Here's 1989's "Wrecking Ball" by Neil Young. Quite lovely and family friendly, in fact. Enjoy!


My life's an open book
You read it on the radio
We got nowhere to hide
We got nowhere to go
But if you still decide
That you want to take a ride
Meet me at the wrecking ball
Wrecking ball
Wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancin' tonight
Meet me at the wrecking ball
Wrecking ball
Wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancin' tonight.

I see your smoky eyes
Right across the bar
I've seen that look before
Shining from star to star
Though I can't take that chance
If you got time for one dance
Meet me at the wrecking ball
Wrecking ball
Wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancin' tonight
Meet me at the wrecking ball
Wrecking ball
Wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancin' tonight.

The restless line of cars
Goes stretchin' down the road
But I won't telephone
'Cause you might say hello
What is it makes me feel this way?
What is it makes me want to say
Meet me at the wrecking ball
Wrecking ball
Wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancin' tonight
Meet me at the wrecking ball
Wrecking ball
Wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancin' tonight.



At 9/18/2013 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Zak Claxton said...

Bad thrasher! No more posting for you!

At 9/19/2013 08:25:00 AM, Anonymous SONY said...

great tune that is, off an equally GREAT album

At 9/19/2013 09:30:00 AM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

I bet Neil can twerk like nobody's business!

At 9/19/2013 12:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never really liked Freedom, actually. I like a couple of songs, but overall I rate it as one of my least favourite Young albums. The singing on the acoustic Rocking in the Free World is really bad, for instance.

I like at least 25-30 of his records better. Wrecking Ball is kind of nice, though.

At 9/20/2013 12:35:00 AM, Anonymous Johan said...

I don't get the joke about the video but I sure love that song! Long been my favourite off that album.

At 9/20/2013 09:06:00 AM, Blogger rustedbugs said...

so where's the "controversial" video?

At 9/20/2013 11:30:00 AM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

It's a Miley Cyrus reference, people!

At 9/20/2013 03:17:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

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At 9/20/2013 04:06:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Hi Anonymous @12:09 pm yesterday, how's it going? I'm interested in knowing which songs on Freedom that you don't like. Or is it more the recording quality/sonics that you don't enjoy?

The twelve songs listed below include a number of classics that Neil keeps in his musical tool bag, and others which would be great to hear any time he chooses to reactivate them. Obviously there are Wrecking Ball and the two versions of RITFW--and when was the last time Neil performed this aoustic--but also Crime in the City (amazing during the Smell the Horse Tour), Don't Cry and No More (which was the other song he performed on SNL back then).

Add in Someday, a beautiful number that I just heard on Rust Radio with Neil and the International Harvesters, and Too Far Gone (incredible), then the amazing deconstruction of On Broadway (remember this was the pre Disney cleanup version of NYC he's singing about). You're left with two songs--Hangin' On A Limb and The Ways of Love--and even those are pretty darn good.

Rolling Stone gave Freedom 5 Stars ("Classic") in a review by David Fricke. Robert Christgau gave it an A rating, and he doesn't exactly hand a lot of those out. I loved it when it came out, still listen to many of those songs. In many ways, it's similar to Dylan's album New Morning; reviews at the time tended toward the "we've got the real Neil Young back" slant. Didn't see the tour, which was in between the Blue Notes and the Horse tours. But maybe Neil agrees: he only has one star on his hat (ha ha).

We all like what we like, and there's lots of Neil for us to share. So just curious on this one...thanks a lot and keep on rockin'!

1. Rockin' in the Free World (Live Acoustic)
2. Crime in the City
3. Don't Cry
4. Hangin' on a Limb
5. Eldorado
6. The Ways of Love
7. Someday
8. On Broadway
9. Wrecking Ball
10. No More
11. Too Far Gone
12. Rockin' in the Free World

At 9/20/2013 07:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget "Eldorado", great song.

At 9/21/2013 07:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I like Crime in the City and the electric Rockin' in the Free World. Eldorado is nice, No More is okay. I like Too Far Gone better in earlier live arrangements.

Freedom isn't bad, but I find it a bit mediocre. The production sounds very different too.

At 9/22/2013 01:57:00 PM, Anonymous Doubter said...

Freedom. solid record. top to bottom


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